Nikon D3400 preview
- a new budget DSLR announced!
The Nikon D3400 is the company's latest entry-level DSLR, aimed at beginners or those looking for a step-up in quality and control over a point-and-shoot camera without breaking the bank.
Externally the D3400 body is essentially the same as its predecessor, and typically sold in the same bundle with the Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR II kit zoom. Inside, the D3400 features the same 24 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor as before which lacks a low-pass filter for potentially crisper results and which is also capable of filming 1080 video up to 60p. The viewfinder spec, 11-point AF system and 5fps continuous shooting are also inherited from the D3300.
The big new feature is Nikon's SnapBridge technology which exploits Bluetooth to maintain a low-power wireless link with smartphones. This allows the camera to automatically copy images onto your phone without intervention if desired, so they're ready to share straightaway. I loved the speed and ease of this when testing the earlier D500, although unlike that higher-end model, there's no Wifi on the D3400, so no chance to wirelessly remote control the camera nor transfer movies or images at the original resolution. Nikon's also claiming an increased battery life up to 1200 shots per charge, thanks to the optical viewfinder - a key advantage of a traditional DSLR over a mirrorless camera.
Expect the D3400 in September at a price of $649 USD / 489 GBP / 599 EUR with a stabilized kit zoom; compare closely to the Canon EOS 1300D / T6, Sony A5100 and Panasonic Lumix G7, all costing the same or a little less.#Nikon #D3400http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D3400/