5 Stars By Nate on 2017-09-19
11/10 I love this camera
Since i know alot of people are probably asking how capable this camera is, allow me to clarify, this camera is amazing. ive shot on tons of different cameras in the years ive been doing photography, and this one is right up there with some of the best. Obviously, its not going to compete with cameras like the D850 or the 5D Mk iv, but you can still take great photos with this camera.
For the nerds:
ISO management is great, you can still get semi usable photos all the way out to 25600
24.3 mp Sensor is crazy sharp
Still shoots raw
No, this camera doesn't have creature comforts like touch screen and a tilting LCD, but its lightweight and Very good for all kinds of shooting. I can legitimately recommend this camera for literally anyone.
5 Stars By Jeffrey L Mabe on 2017-12-03
Don’t listen to the negative reviews, those people don’t have a clue.
This is a fantastic entry level DSLR. I’ve had mine for almost a year now and wanted to get a lot of use out of it before I wrote a review. First off, there’s a lot of people saying the D3400 is a “downgrade” compared to the D3300, and they don’t have a clue what they’re talking about. One of their complaints is a weaker flash. As you learn more about photography, you’ll learn that onboard camera flash ON ANY CAMERA is garbage and not desirable anyway for good quality photos and portraits. And it’s also not true that you can’t remotely take pictures with the D3400. You just have to use a wireless remote which works perfectly fine, or use the 2-10 delay timer. And no, it doesn’t have WiFi, but Bluetooth instead that uses Nikon’s SnapBridge app to receive JPEG on your phone which works fine, if all you want to do is upload to Facebook, Instagram, etc, which compresses your images anyway. But for better quality photos, you’ll want to shoot in RAW anyway (or at least RAW + JPEG) and transfer your pics to your computer via the SD card (not included btw), so you can process the images on Photoshop, Lightroom, or whichever processing software you prefer, to really bring your photos to life and make them more professional.
So basically, Nikon got rid of all of the garbage on the D3300 YOU DON’T NEED, which gives you much better battery life, 500 shots on the D3300 vs 1200 shots on the D3400. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want that? This is a fantastic entry level camera that is capable of taking some AMAZING photos! This camera fit my budget perfectly when I was shopping for one, and I got the bundle with the camera bag and two kit lenses, the 70-300mm and 18-55mm, which are fantastic for kit lenses btw, and give you a lot of versatility for just starting out. You will want to upgrade lenses at some point and invest in some quality prime lenses to get even better pictures. If I had to do it all over again with the budget I had at the time of purchase, I definitely would! And all the self proclaimed experts on here who say this camera isn’t as good as the D3300 are just flat out wrong and don’t know what they’re talking about.
Also, some are saying snapbridge doesn’t work with IPhone. I was using an iPhone 6S Plus, just upgraded to and 8S plus and haven’t had any issues with either phone. Works fine IPhone.
5 Stars By John H on 2016-12-30
Amazing value for the money
The Nikon D3400 with the new 18-55mm and 70-300mm AF-P lenses cannot be beat at the current price ($500). The D3400 camera body and compact and light for a DSLR. The 18-55mm lens is what you would expect from a kit lens and has VR (vibration reduction, the Nikon version of image stabilization). The 70-300mm is great for when you need more reach and is fast focusing. Nikon sells a VR version of the 70-300mm lens, however, they included a non-VR version in this package. That is disappointing, as the image stabilization would be helpful at longer zooms at slower shutter speeds. I plan to use this lens primarily for outdoor sports with faster shutter speeds, so it won't make much of a difference for me, but it would be nice to have the VR for indoor or low light outdoor situations. Also, Nikon has added software to this camera so it will not function with 3rd party batteries installed. I learned this the hard way and will be sending back the 3rd party batteries I purchased. However, I've been told that there are new 3rd party batteries that have found a way around this. I'm waiting for mine to arrive to confirm this.
I've attached some sample images I took from both lenses on the D3400 from a trip to the zoo's Festival of Lights. I used the 70-300mm for most of the outdoor animals while the sun was up, then switched to the 18-55mm for indoor animals and to take pictures of the lights (using a monopod) once the sun went down.
5 Stars By fan-key Customer on 2017-01-20
comfortable to carry it outdoor
This camera as a beginner one, it actually brings you the same sensor quality as D7200, if you don't care about the focusing speed. It's cheap, it's light, comfortable to carry it outdoor. The battery lasts long, convenient wireless transmission. If you don't shoot wildlife or sports, don't think about other APS-C but this. 11 focal points are absolutely enough for non-sports shooting. I know everybody who loves photography has a full-frame dream. However, the truth is, only few of us can afford that price, and many of those few they don't insist to taking photos. I love this camera, it writes down every drop of my life.
5 Stars By Arlen on 2017-07-09
Excellent little camera
First let me preface by saying I am an experienced photographer. I've worked with simple cameras through large format ones.I bought this for my daughter. It is simply an amazing little camera. The lens is super fast, focus is pretty darn good, and pic qualities are awesome. Depending on what you're looking for this camera can be a home run.
5 Stars By Seth Metcalf on 2017-12-31
Great starter camera that I may never upgrade...
I am very new to using DSLRs. This is really my first "big boy" camera and I don't know if I will ever need to upgrade. I primarily use this for the different events that my school hosts (Sports, Drama, Conventions, etc). It comes with enough "auto" features to help you gradually get familiar with photography and how the basic camera functions. I've read a few articles about how too and which lenses are going to be the best but really those are unnecessary, you really can just open this up and start shooting clear pictures (Ive been using my camera on my phone and after getting this I can't ever go back). One lens that I have purchased that I recommend to anyone is the "Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras". It's great for all those action shots that you never could have made before (hockey, basketball, etc) all really nice photos.
5 Stars By fan-key Customer on 2017-12-13
I am absolutely amazed by this camera. It has FAR exceeded my expectations. I bought it because I have been dissatisfied with the images produced by my iphone, and I desired higher quality pictures for my first time trip to NYC. I have not been disappointed! Calling myself an amateur photographer would be an overstatement, but this camera has helped me produce quality photographs that are well above my level of experience. It even walked me through steps for taking great pictures in various situations. Do not hesitate to buy. You will not be disappointed!
5 Stars By C. Gosselin on 2017-10-14
Great value - amazing photos
I did a ton of research and really stressed out over buying my first DSLR camera. I decided to go with Nikon because of the screen interface - I found it to be more intuitive compared to Canon. I just got back from my first vacation with my Nikon D3400, and wow, I couldn't be more pleased with the results. A few tips that helped me out: buy a book for the D3400 and learn all the ins-and-outs. The d3400 online communities are super helpful if you're not seeing the results you expect. I found landscape shots took a bit of learning and effort before I was happy with the results. Master the manual settings and controls as quickly as you can. I've included some photos from the D3400.
5 Stars By Kevlar on 2018-02-18
SNAPBRIDGE BROKEN, PLEASE FIX
EDIT: Snapbridge's functionality was fixed after the latest iOS Update, but it was broken for 2 months between updates. Incredibly frustrating, but I guess Nikon never intended on fixing it themselves. So brace yourselves--it might stop working with the next iOS update. Review updated from 2 out of 5 to 5 out of 5.
All right, so the camera itself is 5/5, don't get me wrong. If you're trying to learn how to shoot with an SLR like I was when I bought this a little while ago, it's a great starter camera. There isn't anything I can say about the picture taking ability of this camera that isn't already stated by other reviewers here.
HOWEVER, what I see as a key functionality and what sold me the D3400 over the D3300 was Snapbridge--the bluetooth connecting app/functionality that allows you to transfer pictures from the camera to your smartphone. Yeah, that DOES NOT work on iOS right now. Your camera will connect to your phone, but the actual photo transferring is broken. So, it's just enough to tease you that it might work, before totally disappointing you by telling you it failed to connect. For somebody who just got the camera, you might think it's your fault, your phone's fault, or you have a faulty camera that needs to go through the warranty process. Nope, it's just a broken app and Nikon not fixing it.
It's been 2 months since Snapbridge stopped working. And while Nikon has been decent enough to acknowledge on the app's download page, they're still selling cameras while their app is broken...and I cannot understand why it hasn't been fixed yet. The only explanation I have is that they aren't putting the resources towards fixing it, which is unacceptable. They're still selling these cameras on what basically comes down to false advertising when it comes to Bluetooth functionality.
There are plenty complaints about the app on the app store, but I'm guessing the negative reviews won't make a difference unless it affects actual camera sales. So, I'm doing my part to drop the rating here enough that people might take a glance at Canon cameras whose bluetooth functionalities are still nominal.
4 Stars By Michael E on 2018-03-17
Great camera and 18-55mm kit lens, the 70-300mm lens lacks VR, so get one with VR and save $100 bucks by not getting this one
The D3400 and the kit lens I love, the 70-300 DX lens, not so much.
The D3400 is a great entry level DSLR, it's usable at high ISO in low light settings, great for outdoor photography with the kit lens, the kit lens is stabilized with VR technology so you can use it for 1080P 60FPS video recording and won't have any jitter. The image quality with the 18-55mm VR lens is spectacular, and you can go from no experience with photography to taking some pretty epic shots in no time. The only weakness I find is that I have been drawn into the world of long exposure photography and the D3400 does not have a remote cable release, so you're limited to the IR remote control, which does not act as an intervalometer so if you intend to do timelapses, this is not a great camera.
The 70-300mm DX lens is a waste of space. Given that there is no vibration reduction (VR, Nikon's optical image stabilization), it's unusable for sharp hand-held shots below 1/250th of a second shutter speed. So in overcast conditions, you have to bump up to ISO or use a monopod/tripod to get decent shots. It's a decent lens from an image quality standpoint, but you'd be better off saving the $100 here, and getting a used 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR FX lens on Ebay. That lens has vibration reduction, has a larger max aperture (faster lens), better image quality, and it's an FX lens so if you upgrade to an FX camera at any point you'll be set with it (note the 18-55mm will only work on FX cameras in crop mode, which only uses the center of the image sensor). I got my 70-300mm VR off of ebay for $225 used, it's in stellar condition, and I can get tack sharp shots with it at 300mm with 1/70th of a second shutter speed.