Nikon started the year by announcing two new professional DSLRs – the Nikon D5 and the Nikon D500. But now the company has shifted its focus back to the entry level segment and has officially announced the new Nikon D3400. Compared to its predecessor the D3300, the new DSLR does not come with many changes worth mentioning except one. It is the first entry-level Nikon DSLR to come with Nikon’s famous Snapbridge software which transfer photos to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth and without the requirement of any Wi-Fi connection. Right now, Snapbridge only works with a few android phones and the iOS version of the app has not been made available yet.
Compared to the D3300, the Nikon D3400 will be a little lighter in weight – by almost 15 percent, which is quite impressive since the D3300 was already 25 percent lighter than the D3200. It will also use the same 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 4 image processor found in the D3300. Maximum ISO in the D3400 will be 25,600 and the battery will now last twice as long compared to the D3300.
The DSLR will come in two color options – red and black and a new quiet focusing VR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens will also be offered. This package will cost you $649 (around Rs.35,000). By September, when this camera goes on sale, an without image stabilization version of the same lens would also be offered for around $50 less.
Nikon has also announced a new quiet-focusing 70-300mm f4.5-6.3 telephoto lens with the D3400. This lens too will have both a VR and a non-VR version. The D3400 with the VR 18-55mm and the non-VR 70-300mm will cost about $999 (around Rs.60,000 at current rate).