Nikon Adds A New Entry Level DSLR With Kit Lenses You Actually Want
When someone is starting out on photography, it is wise for the camera manufacturer to give them all of the tools to succeed, and enjoy the ride.
Yes, it’s addictive, so the first experience should be very pleasurable.
The new Nikon D3400 boasts an ISO range topping out at 25,600, over 24MP sensor, and a solid 5FPS burst mode, these are all things that help the new DSLR shooter get the shot they were hoping would be ton better than their phones.
And of course, being able to transfer images to their smartphone via low energy bluetooth, instead of wi-fi, is a great use of new technology. You can have the camera set to automatically send the images to your phone, while you are just hanging out. Until I get one in my hands, no idea of the transfer speed. Or if it includes RAW in the transfer. At 24MP, can’t be super fast on the drip, though. Great file size, though.
So, ability to shoot in low light, large files (additionally for cropping possibility) and a good burst mode to help get those sports moments a better chance to be captured. You also have full HD 1080p video, and the new lenses zoom much quieter than in the past. I mention that because when you shoot video from any camera, the on-board mics pick up every movement and sound you make around the camera. Even the lens zooming, so an external mic is the recco. It is a DX camera, so when you need to move up to a full frame, the ergonomics and controls will be familiar.
They even introduced a new 70-300 compact lens!
OK, all good things at a sweet price point.
Nikon is my DSLR brand of choice, and here’s a great way to get into the system.
Yes, there is a but……
Why on earth would they offer a non-VR lens, telephoto lens in a kit?
Seriously, I use an 80-200 Nikon lens, and I love having VR!
For someone new to the deal, I’ll bet they will be zooming that pup out to the max. Without VR, their results may very well disappoint. Will someone tell them to up the shutter speed? They may just have all on auto and spray and pray.
VR only cost another $50!! (that version is what is pictured above)
C’mon Nikon: I love ya, but someone in sales needed some price point to hit.
I’m sure this camera will be a good seller, as it should be, but I would never recco getting that telephoto without VR.
Spend the extra dough and get the VR versions of the lenses. You’ll be a much happier photographer!
All of that said, here is the official word:
MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 17, 2016 AT 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon unveiled the compact yet powerful Nikon D3400, an entry-level DSLR that enables users to capture and share amazing images easier than ever before. The new D3400 provides a simple and seamless way to share stellar images from nearly anywhere through Nikon SnapBridge. Through always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology2, Nikon SnapBridge allows photographers to transfer images from the camera to a compatible smart device. For those looking to learn more about photography, the D3400 also features Nikon’s acclaimed Guide Mode, which provides step-by-step assistance when adjusting camera settings to help individuals learn how to capture the best photos possible.
Nikon also announced four exciting lightweight lens options which are ideal companions for the new D3400, helping budding photographers easily build an all-in-one camera kit3. The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, are versatile zoom lenses for everyday shooting, while the new AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED are compact telephoto options for capturing action from afar. Great for travel, these new portable lenses provide fast, smooth and quiet autofocus operation and help users capture life as it unfolds with stunning clarity and detail.
“Featuring a variety of user-friendly features like Nikon SnapBridge, the new D3400 gives those new to DSLR photography the opportunity to proudly capture what they love and easily share with friends and family,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The introduction of the new series of NIKKOR lenses demonstrate Nikon’s commitment to providing affordable and versatile lens options to DX-format DSLR photographers looking to capture their own unique perspective of the world.”
Seamlessly Share Life’s Passions
Transferring photos from the Nikon D3400 is a snap, as the camera makes it easier than ever to share photos wirelessly through Nikon SnapBridge. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), SnapBridge creates a connection between a camera and a compatible smart device, making it possible to seamlessly upload amazing images. Once paired, the D3400 will remain connected to the smart device and transfer photos automatically, without the need to re-connect the devices each time. Those that want to send photos from their child’s graduation or a gorgeous sunset can either set all images to automatically download as they are captured, or tag individual images for transfer in-camera. Nikon SnapBridge users can also access Nikon Image Space, a free online image sharing and storage service.
Easily Capture Vibrant Photos with Stunning Detail
Life is full of memories that are meant to be captured with rich, vivid image quality, and the Nikon D3400 makes it easy with the high-speed performance and low-light ability that only a DSLR can deliver. The Nikon D3400 features a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor to help capture images that photographers love, even in tough lighting scenarios. Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processing engine offers improved image quality at high ISOs, enhanced auto white balance performance for true colors, faster processing speeds and improved battery life. Whether shooting stylish candids or beautiful landscapes while on vacation, the Nikon D3400 is ready to help deliver magnificent stills and impressive Full HD video.
The Nikon D3400 is loaded with high performance features that help capture images in a variety of shooting situations, including a broad ISO range from 100-25,600, which helps to produce top-quality photos and videos with low noise. This enhanced ISO range makes it easy to capture sharp photos in low-light settings, such as indoor sports, stage performances or festivities that last into the night. An 11-point Autofocus System keeps pace to help create sharp images, whether capturing a backyard soccer game or the most rambunctious toddler. Additionally, the Nikon D3400 is capable of fast continuous shooting at up to 5 frames-per-second (fps), helping to ensure that fleeting moments or precious expressions are not missed. All of these features are incorporated into an extremely compact, lightweight and versatile camera body, ideal for a fast-paced on-the-go lifestyle, and small enough to bring on any family vacation.
For first-time DSLR users, the D3400 features Nikon’s Guide Mode, an intuitive and informative mode that helps develop photography skills and showcases the best camera settings for any scene. By simply turning the top Command Dial to this mode, users are prompted with a full range of capture options, and the camera guides them through various settings to create the desired image. Additionally, in-camera Scene Modes are an easy way to snap great pictures, without the need to adjust numerous settings. For even more creative shooting options, fun effects modes such as Silhouette and Miniature Photography help photographers make images that define their distinct style. When the moment calls for HD video, the D3400 offers Full HD 1080p video recording capability at the press of a button to tell any story with amazing sharpness and clarity.
Capturing the World Through a NIKKOR Lens
Nikon has also announced two new lightweight zoom lenses, the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G. The ideal companion for DX-format DSLR cameras like the new D3400, these lenses are equipped with Nikon’s Stepping Motor technology for quick, smooth and quiet autofocus. Designated AF-P NIKKOR, these new lenses provide faster and smoother AF speed during live view (contrast-detection AF) and allow for whisper-quiet operation during video recording to minimize camera noise. The Vibration Reduction (VR) technology of the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR offers up to four stops of image stabilization*, helping users capture flawless, blur-free images in challenging light or when handheld.
Affordable Telephoto Lenses Offer Endless Photography Possibilities
The new AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED are telephoto zoom lenses that provide further reach when users need it most. They are also equipped with a Stepping Motor that helps achieve quick, smooth and quiet autofocus. The adoption of this technology also reduces the overall size and weight of the lens, making it easy to carry on a family vacation or a trip to the zoo. The new AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR also features Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, offering up to four stops of image stabilization*, helping to create sharp images in challenging light, such as an indoor gymnasium or a dusk soccer game.
Pricing and Availability
The Nikon D3400 kitted with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR will be available in early September 2016 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $649.95**. The D3400 will also be available in a two-lens kit option, including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED, for $999.95** SRP. The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (SRP, $249.95), AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G (SRP $199.95), AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR (SRP, $399.95) and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED (SRP $349.95) will all be available around the same time and will be sold separately. For more information on about the new Nikon D3400 and NIKKOR lenses, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
So this is not a review, but an announcement.