Is it worth buying Nikon D3400 in 2022, especially since the new D3500 model is already on the market?
I mention the Nikon D3500 at the bottom of this review but, in a nutshell, there are no major differences between the two. So, if you find that the older model suits your budget better, feel safe buying it.
D3400 is a great option for beginner photographers who don’t really know what they want and don’t feel comfortable spending too much money on their first gear.
The truth is…
Just because this DSLR is a low-end camera doesn’t at all mean that the image quality is inferior to its professional counterparts.
You won’t experience image quality loss and you can still create photo masterpieces.
What’s important is that it’s super easy to use.
(Even a child can do it with D3400.)
To get quality shots, it is enough to find the shutter button on the camera and set the green Auto mode.
This camera can fully work in Auto mode, but at the same time it is ready to grow with you.
The maximum declared ISO 25600, but I didn’t shoot at such high values in real life for the entire period of using the camera. Usually, I shoot in Auto ISO mode, when the camera itself chooses photo sensitivity depending on the lighting.
(Basically, you can put it in the max Auto and forget about it.)
The highest ISO of the photos made with D3400 I found is ISO 4500. As a rule, when it gets even darker, there’s definitely nothing to shoot there.
Even when shooting any stained-glass windows without a tripod in the dark, the camera understands what you are doing and selects the necessary settings.
Making the changes:
Personally, I prefer not to worry much and I’d suggest you just shoot in P mode.
The camera itself does everything for you and you’re likely to be satisfied with the image. If you’re not happy with it, then select one of the P, A, S, M modes and experiment with the settings.
Let’s say you’re trying to shoot a flower (macro) and there’s a pretty strong wind.
Then you’d likely have to shoot in M mode, and would need shorter shutter speed and a smaller aperture to provide an acceptable depth of field.
2). The built-in flash doesn’t work in command mode.
3). The Fn button can only be programmed for the following functions:
4). There is no “screw thread”, that is, the built-in motor for old lenses.
Here is what this websitesays about lens mount (screw) threads:
“In photography a standardized adaption device for the changing of lenses which works independent from the manufacturer is called screw thread or lens thread. Screw threads are the forerunners of the bayonet connectors…“
A screw thread is fine spiral on the lens that interlocks with a corresponding fine spiral on the camera body to mount the lens. Like a screw and a nut.
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