CNET First Look
The Nikon D3400's still a first-dSLR favoriteA little better than its predecessor, but not as cheap.
The Nikon D3400 is a fine mix of the sublime and the ridiculous. The sublime, it delivers great photos and performance for cheap DSLR, well suited to the family photographer or budget traveler. It can sustain a continuous shooting speed of about five frames [MUSIC] Per second. That's fast enough for typical kids and pets types of photos. So that's with just autofocus. No auto exposure. That means photos of someone running in and out of sun and shadow will not expose properly all the time. And the new ASP kit lens with its stepper motor is faster and quieter for shooting video and stills via the LCD in live view. The Nikon standard lenses. It's pretty light on features, but that's not unusual for a cheap DSLR. That means fixed LCD, no manual aperture and video and overall, not a lot of options. Unfortunately I hate the viewfinder displays tiny autofocus points that don't tell you if the shot is in focus. And that you really can't see. You have to pre-focus just To see the AF points in order to get them on the subject. But the ridiculousness is the wireless, it doesn't have WiFi, just low bandwidth Bluetooth and it's limited to downloading 2 mega pixel JPEG's to your phone. That's lower resolution than the typical selfie. It also geotags them and sets the clock. You can't even use it as a dumb remote shutter, because that requires wi-fi. And on Android, the app sucks up memory CPU cycles until you have to manually force it to quit. I had to uninstall it. [MUSIC]