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 Nikon 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 the iPhone. I was using an iPhone 6S Plus, just upgraded to an 8 plus and haven’t had any issues with either phone. Works fine!