Near the end of the year, Nikon is preparing a new Nikon DSLR camera for beginners, the Nikon D3400 and several lenses with a new autofocus system (AF-P). Nikon D3400 is not too different from Nikon D3300 in various aspects. The picture quality is the same, 11 point autofocus system, 1080 / 60p video, 5 photos per second in a row speed.
What’s new is Snapbridge technology. This technology connects the camera and the cellphone via Bluetooth low energy (BLE), saving more energy than the Wifi system so that the camera and the cell phone can be connected continuously without worrying that the battery will run out quickly.
Power efficiency also increased from 700 photos per battery in the Nikon D3300 camera to 1200 photos. Enough to walk around for a few days. Nikon also mentioned the updated Mode Guide to make it easier for beginners to learn photography.
Unfortunately there are also features that are reduced, namely the sensor cleaning anti-dust system, and an external mic port that is usually used by videographers to monitor audio.
My opinion about Nikon D3400
With the announcement of the Nikon D3400, it is clear Nikon still continues to use a fairly conservative strategy of using old camera components and adding new technology. Snapbridge technology is certainly useful and relevant for today’s era who likes to share photos quickly to social media via mobile.
Unlike other camera makers who currently focus on developing mirrorless cameras, Nikon still makes DSLR cameras. There are no signs that Nikon will seriously make a mirrorless camera to replace its DSLR camera system. During this time, Nikon has a mirrorless camera system, Nikon 1, but there are many criticisms that the sensor is too small so the quality is not too different from compact cameras.
I also value the lens kit development because AF-P enables smoother, noiseless lens autofocus for both photo and video purposes. The Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f / 4.5-6.3 lens looks pretty compact at an affordable price. It seems to be very helpful for shooting distant subjects such as wildlife and sports activities.
The price of the Nikon D3400 varies depending on the lens package. Planned to be available in September 2016, the Nikon D3400 + AF-P 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6G will be priced at $ 649, and with a 70-300mm f / 4.5-6.3G non VR telephoto will be priced at $ 999. The 70-300mm lens is quite compact, which is only 400 grams. For telephoto lenses whose range is up to 300mm (450mm equivalent) this lens is quite lightweight.
For those who don’t need new Snapbridge technology, it doesn’t hurt to look at the Nikon D3300, a DSLR camera that sells for just under Rp. 5 million, image quality and features similar to the new D3400.
This camera is aimed at novice photographers or those who just want to learn photography. My suggestion is to choose a lens package that has an anti-vibration feature, VR, especially the 70-300mm. The longer the lens, the more important VR.