Nikon has announced the latest release in their D3XXX lineup of DSLR cameras, the D3400 along with four new AF-P lenses.
Let's start with the camera. The D3400 is a 24MP DX (crop sensor) body built on a smaller chassis similar to the older D3300. It avoids the optical low pass filter, so you have the potential for greater image sharpness. The ISO range is 100 - 25600. The camera can be fired in burst mode at up to 5fps. The D3400 shoots FULL HD video at up to 1080p60. The camera uses Nikon's Expeed 4 CPU and incorporates always on Bluetooth 4 LE so you can stay connected via Nikon Snapbridge to your smartphone for image sharing and posting. The Guide Mode coaches new photographers through successful image making. The D3400 has Nikon's fully automatic mode and supplements this with PASM modes as well as predefined Scene modes. The body has an MSRP of $519.99 CDN making for a very low cost entry to the DSLR space. The camera should be in stores early in September 2016.
In addition to the D3400, there are four new lenses announced today. They are all of the AF-P design, where the P stands for Pulse Motor. This is a stepper motor design, built to minimize focus noise, similar to Canon's STM lenses. A P lens means that the camera's built in microphone will not be picking up the buzz of autofocus motors during video recording. There are two 18-55/3.5-5.6 variants, with and without Vibration Reduction and two 70-300/4.5-6.3 variants, with and without Vibration Reduction. Lens pricing is documented in the press release at the end of this article.
There is a price differential between the VR and non-VR lenses as one would expect. Considering the value proposition of VR, I would be surprised to see customers who do their research going with the non-VR variants, but that those who shop solely on price or in stores where the staff know nothing about photography will likely end up with the non-VR lenses. In my opinion, if you can get VR, get VR.
The Press Release follows;
Share the moments that matter: Capture stunning images of what you love easily with new lightweight NIKON D3400 D-SLR
Nikon also releases the compact AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR lenses to capture life in amazing quality
Mississauga, ON – August 17, 2016 – Today, Nikon unveiled the compact yet powerful Nikon D3400, an entry-level D-SLR 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 SnapBridge1. Using 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 new AF-P NIKKOR lenses provide fast, smooth and quiet autofocus operation. 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 ideal 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 D-SLR photography the opportunity to easily capture what they love and then share it with friends and family,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “The introduction of the new series of NIKKOR lenses demonstrates Nikon’s commitment to providing affordable and versatile lens options to DX-format D-SLR 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 BLE, SnapBridge creates a connection between a camera and a compatible smart device, making it possible to seamlessly upload 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 who want to send photos from their child’s graduation or of a gorgeous sunset from the beach 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 Space4, 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 D-SLR can deliver. The Nikon D3400 features a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor to help capture beautiful images,
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 colours, 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 D-SLR 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 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 D-SLR cameras like he 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 (phase-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 equipped with Nikon’s 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*, and helping to create sharp images in challenging light, such as an indoor gymnasium or a dusk soccer game.
Pricing and availability
The Nikon D3400 will be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in early September 2016 for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $519.95; it will also be available in a kit option including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR for an MSRP of $649.95.
The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR will be available in early September 2016 for an MSRP of $329.95**.
The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G will be available in early September 2016 for an MSRP of $269.95**.
The AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3G ED will be available in early September 2016 for an MSRP of $449.95**.
The AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3G ED VR will be available in early September 2016 for an MSRP of $529.95**.
For more information on about the new Nikon D3400 and NIKKOR lenses, please visit www.nikon.ca.
About the NIKKOR Brand
With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the ultra-wide 10-24mm to the super telephoto 800mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon’s own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the "Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence.
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enables users to tell their stories through amazing photos and videos. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; the Nikon DL series of premium compacts and COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently announced the production of 100 million NIKKOR lenses in 2016, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. All Nikon Canada products are sold through a network of Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers. For more information on Nikon Canada and its products and services or to find an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer, visit www.nikon.ca.