On Wednesday Nikon unveiled a new camera called the D3400 DSLR which is sure to draw the attention of amateur photographers. It comes with a 24.2-megapixel sensor and amazingly long battery life. It has been designed specifically for people keen on becoming photographers. This entry level DSLR is priced at $650..

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Nikon D3400 DSLR – better than its predecessor

Nikon intended on equipping the D3400 with better features than those of its predecessor, and for this reason, it improved upon the specs. For instance, the previous-gen model had a standard ISO sensitivity of 100-12,800, which has now been expanded to 100-25,600. The battery performance has been boosted as well. Nikon claims that on a full charge, the camera supports nearly 1,200 shots — twice the battery support the D3300 offers.

The Nikon D3400 will be somewhat lighter than the D3300, which is quite impressive considering the fact that the D3300 was 30% smaller and 25% lighter than its predecessor, the D3200. With the battery and SD memory card, the camera weighs approximately 445 grams (around 15.7 ounces).

It comes with a powerful 11-point auto-focus and can shoot full-HD videos at 30 frames per second. First-time users will get a lot of help with the camera’s Guide Mode, which helps them learn the nuances of shooting on a DSLR.

No Wi-Fi required

The Nikon D3400 DSLR is the first entry-level DSLR to support the company’s SnapBridge software. Using this software, a user can download videos and images from the D3400 via Bluetooth to their smartphone using the companion app and then share them on social media. However, it must be noted that SnapBridge supports only about a dozen Android phones, and the iOS version of the app is still not available. SnapBridge does not work with many popular phones like Samsung’s S7 and S7 Edge.

“Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the D3400, an all-new entry-level DX-format digital SLR with easy connectivity to smart devices. From outfit-of-the-day portraits to edgy street photography or one-of-a-kind culinary experiences – the new Nikon D3400 easily captures these visual contents for instant sharing to social media,” the company said.

What’s missing?

However, the Nikon D3400 DSLR does not have a touchscreen, and this could disappoint many photography enthusiasts. Transitioning from smartphones to the DSLR would have been easier for users accustomed to smartphones if it would have been present.

It is expected that by early September, the D3400 DSLR will be available in stores in two colors, probably black and red. The $650 Nikon D3400 DSLR kit includes the new AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR (Vibration Reduction) lens. Also there will be an option to buy a variant of the kit sans OIS for $50 less.

Nikon will soon announce a new quiet-focusing 70-300mm f4.5-6.3 telephoto lens, either with or without image stabilization. As per the company, the cost of the D3400 kit with the image-stabilized 18-55mm and the non-image-stabilized 70-300mm lens will be $999.