Nikon D3400 – the first entry-level DSLR with always-on Bluetooth.
Nikon has officially announced the D3400, the company’s all-new entry-level DSLR. The new camera is a successor to the two-year-old Nikon D3300, and although it doesn’t bring many radical changes, it has a few notable new features.
The Nikon D3400 is the first entry-level DSLR enabled with the company’s SnapBridge software, an always-on Bluetooth Low Energy connection that lets the camera automatically transfer images to a user’s smartphone, without needing Wi-Fi.
SnapBridge is a feature that has been available on high-spec Nikon DSLR cameras, but it only works with Android phones at the moment, though the company is saying that iOS support will be coming by the end of August 2016. SnapBridge allows all photos taken with the camera to be automatically transferred to a smartphone with simple, one-time setup. This eliminates the need to manually reconnect the camera to the device for each image transfer. The connection can be maintained even when the camera is turned off.
The camera’s other enhancements are the expanded ISO sensitivity to 25,600 and the improved battery performance, Nikon says it will last almost twice as long as it did in the D3300 (up to 1,200 shots). The D3400 is also equipped with Guide Mode, which provides step-by-step instructions for taking pictures and recording movies, making things easier for first-time users of a digital SLR camera. At approximately 395 g, the camera is 15 percent lighter than the D3300 and is especially handy for users constantly on the move.
Apart from the above mention features, the D3400’s other functions are similar to the D3300. The new camera uses the same 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, enhancing the users’ experience of capturing and sharing quality images.
The D3400 will be available from 15 September 2016. It will be sold in black or red, as a kit with Nikon’s new image-stabilized and quiet-focusing 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens. The package will cost $649, but customers will also be able to buy a version of the kit with no image stabilization for about $50 less. Nikon will also sell a two-lens kit, which includes the 18-55mm VR lens and the 70-300mm non-VR lens, for $999.
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