The Nikon D3400 is the entry-level model in Nikon’s current range. It’s also their smallest and lightest DSLR.
It has a 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor which produces images that are 6000 by 4000 pixels. The DX is Nikon’s designation for it’s APS-C cropped sensors. So if you put a 50mm lens on it, you’ll get the focal length equivalent of a 75mm lens on a full-frame camera.
The sensor offers a native ISO range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which gives it considerably versatility under various lighting conditions. And even at relatively high ISOs in low light, the lack of noise is impressive, and the images are usable even at the highest ISO settings.
The samples below were shot mostly with the standard kit lens, the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens. Some were shot with the AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens. The lens, focal length, and exposure settings are included with each image.
These were mostly shot in RAW mode and only lightly processed in Lightroom. I haven’t applied any corrections like fixing chromatic aberration, vignetting, or lens barrel.
If you’d like to see the images at full resolution, you can click to open the high-resolution version.
Sample Photos Taken with a Nikon D3400
Best Books on the Nikon D3400
If you're looking for a book to help you make the most of the Nikon D3400, these are the ones I consider the best. Both manage to combine good, detailed information, clear explanations, and logical organization.
Despite the series title, The Nikon D3400 For Dummies, by Julie Adair King, is a thorough reference guide that talks you through the process of setting up your camera, shooting photos, and editing the photos in the camera. It includes good illustrations showing where the buttons, dials, and ports are, as well as quite a few before and after photos that show the effect various settings have.
David Busch has created quite a career in writing DSLR how-to guides, and David Busch's Nikon D3400 Guide to Digital SLR Photography is another excellent addition to his library. It is comprehensive, with everything explained clearly, and the writing style reflects his own distinctive voice.