After Canon released their super disappointing 4000D and 2000D without any really new features apart from the new higher price tag. I wanted to share with you guys The best DSLR for beginners on the market right now. It is the Nikon D3400… and that is coming from a Canon guy 😉 which means there must be something to it 🙂
So let’s get started with the best DLSR for beginners on the marketed in 2018.
It is Nikon’s most advanced inexpensive super-compact DSLR ever. It Is a basic DSLR designed for beginners and photo enthusiasts as well as for everybody that likes to use something better than a point and shoot or phone for videos. It is definitely not a High-end DSLR but considered the price it definitely covers all the specs that a beginner could wish for. Plus compared to the Canon competition it really is the best choice you could possibly take.
- Build Quality: 9/10
- Cost/performance: 9.5/10
- Handling 8/10
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The 24.2MP sensor is the only thing that this camera has in common with its Canon competition. With 24.2MP and no anti-aliasing filter (which is a good thing) you really have enough to start or even make a large and crystal clear print with. For everybody who doesn’t know what 24MP are its 6000 x 4000 pixels. A funny fact is that the Leica M10 That costs $6500 has the same resolution.
It comes with the usual 18-55mm kit lens as every other entry DSLR does, but this time they updated the lens which is sharper and focuses smoother and quieter than the old one (perfect for video) It is not an especially good lens or anything, but it certainly is enough to get a good start in photography.
EXPEED 4 Image Processor
This processor enables your camera to shoot video in full HD, a burst frame rate of 5fps. Which is great and way better than any competitor.
The battery life enables you to take 1200 shots in a row without having to swap batteries. Almost twice as much as Canon.
This is nothing new but it still is super cool. You can now connect your phone directly to your camera via Bluetooth and send the pictures directly to your phone as you shoot them. You can also use Snap Bridge as a remote shutter for your camera including bulb timing.
The build quality really is up to the Nikon standards. It feels durable and good in your hand. You can even get the D3400 in different colors such as red if you want. 🙂
I was particularly happy about the fact that the D3400 is able to shoot in 1080p with a frame rate of 60fps. (30fps more than Canon). Which enables you to shot slow-motion videos for b-roll or other things. Also, a super big plus is that Nikon included Autofocusing in the video mode. It sounds pretty basic, yes, but, I hate to say it, that is something that Canon hasn’t done once again.
The guide mode from Nikon which is also built into the D3400 really explains almost everything. Such as that a big aperture means a small number. Which can come in really handy when you use a DSLR for the first time.
In opposite to the Canon Competition, the Autofocusing system has 11 AF points instead of 9 which also has one cross sensor in the middle to give you a more accurate sharpness. Nikon also included Face Detection and an AF assist beam that the camera fires when you shoot in low light.
Once again D3400 outshoots its competition while Canons entry DSLR shoot with a frame rate of 3 the Nikon D3400 shoots at 5 fps. Almost twice as many pictures.
The ISO goes from 100 up to 25600. Which is again twice as far as the Canon competitor. The pictures even still look Alright at ISO 3200.
Another feature you don’t get with Canon. The touchscreen makes the camera even easier to handle.
Compared to Canon
|Cameras||Nikon D3400||Canon 2000D|
|Sensor||24.2 CMOS||24.2 CMOS|
|AF System||11 points one cross-type||9 points one cross-type|
|Video/ fps||1080p full HD at 60fps||1080p full HD at 30fps|
- The D3400 is stuffed with technology and really is the best option at the moment.
- Great picture quality.
- Higher ISO coverage.
- 5FPS burst.
- It has a build in manual and tells you exactly what to do.
- The cost/performance ratio is outstanding
- Battery life.
- There is no external audio input. So you will have to record good sound with a recorder and sync it up later.
- I would have wished for at least one dual-cross sensor
- I really can’t think of another con for this price.
I got to say that I usually prefer Canon over Nikon, but I think this comparison Between these two market-leading brands really showed which choice the right one is. Especially when you think about the fact that the D3400 was released in 2016 and is still the better choice than the 2018 released 4000D and 2000D from Canon which also cost more. If you want to pay a lot for nothing go with Canon if you want the biggest bang for your buck the D3400 is the obvious choice to take. I also want to say that there are some shortcomings on this camera like on every camera, but considering the price it becomes really hard to complain.
That’s already it with my recommendation for the best DSLR for beginners. I hope you will make the right decision and save your money with the cheaper, but better camera. If you have any questions or opinions please let me know in the comments. I will get back to you as fast as I can 🙂