Nikon has announced their newest entry-level DSLR, the D3400. Built around a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, the D3400 is slightly lighter than its predecessor.
While there are no significant improvements in terms of image quality, the camera does get a big boost in battery performance. The D3400 is estimated to take 1200 shots per charge—nearly double the 700 shots per charge of the 3300.
Another change to the D3400 is the addition of Nikon’s SnapBridge tech. In stead of WiFi connectivity, SnapBridge allows connectivity to a mobile device through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
The D3400 shares the same key specifications as its predecessor: 11-point AF system EXPEED 4 processor, 5 frames per second in continuous mode, and a 3" 921k-dot LCD. Missing from this model are an external mic port (not significant for underwater purposes) and ultrasonic sensor cleaning.
The D3400 will begin shipping in early September with a kit lens (AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR) for $649.99. Housing support will be limited: The D3300 was supported only by Ikelite and various waterproof/sport manufacturers.
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