Nikon D3400 vs D3300 Specs Comparison – Which One Should You Buy?

Nikon, last month, announced their latest entry level DSRL camera, the Nikon D3400, replacing the previous D3300. The new D3400 offers improvements from its predecessor; featuring new 24.2MP sensor, longer battery life, improved low-light performance and many more. Together with the new Nikon D3400, Nikon also released 4 new Nikkor lenses in addition to their P-series. These new lenses are built with pulse motor utilizing stepping motors for fast and silent autofocus. The new Nikkor lenses are the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR. In this article, we will be comparing the new Nikon D3400 vs its predecessors, the D3300. I don’t normally recommend people to upgrade from the same category or level, example from D3200 or D3300 to D3400. Honestly, that would be a stupid decision. But articles like this will help buyers to decide whether they should go for the newer D3400 or the older (but now cheaper) D3300, if they don’t have one yet. In this article, let’s also see what has been added (or removed) on the new D3400 vs the D3300.

Nikon D3400 Red DSRL-03 Nikon D3400 Black DSRL-05

Nikon D3400 vs D3300: Features

The new Nikon D3400 brings a number of features that are not present on the D3300. However, there are also features that are no longer present on the D3400 that were previously on the D3300. Both cameras are actually very similar in one way or another, so despite the introduction of the new D3400, the D3300 is still worth to buy as an entry level DSRL.

Nikon D3400 Black DSRL-06 Nikon D3400 Red DSRL-02

Let’s start with what the new D3400 has to offer. For starters, the new D3400 supports the new AF-P series lenses that are introduced together with the camera. I’m not sure if the P-series will be compatible with the D3300, but when you buy a D3300 kit, you will get an AF-S lens with it. The D3400 boasts longer battery life that is rated to take 1200 shots per charge, vs the rated 700 shots on the D3300. But this doesn’t actually mean that the D3400 has a much bigger battery capacity, both of them are actually using the same battery. It has (more or less) something to do with the built in flash. The D3400 has an approximate of 7/22, 8/26 with manual flash, while the D3300 has an approximate of 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash.

Nikon D3400 Built-in flash

The Nikon D3400’s body is slightly lighter compared to the D3300 (395g vs 410g). However, Nikon has removed some of the features (that may be important for some users) and are no longer present on the D3400. The D3400 has no option to use external microphone and there is no port for the WR-R10 remote and WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. However, Nikon has added the SnapBridge Bluetooth Connectivity in the D3400 instead.

It’s also worth to mention that there is no ultrasonic sensor cleaning on the D3400, however it still supports Nikon’s Image Dust Off Reference Photo feature for software removal of dust spots, and mirror lock-up is still provided for manual sensor cleaning.

When it comes to photo and video performance, the D3400 and D3300 are basically similar. Both entry level DSRL cameras sport the same 24.2MP sensor size, no optical low-pass filter, 5 fps shooting speed, full HD 1080 60fps video capture and Multi-CAM 1000 11-Point AF System.

Nikon D3400 Black DSRL-02 Nikon D3400 Black DSRL-01

Currently, the new Nikon D3400 with an AF-P 18-55mm lens retails for $646.95, meanwhile the older Nikon D3300 with an AF-S 18-55mm lens retails for $546.95. That’s a $100 difference for a marginal “improvement”. So unless you want something new, or there’s a feature on the D3400 that you really want, for an entry level DRSL, the D3300 is still worth it. For users who are looking for more features, flexibility and performance, you may want to check out Nikon’s mid-range D5500 or the higher-end D7200.

Below is a specifications table of the Nikon D3400 vs D3300, for a much more detailed comparison between the two.

Nikon D3400 vs D3300: Specs Comparison

SpecificationsNikon D3400Nikon D3300
Monitor Size3.0 in. diagonal3.0 in. diagonal
ISO SensitivityISO 100 - 25,600ISO 100 - 12,800
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)
Battery / BatteriesEN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion BatteryEN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)4.9 in. (124 mm) x 3.9 in. (98 mm) x 3.0 in. (75.5 mm)4.9 in. (124 mm) x 3.9 in. (98 mm) x 3.0 in. (75.5 mm)
Storage MediaSD
SDHC
SDXC
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Effective Pixels (Megapixels)24.2 million24.2 million
Monitor TypeWide Viewing Angle TFT-LCDWide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Approx. Weight14 oz. (395 g)camera body only14.5 oz. (410 g)camera body only
Sensor Size23.5 mm x 15.6 mm23.5 mm x 15.6 mm
Image Sensor FormatDXDX
MovieFull HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution5 frames per second5 frames per second
Playback FunctionsAuto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Location Display
Movie Playback
Photo Information
Picture Rating
Playback Face Zoom
Playback with Zoom
Playback Zoom Cropping
Slideshow
Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Live View ShootingYesYes
File Format Still ImagesCompressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
White BalanceAuto
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
Auto
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
Built-in FlashYesYes
Monitor Resolution921,000 Dots921,000 Dots
Lens MountNikon F bayonet mountNikon F bayonet mount
Battery Life (shots per charge)1,200 shots (CIPA) 700shots (CIPA)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage95% Horizontal
95% Vertical (Approx.)
95% Horizontal (Approx.)
White Balance Bracketing----
In-Camera Image EditingColor Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Painting
Perspective Control
Photo Illustration
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Straighten
Trim
Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Photo Illustration
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Straighten
Trim
Dynamic AF ModeNumber of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking)Number of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking)
Flash Bracketing----
Card Slot1 Secure Digital (SD)1 Secure Digital (SD)
AC AdapterEH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)
Lens Compatibility at a Glance***Autofocus is available with AF-P and type E and G AF-S lensesAF-S Lens Required for Autofocus
Viewfinder Magnification0.85x (Approx.)0.85x (Approx.)
Fastest Shutter Speed1/4000 sec.1/4000 sec.
Auto-Area AF ModeYesYes
Image Sensor FormatDXDX
Slowest Shutter Speed30 sec.30 sec.
Viewfinder Eyepoint18mm (-1.0m¯¹)18mm (-1.0m¯¹)
GPS--GP-1A GPS unit
Top FP High Speed Sync----
Flash Sync ModesAuto
Auto with red-eye reduction
Auto slow sync
Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction
Fill-flash
Rear-curtain sync
Rear-curtain with slow sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Off
Auto
Auto with red-eye reduction
Auto slow sync
Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction
Fill-flash
Rear-curtain sync
Rear-curtain with slow sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Off
Flash CompensationCan be adjusted by -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV in P, S, A, M, and scene modes-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Scene ModesAuto
Auto [Flash Off]
Child
Close-up
Landscape
Night Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Special Effects Modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key)
Auto
Auto [Flash Off]
Child
Close-up
Landscape
Night Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Mirror Lock Up--Yes (for image sensor cleaning)
Exposure Compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV in P, S, A, M, Scene, and Night Vision modes±5 EV in increments of 1/3EV
Focus ModesAuto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points1111
Movie AudioBuilt-in microphone, monaural
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Built-in microphone, monaural
Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)CLS SupportedCLS Supported
Exposure Bracketing----
Picture ControlLandscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Selected Picture Control can be Modified
Standard
Vivid
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Selected Picture Control can be Modified
Standard
Vivid

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