The Nikon D3400 aims to be one the stars of the market as it is the Japanese company’s low cost DSLR option. Even though the D3300 is still for sale and is a good option, there is no doubt that the D3400 will soon be discounted and be the new ideal camera for newbies in the world of photography. If you either have a Nikon D3400 or a Nikon D3300 and are planning to buy a lens, here is a list with the best lenses for these two cameras.
The best lens for the Nikon D3400
There is a lens that is better than all the rest in terms of the quality/price ratio, and also in terms of picture quality. This lens is the Nikon 35 mm f/1.8. It’s a very well known lens among all Nikon camera users. Its price is considerably affordable since you can get it for less than 200 euros, but it’s still the best option is you’re looking for high quality pictures. Its maximum aperture f/1.8 delivers pictures with a great bokeh effect. Actually, thanks to the fact that this is the maximum aperture, we can work with a little more resolution than ultra high resolution, but at the same time maintaining a great aperture, perfect for night photography just to name one use. Even though it also offers versatility that allows us to use the lens to produce a portrait in which we will try to defocus the background, while getting closer to the subject. It’s even great for recording videos. Without a doubt it’s the best thing you can buy for your Nikon D3400 or Nikon D3300. Being a fixed lens, you are forced to move closer or farther from the subject since you won’t have zoom, but that is made up for by the great quality that a fixed lens like this one offers.
The fact that every time a company presents a new phone its major innovation is in the camera is nothing new, and it says a lot, and I mean a lot, about the weight photography has in our lives. The last chapter of this beautiful love story between phones and photography has been written one of every year’s protagonist, the new model of Apple’s phone, the iPhone 7.
This time the cameras included in the 4.7 " models (iPhone 7) and 5,5″ models (iPhone 7 Plus) show significant differences. We discuss in this article some of the main technical features on both.
iPhone 7 – Contained improvement
Apple is still wisely avoiding the megapixels war. We’ve talked in several occasions of the amount of factors that influence the quality of a photograph regardless of the sensor’s resolution and it’s clear that Apple knows what it’s doing.
The wide-angle 28mm-equivalent lens comprises a set of six lenses.
The camera’s improvement is not based on an increase in the photosites housed in the sensor. Apple understands it is on the limit in which actual technology allows quality imaging from a sensor with a diagonal of 1/3", really small when compared with one of our FULL FRAME.
The iPhone 7’s camera (4.7” screen model) carries a 1/3" sensor with 12MP resolution. Nothing new here.
Because of the Apple PC’s excellent screen, the presentation of color gradation, hue, and contrast is much better than that of traditional PC computers. Thus it is the main choice for many professional video and photograph editors. In particular, the recent launch of the Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Mini with retina screens further established that Apple has the professional user in mind. The only drawback is that MacBook Pro’s 13 or 15.4-inch screen is too small. In fact the MacBook Air only has an 11.6-inch screen. If you usually use your Mac only to browse the web, screen size it is not so important. But for those who run complex software (such as Xcode or Photoshop), the MacBook’s screen cannot cope with all the windows. Users will need to keep pressing Option-Tab to switch between windows. An external monitor does allow you to have more display space, and helps you get the job done more efficiently.
It is worth mentioning that not only does an external monitor offer a larger display space, but there is also some software optimized for multi-display software (such as Aperture and iMovie) that offers more convenience. For example, if you use iMovie to edit video on a single display, the movie preview windows will be pushed to the upper-right corner of the screen by other windows. If you have two monitors, you can use one screen exclusively for the movie preview and put the other windows on the second monitor.
There is a mystery behind the cameras that Sony could present at the Photokina 2016. The japanese company is very quiet, and that’s because a storm is coming, and it may just be the perfect storm. Its name, Sony A9. And it would not come alone, it would arrive accompanied by the Sony A9 R. That alone says it all, but these are the technical features rumored about the two new cameras of the company.
Sony A9, perfect balance in high-end
The Sony A9 will be a new camera in the Sony family, a camera that comes to hold a superior position to the Sony A7, while retaining the balance between a fast camera and a good resolution. It seems that its sensor will be a completely improved Full Frame compared to the previous Sony A7, and among its features are the following:
Nikon has presented their new D3400, an entry level DSLR camera with which they intend to win the hearts of newbie photographers who wish to have a camera with much more features than a smartphone camera or a compact camera. However, it doesn’t have a lot more features than the Nikon D3300. That is why we’re comparing them. Which camera should you buy and why?
Almost the same technical specifications
If you’re wondering if there’s going to be a big difference between the photos that these cameras take, the answer is no. On a technical level, you have the exact same possibilities with both cameras. They have the same sensor, the same processor, the same ISO range and the same shutter speed. This means that the new features aren’t present in these aspects. Video quality also isn’t improved; it remains Full HD. This means that if you want a relatively cheap quality camera, with which you can take good pictures, there’s no reason to buy the Nikon D3400 over the D3300. Even though this is logical, there sure are differences between both cameras.
Why buy the Nikon D3400?
What could make you choose the Nikon D3400? Well, there are two innovative features on this camera. One of them is integrated Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with Nikon Snapbridge platform, thanks to which we can share pictures we take instantly with our smartphone and upload them to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. It’s a feature we expected, only because more and more users are sharing their pictures, and this can be a deciding factor if you’re someone that uses social media a lot.
Today Fujifilm renovated the low-end spectrum of it’s X systems with the arrival of the X-A3, aimed at young people using reasonings like image filters and taking selfies.
For the latter task, the successor of the X-A2 features a 3-inch 180-degree tiltable LCD monitor, plus a handle optimized for grasping and shooting while taking a selfie. Fujifilm has also equipped its new mirrorless camera with Self Timer technology, that is, while taking Selfies it automatically shoots when subjects smile or two people come close together.
Beyond the Selfies, the X-A3 incorporates a CMOS 24 megapixels sensor that doesn’t use the X-Trans technology and has a focusing mechanism with up to 49 points lacking phase detection technology. The range of sensitivities available goes from 200 up to 6400 ISO, with extended uncalibrated values of 100 and 25600 ISO.
Nikon did not want to wait for Photokina, which takes place within a month in Colonia, and just introduced their new D3400 model as input to the SLR range. An SLR without many innovations aside from wireless connection and that at least in US does not displace the D3300 from the list but instead it offers a new option with a lower price range.
Thus, the recently announced D3400 maintains the APS-C sensor of 24 megapixels and many specifications of the previous generation, but now adds SnapBridge wireless connection via Bluetooth.
If you are a digital photographer, you will need a computer and a monitor to see your photos in order to evaluate or retouch them. And if you want a job well done, as often happens in photography, you can’t use just any monitor, you have to choose with care.
This may mean knowing how to decipher mysterious new acronyms and compare technical characteristics that seem to be made to be understood only by an engineer.
Of course you can find monitors that are extremely costly, designed for professionals with deeper pockets. But luckily there are affordable alternatives that are, in any case, a leap in quality when compared to the monitor based on a laptop or a desktop computer.