• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D3400 advantages over Canon SL2

  • Less expensive
    $497 vs $699
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1200 vs 650 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 22 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    12 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Canon SL2 advantages over Nikon D3400

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.08 vs 0.20 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Compact DSLR camera body; Excellent image quality; Reliable single-shot autofocus; Good continuous JPEG shooting performance; New kit lens has improved AF; Great value at current prices.

  • SnapBridge is slow and limited; Poor continuous autofocus; No built-in Wi-Fi; Mediocre video features.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T6i

Nikon D3400
Canon T6i
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon SL2
Canon T6i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points

Compared to Nikon D5500

Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $648
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon SL2
Nikon D5500
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $648
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5600

Nikon D3400
Nikon D5600
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon SL2
Nikon D5600
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax KP

Nikon D3400
Pentax KP
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon SL2
Pentax KP
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T7i

Nikon D3400
Canon T7i
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon SL2
Canon T7i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points
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