• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D3400 advantages over Panasonic G100

  • Less expensive
    $400 vs $748
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.92 vs 3.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More telephoto lens reach
    83 mm vs 64 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Panasonic G100 advantages over Nikon D3400

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    54 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    3 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    419g vs 645g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1840k vs 922k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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 HDMI output 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

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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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
  • $400
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $592
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic G100
Canon T6i
  • $781
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $592
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D5500

Nikon D3400
Nikon D5500
  • $400
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic G100
Nikon D5500
  • $781
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SL2

Nikon D3400
Canon SL2
  • $400
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic G100
Canon SL2
  • $781
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T7

Nikon D3400
Canon T7
  • $400
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Panasonic G100
Canon T7
  • $781
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus E-M5 III

Nikon D3400
Olympus E-M5 III
  • $400
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Panasonic G100
Olympus E-M5 III
  • $781
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite
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