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Nikon D3400 vs Canon 700D: Which Entry-Level Camera is Better?

Two entry-level DSLR cameras you can consider if you want to learn to photography: Nikon D3400 and Canon 700D. Despite their standard specs and features, Nikon D3400 and Canon 700D can be a great gear to learn to practical aspects of photography. These two cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor.

At the time of writing, Nikon D3400 is one of the best entry-level DSLR cameras. It has the score of 86 on DxOMark. No other entry-level DSLRs have the same score.

What about Canon 700D? This cameras has only the score of 61 on DxOMark. However, there are many other parameters you need to consider other than DxOMark score before making a decision which camera you should buy.

Nikon D3400 itself is the sucessor of D3300. Nikon removed some features to simplify D3400, but also added some new things including Bluetooth and longer battery life. Canon 700D, meanwhile, is the successor of Canon 650D. Compared to its predecessor, Canon 700D offers redesigned new mode dial that can rotate 360 degrees and real-time preview of Creative Filters in Live View mode. Canon 700D itself is also known as Rebel T5i in the Americas. Rebel itself is the entry-level DSLR series from Canon.

Specs comparison: Nikon D3400 vs Canon 700D

 Nikon D3400Canon 700D
AnnouncedAugust 2016March 2013
Sensor24.16 MP APS-C CMOS18.1 MP APS-C CMOS
DxOMark score8661
Color filter arrayRGBRGB
Resolution6016 x 40165208 x 3476
ISO100 - 25600100 - 25600
Fastest - Slowest speed (s)1/4000 - 30.01/4000 - 30.0
Frame rate (fps)5.05.0
Mount typeNikon F DXCanon EF-S
Weight445 g580 g
Battery typeLi-Ion, EN-EL14a, 7.2V, 1230mAh, 8.9WhLi-ion, LP-E8, 7.2V, 1120mAh
Number of autofocus points119
StorageSD, SDHC, SDXCSD, SDHC, SDXC, Compatible with Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) memory cards and Eye-Fi cards
Image formatJPEG, RAW (NEF) JPEG, RAW (CR2)
Other featuresLive view, mirror lockup, USB, Bluetooth, sound recording, histogram, ful HD video, live autofocusLivew view, dust cleaning, mirror lockup, articulated screen, exposure bracketing, WB bracketing, USB, HDMI, sound recording, external micro, histogram, full HD video
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The overall specs of Nikon D3400 and Canon 700D are actually not much difference. These two cameras have a lot in common in some sections. They have the same ISO range, same frame rates and same shutter speed range.

Nikon D3400 uses EXPEED 4 image processor, same as its predecessor D3300 while Canon 700D uses DIGIC 5 image processor. Also same as its predecessor 650D. This means that be it Nikon or Canon didn’t add much changes on the engine of these two cameras compared to their predecessor.

ISO is the common aspect noticed most by beginner photographers when they want to buy a new camera. Using higher ISO too often is basically not too recommended since higher ISO means noisy image (less sharp). However, higher ISO range will be useful in certain situation. For instance, if you want to take the pictures of stars at night. Moreover, for a camera with a smaller sensor like Nikon D3400 and Canon 700D. Higher ISO range is important enough to give you more flexibility in using higher shutter speed. Both Nikon D3400 and Canon 700D offer the same ISO range, 100 – 25600. Other sections where these two cameras have in common are shutter speed range (1/4000 – 30.0) and frame rates (5.0).

However, Nikon D3400 has a slightly better performance at photographing moving objects thanks to its 11 autofocus points. Canon 700D has only the autofocus points of 9.

Nikon D3400

 

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Canon 700D has a better display feature than Nikon D3400. Not only it offers sharper image preview but also touch screen display which can also be bent. By the way, the screen of Canon 700D has the pixel density of 1040000 dots while the screen of Nikon D3400 has the pixel density of 1040000 dots.

You might be wondering, what about the video recording capability?

Nikon D3400 doesn’t offer special features regarding the video recording capability. It’s not like Nikon D5600 which has a built-in time-lapse feature. The maximum video resolution this camera can record is 1920 x 1080 with the frame rates of 60 fps. Same as Nikon D3400, Canon 700D also doesn’t offer special features regarding the video recording capability. It is only capable of recording video with the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 with the frame rates of 30 fps. One of the significant differences between Nikon D3400 and Canon 700D is battery life. The battery of Nikon D3400 can be used to take about 1200 photos per charging while the battery of Canon 700D is only capable of taking about 440 per charging.

Other features available on these two cameras are mirror lockup, histogram and dust cleaning. Additional features offered by Canon 700D that are not available on Nikon D3400 are exposure bracketing and white balance bracketing.

Sensor comparison: Nikon D3400 vs Canon 700D

Sensor is one the most vital components of a digital camera system. It is the component that plays a role in detecting the objects you want to take the photos of. As entry-level cameras, both Nikon D3400 and Canon 700D offer a crop sensor (APS-C). The sensor of Nikon D3400 has a higher resolution than Canon 700D. In addition, the sensor of Nikon D3400 is also slightly larger than Canon 700D’s sensor. As you can see on the image we have created below.

Body comparison: Nikon D3400 vs Canon 700D

Despite its larger sensor, Nikon D3400 has a smaller body than Canon 700D. The overall body dimension of Nikon D3400 is about 9 smaller than Canon 700D. It is also lighter than Canon 700D. Take a look at the images we have created below to see the comparison between the body dimension of Nikon D3400 and Canon 700D.

Photo results comparison: Nikon D3400 vs Canon 700D

According to DxOMark, Nikon D3400 is better than Canon 700D. Is that true?

You can take a look at the photos below to figure it out. All photos below were taken from Pixabay.

Please note that there are some factors affecting the quality of the photos taken using certain camera model. The object you choose also plays a role. We selected the examples below randomly. In addition to objects, there are also technical aspects affecting the photos you take, including the lens and the applied settings. We have also added the EXIF data of each photo below so you can check the applied settings as well as the used lens.

  • Nikon D3400

  • Canon 700D

Conclusion

Nikon D3400 and Canon 700D are two entry-level DSLR cameras that have equivalent specs and features. Nikon D3400 has a slightly larger sensor than Canon 700D. In addition, the sensor of Nikon D3400 also has a higher resolution than Canon 700D’s sensor. As said above, according to DxOMark, Nikon D3400 is better than Canon 700D. However, you can’t just use the DxOMark score as the consideration material. As said above, there are many aspects affecting the quality of the photos taken using certain camera model. To get you be more convinced, you can also take a look at the photos above.

If you ask us which camera you should buy, we will suggest Nikon D3400. It has a slightly larger sensor, smoother video and longer battery life. Although the difference is not too significant, Nikon D3400 also slightly better than Canon 700D at photographing moving objects.

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