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Nikon D3400 vs Canon T6: Specs and Photo Comparison

Nikon D3400 and Canon T6 (Rebel T6) are two entry-level DSLR cameras announced in 2016. They are intended to become the successor of their predecessors. Nikon D3400 is projected to become a successor of D3300, while Canon T6 is intended to become the successor of EOS 1200D.

Since the initial release in 2016, both cameras are often made a reference for those who want to getting started in photography since they are tend to affordable. As an entry-level DSLR camera, what offered by both Nikon D3400 and Canon T6 are enough to cover the needs of rookie photographers. Both Nikon D3400 and Canon T6 come with an APS-C sensor. When it comes to camera, sensor is the first aspect you need to notice since it is the first factor to affect the quality of resulted photos.

Nikon D3400 has a slightly larger sensor size than its competitor Canon T6 (also known as Canon EOS 1300D globally). The table below shows the comparison of the specs between those two entry-level DSLR cameras.

Specs comparison: Nikon D3400 vs Canon T6

 Nikon D3400Canon T6
AnnouncedAugust 2016 March 2016
Sensor24-Mpix APS-C CMOS18-Mpx APS-C CMOS
Resolution6016 x 40165184 × 3456
ISO100 - 25600 100 - 6400 (expandable to H: 12800)
Fastest - Slowest speed (s)1/4000 - 30.01/4000 - 30.0
Frame rate (fps)5.03.0
Mount typeNikon F DXCanon EF/EF-S
Weight0.98 lbs (body only)1.07 lbs (body only)
Battery typeLi-Ion, EN-EL14a, 7.2V, 1230mAh, 8.9WhLi-Ion, LP-E10, 860 mAh
Number of autofocus points119
Autofocus modesSingle-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF (AI Servo AF II), AI Focus AF
StorageSD, SDHC, SDXCSD, SDHC, SDXC
Image formatJPEG, RAW (NEF) JPEG, RAW (CR2)
Other featuresVR, live view, mirror lookup, Bluetooth, sound recording
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From the table above, you can see that in same points, Nikon D3400 is slightly better than Canon T6. For instance, it has a larger ISO range and higher image resolution. Nikon D3400 can produce photos in higher resolution as its sensor size is slightly larger. Another advantage is the autofocus point number. Nikon has 11 autofocus points, compared to 9 belong to Canon T6. The number of autofocus point will determine the photo sharpness when you take photos in the landscape mode.

Sensor comparison: Nikon D3400 vs Canon T6

Again, sensor is the first aspect you have to consider if you plan to buy a new camera since it is the component affecting the most on the image result. Both Nikon D3400 and Canon T6 come with an APS-C sensor. However, there are some details differing them.

As mentioned, the sensor size of Nikon D3400 is slightly larger than Canon T6’s. To compare the sensor size of Nikon D3400 and Canon T6, I created an image to makes it easy for your in comparing. The image below shows the difference between Nikon D3400 sensor and Canon T6 sensor in terms of size.

As you can see, Nikon D3400 has a larger sensor than Canon T6. With 24MP image sensor, D3400 is capable of generating photos with higher resolution, but it has smaller individual pixels.

Body comparison: Nikon D3400 vs Canon T6

I also created another images you can use to compare the physical size of both Nikon D3400 and Canon T6. If you put both cameras on a desk, you will see that there is no significant difference in terms of size between Nikon D3400 and Canon T6. Following is the size comparison between Nikon D3400 and Canon T6 (body only).

Although has a larger sensor size than Canon T6, the overall size of Nikon D3400 is smaller. By about 7 percent. You can see the dimensions of the cameras on the pictures above.

In addition to size (dimension), Nikon D3400 also has a lower number in terms of weight. Even so, the weight can be difference once you attach the lens. Depending on the lens you attach. The images above only compare the body of the Nikon D3400 and Canon T6. Lens is not included yet.

Photo comparison: Nikon D3400 and Canon T6

Before making a decision, you want probably compare the photo quality generating by those two cameras. There are several resources you can visit to find photos taken using either Nikon D3400 or Canon T6. I used Pixabay to find some examples of photos taken using Nikon D3400 and Canon T6. Following are the examples.

  • Nikon D3400

  • Canon T6

In addition to Pixabay, you can also take advantage of Flickr to find the examples of photos taken using either Nikon D3400 or Canon T6.

Conclusion

Be it Nikon D3400 or Canon T6 are great choice if you want to start a new hobby in photography. They can also be great tools to learn the basic camera settings and understand the photography theories before you eventually step further to learn how to become a photographer. They are available in an affordable enough price. If we want to be subjective, Nikon D3400 is probably a more suggested option. There are several reasons behind this, but the strongest one is because Nikon D3400 has a larger sensor size. In digital camera, sensor size determines sensitivity, dynamic range, and color depth of the photos. Also, a larger sensor gives you more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background.

Nikon D3400 is also more suggested if your intention of buying a new camera is to document your holiday trips. On a single charge, Nikon D340 can be used to take about 1200 photos. Compared to 500 by Canon T6.

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