Camera is a device for recording images of an object. In 20th century, a variety of camera developed into difference purpose. Many people love to take picture of everything such as people, food, views and it become the most common hobby these day. The good thing about photography is you don’t have to be skillful to become a photographer. Choosing a good camera is also important, sometime a higher price camera doesn’t perform the best quality.
This takes us to the comparison we are making in this article, which is the Canon T6 and the Nikon D3400. These are two of the most sought-after entry-level models around, and they are very close in terms of appearance, cost, and features, which means it is all the more important to compare.
Features and Specs
The Nikon D3400 is a little smaller and noticeably lighter than the Canon T6. The D3400 measures 124 x 98 x 76 mm and weighs 395 g. The Canon T6 measures 129 x 101 x 78 mm and weights 485g.
Nikon D3400 uses 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor measuring 23.5 x 15.6 mm with an Expeed 4 processor. Canon T6 is equipped with an 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor measuring 22.3 x 14.9 mm together with a Digic 4+ processor.
The discrepancy between the megapixel counts of the two may not seem like much on paper, but the difference is glaring in photos. This is true whether you are merely looking at the pictures or trying to edit them. The higher the megapixel count, the larger the images can be printed and the more freedom and flexibility you get when cropping.
However, this does not mean that megapixel count is the sole determinant of a camera’s capacity. One of such factors is the filter. The D3400 does not have an anti-alias or low-pass filter. On the one hand, the absence of this filter means your photos are sharper and more detailed. On the other hand, it can also lead to the presence of moire in some shots.
The difference between the battery lives of the Nikon D3400 and the Canon T6 is immense. The D3400 can take 1200 shots on a single charge, whereas the Canon T6 can take only a measly 500. If you need a camera for occasional and short trips only, then you may do well with the Canon T6. If you are a budding photographer who takes hundreds of shots of a single scene before calling it a day, you definitely should go for the Nikon D3400.
The Nikon D3400 has a much broader ISO range than the Canon T6 does. The former’s is 100 to 25,600, whereas the latter’s is only 100 to 6,400 (expandable to 12,800).
The importance of the ISO range can vary depending on what you typically shoot, but do know that the difference between 25,600 and 6,400/12,800 is like that of night and day (almost literally).
An ISO range reaching 25,600 allows you to shoot in a much wider range of lighting conditions than a mere 12,800 does. Moreover, most DSLRs nowadays (even entry-level ones) have ISO ranges that wide already.
Both the Nikon D3400 and the Canon T6 use optical pentamirror viewfinders. This type of viewfinder is great because it is lightweight and affordable. The other type of viewfinders is the pentaprism, which is a lot more expensive than the pentamirror. Due to the structure of pentamirrors, their images tend to turn out darker than those captured with pentaprisms. This means you may have a hard time focusing under low light.
The viewfinder coverage for both is 95%, which is sufficient and typical. Meanwhile, magnification is 0.5x for the Canon T6 and 0.56x for the Nikon D3400. This is a very minute difference. It should be negligible unless you particularly need to see as close to reality as possible.
Both cameras use 3-inch fixed-type screens with face detection focus. For the Canon T6, the resolution is 920k dots; for the Nikon D3400, the resolution is 921k dots. Both screens are LCD screens.
The Nikon D3400 outperforms the Canon T6 again when it comes to continuous shooting; it can shoot at 5 fps. Meanwhile, the Canon T6 can do 3 fps only.
Both cameras have a video resolution of 1920 x 1080.
The Canon T6 has AE bracketing, whereas the Nikon D3400 does not.
One neat feature of the Nikon D3400 is that it can be controlled through your smartphone. The Canon T6 does not have this feature.
Bluetooth NFC, Wi-Fi
The Canon T6 wins over the Nikon D3400 in this area. The Canon T6 has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, whereas the Nikon D3400 does not. However, the Nikon D3400 has Bluetooth connectivity, which the Canon T6 lacks.
Both the Nikon D3400 and the Canon T6 support RAW.
Both camera models have built-in flash and external flash shoes. For the Nikon D3400, flash coverage is up to 12.0 m at ISO 100. For the Canon T6, flash coverage can reach 9.2 m (ISO 100).
The Nikon D3400 wins again in this area. It has 11 focus points, whereas the Canon T6 has only 9. This gives you more flexibility when shooting and consequently better shots.
The Canon T6 does not have GPS, so you cannot geotag your pictures. Meanwhile, the Nikon D3400 does not have this feature built in, but you can have it as an option. This is important if you are into travel photography or blogging.
Which One to Buy?
In our opinion, the Nikon D3400 and the Canon T6 are largely similar, but we have to give it to the D3400 because of its megapixel, ISO range, number of focus points, continuous shooting speed, battery life, form factor, flash coverage, Bluetooth, smartphone control, and GPS. However, the Canon T6 has built-in wireless connection, AE bracketing, and NFC. Nevertheless, the Nikon D3400 is still our preferred camera.