As the cameras on smartphones like the new Galaxy Note7 continue to improve, fewer and fewer people are buying compact point-and-shoots. Even so, larger mirrorless cameras and even larger DSLRs still have their place for greater manual control and better picture quality. Bridging the gap is the new Nikon D3400, an update on the D3300 that now boasts always-on Bluetooth connectivity.

Leveraging the Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), the Nikon D3400 can connect to compatible smartphones so that any photo you take can be instantly transferred over to your mobile device. From there, you’re free to share your life’s moments on Instagram, Facebook or wherever else you want to show off your pics. And I say “instantly” with a significant caveat, as you’re still transferring those files over Bluetooth.

This is accomplished through Nikon’s SnapBridge technology, which debuted on the decidedly more expensive Nikon D500. For the time being, SnapBridge is only compatible with a handful of Android smartphones and they hope to roll out an iOS app in time for the launch of the D3400. As far as the raw specs, the Nikon D3400 is remarkably similar to the D3300 that came before it, using the same 11-point autofocus system and the same 24-megapixel sensor. It’ll go up to ISO 25600 with a 5fps burst mode. There’s no low pass filter and the 3-inch LCD is not a touchscreen. It is 15 percent lighter than the D3300 though.

Coming in your choice of black or red, the Nikon D3400 will start shipping next month. The basic kit includes the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens for $649.

Via PCMag

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