Best Camera Under $500: Nikon D3300 vs Canon T6 vs Nikon D3400


In your search for the best camera under $500, let’s take a look at the Nikon D3300, the Canon T6 and the Nikon D3400. Brand new Nikon D3400 and Canon T6 can be picked up for just under $500, but we are throwing the D3300 into the mix as a budget option, coming in at just under $400. The question we want to answer is which is the best value camera, that is also less than $500! Let’s take a look at the cameras’ in their own rights first.

1. Nikon D3300 Review


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The Nikon is a cracking camera for a shade under $400! 24.2-megapixel photographs, a 3-inch LCD display, autofocus to 3.0x optical zoom. It’s packed with a serious punch for those looking for an out of the box photographer’s camera. It can also record 1080p HD video with sound, so can be used in various ways, either at your functions or events to capture those picture-perfect moments. It has a continuous shutter speed of 5 frames per second as well, and 11 auto-focus points to help capture moving images in stunning quality.

2. Canon T6 Review

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As we saw in my article discussing the pros and cons of the Canon T6 vs T6i the T6i came out on top, due to its better performance. The T6 does have a place as a camera in its own right though, purely based on its price point. I mean at around $450 it is not as expensive as some cameras and is a good introduction camera for those new to the hobby. It features a solid 18-megapixel resolution, 3.1x optical zoom and 3-inch LCD screen. I suppose one advantage with the Canon is the optical viewfinder, some people like to have this feature. But if you wear glasses it can be more hassle than it’s worth. Other features include the ability to record 1080p HD video, and having wireless capability. It also has the ability for continuous shooting at 3 frames per second, and has 9 autofocus points…

3. Nikon D3400 Review



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So now we turn our attentions to the Nikon D3400… Well, “What. A. Camera!” Nikon did themselves proud with this little beauty as it offers stunning value for money, at a shade under our $500 price point. It features: 24.2-megapixel resolution, wireless connectivity to smartphones, captures 5 frames per second and has the (now standard) 1080p HD video capability, ISO rating of 100-25600 and an 11 point autofocus.

Nikon D3300 vs Canon T6 vs Nikon D3400

Both Nikon cameras have sandwiched the Canon, the D3300 coming in at just under $400, and the Nikon D3400 coming in at a shade under $500, with the Canon coming in at $450… They all offer a product to a similar market with many of the same or similar features, so, what separates these cameras?

Well, what doesn’t should be our first question? All the cameras we have looked at have the ability to shoot 1080p HD video as well as being used as a normal camera. The Nikon’s have 3.0x optical zooms, whereas the Canon has a 3.1x optical zoom. There is a slight difference in the viewfinders; if you’re desperate for an optical viewfinder then you will discount the Nikon D3300, but as discussed, it can be a blessing or a curse having one.

The main difference is the resolution of your images. The Canon T6 packs an 18-megapixel resolution, whereas for $50 LESS the Nikon camera packs 24.2 megapixels. But then also for $50 more than the Canon, the D3400 also has 24.2-megapixels… This is an important part of any camera, 24.2-megapixels compared to the Canon’s 18-megapixels means that your images will be about 1/3 crisper on the Nikons.

But why pay the extra $100 to upgrade from the Nikon D3300 to the D3400? Here’s the thing, with the Nikon D3300, the ISO range, which is going to help in different lighting levels, that’s 100-1280 ISO. With the Nikon D3400 that has nearly doubled! The ISO rating on the D3400 is 100-25600 which means you’ve got far more possibilities to capture your images in lower light settings. This alone is worth the extra $100 in my opinion! Why miss a picture because of low light levels?