Canon Rebel T6 (Canon EOS 1300D) and Nikon’s D3400 both of these cameras are aimed at beginners or photographers on a tight budget, so you won’t find cutting-edge specifications here. But you do want a camera that delivers good performance across a wide range of everyday subjects, and which is also fairly future-proof, so you don’t outgrow it too soon as your skills evolve.
Canon Rebel T6 / Canon EOS 1300D and Nikon’s D3400 both have APS-C format sensors. The Canon’s is very slightly smaller – only by a millimeter or so, but it explains why the Canon has a crop factor of 1.6x while the Nikon’s is 1.5x.
You need to multiply a lens’s actual focal length by those numbers to get the effective focal length. So an 18-55mm kit lens on the Canon Camera corresponds to a 29-88mm lens, whereas on the Nikon it’s equivalent to 27-83mm; in observing you’ll hardly notice the difference. Both cameras are backed up by a big range of lenses.
Canon Rebel T6 (Canon EOS 1300D) & Nikon D3400 Features
The Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6 uses an 18-megapixel sensor that’s served many of Canon’s DSLRs well but as a step behind the 24MP sensors in its latest (and more expensive) Canon EOS 750D and Canon EOS 760D. The Nikon D3400 has an up-to-date 24MP sensor, like those found in Nikon’s more advanced cameras. It’s not just about the megapixels, though: each new generation of sensor tends to be a little better at noise control and dynamic range.
The Nikon D3400 edges ahead for ISO range, too. It can shoot at sensitivities from ISO100 to 25,600, whereas the Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6 only goes from ISO 100-6, 400, although it can go up to ISO 12,800 in ‘expanded’ mode. The Nikon D3400 has a slight advantage when it comes to lowlight photography, then.
It’s also a little better equipped for action photography, with a maximum continuous shooting speed of five Frames per Second, versus 3fps for the Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6. Neither camera is really a sports specialist, but the Nikon is just that little bit more versatile.
There’s not too much to choose between these cameras in terms of autofocus. The Canon has a nine-point AF system, including a more accurate cross-type sensor in the center, while the Nikon has an 11-point AF system, also with a single cross-type sensor. They’re basic by DSLR standards but perfectly adequate for most people who are just starting out. Autofocus speed and responsiveness also depends on the lens you’re using. The Nikon D3400 usually comes with Nikon’s latest 18-55mm AF-P VR (Vibration Reduction) lens, which is fast quiet and very good. Some kits may come with a non-VR lens, but these are best avoided.
The Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6 is available in a variety of kit packages. The cheapest includes an 18-55mm DC III lens, which doesn’t have an image stabilizer. This certainly brings the price down, but we’d recommend looking for a better bundle, ideally with the 18-55mm IS II lens – it’s a little pricier, but it’s worth it for the image stabilization.
You get wireless connectivity with both these cameras. The Nikon the camera remotely. The Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6 has Wi-Fi and NFC built in, but not Bluetooth. It’s a little fiddlier to set up a Wi-Fi connection, but you can then transfer full-size photos to your smart device, and control the Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6 remotely.
Canon Rebel T6 (Canon EOS 1300D) & Nikon D3400 Build and Handling
When you put these two cameras side by side the Nikon D3400 is significantly smaller. Nikon’s 18-55mm AF-P lens collapses down to a shorter length via a button on the side, but Canon’s regular 18-55mm kit lens is no larger. From the top, the two cameras look pretty similar, with a mode dial on the right-hand side offering Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes, together with a selection of scene modes and a full Auto setting.
The Canon’s power switch is around the base of the mode dial, while the Nikon’s is the shutter release. It’s easy to switch the Nikon D3400 on and off one-handed, but with the Canon, you need to hold the camera with your left hand and flick the switch to your right.
Both cameras have just one control dial: the Canon’s is on the top of the grip at the front, while the Nikon’s is on the back. Both dials work perfectly well although this time the tables are turned. You can work the Canon’s dial one-handed, but with the Nikon, you really need both hands.
Round the back, the Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6 makes good use of the available space, clustering all the buttons over on the right-hand side and making more room for the four-way directional buttons, which also act as shortcuts for the drive mode, ISO setting, AF mode and white balance settings?
The Nikon D3400 has just as many buttons, with four of them arranged vertically down the left. This pushes the screen to the right, leaving less space for the navigational controller, which is smaller and doesn’t offer access to key shooting settings in the way the Canon does. This is a key difference between these cameras – the Canon offers more direct control over camera settings while you’re shooting, whereas the Nikon relies heavily on its display, and seems to need more button clicks and screen navigation to achieve the same basic adjustments.
For outright beginners, the Nikon D3400 works perfectly well especially its Canon EOS 1300D/ Canon Rebel T6 vs. Nikon D3400 the Canon offers more Direct Control Over settings while you’re shooting, where As the Nikon relies heavily ON Its Display built-in Guide mode, which is almost like having a manual of photography inside the camera. It not only explains the settings for different kinds of photography but applies them too.
Once you’ve learned the basics, though, you might find the Nikon D3400’s approach too slow and novice-orientated, and long instead for the more direct control offered by the 1300D. Judged purely in terms of handling, control, and feel, the Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6 comes out on top. It feels the right size and offers everyday adjustments in a much more direct way. The D3400 feels a little small, and while it offers just as many knobs and dials as the Canon, they’re not used to such good effect.
Canon Rebel T6 (Canon EOS 1300D) & Nikon D3400 Performance
The Nikon D3400’s images are generally sharper, with more contrast and clarity than the Canon’s. This is partly due to the exposure system, which handles a wide range of conditions very well – the Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6 seems to have a slight tendency towards overexposure. Outdoors, the Nikon D3400 produced crisp, well-exposed shots, but with a rather cold tone. The Canon EOS 1300D produced many verdicts more pleasing colors, which, for example, captured the subtle warmth of a low sun more effectively. You may get different results if you experiment with the white balance settings, picture styles, and raw processing, but out of the box, the Canon’s results were a little more appealing. At high ISO settings, the D3400 pulled ahead very quickly. You would expect a sensor with more megapixels to be worse at higher ISO settings, not better, but Nikon’s sensor is newer than the design in the Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6. The Nikon D3400 has a maximum ISO that’s 2Ev higher than the Canon’s; that’s a good guide to the difference in high-ISO image quality.
Canon Rebel T6 (Canon EOS 1300D) & Nikon D3400 Specification
|Canon Rebel T6 (Canon EOS 1300D)||Nokin D3400|
|Model Name||Canon EOS Rebel T6 (Canon EOS 1300D)||Nokin D3400|
|Resolution||18 Megapixels||24.2 Megapixels|
(22.3mm x 14.9mm)
(23.5mm x 15.6mm)
|Kit Lens||3.06x zoom |
|3.06x zoom |
|Viewfinder||Optical / LCD||Optical / LCD|
|Native ISO||100 - 6400||100 - 25,600|
|Extended ISO||100 - 12,800||100 - 25,600|
|Shutter||1/4000 - 30 Seconds||1/4000 - 30 Seconds|
|Max Aperture||3.5 (Kit Lens)||3.5 (Kit Lens)|
|Dimensions||5.1 x 4.0 x 3.1 in.|
(129 x 101 x 78 mm)
|4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0 in.|
(124 x 98 x 76 mm)
|Weight||24.6 oz (697 g) |
includes batteries, kit lens.
|22.8 oz (645 g) |
includes batteries, kit lens.
- Image and video quality is too good.
- NFC & Wi-Fi connectivity.
- Fixed non-touch-screen Dated image sensor.
- Slow for a family camera.