Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D800

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3400 and Nikon D800. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D3400
Nikon D800

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D3400 were released 2016 and Nikon D800 was released 2012. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D3400 Nikon 2016
Nikon D800 Nikon 2012

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3400 has a "DX"-sensor while Nikon D800 has a "FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D3400 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D800 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D3400 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D800 has 36,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D3400 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000
Nikon D800 36,3 MP 36152320 7360 4912

Nikon D800 has a 51 % larger resolution than Nikon D3400. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Both of these cameras offers the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3400 100-25600
Nikon D800 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon D800 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3400 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3400 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3400
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D800

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D3400 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D800 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3400 5
Nikon D800 6

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon D3400 and Nikon D800 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D800 weighs 900 gr (equal to 1,98 lb) which is 128% heavier than Nikon D3400 and its 395 gr (or 0,87 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D3400 395 gr 0,87 lb
Nikon D800 900 gr 1,98 lb