Our comparison table below covers all the important specifications of each camera. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.
Canon T6i Nikon D3400
Megapixels 24.2 24.2
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format APS-C APS-C (DX)
Crop Factor 1.6x 1.5x
AA Filter Yes None
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization No No
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S Nikon FX/DX
ISO 100 - 12,800 100 - 25,600
Expanded ISO 25,600 No
AF Points 19 11
Cross-type AF Points 19 1
Continuous Mode 5fps 5fps
LCD 3.0" - Fully Articulated 3.0" - Fixed
LCD Resolution 1,040,000 dots 921,600 dots
Touchscreen Yes No
Focus Peaking No No
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type Optical Optical
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.82x 0.85x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (30/25/24p) 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p
1280x720 (60/50p) 1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes No
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD
Dual Card Slots No No
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 30"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size Unlimited 100
RAW Buffer Size 6 12
Time Lapse No No
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/200
Startup Time 0.9s 0.5s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes No
Built-in GPS No No
Built- in NFC Yes No
Bluetooth No Yes
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed No No
Battery Life (CIPA) 440 shots 1200 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E17) Yes (EN-EL14a)
Weight 19.8 oz (560g) 15.17 oz (430g)
Size 5.2 x 4.0 x 3.1" 4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0"
Release Date 2015 2016
Canon T6i Advantages:
- AF Points – 19 vs 11.
- Cross-type AF Points – 19 vs 1. Cross-type AF Points are much more accurate and faster in low light.
- LCD – It’s fully articulated.
- LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
- Touchscreen Support
- Microphone Jack – If you’re going to record videos where audio quality is important, a microphone jack is super helpful.
- JPEG Buffer Size – Unlimited vs 100. Useful for long bursts.
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Built-in NFC
The Canon T6i is a little bit more advanced, with a fully articulated LCD touchscreen LCD and a microphone jack, which automatically makes it better for more serious video work. For photography, the 19 point AF system will also focus quicker in low light thanks to so many cross-type points, while the built-in Wi-Fi will allow you to send your files to your phone instantly.
Nikon D3400 Advantages:
- AA Filter – The Nikon D3400 has no AA filter.
- Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
- RAW Buffer Size – 12 vs 6.
- Bluetooth Support
- Battery Life – 1200 shots vs 440 shots.
- Weight – The Nikon D3400 weighs 130g less.
- Less Expensive – The D3400 costs around $250 less
Despite being a lot cheaper, the D3400 still holds its spot strong. You get a much longer battery life, 2x bigger RAW buffer (small on both cameras though), no AA filter on the sensor, and it’s a lot more compact too. If you want to start with a cheap camera, the D3400 wins!