Most digital cameras today have built-in WiFi. This allows you transfer photos wirelessly from your camera to your desktop, laptop, or smartphone. Without having to mess with usb cords or taking out the sd card.
The Nikon D3400 does not have built-in WiFi. But don’t let that steer you away. Nikon has created its own alternative called SnapBridge. Which allows you to automatically transfer photos to your smartphone or tablet.
Snapbridge uses a Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) connection instead of WiFi.
One of the big benefits of using a Bluetooth connection is that you get much longer battery life. In fact, this camera has a battery life of 1200 shots per charge. Which is more than double many of its competitors.
Wi-fi is known for being a battery hog. The D3400 uses BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), which uses significantly less power than traditional Bluetooth. This conserves battery life for both the camera and all connected devices.
Pairing your devices is pretty simple. But I’ve added a demo video below just in case.
You’ll only need to setup the connection once. From then on, the camera automatically reconnects with the smart device it has been paired with using the connection history stored on both devices.
So while the Nikon D3400 doesn’t have Wi-Fi built-in, SnapBridge is a pretty powerful alternative that comes with it’s own advantages. You get increased battery life. You can connect up to five mobile devices. And those devices stay paired up even when you turn off the camera.
Snapbridge allows you to quickly and easily share your photos with friends on Facebook, Instagram, or email. You can choose to automatically transfer all photos to your connected mobile device, or pick and choose specific images manually. The choice is yours under the settings options.
Images are transferred as 2MP (Full HD) images in JPEG format. These are perfect for sharing on the web and social media.
If you’re wanting to transfer movies or RAW files, you’ll need to use the SD card or a usb cable. You can then edit your photos in Lightroom, Photoshop, or Luminar.
Of course, nowadays there are also some great apps on your phone for editing photos as well.
How to Install and Setup SnapBridge
Important Update: SnapBridge has gone through a number of updates since the shooting of the video above and it’s now working much better. Nikon has
fixed many of the issues they were having early on. However, some users are still having trouble with the app. I’ve seen mixed reviews. Some are able to easily connect and get things working seamlessly while others are still running into issues.
Bottom Line: Both Wi-Fi and apps like SnapBridge can run into a number of issues. But these seem to be improving with each new update.
With most Nikon cameras, SnapBridge also allows you to control your camera with your smartphone. Working much like a wireless remote. Allowing you to control the shutter from up to 30 feet away.
However, for some reason this feature is not available with the D3400.
But you can purchase a very affordable wireless remote that will allow you to do the same thing.
- Eliminate vibration and increase image clarity with this wireless remote for Nikon cameras
- Activates the shutter remotely
- Use for a broad range of images, like low-light and family portraits
- Compatible with the following Nikon cameras: D3000, D3200, D3300, P6000, P7000, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D60, D70, D7000, D70s, D750, D80, and D90
- Battery powered; 16 foot range
Wireless remotes are perfect if you’re wanting to get into night photography, time lapse, or long-exposure photography. With long-exposure shots, you need the camera to stay perfectly still for up to 30 seconds or more.
This is almost impossible when you’re hand holding the camera. The smallest bit of camera shake can cause photos to blur and not be as sharp as they should be.
A tripod and a wireless remote will eliminate this problem, helping you capture tack sharp photos.
So while the Nikon D3400 does not have built-in WiFi, you still have access to just about any feature that you would need WiFi for. (Transferring photos. Remotely controlling the camera. Timelapse photography. Etc.)
There are other ways to add WiFi functionality to your camera. You can use WiFi enabled SD cards or WiFi adapters. However, from all of the reviews I’ve read on Amazon, these solutions are often quite buggy. You can certainly try them out but I can’t in good faith recommend them.
If you’re traveling or need to be able to transfer or share files quickly, I would stick with SnapBridge.
This will allow you to quickly download and share a 2MB version of your photos.
If you’re wanting to download the RAW files (or video), you’ll need to use a usb cable or simply pull out the SD card and put it into your desktop or laptop.