Nikon D3400 vs Sony A68

Nikon D3400 front
Sony SLT-A68 front

Nikon D3400 vs Sony A68 Key Specs

Nikon D3400
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 395g - 124 x 98 x 76mm
  • Released August 2016
  • Succeeded the Nikon D3300
  • Replacement is Nikon D3500
Sony A68
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 610g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Announced November 2015
  • Earlier Model is Sony A65
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Nikon D3400 vs Sony A68 Overview

Below is a extended overview of the Nikon D3400 and Sony A68, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by rivals Nikon and Sony. The sensor resolution of the D3400 (24MP) and the A68 (24MP) is pretty comparable and both cameras have the identical sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The D3400 was launched 10 months later than the A68 and they are both of a similar generation. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before delving into a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise summation of how the D3400 grades versus the A68 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D3400 over the Sony A68

 D3400 A68 
AnnouncedAugust 2016November 2015More recent by 10 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k461kCrisper screen (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A68 over the Nikon D3400

 A68 D3400 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Nikon D3400 and Sony A68

 D3400 A68 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Nikon D3400 vs Sony A68 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to lug around your camera, you will need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Nikon D3400 provides external dimensions of 124mm x 98mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0") along with a weight of 395 grams (0.87 lbs) while the Sony A68 has proportions of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 610 grams (1.34 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have at that moment. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the D3400 and the A68.

Nikon D3400 vs Sony A68 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the D3400 and A68 is 70 and 64 respectively.

Nikon D3400 vs Sony A68 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D3400 vs Sony A68 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very difficult to see the gap in sensor measurements merely by checking out technical specs. The graphic underneath will help give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the D3400 and A68.

As you have seen, each of these cameras come with the identical sensor size and the same megapixels and you should expect comparable quality of images though you will want to consider the release date of the cameras into account. The younger D3400 will have an edge in sensor technology.

Nikon D3400 vs Sony A68 sensor size comparison

Nikon D3400 vs Sony A68 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D3400 vs Sony A68 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon D3400
Portrait photography with Sony A68
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
manual focus
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D3400 Street photography information
Sony A68 Street photography information
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than competitors in class (395g)
above average high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
very good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D3400 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A68 as a Sports photography camera
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
good battery (1,200 CIPA)
comes with phase detect autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
no image stabilization
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
sensor has phase detect autofocus
bad battery power (510 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D3400 Travel photography details
Sony A68 Travel photography details
good battery (1,200 CIPA)
lighter than competitors in class (395g)
has bluetooth
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
missing Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
resolution is good (24MP)
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse mode
bad battery power (510 CIPA)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon D3400
Landscape photography with Sony A68
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
does not have anti aliasing filter
above average high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
good battery (1,200 shots)
no image stabilization
missing Timelapse mode
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
screen is small (2.7")
bad battery power (510 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D3400 Vlogging info
Sony A68 Vlogging info
comes with face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (395 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
missing external microphone socket
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external microphone port
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Nikon D3400 vs Sony A68 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D3400 and Sony A68
 Nikon D3400Sony SLT-A68
General Information
Brand Nikon Sony
Model Nikon D3400 Sony SLT-A68
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2016-08-17 2015-11-06
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 11 79
Cross focus points 1 15
Lens mounting type Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 309 143
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 921 thousand dot 461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.56x 0.57x
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Off, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Flash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Wireless, High Speed sync
External flash
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/200 seconds 1/160 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p, 24p), 1440 x 1080, 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Optional Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 395 gr (0.87 lbs) 610 gr (1.34 lbs)
Physical dimensions 124 x 98 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 86 79
DXO Color Depth score 24.8 24.1
DXO Dynamic range score 13.9 13.5
DXO Low light score 1192 701
Battery life 1200 images 510 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL14a NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures)) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots One One
Retail price $397 $581