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Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens Kit $397 (after $50 Cashback) @ Harvey Norman

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I picked one up from Harvey Norman today. Price on the box was $729, payed $447 (will get $50 cashback from Nikon). Unreal deal, almost half price.

$447 Harvey Norman price: 30th of March - 3rd of April 2017

$50 cashback from Nikon: 1st of April - 31st of May 2017

  • The cashback link is located near the bottom of the item listing page on the Harvey Norman website under "Terms and conditions".

  • Info on the cashback situation courtesy of 2stroksmokr, 31/03/2017 - 4pm

"Spoke with Nikon and Harvey Norman.

Tomorrow the Nikon website will show the cashback for this.

Anything before purchased from Harvey Norman they had an exclusive deal and will be honored.

Confirmed by both Harvey & Nikon."

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  • +3 votes

    A better camera than 99% of shooters out there.

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      Ugh.

      A camera is a tool. How do you compare a camera to a photographer?

      As for the tool it depends on what you're shooting. If you used a D3400 to shoot sports when you had a better option I'd say you have rocks in your head. For landscapes the camera would do almost as well as something much more expensive. For a beginner who's just starting to get into photography and isn't photo mad it's great. But use it for the things it works best for.

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        you compare a camera to a photographer by giving the photographer different cameras and comparing like shots.

        • +5 votes

          Unless you gave the photographer time to get use to the equipment that would be a worthless comparison.

          There were some great photographers who were very much wedded to their gear.

          I shoot Nikon (D7100, D7200) and Canon (600D, 700D) and I can tell you even though I know how to use both systems, they behave differently enough that I have to be careful and am sometimes caught out by the Canon gear, which I use as my "holiday" camera. I blew out a good couple of dozen shots on the 700D on my last holiday (out of perhaps 6000 pictures, so it wasn't terrible). In particular the way auto-ISO affects exposure is wildly different.

          The controls are also located differently and there are unique settings on each that can have a very dramatic effect on the final image. And they have different quirks. (I find the 700D locks up occasionally and needs the battery pulled for instance and on one occasion the eye sensor stopped working and only came good after resetting the camera). Given that I had gone months without using the Canon it wasn't such a surprise that I had to familiarize myself with the controls (especially focus points) and custom settings menu.

          Furthermore the cameras have different strengths and weaknesses. I'd rather shoot video on the Canon if I did that much and the articulating screen makes it better for family selfies without using additional screens.

          So am I a good photographer shooting Nikon and a bad photographer shooting Canon? No I'm just less familiar with the Canon and the cameras have different strengths and weaknesses.

        • -4 votes

          @syousef: If you are spending your holiday taking 6000 photos, you really need to reconsider what a holiday is. It's not something you should observe through a viewfinder. Might as well just google the destination and look at someone else's photos.

        • +3 votes

          @thorton82:

          Thanks for the concern, but there were some days I didn't even use the camera. 500 photos a day on average isn't very much at all. I'm guessing your the sort of photog that takes their time setting up a shot etc. I tend to shoot things that move quite a bit, so I'll take bursts often and in some cases, especially with wildlief, you never know what you're going to get till you've shot it. When you own cameras the shoot 5fps I might shoot 500 watching a dolphin show. I've shot 6000+ photos in a single day at an airshow.

        • -4 votes

          @syousef: … 'and i didn't see one plane'

        • +6 votes

          @thorton82:

          I was there to photograph them as much as I was there to see them. Why are you so concerned with how I choose to enjoy myself or use my camera? If it's not for you, that's fine. I'm not asking you to be like me.

          p.s. It's a lot more fun with a photographer's pass.

        • +3 votes

          @thorton82: could have had 10 photos a day and been on a 600 day holiday.

        • +1 vote

          @thorton82: It's not a holiday unless you are taking 20,000 photos per week.

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          @thorton82: what, why? When I go on holiday I love indulging my hobbies.

          If someones hobby is photography, and they've now got access to new things to photograph, how is that a problem?

      • +2 votes

        So sick and tired of being downvoted just because Ozbargainers don't like what is said, regardless of the usefulness or truth of it. If the camera didn't matter at all pro photographers would be out there shooting with entry level cameras. Why would you drop tens of thousands on lens and camera needlessly when you're trying to run a business?

        • -5 votes

          Who cares if u get down voted…

          Bet no one will down vote this comment

        • -1 vote

          @BKZ:

          Downvoted comments are not visible unless you're logged in and have elected to see them. It's a gag.

        • -1 vote

          @syousef:
          FTW

        • -1 vote

          @BKZ:

          That wasn't me that downvoted you btw.

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      Yeah you're right, a good picture is ultimately up to the skill of the photographer, not the gear used. However, that doesn't mean the camera from your phone, or a disposable film camera is right for everyone. Just because it's enough for you, great.

      The more you spend on a body is to utilise the higher resolutions (eg 42mp sony a7r ii, 50mp Canon 5DS, 50/100mp hasselblad/phase one, etc), or to utilise faster shutter speeds (eg Canon 7D, Canon 1D series, Nikon D500, Nikon D5, Sony a7S, etc), to utilise better low light performance when pushing ISO limits, to utilise higher res video with higher framerates, dynamic range, colour reproduction from the sensor, etc.

      And then we come to lenses, why spend so much on a lens? There's a variety of reasons. Maybe you want to take pictures of a far subject (where you can't get get closer for whatever reason). Or want to get in really really wide shots in cramped spaces. Better glass means sharper images, which is a must for the higher megapixel censors. Or maybe you want faster/quieter autofocus. Or maybe you want the lens to let in more light. Or maybe better image stabilisation. Take your pick.

  • +36 votes

    $447 Harvey Norman price: 30th of March - 3rd of April 2017

    $50 cashback from Nikon: 1st of April - 31st of May 2017

    It means you need to purchase the camera on Saturday the 1st of April 2017 to receive the $50 Cash back…
    if you buy now, you may not get the cashback :)

    • +10 votes

      This post needs more +votes so that some poor souls see it before they pull the trigger and regret it later. But then again, this will probably be sold out before Saturday. Catch 22.

      • +2 votes

        Go to TGG or JB and price match on the 1st?

        • +1 vote

          Yeah, that's another option, unless they try to pull "That's below our cost" or some other bullshit like that.

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        Agree…
        If you don't care about the cash back then buy now.
        If you care about the cashback, don't buy now and pray there are stocks on the 1st of April.

        I don't think Nikon cares about Harvey Norman incorrectly posting the cashback on website. It's Nikon who provides the cashback hence we need to follow Nikon T & C.

    • -1 vote

      Can we get the op to update this as going to the cashback site doesnt allow you to select this model presently.

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    Really worth it? I've been searching for a camera for my wife for her birthday and next month our baby boy is due (first one) so was going to suprise her with this.

    Opinions greatly appreciated :) Wanted to not spend over $500 so this definitely ticks the boxes.

    • +1 vote

      Will she be using it a lot? Cus these cameras are kinda bulky, esp if you take around multiple lenses.

      I got the D3100 ages ago for my partner and she was happy with it. She really only used it for auto mode, but I used manual a little which was fun.

      Note this kit only has the single lens. I regret not getting the 75-200mm (or something like that) as part of the twin lens kit.

      If your wife is just getting into photography and may not use it all the time, this could be a really good option. Some people prefer the much smaller mirrorless ones though. Maybe scope out a camera store and take a few pics to get a better idea.

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        Thanks for the reply, I've bought a farm so she'll just be taking photos here of the scenery and animals. Main goal was for her to take photos of the new born as she's totally obsessed.

        For the price its very cheap, she prefers the bigger ones so this fits the criteria.

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          It seems like a good entry point for your wife. Take the plunge I guess. The camera isn't by any means bad, I was more concerned about how she would be carrying it around and using it. You'll definitely get good baby shots!

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          I was going to suggest mirror less camera's to take with you traveling. Having a new born means you have quite a few things bringing around and camera gear is at the bottom of my list normally. I have two entry levels, one is d3300 and other is canon Eos m10. I normally use my m10 more for travel and casual occasions and bring out my Nikon on special occasions only because of the bulkiness. (got 3 lenses and speedlite on it)

          But if your wife is happy with the big cameras by all means go for it. It's a good price. Not the best price but its still a decent deal.

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      These are a highly capable camera and definitely worth considering. Being a DSLR, it's bigger than a compact camera, but as long as your wife isn't likely to mind the size, I'd say go for it.

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        Great, thanks for the reply :)

      • +1 vote

        ( ° ʖ °)

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      I bought my partner a D5100 about 5 years ago and it's still being used. It is a bit bulky for travelling but if she's only using it around the house it'll be more than good enough :)

    • +2 votes

      While this is big compared to mirrorless cameras, it isnt BIG compared to other dslr.

      for $400 I think this camera will do more then most casual photographer require. and it will certainly take nicer photos than most compact cameras or phones.

      In a nutshell, it is not a lot of money to spend to explore if she likes photography

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        Spot on!

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      Do it for sure! I got the D3300 last year and love being able to take high quality photos of our little one (3m old now). Its completely worthwhile as iPhone photos dont always cut the mustard especially in lower light. For next level pics I've been considering the nikon 50mm f1.8 lens too, its about $250.

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        Bought, cheers thanks for the replies guys.

        • +1 vote

          This is DX camera, get the 35mm F/1.8 DX lens and you are set

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        I will probably buy and used to have a D90 however I wonder if it will take as good photos of my little one's compared to what my iphone now does with depth effect.

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          Definitely yes, a lot better than an iPhone……

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          Much better (particularly in low light). To get the same depth of field effect, grab the Nikon 35mm F1.8 ($200 or so IIRC) to go with it.

    • +2 votes

      I took these with a 6 year old D3100 earlier this year. 55-300mm lens.

      http://imgur.com/a/pc6xi

      • -1 vote

        The bokeh is so busy and quite distracting…

  • +4 votes

    Good deal for a great camera! Pay no attention to HN's "regular" pricing though - just about any other retailer is selling this significantly cheaper everyday (~$600), and grey market can be had for low-$400's as well.

    • +2 votes

      Yep I posted a deal for this near the start of the year for $398 @ TGG with an eBay code. No cash back required

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    Where's the cash back info? I'm on the mobile website and can't see it.

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      Cashback

      Offer ends 31st of May 2017. Offer is via redemption from the supplier. Terms and conditions apply. See supplier website for full details. http://promotions.mynikonlife.com.au/ $50 Cashback via redemption

      There is no information on that site yet for this particular promotion though. OP I really hope you actually looked into the cashback, as the very info you posted states April 1st.

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        Just spoke to the Harveynorman guys.

        Cashback

        Offer ends 31st of May 2017. Offer is via redemption from the supplier. Terms and conditions apply. See supplier website for full details. http://promotions.mynikonlife.com.au/ $50 Cashback via redemption

        Special Price

        Offer ends 3rd of April 2017 (11006114)

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          Doesnt mean anything … if you go to Nikons site you cant select the D3400 for cashback at the moment. Therefore you may likely miss out having purchased prior to 1st April

        • +1 vote

          @pw2002au: I called the Nikon promotion team and they confirmed the cashback starts 1/4/17

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    I had the d3100 as well, and it's been a great little camera. I still really enjoy the photos out of it even after moving to another system. Have been really enjoying the 35mm f/1.8G lens as well. Very good for lower light situations.

  • +2 votes

    The D3400 is the smallest and lightest of Nikons current DSLR lineup.

    I love the weight of mine compared to my D7000 and its a no brainer which one I reach for typically.

    I think this is a good price for a great entry level DSLR.

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    i do have D3200 its great dslr for beginners. yes, its bit bulky but as your not a professional photographer you dont have to carry all the time, good for small occasions and some outdoor shoots as well. Captured all memories of my daughter since she was born,great output. D3400 For $400 it's worth buying with single lens.

  • +8 votes

    I have the Nikon D3300 with the 35mm fixed AF-S lens (Food) and a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens (Landscape) and absolutely love it!
    This was purchased for $500 with the same 18-55mm kit lens, so this looks to be an amazing deal. The kit lens however is handy, but you will find that there are better lenses out there and it will sit around collecting dust.

    The camera is perfect for beginners and depending on the intended use, can achieve really good results.

    Below are shots I have taken with the D3300. Note that Instagram reduses the quality of the pictures:
    Link to Instagram examples
    Link to blog examples

    Just keep in mind that the body is not full frame, so you are limited with the amount your camera can capture.
    Great find OP!

    • +1 vote

      Great shots. Now I feel like eating something after all those shots of food :)

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        Thanks Jase :)
        Sounds like the story of my life.. every time I see something gassy I MUST try it!

        • +1 vote

          that made me hungry!

    • +1 vote

      Sorry I realised the second link wasn't working - Fixed now! :) Blog examples

  • +3 votes

    For anyone confused about the cashback offer

    First of all, the cashback link is located near the bottom of the item listing page on the Harvey Norman website under "Terms and conditions".

    Second, on the Nikon redeem page you can't select D3400. I Asked a Harvey Normal representative who looked into it and told me the cashback offer will be available for the D3400 from April 1st. I purchased the camera today and will check the Nikon website on Saturday to apply for the $50 cashback.

    If it doesn't work Harvey Normal will have some explaining to do but I'm sure it will, they clearly state the cashback offer on the item listing on their website.

    • +2 votes

      Jack - great response - might be worthwhile putting that in the description.

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        ^Disregard the above comment^

  • +1 vote

    I got my D3300 for $299 back 2 years ago with $100 cash back. Not bad

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    I've got the D3300 (the previous model) and it's a great camera.

    Cheapest DSLR camera to shoot 1080p at 60FPS!

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    Anyone recommend an SD card?

    • +1 vote

      Any reliable card will be fine for your need. A lot of samsung sd card deals lately.

  • -2 votes

    :) always enjoy lovely "camera advice" from weekend warriors.

  • -1 vote

    So I took 10 minutes to write a comment to help budding photographers and got negged so my comment disappeared. I wrote it thinking it would be helpful and I could have been doing others things instead. Perhaps write why you disagree instead of negging the comment so that people can read it and make their own decisions. I certainly won't be making anymore comments on ozbargain as this has happened a few times now.

    • +2 votes

      welcome to the interweb!

      maybe if you backed it up with some photos, it would have helped your cause…
      you can still do it!

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    Thanks ops. Bought 1 + 1 Sandisk SD Card 64 GB for $29. The sales guy price matched it with ebay price.

  • +3 votes

    Just chatted to Harvey Norman Support Agent online this morning, this was what said:

    "Harvey norman had a exclusive offer where we could claim earlier, Nikon has informed us that they would be updating the site today"

    And the link to the Nikon Cash Back promotion is here: http://promotions.mynikonlife.com.au/Redeem

  • +1 vote

    A question for existing owners of the D3400 or D3300.

    It appears that outside of Australia, Nikon includes the VR (Vibration Reduction) version of the 18-55mm lens in the D3400 kit (AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR), whereas the AU version comes with the non-VR lense (AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G). The previous D3300 model came with a VR lens in the kit.

    I am interested to hear the thoughts of any existing owners as to their experience with and with-out VR / Image Stabilisation.

    Press release covering the two versions of the lens is here.

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    Although i already have a mirrorless camera (Olympus EPL8 )and an old Nikon DSLR (D70)
    i am very tempted to pick this one up.

    I had a look at the Nikon redeem link above, and i could not find the D3400 under the Nikon Model option.
    Just things such as KeyMission 360 etc,,,,am i looking at the wrong place ??

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      i could not find the D3400 under the Nikon Model option.
      am i looking at the wrong place ??

      You're looking at the wrong date.

      $50 cashback from Nikon: 1st of April - 31st of May 2017

  • +1 vote
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    Paid $344 back in Jan from JB.

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      D3300?

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        D3400

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          missed on that deal. eh…

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    Any bargain good case, bag for this camera?

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    Anyone price matched at Officejerks yet? I'm going to try on Saturday, but I'm always apprehensive as they take it really personally down there at my local…

  • +1 vote

    Spoke with Nikon and Harvey Norman.

    Tomorrow the Nikon website will show the cashback for this.

    Anything before purchased from Harvey Norman they had an exclusive deal and will be honored.

    Confirmed by both Harvey & Nikon.

    Picked up mine today.

  • -1 vote

    any promotional code for Harvey Norman I can use in this deal?

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    It seems that you can redeem the cashback now,
    https://promotions.mynikonlife.com.au/Redeem/Claim/Step_1

  • +1 vote

    Just did redemption with no problems and bought yesterday.

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    bought it today, price matched in JB at $447

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    How long does it take Nikon to process the cash redemption and deposit the $50 into your bank account ?