Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this overview, we are going to take a look at two different camera models that fall into different categories: the first model we are about to review, Nikon Coolpix P510 is a camera from Small Sensor Superzoom category. It features BSI-CMOS sensor with a resolution of 16.0 MP. The second model we are looking at, Nikon D3500, falls into a Entry-Level DSLR category and it is equipped with CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 24.0 MP.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from SuperZoom category create serious competition to models that fall into DSLR category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Nikon Coolpix P510 and Nikon D3500.
Nikon Coolpix P510 Key Features:
Nikon D3500 Key Features:
Since Nikon Coolpix P510 has been around for some time, it was substituted by Nikon P520.
Being a newer model, Nikon Coolpix P510 substituted Nikon P500.
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Continuous Shooting||7 fps vs 5 fps||2 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||33.3% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||366.6 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||92.3% larger pixel area|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Flash Range||7 vs No||7 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Battery Life||1550 shots vs 200 shots||1350 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||365 g vs 555 g||190 g lighter|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.56 vs No||0.56 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Optical (pentamirror)||Better framing and control|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots | 921k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps | 5.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Nikon Coolpix P510 and Nikon D3500 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Nikon D3500 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 190g less than the Nikon Coolpix P510. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Nikon Coolpix P510 and Nikon D3500 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Nikon Coolpix P510 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Nikon D3500, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon Coolpix P510 and Nikon D3500 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Nikon D3500 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.1x larger than the one featured in Nikon Coolpix P510. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
In terms of sensor size, both Nikon Coolpix P510 and Nikon D3500 feature similar sensors. Thus, none of these models can boast of a significant advantage over the other. Both cameras should deliver about the same control over the depth of field if they are used with the same aperture and focal length.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Nikon Coolpix P510 and Nikon D3500 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Nikon Coolpix P510||Nikon D3500|
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Nikon Coolpix P510 or Nikon D3500, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Nikon Coolpix P510 and Nikon D3500 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Nikon D3500 deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon Coolpix P510. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Nikon Coolpix P510||Nikon D3500|
|Announced||Jul 05, 2012||Aug 29, 2018|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)||Compact SLR|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Nikon F|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||287|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range||2|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow-sync||Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (15, 30fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (120, 30fps)||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||555 g||365 g|
|Physical Dimensions||120 x 83 x 102 mm||124 x 97 x 70 mm|
|Battery Life||200 shots||1550 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|