This review is devoted to D3500 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Aug 29, 2018. This model is a Entry-Level DSLR camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
This is an upgraded model that Nikon released to replace their older product
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Nikon D3500 vs. D3400
In Entry-Level DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #59 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 46/100 and it takes a rank of #278 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D3500 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D3500. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level DSLR cameras.
Nikon D3500 has the following external dimensions 124 x 124 x 70 mm (48.82 x 38.19 x 27.56″) with the weight of 365 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level DSLR type cameras is 539g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon D3500, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D3500 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 70mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D3500 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D3500 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D3500 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Nikon D3500 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Nikon D3500 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Nikon D3500 boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Nikon D3500 has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
In a huge database of models that we have collected, Nikon D3500 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Entry-Level DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Nikon D3500 with other standard sensor sizes.
Nikon D3500 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentamirror) ViewFinder.
The ViewFinder in D3500 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.56x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.
Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.
Some of the other highlights of Nikon D3500 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
D3500 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
One more highlight that makes Nikon D3500 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 11 points.
In addition, D3500 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon D3500, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon D3500 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Nikon D3500 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
D3500 comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.
Nikon D3500 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Nikon D3500 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, D3500 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect D3500 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon D3500 provides a shooting life of 1550, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 588 shots.
Compared to all models in the Entry-Level DSLR category, Nikon D3500 offers the highest battery life that reaches 1550 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D3500’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D3500’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D3500 to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D3500 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D3500 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D3500 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D3500 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D3500 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D3500 can be called a 69 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D3500 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 12. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D3500 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D3500 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D3500 can be called a 86 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Aug 29, 2018|
|Body Type||Compact SLR|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F|
|Number of Lenses||287|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||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|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||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|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||124 x 97 x 70 mm|
|Battery Life||1550 shots|
|Battery Type||1550 shots|