Nikon D3500 Review

Overall 46
Imaging 20
Features 31
Size 73
Price 0

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 124 x 97 x 70 mm
  • Weight: 365 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Nikon D3400. Compare

Nikon D3500 Summary

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 D3400. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
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.

Nikon D3500 Compared to other DSLR 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.

PROs

  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Weight: 365 g
  • Battery Life: 1550 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • Microphone Port: No

Popular comparisons of Nikon D3500

Complete Comparison of Nikon D3500 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level DSLR 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D3500

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Nikon D3500 — 1550 shots
Min: 230 shots
Average: 588 shots
Max: 1900 shots

Thickness

Nikon D3500 — 70 mm
Min: 53 mm
Average: 73 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Nikon D3500 — 365 g
Min: 365 g
Average: 539 g
Max: 690 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D3500

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

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.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

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.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Nikon D3500 for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Nikon D3500 for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D3500 for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (1550 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (124 x 97 x 70 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Nikon D3500 for Sports 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.

Advantages:

  • Big battery life (1550 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)

Nikon D3500 for Daily 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (124 x 97 x 70 mm)

Nikon D3500 for Landscape 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing

Nikon D3500 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D3500
Announced Aug 29, 2018
Body Type Compact SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.56
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 7
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
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
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
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
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
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 365 g
Physical Dimensions 124 x 97 x 70 mm
Battery Life 1550 shots
Battery Type 1550 shots
Battery Model EN-EL14a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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