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Nikon D3500 APS-C DSLR Camera (2018)

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Product Overview

Nikon D3500 is an entry-level DSLR camera in the Nikon F-mount system. Introduced by Nikon in 2018, it comes with an APS-C sensor with 24 MP (6000 x 4000) resolution.
The camera has an excellent battery life, and you may just get away without a second battery. The Nikon D3500's 5.0 fps burst rate limits its use for certain types of photography, but it is hardly something that most photographers should worry about.
The D3500 comes with 11 autofocus points.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 50% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Exceptional battery life
  • Rather compact
  • Very light
Cons
  • Menu not touch-enabled
  • Very low 5.0 fps burst rate
  • Lacks weather sealing
  • Viewfinder coverage is cropped at 95%
  • Lacks intervalometer for timelapse

What external reviewers found***

Ext 61% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fantastic image quality
  • Great video stabilization capability
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Slow Wi-Fi
  • No touchscreen
  • Disappointing autofocus performance in FHD
  • No wireless charging
  • Bulky design
  • No in-body stabilization
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Remote Control + USB 2.0
Wireless Connectivity
SnapBridge (Bluetooth only)

Construction

Form Factor
DSLR camera
Image Size
APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Lens Mount
Nikon F-mount
Microphone
Mono
Sensor | Resolution
24 MP (6000 x 4000)
Sensor | Type
CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
70 mm / 2.76 in
Size | Height
97 mm / 3.82 in
Size | Width
124 mm / 4.88 in
Weight
365 g / 12.90 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3 inch
Display Type
Fixed TFT LCD
Resolution
921,000 dots
Viewfinder | Coverage
95%
Viewfinder | Magnification
0.85x
Viewfinder | Type
Optical (pentamirror)

Function

Autofocus
11 focus points
Crop Factor
1.5
Exposure Compensation
±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
Flash
Built-in
GPS
No
Image Stabilization
No
Intervalometer
No
ISO Range
100 ~ 25600
Processor
Expeed 4
Touch Screen
No
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, H.264
Weather Resistance
No

Performance

Battery Life
1550 shots
Flash Range
7.00 m
Max Burst Rate
5.0 fps
Storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC

Production

Battery
EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
Debut
2018-08-30

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

dpreview[1]

Sentiment Score 52%
Reviewers from dpreview have found the following***:
The D3500 is a very capable and affordable camera for beginners and young families. It does a fine job capturing 'candids' and other casual shots. Although the Guide Mode can be incredibly helpful for new photographers, we didn't find the camera quite as dependable as we'd like. The 24-megapixel sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor make for high-quality frames.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic image quality
  • Good battery life
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • No touch-screen
  • No LCD screen
  • Limited autofocus

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The D3500 is a fine choice for quick family video clips and home movies. It's many times better than Canon's low-cost starter model, the EOS Rebel T7. If you want a more modern, capable camera for video, consider the Sony a6400 or Fujifilm X-T20.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Fast autofocus
  • Tilting LCD
Cons
  • No in-body stabilization
  • No touch controls

rtings[3]

Sentiment Score 35%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Nikon D3500 is decent for travel photography. Images are sharp and relatively low in graininess even at relatively high ISO levels. Its wide shutter speed range should suit both long-exposure photography as well as still images of moving subjects. However, its autofocus system struggles to maintain focus on faces and moving objects.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp and relatively low in graininess
  • Decently comfortable to use
  • Wide shutter speed range
  • Great video stabilization capability
  • Good video stabilization capabilities
Cons
  • Bulky design
  • Can't record in 4k
  • No microphone or headphone jacks
  • Disappointing autofocus performance in FHD

t3[4]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The Nikon D3500 has a 24.2 million pixel effective resolution and Nikon's EXPEED 4 image processor. It offers access to Full HD video, at capture speeds up to a cinematic looking 59.94fps. There is a 3-inch 921K-dot resolution LCD screen if switching the camera to Live View mode. Bluetooth connectivity allows us to send images to a smartphone, as well as use a handset as a remote control.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 24.2 million pixel image sensor
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No built-in microphone
  • No 4K video

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The D3500 retains the same effective 24.2MP pixel count as the old D3400, but this is a newer sensor. There's no Wi-Fi connectivity, but you do get Bluetooth, so it's possible to transfer images via Nikon's SnapBridge feature. Most people looking at this beginner camera will choose to get the 18-55mm lens that's bundled with the camera for a few more dollars or pounds.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compact, compact design
  • Wide-angle viewfinder
  • Fingerprint sensor
Cons
  • No touchscreen
  • No 3.0-inch display

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Nikon D3500 delivers consistently good pictures with colors that are well-saturated. Battery life has been improved by about 350 shots per charge to 1,550 on the D35000. Snapbridge app allows you to choose the resolution (full or 2 megapixel for faster transfer)
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Slow Wi-Fi
  • No wireless charging

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nikon D3500 review. [dpreview]. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d3500-review. 2020-01-14. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
2. ^ Nikon D3500 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/nikon-d3500. 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
3. ^ Nikon D3500 Camera Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/camera/reviews/nikon/d3500. 2021-02-18. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
4. ^ Nikon D3500 review. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/nikon-d3500-review. 2020-11-19. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
5. ^ Nikon D3500 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/nikon-d3500-review. 2020-09-30. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
6. ^ Nikon D3500 Review: Best DSLR for Beginners. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/us/nikon-d3500,review-5929.html. 2020-09-29. Retrieved 2022-02-02.

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