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Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500

Portability
63
Imaging
43
Features
33
Overall
39
Canon EOS 300D front
 
Nikon D3500 front
Portability
72
Imaging
69
Features
70
Overall
69

Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500 Key Specs

Canon 300D
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 645g - 142 x 99 x 72mm
  • Announced September 2003
  • Alternative Name is EOS Digital Rebel / EOS Kiss Digital
  • Refreshed by Canon 350D
Nikon D3500
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 365g - 124 x 97 x 70mm
  • Announced August 2018
  • Succeeded the Nikon D3400
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Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500 Overview

The following is a in-depth assessment of the Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by manufacturers Canon and Nikon. There exists a sizeable gap among the resolutions of the 300D (6MP) and D3500 (24MP) but they use the same exact sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The 300D was announced 16 years prior to the D3500 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before diving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a quick overview of how the 300D scores versus the D3500 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon 300D over the Nikon D3500

 300D D3500 

Reasons to pick Nikon D3500 over the Canon 300D

 D3500 300D 
AnnouncedAugust 2018September 2003Newer by 182 months
Display sizing3"1.8"Larger display (+1.2")
Display resolution921k118kCrisper display (+803k dot)

Common features in the Canon 300D and Nikon D3500

 300D D3500 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera often, you will need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon 300D comes with outside measurements of 142mm x 99mm x 72mm (5.6" x 3.9" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 645 grams (1.42 lbs) while the Nikon D3500 has measurements of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") having a weight of 365 grams (0.80 lbs).

See the Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are working with at the time. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the 300D against the D3500.

Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the 300D and D3500 is 63 and 72 respectively.

Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500 top view buttons comparison

Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to envision the gap in sensor dimensions simply by looking through technical specs. The picture underneath should offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the 300D and D3500.

As you can tell, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Nikon D3500 to result in more detail with its extra 18MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics a little more aggressively. The more aged 300D will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500 sensor size comparison

Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 300D as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon D3500 as a Portrait photography camera
49
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
does not have liveview
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
81
focusing manually
decent MP (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 300D Street photography information
Nikon D3500 Street photography information
54
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
69
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than competition in class (365 grams)
good ISO range (25,600)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon 300D Sports photography details
Nikon D3500 Sports photography details
38
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect autofocus
does not have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (6MP)
70
decent MP (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
great battery (1,550 CIPA)
has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon 300D
Travel photography with Nikon D3500
43
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (6MP)
display is not selfie friendly
71
great battery (1,550 per charge)
lighter than competition in class (365 grams)
connects via bluetooth
decent MP (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 300D Landscape photography factors
Nikon D3500 Landscape photography factors
45
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
screen is small (1.8 inches)
does not have liveview
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
does not have Time Lapse recording
75
focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
decent MP (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
does not have anti-alias filter
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
great battery (1,550 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 300D as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D3500 as a Vlogging camera
9
can't shoot video
31
comes with face detection focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (365 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
lack of external mic jack
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Canon 300D vs Nikon D3500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 300D and Nikon D3500
 Canon EOS 300DNikon D3500
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Model Canon EOS 300D Nikon D3500
Also called as EOS Digital Rebel / EOS Kiss Digital -
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2003-09-04 2018-08-29
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip - Expeed 4
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.7 x 15.1mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 342.8mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 6MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest resolution 3072 x 2048 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 1600 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 7 11
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon EF/EF-S Nikon F
Amount of lenses 326 309
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 1.8 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 118k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.5x 0.56x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames per second 5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (ISO 100) 7.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Red-eye reduction, Off Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Off, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/200s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 645 grams (1.42 lb) 365 grams (0.80 lb)
Dimensions 142 x 99 x 72mm (5.6" x 3.9" x 2.8") 124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 544 not tested
Other
Battery life - 1550 shots
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model - EN-EL14a
Self timer Yes (10 sec) Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $54 $397