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Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500

Portability
70
Imaging
69
Features
70
Overall
69
Nikon D3400 front
 
Nikon D3500 front
Portability
72
Imaging
71
Features
70
Overall
70

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500 Key Specs

Nikon D3400
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 395g - 124 x 98 x 76mm
  • Released August 2016
  • Previous Model is Nikon D3300
  • Newer Model is Nikon D3500
Nikon D3500
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 365g - 124 x 97 x 70mm
  • Introduced August 2018
  • Previous Model is Nikon D3400
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Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500 Overview

Below, we will be reviewing the Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras and they are both manufactured by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the D3400 (24MP) and the D3500 (24MP) is pretty well matched and they use the exact same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The D3400 was launched 24 months earlier than the D3500 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before we go through a in depth comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the D3400 scores against the D3500 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D3400 over the Nikon D3500

 D3400 D3500 

Reasons to pick Nikon D3500 over the Nikon D3400

 D3500 D3400 
IntroducedAugust 2018August 2016Newer by 24 months

Common features in the Nikon D3400 and Nikon D3500

 D3400 D3500 
Focus manually Very exact focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions
Screen resolution921k921kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to travel with your camera frequently, you need to think about its weight and proportions. The Nikon D3400 provides external dimensions of 124mm x 98mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0") along with a weight of 395 grams (0.87 lbs) and the Nikon D3500 has measurements of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 365 grams (0.80 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilising at that time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the D3400 compared to the D3500.

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the D3400 and D3500 is 70 and 72 respectively.

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Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very difficult to picture the difference between sensor dimensions only by looking at specs. The picture here will help give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the D3400 and D3500.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same megapixels so you should expect similar quality of photos though you would want to take the release date of the products into consideration. The more aged D3400 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500 sensor size comparison

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D3400 Portrait photography features
Nikon D3500 Portrait photography features
81
you can focus manually
MP count good (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
82
manual focus
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D3400 as a Street photography camera
Nikon D3500 as a Street photography camera
68
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lighter than average (395g)
very good high ISO (25,600)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
69
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than others (365g)
great high ISO (25,600)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D3400 Sports photography highlights
Nikon D3500 Sports photography highlights
70
MP count good (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
good battery pack (1,200 shots)
sensor has phase detect AF
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
71
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
great battery (1,550 CIPA)
supports phase detect AF
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D3400 Travel photography information
Nikon D3500 Travel photography information
70
good battery pack (1,200 CIPA)
lighter than average (395g)
supports bluetooth
MP count good (24MP)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly display
71
great battery (1,550 per charge)
lighter than others (365g)
supports bluetooth
resolution is good (24MP)
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D3400 Landscape photography info
Nikon D3500 Landscape photography info
75
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
does not have anti-alias filter
very good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (1,200 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
does not have Timelapse recording
76
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
great high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
great battery (1,550 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D3400 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D3500 as a Vlogging camera
30
offers face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (395 grams)
does not feature selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
does not have microphone port
31
supports face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others (365g)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have external mic support
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Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D3400 and Nikon D3500
 Nikon D3400Nikon D3500
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon D3400 Nikon D3500
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2016-08-17 2018-08-29
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Expeed 4 Expeed 4
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Full resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points 1 -
Lens
Lens mount Nikon F Nikon F
Number of lenses 309 309
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 921 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.56x 0.56x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 5.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m (at ISO 100) 7.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options 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 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
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/200 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Optional None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 395 gr (0.87 pounds) 365 gr (0.80 pounds)
Dimensions 124 x 98 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0") 124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 86 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 24.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 13.9 not tested
DXO Low light score 1192 not tested
Other
Battery life 1200 shots 1550 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL14a EN-EL14a
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures)) Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures))
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Price at launch $397 $397