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Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5600

Portability
72
Imaging
71
Features
70
Overall
70
Nikon D3500 front
 
Nikon D5600 front
Portability
70
Imaging
69
Features
85
Overall
75

Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5600 Key Specs

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
  • Earlier Model is Nikon D3400
Nikon D5600
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 465g - 124 x 97 x 70mm
  • Launched November 2016
  • Replaced the Nikon D5500
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Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5600 Overview

Following is a detailed comparison of the Nikon D3500 versus Nikon D5600, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras and they are both designed by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the D3500 (24MP) and the D5600 (24MP) is very well matched and they enjoy the same exact sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The D3500 was unveiled 22 months after the D5600 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the D3500 grades versus the D5600 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D3500 over the Nikon D5600

 D3500 D5600 
LaunchedAugust 2018November 2016More modern by 22 months

Reasons to pick Nikon D5600 over the Nikon D3500

 D5600 D3500 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display sizing3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1037k921kCrisper display (+116k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon D3500 and Nikon D5600

 D3500 D5600 
Focus manually More accurate focus

Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5600 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera, you should consider its weight and measurements. The Nikon D3500 comes with physical measurements of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") having a weight of 365 grams (0.80 lbs) while the Nikon D5600 has proportions of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") along with a weight of 465 grams (1.03 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you use at the time. Here is the front view scale comparison of the D3500 and the D5600.

Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5600 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the D3500 and D5600 is 72 and 70 respectively.

Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5600 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5600 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very tough to picture the contrast between sensor sizes just by reading through specifications. The pic below may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the D3500 and D5600.

Plainly, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the same MP and you can expect similar quality of pictures although you will want to factor the age of the products into consideration. The younger D3500 provides an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5600 sensor size comparison

Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5600 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5600 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D3500 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon D5600 as a Portrait photography camera
82
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
81
has manual focus
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon D3500 Street photography information
Nikon D5600 Street photography information
69
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
lighter than competitors (365 grams)
good high ISO (25,600)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
74
fully articulated screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
has touch to focus
good ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D3500 Sports photography details
Nikon D5600 Sports photography details
71
megapixel count decent (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
great battery life (1,550 shots)
supports phase detect autofocus
max frames per second low (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
70
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
good battery life (820 shots)
has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D3500
Travel photography with Nikon D5600
71
great battery life (1,550 per charge)
lighter than competitors (365 grams)
connects via bluetooth
megapixel count decent (24MP)
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse recording
does not have selfie friendly screen
81
good battery life (820 shots)
connects via bluetooth
has touch to focus
MP count decent (24MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D3500 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon D5600 as a Landscape photography camera
76
focusing manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
no low pass filter
good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (1,550 CIPA)
does not have image stabilization
missing Time Lapse recording
79
has manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (820 shots)
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D3500 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D5600 as a Vlogging camera
31
comes with face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (365 grams)
does not have selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
missing mic jack
75
selfie friendly display
touch screen
supports face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has external mic jack
no image stabilization
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Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5600 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D3500 and Nikon D5600
 Nikon D3500Nikon D5600
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon D3500 Nikon D5600
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced 2018-08-29 2016-11-10
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip 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 surface area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 39
Cross type focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F Nikon F
Amount of lenses 309 309
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 3 inch 3.2 inch
Resolution of screen 921 thousand dot 1,037 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.56x 0.55x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 5.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 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, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest 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) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 365 grams (0.80 lb) 465 grams (1.03 lb)
Dimensions 124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") 124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 84
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.1
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.0
DXO Low light rating not tested 1306
Other
Battery life 1550 pictures 820 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL14a EN-EL14
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures)) Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $397 $597