Nikon S3500 overview
Nikon S3500 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera first revealed on February of 2013. The camera includes a 20MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5152 x 3864.
The S3500 places at #67 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #819 out of 1428 for cameras in our list. Remember to try our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your customized criteria.
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Nikon S3500 family
The Nikon S3500 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the full list below.
Nikon S3500 Gallery
You can view the S3500 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Nikon S3500 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Nikon S3500 based on aspects that are often viewed as crucial in a camera.
Nikon S3500 Sensor features
The specification of the sensor on the Nikon S3500 is 6.16mm x 4.62mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5152 x 3864 pixels . The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor has 20MP and features a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported therefore you have less margin for error.
The picture below displays the S3500's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The S3500 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon S3500 dimensions
Nikon S3500 weighs about 0.28 lbs (129 grams or 4.55 oz) & has external dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Nikon S3500 is lighter than other competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Listed below is a visual of the Nikon S3500 besides a softdrink so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view directly below will provide the button arrangement on the S3500.
Nikon S3500 Lens features
The S3500 comes with a built in lens with a focal range of 26-182mm making it a 7.0 x zoom which won't be perfect however it will be helpful in some cases.
At it's widest 26mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.4 making it quite sluggish and not ideal for low light occasions and you might find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will also have to up your ISO setting resulting in noisy photographs. For the long end, 182mm comes at f6.4 making it very sluggish and you would have to choose slow shutter speeds.
Nikon S3500 Connectivity
The S3500 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
Cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send photos and oftentimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
Some apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.
Nikon S3500 Video features
The maximum video quality on the Nikon S3500 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You should really target a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The body doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone port which means that you get zero control over the sound. It is probably best to get another camera should you want good sound for your video clips.
Nikon S3500 Weather Sealing
Nikon S3500 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions might affect the camera.
Nikon S3500 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon S3500 includes a 2.7" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon S3500 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders are very useful.
Nikon S3500 Shutter features
The max shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Nikon S3500 Flash and Hot shoe features
Nikon S3500 comes with just built-in flash with missing external flash ability.
Nikon S3500 Autofocusing features
Nikon S3500 has not got Auto focusing. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and accurate than Contrast Based autofocusing.
Nikon S3500 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be good for low light or you need more exact focusing control.
Nikon S3500 Battery life
The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest possible (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.
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Nikon S3500 for various styles of photography
The following bar chart provides a summation of the Nikon S3500 for various styles of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Nikon S3500 Portrait photography information
The Nikon S3500 receives a rating of 34 which is lousy, meaning that it is simply not good for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files plus the option to utilize off-camera lighting.
Nikon S3500 Street photography features
Having a nice rating of 64, the Nikon S3500 is a very decent pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Nikon S3500
A lousy sports photography rating of 43 suggests the Nikon S3500 is simply not good for shooting sports. A camera needs good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon S3500 Travel photography details
Weight is super important in selecting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon S3500 gets a very good 70 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent option to take with you on your trips.
Landscape photography with Nikon S3500
When you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon S3500 and it's lousy rating of 41 for a landscape camera is simply not good compared to it's competition.
Vlogging with Nikon S3500
A vlogging camera should really have a moving display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Nikon S3500 is simply not good for vlogging as it receives a lousy rating of 32.
Nikon S3500 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the S3500, here is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall into the family of Small Sensor Compact.
The diagram just below shows you a summary of the S3500 vs it's top ranked competitors shown above.
There are a bunch of cameras you may see as alternative options. To browse through a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.