Nikon D3500 overview
Nikon D3500 is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR camera initially announced on August of 2018. It has got a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000.
The D3500 is ranked #14 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all-around #148 out of 1436 for cameras in our list. Remember to try our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your customized criteria.
Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon D3500 family
The Nikon D3500 has a history of related cameras. Below, you can identify all past and newer models alongside key features.
Nikon D3500 Gallery
You can see the D3500 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Nikon D3500 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of positives and negatives of the Nikon D3500 based on factors which are oftentimes viewed as necessary in a camera.
Nikon D3500 Sensor details
The Nikon D3500 houses the Expeed 4 processor chip. The sensor size in the Nikon D3500 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor is able to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW files are saved so you have wider margin for error.
Nikon decided to skip the anti aliasing filter with the Nikon D3500. This can result in more detailed pictures but might cause moire in certain circumstances.
The image underneath displays the D3500's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The D3500 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon D3500 dimensions
Nikon D3500 is 0.80 lb (365 gr / 12.88 oz) & the sizing of the camera is 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8"). The weight of normal Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538 gr so the Nikon D3500 is lighter when compared with other rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Here is a image of the Nikon D3500 with a soft drink so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view under will provide the button layout on the D3500.
Nikon D3500 Lens specs
The D3500 works with the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to select from. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the D3500.
Nikon D3500 Connectivity
The D3500 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can copy pictures and oftentimes alter camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.
A few applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.
Nikon D3500 Video specs
The maximum video resolution in the Nikon D3500 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance for quality vs file sizes but FULL HD won't leave you with any room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone socket so you have no control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to purchase another model in case you need better audio for your video clips.
Nikon D3500 Weather Sealing
Nikon D3500 doesn't include weather proofing so wet conditions might damage the camera.
Nikon D3500 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon D3500 has got a 3 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder details for Nikon D3500 are the following:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- ViewFinder Coverage 95%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.56x
For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be pretty useful.
Nikon D3500 Shutter specs
Nikon D3500 is able to shoot continuously at 5.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Nikon D3500 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Nikon D3500 has both in-built flash along with external flash ability.
Nikon D3500 Autofocus specs
Nikon D3500 has both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & precise when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which can be useful for portraits.
The Sensor has got 11 focus points to select from. It also has Tracking AF for subjects that move. Nikon D3500 comes with manual focus when required for low light conditions or you require more precise control on focus.
Nikon D3500 Battery life
The battery (EN-EL14a) on the Nikon D3500 is fashioned to last for 1550 photographs with respect to the CIPA measurements which is higher than average when compared to its class. The general Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x has the highest possible (1900) battery life for this class of cameras.
Below is a number of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:
Nikon D3500 for different kinds of photography
The following bar chart displays a analysis of the Nikon D3500 for different kinds of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Nikon D3500 Portrait photography info
The Nikon D3500 gets a rating of 82 which is superb, and means the camera is a brilliant fit to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support plus the potential to utilize off-camera lighting.
Nikon D3500 as a Street photography camera
With a above average rating of 69, the Nikon D3500 is a very decent pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Nikon D3500 Sports photography features
A very good sports photography rating of 70 means the Nikon D3500 is a respectable fit for photographing sports. A camera needs great focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon D3500 as a Travel photography camera
Weight is pretty important when choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon D3500 gets a nice 71 as a travel camera which is a fine fit to buy for your holidays.
Landscape photography with Nikon D3500
For anyone who is planning to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon D3500 and it's exceptional rating of 76 as a landscape camera is a tremendous option among it's competitors.
Vlogging with Nikon D3500
A camera for vlogging really should have a moving screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Nikon D3500 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it receives a awful rating of 31.
Nikon D3500 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the D3500, here is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall into the family of Entry-Level DSLR.
The chart listed below gives you a summary of the D3500 versus it's top scoring rivals listed above.
There are a bunch of cameras you might look into as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.