Nikon D3500 review

If you are a fan of Canon looking to establish yourself in the photography industry and want something to practice on, then this camera will allows you to achieve just that. It’s affordable and reliable.

Nikon D3500 breakdown and review

The Nikon D3500 is Nikon’s latest entry-level DSLR version camera having been launched in late 2018 as an upgrade of the D3400. Though it’s an upgrade to the D3400, it doesn’t come with a lot of changes. The device is light and comes with an 18-55mm AF-P kit lens making it more portable.

The camera features a 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS 4 sensor and an 11-point AF system. The camera comes with a 3-inch LCD camera and an ISO range of 100-25600. For a student photographer using a smartphone or compact camera, this camera delivers high-end quality images for you that can make you look like a pro. Its Guide Mode makes it easy for a user to determine the kind of scene to capture taking you through the basics of photography. Anyone can pick up this camera and capture great shots with it. It’s compatible with most F-mount Nikon lenses.

What we liked;

  • Easy to use
  • Offers value for money
  • Overall high-quality image
  • The autofocus is responsive
  • Excellent battery life

What we did not like;

  • The Live view AF system is relatively slow
  • The rear screen is fixed
  • No 4K video
  • Fixed LCD camera without touch screen capabilities

 

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Nikon D3500 specifications

Model
Canon EOS Rebel T7
Type
DSLR
Resolution
24.2MP
Shooting capacity
3.5-5.6f
Focal length
18-55mm
Continuous shooting speed
5 fps
AF points
11
Video quality
1080p Full HD
Screen
3 inches
Key features
EXPEED 4 image processor, 100-25600 ISO range, Bluetooth
Action

Nikon D3500 Features

Design and Build

The D3500 comes with a 3.1 x 5.1 x 4-inch dimension and weighs 13.8 ounces making it lightweight and easy to carry. The body is thicker and chunky featuring the iconic Nikon red stripe grip giving you a deep grip when handling it. There’s a redesigned button layout at the back of the body that helps in handling it without accidentally pressing buttons. The dedicated controls are to the right of the LCD; the flash button is at the back of the panel. Its Guide Mode offers assistance from setting up, retouching images, to shooting playback. For pros, the camera has advanced controls to meet their needs too. The 3-inch LCD screen is fixed and comes without a tilting mechanism for low angle shots. The buttons are clearly labeled and are simple to use and the functionality changes based on the mode you’re in.

Performance

The camera is very responsive and when it comes to picture quality, this camera delivers better consistent images with colors despite having the same 24MP resolution sensor like the D3400. However what sets it apart is the EXPEED image processor and an improved sensor. The AF-P lens autofocus is quiet and swift despite the autofocus having a loud beep. For videos, this camera provides accurate colors and exposure and is able to retail the best details in highlights and shadows even under high contrast lighting. You can easily focus and reframe your subject if it’s near the edge. In live mode, the camera allows you to choose a focus point anywhere on the screen. One of its best features is the extensive retouch menu that can process RAW files in-camera. Nikon 3500 has 1550 shots per charge despite it using the same battery as the 3400. This should be enough for at least a few data without recharging. If you wish to transfer your photos to your smartphone, then using the Nikon Snapbridge app, you can easily do so via Bluetooth.

Who is it best suited for?

This DSLR camera is easy to use and comes at an affordable price making it ideal for photography students looking to learn without breaking the bank. It’s also a good camera for enthusiasts as it comes with advanced features.

Are there alternatives to the Nikon D3500?

Yes, there are. It is possible to find cameras that operate within the same range and deliver an improved performance. In place of the Canon Rebel T7, you can use the Nikon D3400, the Canon EOS Rebel SL2, and the Canon EOS Rebel T7i.

Features of alternative cameras

Model
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Canon EOS Rebel T7i
Sony a6000
Focal length
18-55mm
18-55mm
15-50mm
Resolution
24.2MP
24.2MP
24.2MP
Screen size
3 inches
3 inches
3 inches
Video quality
1080p
1080p
1080p
Key features
ISO range of 100-25600, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, optical viewfinder
ISO range of 100-25600, 6fps, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, optical viewfinder
ISO range of 100-25600, 11fps, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, image stabilization capability, electronic viewfinder
Action

Verdict

Yes, you should if it’s a DSLR camera you are looking for. This device has overcome competition from cameras within its price range in terms of performance. It is a great camera for both photography students and enthusiasts. The camera is budget-friendly.

FAQs

What is the difference between the Nikon D3400 and the 3500?

The difference between the two camera models lies in the sensor and the image processor. Also, the battery life is improved by 350 shots per charge.

What’s the alternative camera option with touchscreen capabilities?

The ideal camera with touchscreen capability is the Sony a6400 or Fujifilm X-T20 if you have the budget.

Philip Taylor

Philip Taylor believes in helping people achieve their dreams and has, therefore, gone to the lengths to make the subject of photography and cameras more digestible to individuals who are passionate about this line of career. He believes with the right mentorship and experience, novice photographers can turn into professional photographers, the excerpts on beginner cameras at Photo MD are, therefore, the perfect guide for individuals who are into photography, want to get their first cameras but have no idea what to look for. Philip is a father to two lovely boys, and when not working he loves to research and will, therefore, be found in the library.

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