Nikon D3500 Before You Buy Review

Nikon D3500

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The Nikon D3500 is the most recent release of Nikon’s entrance level DSLR. It’s a refresh to the Nikon D3400. There have not been many changes. If you own the D3400 or the D3300 you won’t have to upgrade to the new D3500. Yet, this model keeps Nikon on the best entry level DSLR camera list.

The D3500 is Nikon’s least expensive and most straightforward DSLR. It is also its lightest, weighing only 415g. The camera comes with a lightweight 18-55mm AF-P zoom lens. It’s light, quick and realiable.

This camera design is for beginners. With simplified controls and a built in Guide Mode to help new users learn the basics. The Nikon D3500 is compatible with a wide range of Nikon lenses.

Nikon D3500 features

Inside, the D3500 there is a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor. This camera boasts a 5 frame per second shooting speed. Where most entry level cameras have 3fps.

This camera features many focal points. Packaged with the AF-P 18-55mm lens, with Nikon’s VR (Vibration Reduction) framework. You are sure to get a focused image.

This camera can shoot full HD 1920 x 1080 video at up to 60/50fps. The Nikon D3500 features Bluetooth. Which lets you send pictures to computer or cell phone. In this most recent model, one can take a picture using a cell phone.

Nikon says it’s overhauled its sensor to give enhanced speed, detail and hues. It’s extra battery life allows for 1,550 shots on a single charge. That is four times more than you’d hope to get from a similar camera.

The D3500 shoots raw, as you’d expect. Yet, these are 12-bit instead of the 14-bit captured by models further up the Nikon line. Will you see a difference? No, as even a 12-bit raw file gives a lot more extensive tone and shading range than ordinary JPEGs. And for the audiance this camera is for, the distinctions are going to be small.

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The body gives you a decent hold on the camera. The back screen isn’t touch, so you’re dependent on the physical buttons and dials. The screen is stationary. The quality is great, with sharp detail and splendid, clear hues.

DSLRs need a thicker body to suit the mirror instrument. When you’ve included the 18-55mm AF-P lens, the D3500 is the same length as it is wide.

The viewfinder is a ‘pentamirror’ design rather than the pentaprism found in more expensive DSLRs. But its bright and clear. You can see the edges without moving your eye and there’s no shading bordering at the edges.


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The D3500 feels responsive. The autofocus beep is loud. But the AF-P lens’s autofocus is fast and quiet that it is nice to have some feedback.
In viewfinder shooting, the 11 AF focuses are towards the center. You can give the camera a chance to select the focus or select it yourself; whichever way it’s quick, and simple.

In live view mode you can choose a focus point anyplace on the screen. You need to use the dial on the back of the camera to move the AF point, which is somewhat easy. The live view is quick.

It might be a beginner level camera. But, on the chance you put its photos next to those from the best ASP-C cameras out there you may have a hard time telling what camera it came from.


In the event that it’s a DSLR you need, the Nikon D3500 faces some solid rivalry in the Canon extend. The 750D/Rebel T6i is a decent adversary. But if this is in your budget we would recommend this as a starting camera.