Nikon D3500 – Hands-On Preview
by Jeremy Gray
Preview added: 08-30-2020
While high-end cameras are getting a lot of attention, such as: For example, Nikon recently announced Z7 and Z6 full-frame cameras without mirrors, it remains that many people are buying entry-level cameras and entry-level DSLR cameras in particular. People enjoy ̵
The Nikon D3400 has filled the entry-level DSLR role for the company since September 2016, and has done so very successfully. Nikon has decided to double the popularity of this camera among beginners with the new Nikon D3500, making the D3500 even more compact and user-friendly. Let's take a closer look at the new D3500 and see exactly what has changed.
Nikon D3500 Key Features
- Redesigned camera body makes the D3500 Nikon the "most portable entry-level DSLR ever"
- 12.9-ounce (365 gram) camera body
- "Updated" 24.2-megapixel APS C-CMOS sensor
- native ISO range of 100-25,600
- 5 frames per second continuous shooting
- 11-point autofocus
- Live view shooting with autofocus with face detection and subject tracking  Full HD video recording at up to 60 frames per second
- Guide mode helps new photographers learn the ropes
- Integrated Bluetooth and Nikon SnapBridge compatibility
- 1,550-shot battery life
Camera body and Design: Mobile entry-level Nikon DSLR ever
There are many similarities between the D3500 and its predecessor, the D3400, but there are some important differences if you look closer. For example, the front handle has been redesigned to a similar design and shape as the D5500 / D5600, and the top of the camera has been redesigned. In particular, the D3500 has moved the upper "Info" button backwards and added a Live View lever around the mode dial instead of the button on the back of the D3400.
|The Nikon D3500 features a redesigned front grip that is thinner but deeper.|
If we focus our attention on the back of the camera, the differences are much clearer. While the D3400 had five buttons aligned vertically on the left side of the rear display, the D3500 moved all but the flash button to the right of the viewfinder and LCD. We find the moved "Info" button to the right of the viewfinder, along with AE-L / AF-L, Playback, Menu, "i", Playback zoom, Playback zoom-out, Drive mode, and Delete buttons. There is an eight-way directional field that also surrounds an OK button. The camera has a larger thumbgrip area than the D3400, and the dial has been moved up the rear of the camera.
Regarding the viewfinder and rear display, the viewfinder provides about 95 percent horizontal and vertical D3400 image coverage, so in some situations you should check the edges of your frame with Live View. The viewfinder magnification is approximately 0.85x, which is approximately 0.57x in 35mm. The rear display is a 3-inch LCD with 921,000 points. As with the D3400, the display is fixed and not a touch screen.
|The buttons to the left of the D3400's LCD are shifted to the right on the D3500.|
Exactly Considered In the dimensions of the D3500, it is 4.9 inches (124 millimeters) wide, 3.8 inches (97 mm) high, and has a maximum depth of 2.7 inches (69.5 mm). As mentioned above, the camera body without battery or memory card weighs 12.9 ounces (365 grams). For reference, the D3500 is one millimeter shorter than the D3400 and six millimeters thinner in its maximum depth. The D3400 weighs 395 grams, so the D3500 is also 30 grams lighter. It should not be much smaller, but the D3400 was already a compact DSLR camera, so the D3500 went a step further.
Image Sensor, Shooting Modes, and Performance
The D3500 has a DX format (APS-C) CMOS image sensor with 24.2 million effective pixels, the same resolution as the Nikon D3400. Nikon says that the D3500 sensor is up-to-date compared to its predecessor, although it's not clear what that means exactly as it offers the same megapixel and ISO range – 100 to 25,600. We have praised the D3400 for its image quality, so we expect similar or perhaps even better images from the D3500.
As far as shooting characteristics are concerned, the camera can record full-resolution files at up to five frames per second, an entry-level camera and the same speed as the D3400. It will be interesting to see if the D3500 offers any improved buffer depth compared to its predecessor. (We'll find out as soon as we get a production unit into the lab.)
Measured using a 420-pixel 3D color matrix measurement system you can use Matrix, Center -Weighted and spot metering modes, where the longest mode works with the selected focus point. The measurement range is 0 to 20 EV (ISO 100 equivalent, f / 1.4 lens at 20 ° C / 68 ° F) when using matrix and center-weighted modes, and 2 to 20 EV when using spot metering. The D3500 offers up to +/- 5 f-stops of exposure compensation in 1/3 EV increments.
In autofocus, the D3500 uses the same 11-point phase-detection autofocus system as the D3400, which supports auto-range AF and spot AF modes in AF-S, AF-C, and AF modes AF-A. The autofocus detection range is between -1 and 19 EV. In live view mode, the D3500 uses contrast detection, you can select an auto focus point over the frame, and the camera provides face tracking and subject tracking.
A big aspect of the D3500 is its ease of use. If you want to know more about the shooting modes, such as aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual mode, or if you want to capture specific subjects, you can do so through the D3500's user interface. If you prefer the camera to choose your settings for you, there are plenty of scene modes available. Thematic programs include: Auto, Auto (Flash Off), Child, Close Up, Landscape, Night Portrait, Portrait, Sports and Special Effects (Night Vision; Super Animated; Pop; Photo; Toy Camera Effect; Miniature Effect; Selective Color; Silhouette; High Button; Low Button) ). The camera also offers root processing in the camera as well as Active D-Lighting control (but simply gives you "On" and "Off" options, rather than different "Strength" setting as on certain more expensive Nikon cameras). 19659034] Nikon D3500 review – product image "width =" 600 "height =" 512 "border =" 0 "/>
As expected, the D3500 has a built-in flash in addition to the hot shoe, and the Creative Lighting System (CLS) Nikon supports it, and like its predecessor, the camera has a maximum flash sync speed of 1 / 200s, and the flash modes include auto, auto-slow sync, auto-slow sync with red-eye reduction, auto with red-eye Reduction, fill-in flash, rear-curtain sync, slow-sync rear-curtain, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow sync, and off. Flash compensation can range from -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1 / 3 EV The pop-up flash has a guide number of 7 meters or 22 feet at ISO 100 in TTL auto mode or 8 m / 26 ft. Manual flash mode at full power.
Video: No changes related to on Videofu  While there are not many cameras offering 4K UHD video at this price, the D3500 is disappointing when it comes to full HD (1920×1080) video. The camera can record 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second and has different maximum recording times per clip depending on the video quality. When shooting in normal quality, you can record up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds. At the highest quality, the maximum clip length is 20 minutes. The D3500 records in .MOV format with H.264 / MPEG-4 video compression. The camera has a built-in monaural microphone and speaker, but has no audio inputs or outputs.
On the positive side, the D3500 comes with Nikon's latest AF-P Zoom Kit lenses, which provide improved autofocus performance during video capture. including good speeds as well as smooth and quiet autofocus. We complained about the mediocre video capabilities of the D3400 in our review of this camera, and it has been shown that nothing has changed in this regard.
Power, Memory, Connections, and Wi-Fi
The D3500 uses a Rechargeable EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, as does the Nikon D3400. However, the D3500 is now CIPA certified for even more generous 1,550 shots, while the D3400 is designed for 1,200 shots. A special charger is included, as charging in the camera is not supported. Storage is via an SD / SDHC / SDXC card slot with support for UHS-I and Eye-Fi types.
The D3500 has built-in Bluetooth 4.1, which works with Nikon SnapBridge, Nikon smartphone connection system. The app provides instant 2 megapixel image transfer for Bluetooth and remote control sharing. (Although the D3400 also had Bluetooth 4.1, it did not particularly support remote control over SnapBridge.) Now that Bluetooth remote control is available, the D3500 has turned off its predecessor's infrared remote control. The camera also includes a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Micro-B port and a Mini HDMI Type-C port.
Nikon D3500 Price and Availability
Expected to be available In September, the Nikon D3500 will be sold in one-lens and two-lens kits. The lens kit includes the camera body and the Nikkor AF-P DX Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G VR lens and will be available for $ 499.95, exceeding the ever-increasing price of $ 500 becomes. The two-lens kit will include the same 18-55mm VR lens plus an AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED lens for $ 849.95 USD.
|The Nikon D3500 is available in two kits: one with an AF-P 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G VR lens and another with a non-stabilized lens AF-P 70-300 mm 1: 4.5-6.3 G ED lens. (The stabilized VR version is shown above.)|
Nikon D3400 vs. Nikon D3500 and Our First Thoughts
The main differences between the D3400 and the new D3500 are in the form of design and ease-of-use. The revised operating concept of the D3500 is said to be more user-friendly, and the camera has the same slimmed-down monocoque body and handle design as the D5600, which means it fits well in the hand and is still slightly smaller than its predecessor
The D3500 is too for a longer battery life and does not have an infrared remote control instead of the Nikon SnapBridge remote trigger function. However, much has remained the same between the D3400 and the D3500, so you should expect similar picture quality, autofocus performance, and video capabilities.
The Nikon D3500 with its lens kit, priced at just under $ 500, is an affordable entry into the world of beginner DSLRs. Although we've just seen a prototype device and held, the camera felt pretty good in the hand with its revised design and control. As far as performance and image quality are concerned, we can not say that yet, but as previously mentioned, we expect much of the D3500's performance to be comparable to that of the D3400. We already enjoyed working with the D3400 in 2016. Therefore, we look forward to seeing how this updated version works in the laboratory and in the real world.