Nikon launches D3500: more compact, cheaper and with more battery life than its predecessors

Aug 30, 2018

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Nikon launches D3500: more compact, cheaper and with more battery life than its predecessors

Aug 30, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Although the launch of Nikon Z mirrorless cameras, lenses and the adapter is still under the spotlight, Nikon has just launched D3500. The new entry-level DSLR is a successor to the Nikon D3400. Although honestly doesn’t include many innovations over the previous model, there are some perks that might make you choose it over its predecessor.

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This time two years ago, Nikon D3400 was launched. This is when Bluetooth-connected SnapBridge technology was added to D3x00 line of cameras, and the D3500 features it as well. This definitely isn’t the only similarity with the D3400. As a matter of fact, the specs of both cameras are almost identical. So, let’s focus on the differences.

The first and the most obvious difference is that Nikon D3500 has a slightly different design. The new model is slightly more lightweight and the camera body is a bit smaller. The design of the body has been changed, too. The button layout is different and it resembles the D5x00 series.

Another change is that you’ll get a bit more battery life with the Nikon D3500. With the D3400, you were able to get around 1,200 shots. The D3500 offers a bit more: 1,550 shots. It’s not much of a difference though, but it still is some improvement.

Last, but definitely not the least, is the launch price.  When Nikon D3400 was launched, it cost nearly $650 with an 18-55mm VR lens. The launch price of the Nikon D3500 with the same lens is $496.95. At the same time, the 2-year-old Nikon D3400 now has the same price as the latest model from the D3x00 series. If nothing else, this could be a deal breaker if you’re looking to buy the very first DSLR camera for yourself or someone else.

The Nikon D3500 is ready for preorders and there are two bundles to choose from:

If you’re interested in specs and more photos, check out the full list below, and visit Nikon’s website for more detailed specs list.

  1. Effective Pixels (Megapixels)

24.2  million

  1. Sensor Size

23.5  mm x  15.6  mm

  1. Image Sensor Format

DX

  1. Storage Media

SD
SDHC
SDXC

  1. Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution

5  frames per second

  1. ISO Sensitivity

ISO  100  – 25,600

  1. Movie

Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality

  1. Monitor Size

3.0  in. diagonal

  1. Monitor Type

Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD

  1. Battery / Batteries

EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

  1. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)

4.9  in. (124  mm) x  3.9  in. (97 mm) x  2.8  in. (69.5  mm)

  1. Weight

12.9  oz. (365  g) camera body only

 

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2 responses to “Nikon launches D3500: more compact, cheaper and with more battery life than its predecessors”

  1. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    People said about Z7 “battery life sucks with (CIPA) 330 shots” and people responded with “bah, you can get like 1000 irl”.

    Well, this entry level DSLR can shoot (CIPA) 1550 shots! So that’s around 5000 irl.

  2. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    Looks a nice tidy well priced camera to me ?