Nikon D3500 What You Need to Know for Best Performance
The D3500’s original MSRP was Body w/AF-P 18-55mm VR lens ($499), body w/AF-P 18-55mm VR and 70-300 F4.5-6.3 non-VR lenses ($849)
Used D3500 cameras fall into a price range of $350 to $500. The difference will be due to condition and accessories included.
The Nikon D3500 uses a EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger.
The Nikon D3500 is compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
That means compatible D3500 SD cards can have a maximum storage capacity of up to 2TB.
If you need a card, my recommendation is to get a 128GB SD card with UHS-I. This will provide the best price to performance, capacity, and compatibility with other devices.
The D3500 is compatible with Nikon F mount lenses. This opens up a wide range of lens possibilities. A full range of lenses exists including circular fisheye, ultra wide angle, perspective control, macro, telephoto, mirror, bellows, and all kinds of zooms.
There is a list of the best Nikon D3500 lenses that covers lenses for all different types of photography.
The camera has an APS-C “crop” sensor that has been designed to use DX lenses. These lenses are smaller and less expensive than FX lenses, which are designed to be used on full frame cameras.
The D3500 can also use full frame, ‘FX’, lenses. However, the downside to these lenses is that they tend to be larger, heavier, and more expensive than DX lenses.
- Active D-Lighting
- 5.0 fps continuous shooting
- Auto Active D-Lighting System
- Custom Setting Options
- Red eye correction
The D3500 has an APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized sensor. This is paired with the Expeed 4 image processor.
The Nikon D3500 can record video at 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps) in MPEG-4, H.264. The fixed screen on the D3500 can make shooting video difficult.
The lack of a fully articulated LCD screen is a big drawback for video use.
There is no port for a external microphone.
|MSRP||Body w/AF-P 18-55mm VR lens ($499), body w/AF-P 18-55mm VR and 70-300 F4.5-6.3 non-VR lenses ($849)|
|Body type||Compact DSLR|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||24.2 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||None|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||None|
|White balance presets||12.0|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Image stabilization notes||None|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal, Basic|
|Autofocus||['Contrast Detect (sensor)', 'Phase Detect', 'Multi-area', 'Center', 'Selective single-point', 'Tracking', 'Single', 'Continuous', 'Face Detection', 'Live View']|
|Number of focus points||11.0|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.85× (0.57× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||7.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe or wireless)|
|Flash modes||Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Off, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync|
|Continuous drive||5.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures))|
|Metering modes||['Multi', 'Center-weighted', 'Spot AF-area']|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Modes||['1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM', '1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM', '1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM', '1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM', '1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM', '1280 x 720 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM', '1280 x 720 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM']|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||SnapBridge (Bluetooth only)|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||1550.0|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||365 g (0.80 lb / 12.87 oz)|
|Dimensions||124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76″)|