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Nikon D3400 Vs Nikon D3500 - What's New, What's The Same & What's Better?

Nikon D3400 Vs Nikon D3500 - What's New, What's The Same & What's Better? - We compare the specs of the new Nikon D3500 with its predecessor, the popular entry-level Nikon D3400 DSLR, so you can see what's been improved.

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Nikon D3400 vs Nikon D3500 DSLR

There was a big announcement from Nikon this week introducing brand-new, full-frame mirrorless cameras (Nikon Z6 and Z7) but for those who aren't quite so advanced with their photography, or have the budget to stretch to a few thousand pounds, Nikon has also introduced a new entry-level DSLR - the D3500

The D3500 is the successor to the popular Nikon D3400 that was introduced a few years ago and even though quite a bit of the inner-workings of the new Nikon D3500 are similar to the D3400, there are some notable changes we thought we'd mention. 

On paper, a noticeable difference is the slightly reduced size compared to the Nikon D3400, and the Nikon D3500 DSLR is 45g lighter. There are noticeable design changes, too, with a deeper grip appearing on the front of the camera and buttons having a move around. 

If you look at the below image which shows the rear of each DSLR, you can see that all of the buttons from the left are now positioned to the right, alongside all of the other buttons, so everything is in easy reach and instead of a LiveView button, there's now a LiveView switch. The Info button has been moved from the top to the back, and the flash button is also on the back, rather than the side. The Grip is also slightly bigger on the new D3500 which should make the camera more comfortable to hold. 

Nikon D3400 Vs Nikon D3500 Rear Images

Nikon D3400 Vs Nikon D3500 top view

Nikon D3400 Vs Nikon D3500 top view

 

The other main difference between the two entry-level DSLRs is the battery life with the D3500 having a battery rating of 1550 shots which is 350 more shots than the D3400 can capture. 

There's also an in-built Guide Mode - useful for DSLR beginners and Bluetooth can now be used to shoot remotely with the help of the SnapBridge application. 

That's pretty much it for 'what's new' and 'what's better', because as you can see from the quick comparison table, quite a bit of the specs are the same (specs in bold are improved/different):

 

Quick comparisson table: 

 
Camera Nikon D3400 Nikon D3500
Megapixels 24.2mp 24.2mp
Sensor Size APS-C APS-C
IS No No
LCD Screen 3inch, 921k dots (no tilt, not a touchscreen) 3inch, 921k dots (no tilt, not a touchscreen)
Continuous Shooting 5fps 5fps
ISO  ISO100 to ISO25600 ISO100 to ISO25600
Video

1920x1080 FullHD

  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Connectivity Bluetooth Bluetooth (now can be used to shoot remotely)
USB USB2 USB2
Battery Life 1200 shots 1500 shots
Weight 460g 415g

 

 

Nikon D3500 DSLR Summary Of Key Features:

  • 24.2 MP DX-format sensor
  • Wide ISO range of 100–25600
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • Better battery
  • Improved grip 
  • New button layout
  • 1080p video at 60fps
  • Guide Mode to help new users
  • 3-inch LCD screen
  • Bluetooth for image transfer via Nikon's SnapBridge app (which can also be used as a remote trigger) 

 

Nikon D3400 Vs Nikon D3500 side

Nikon D3400 Vs Nikon D3500 front

 

The new DSLR will be available in two kits: D3500 + AF-P DX 18-55mm VR and D3500 + AF-P 18-55mm with RRPs of £499 (with VR) and £479 (without VR). 

You can compare more of the specs in the table below and have a look at the sample images captured with both cameras in the galleries here: 

 

Nikon D3500 Sample Photos

 

 

Nikon D3400 Sample Photos

 

Comparison Table

Nikon D3400Nikon D3500
ManufacturerNikonNikon
Lens
Effective Magnification1.5x1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels24.2Mp (Megapixels)24.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)60006000
Pixels (H)40004000
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)No Data23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)No Data15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in3in
Screen resolution921k dots921k dots
Touch ScreenNoNo
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps5fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS60p,50p,30p,25p,24p, 720p 60/50fps60p,50p,30p,25p,24p, 720p 60/50fps
Stereo SoundNoNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoNo
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 2
Wi-FiNoNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
  • RAW
  • RAW + JPG
  • JPG
  • RAW
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL14aEN-EL14a
Battery Life (CIPA rating)1200shots1550shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsEN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-24 battery charger, DK-25 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, AN-DC3 strap, UC-E17 USB cable, EG-CP14 audio/video cable, ViewNX 2 CD-ROMEN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-24 battery charger, DK-25 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, AN-DC3 strap, UC-E17 USB cable, EG-CP14 audio/video cable, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
Dimensions
Weight460g415g
Width124mm124mm
Height98mm97mm
Depth75.5mm69.5mm
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gbores 2 7
30 Aug 2018 7:37PM
I see the front IR remote sensor has been deleted.

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