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Nikon Release Lighter D3500 DSLR With Improved Battery - Take A Look At Some Sample Photos

Nikon has quietly introduced the successor to the Nikon D3400, expanding its line-up of affordable, entry-level DSLRs.

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Nikon D3500 DSLR

With the release of the Nikon Z6 and Z7 taking all of the attention, Nikon's latest entry-level DSLR has quietly entered the photography world with a few updates on its predecessor - the Nikon D3400

The specs for the new Nikon D3500 are very similar to the Nikon D3400 but you do find an improved battery and a lighter camera body which is good news. The design has also been tweaked to introduce a deeper grip and buttons have had a move around, too. 

Those who are new to DSLRs will find the in-built Guide Mode useful and Bluetooth can be used to transfer image or shoot remotely with the help of the SnapBridge application. 


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) 

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). 


From Nikon UK:

Nikon introduces the new D3500, a compact 24.2 MP entry-level DSLR that blends premium build quality with outstanding performance. From big days to every day, users can shoot photos and movies that outshine what’s possible with a phone - with ease.

The head-turning D3500 captures richly detailed images in any light. The large sensor and wide light-sensitivity range deliver the kind of detailed photos and Full HD movies that aren’t possible to achieve with a phone. The rendering power of NIKKOR lenses ensures crystal-clear results. And the camera’s tough lens mount makes it easy to explore the beauty of different NIKKOR lenses: even heavier telephoto lenses can be used without worrying about wear and tear.

For those new to D-SLR photography, this camera makes it easy to capture every big moment as well as everyday adventures. Its slim body, featuring the latest monocoque structure, is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, while the refined ergonomic design includes a new deep grip, making it easier to hold. A more simple and spacious button layout ensures the camera immediately feels comfortable in the hand, and the user’s thumb has plenty of space to rest on the back of the camera. Operating the camera feels steady and effortless. Nikon’s popular Guide Mode takes shooting to the next level, showing the user exactly how to adjust settings to capture the look and feel they want in photos and movies. And the long battery life means users can keep on shooting from dusk ‘til dawn - and beyond.

Tim Carter, Head of Product Management, Nikon Northern Europe, says: "The D3500 is the perfect entry into the world of photography. Its comfortable design and helpful shooting modes make it easy to capture photos and movies to be proud of. Plus you can connect a world of NIKKOR lenses to the tough, reliable lens mount. You’ll never need to stop exploring new ways to shoot great images and SnapBridge makes it easy to share your favourite photos from anywhere."


Nikon D3500 Photos of Equipment


Nikon D3500 Other sample images


Nikon D3500 Specifications

Effective Magnification1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels24.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6000
Pixels (H)4000
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS60p,50p,30p,25p,24p, 720p 60/50fps
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
  • RAW
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL14a
Battery Life (CIPA rating)1550shots
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-ROM

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Photographs taken using the Nikon D3500

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