Nikon D3500 Review

October 29, 2018 | Mark Goldstein |

Nikon D3500 News

The Nikon D3500 is a new entry-level DSLR camera that's smaller, lighter and cheaper than its predecessor, the D3400. It also offers increased battery performance of 1,550 shots from a single charge.

In the US a Nikon D3500 single-lens kit with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR will be available for $499.95, or in a two-lens kit including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED for $849.95. In the UK/Europe the D3500 and AF-P DX 18–55 VR lens will cost £499/ €579, and the D3500 and the AF-P 18–55 non VR lens £479/ €549.

Nikon UK Press Release

FROM BIG DAYS TO EVERY DAY. OUTSHINE THE ORDINARY WITH THE NEW NIKON D3500 D-SLR

London, United Kingdom, 30th August 2018: 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.”

SUMMARY OF KEY FEATURES

- D-SLR image quality. The large 24.2 MP DX-format sensor and wide ISO range of 100–25600 ensure richly detailed photos and Full HD movies. Even when you’re shooting in low light.

- Always your best shot. Razor-sharp autofocus keeps subjects perfectly sharp. Swift continuous shooting speeds of 5 fps let users capture five beautiful images for every second.

- Crafted to enjoy. From telephoto zoom lenses to wide-angle primes, the strong metal lens mount means users can change lenses again and again.

- Built to hold. The deep grip means this camera immediately feels comfortable in the hand. Spacious button placement makes operation easy. The long battery life will keep users shooting.

- Too good not to share. The SnapBridge app for iOS and Android enables an always-on connection between this camera and a smartphone/tablet. Making it easy to share D-SLR-quality photos in the moment.

- The adventure starts here. This Nikon D-SLR is part of an expandable photographic system that can grow with each user. Widening their creativity with renowned NIKKOR lenses, Nikon Speedlights, and more.


Nikon Japan Press Release

Nikon releases the D3500 digital SLR camera

An entry-level model that makes it easy to share impressive photos using a smart device

Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D3500, an entry-level Nikon DX-format digital SLR camera.

The D3500 has an effective pixel count of 24.2 megapixels, and supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600. When used with a NIKKOR lens, it makes the capture of a wide variety of scenes simpler and more enjoyable, with the superior image quality and beautiful blur characteristics (bokeh) expected of a digital SLR. The D3500 is constructed with the same slim and lightweight monocoque structure as the Nikon D5600, and a deep grip that offers an easy hold on the camera, which allows for more comfortable shooting. A new layout for operational controls, including an even larger playback button, and adjustment and concentration of the most important buttons at right on the back of the camera, enables operation that is smooth and intuitive, even for beginners.

In addition, a constant connection*1 between the D3500 and a smart device*2 is possible using the SnapBridge app and Bluetooth® technology. JPEG thumbnails (2 megapixels) of images captured with the camera can be automatically transferred*3 to the smart device, and the latest version of the app, SnapBridge Ver. 2.5, can be used to control remote capture of still images from the smart device, over a Bluetooth® connection, enabling use in a wider variety of situations.

The D3500 is an easy-to-use, entry-level model that not only makes it possible for users to readily capture the impressive photos expected of a digital SLR camera, but also makes it easy to share your favorite photos via SNS using a smart device.

*1As from SnapBridge version 2.5, the automatic connection between camera and smart device is "OFF" in default setting. Turn it to "ON" during pairing in order to activate automatic transfer.

*2iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, and Android™ devices to which the SnapBridge app has been installed can be used. The SnapBridge app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store® and Google Play™. See Nikon's website for further information.

*3Automatic transfer of original JPEG images and movies is not supported. Original JPEG images can be transferred manually over a Bluetooth® connection, but the transfer of RAW images and movies is not supported.

Primary Features

1.Superior basic performance that supports the beautiful capture of a wide variety of scenes

Offering an effective pixel count of 24.2 megapixels and equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, the D3500 is able to capture images that make the most of the superior resolving power of NIKKOR lenses. The camera supports the broad ISO 100-25600 range of standard sensitivities that enables the beautiful capture of dimly lit indoor scenes and night landscapes at high sensitivities with hand-held shooting.

2.A functional design that even beginners will find easy to operate

The D3500 is constructed with the same slim monocoque structure as the Nikon D5600, for which a completely new design was adopted. The hold on the camera while shooting and applying settings has been improved with a deep grip and wider spacing for the thumb on the back of the camera. A new layout for operational controls, including an even larger playback button and concentration of the most frequently used buttons at right on the back of the camera, makes operation even smoother and more intuitive.

3.Automatic transfer of photos captured with the camera to a smart device for immediate sharing

A constant connection between the camera and a smart device is possible using the SnapBridge app and Bluetooth® technology. Not only can photos captured with the camera be automatically transferred to a smart device*1, but they can also be automatically uploaded to Nikon's photo sharing service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE*2. The SnapBridge app supports a number of other features*3 as well, including the ability to attach copyright information and comments to images, and to automatically synchronize camera date/time and location information with that of the smart device.

*1iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, and Android™ devices to which the SnapBridge app has been installed can be used. The SnapBridge app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store® and Google Play™. See Nikon's website for further information.

*2There is no limit to the number or size of JPEG thumbnail images (2 megapixels) that can be automatically uploaded from the SnapBridge app. Storage for original JPEG images is limited to 20 GB. A Nikon ID must be registered to take advantage of this feature.

*3The D3500 is not equipped with Wi-Fi capability. Therefore, some SnapBridge features available for use with other Nikon cameras may not be supported, or may function differently when used with the D3500. Remote photography over a Bluetooth® connection is possible using the SnapBridge Ver. 2.5 app.

4.Increased battery performance (life) for worry-free use

Approximately 1,550 shots* are possible with a single charge. This allows users to concentrate on capturing as many photos as they wish, without worrying that their battery will be exhausted, at special events or while traveling.

*Measured in accordance with CIPA standards; still images captured in single-frame release mode with Bluetooth® disabled.

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Specifications, design, product name and supplied accessories may differ by country or area. Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.


Nikon USA Press Release

The New Nikon D3500: Capture and Share Your Treasured Moments With the Lightest, Friendliest Nikon DSLR yet

The Redesigned Nikon D3500 is the Most Portable Entry-Level Nikon DSLR Ever, and the Easiest Way to Capture the Moments that Matter Most

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon unveiled the new Nikon D3500, a compact, entry-level DSLR that makes capturing the world easier and more convenient than ever. The 24.2-megapixel D3500 features an updated CMOS image sensor and Nikon EXPEED image processor to capture sharp details and vivid colors, and is packed with easy-to-use features that help first-time DSLR users start capturing better photos and video right away.

With its ergonomic and lightweight body, approximately 1,550 shots on a single charge and convenient features like Nikon SnapBridge1 and helpful Guide Mode, the Nikon D3500 is a great option for parents, travelers and photo enthusiasts who are eager to take their photography to the next level.

“The Nikon D3500 is ideal for consumers who are looking to easily capture the kinds of images that their smartphone simply cannot match, and share them seamlessly with family and friends,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The D3500 reaffirms our commitment to releasing convenient DX-format DSLR options for those just discovering photography.”

Capture Stunning Images and Video with Ease

The Nikon D3500 is bursting with high-performance features that help first-time DSLR users capture amazing images in a variety of situations. The camera’s broad ISO range of 100-25,600 makes it easy to capture sharp, clear images in low-light shooting situations with very little noise, while the 11-point autofocus (AF) System locks onto subjects, even fast-moving pets or children to help ensure that fleeting moments aren’t missed. The D3500 also features built-in Effect Modes to help entry-level users discover and express their personal creative vision.

Additionally, the Nikon D3500 is capable of continuous shooting up to five frames-per-second (fps), helping to capture candid moments with ease. The Nikon D3500 is also equipped with Full HD 1080/60p video capability. Users can switch from shooting photos to video at the press of a button, allowing them to capture spur-of-the-moment memories that will last a lifetime with stunning sharpness and clarity.

To further expand creativity, the in-camera Guide Mode gives new DSLR users the tools they need to learn about their new camera’s capabilities and become better, more knowledgeable photographers.

All these amazing features have been incorporated into a new ergonomic and lightweight design featuring a more comfortable, deeper grip and the slim monocoque body design similar to the Nikon D5600. The new design also features a more beginner-friendly and intuitive control layout, with a larger playback button and the most frequently-used controls all relocated to the right side of the camera’s LCD where they are easiest to access.

The redesigned Nikon D3500 is ideal for a fast-paced on-the-go lifestyle, making it the perfect companion for any family event or travel adventure.

Always Connected for Easy Sharing

Sharing photos with the ones you love is easier than ever with the Nikon D3500 and Nikon SnapBridge app. The D3500 uses Bluetooth2 to create an always-on3 connection between the camera and a compatible smart device, making it possible to seamlessly share 2MP images to social media as they are captured. Additionally, D3500 users will now be able to trigger their camera remotely via Bluetooth using SnapBridge. Nikon SnapBridge users can also access Nikon Image Space4, a free online image sharing and storage service that preserves memories in the cloud.

Pricing and Availability

The Nikon D3500 will be available in a two-lens kit option, including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED, for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $849.95* in September 2018. A Nikon D3500 single-lens kit with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR will also be available for (SRP) of $499.95* in September 2018. For more information on the new Nikon D3500, please visit www.nikonusa.com.


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