Nikon D3500 Review

October 29, 2018 | Mark Goldstein |

Nikon D3500 Specifications

Type

Single-lens reflex digital camera

Lens mount

Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)

Effective angle of view

Nikon DX format; focal length equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX format angle of view

Image sensor

DX, CMOS, 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm

Total pixels

24.78 million

Dust-reduction system

Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)

Effective pixels

24.2 million

Image size (pixels)

(L) 6000 x 4000 (24.0 million), (M) 4496 x 3000 (13.5 million), (S) 2992 x 2000 (6.0 million)

Storage file formats

NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed; JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

Picture Control System

Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified

Storage media

SD, SDHC (UHS-I compliant), SDXC (UHS-I compliant)

Card slot

1 Secure Digital (SD) card

File system

DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, PictBridge

Viewfinder

Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder

Frame coverage

Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical

Magnification

Approx. 0.85 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m-¹)

Eyepoint

18 mm (–1.0 m-¹; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

Diopter adjustment

-1.7 to +0.5 m-¹

Focusing screen

Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen

Reflex mirror

Quick return

Lens aperture

Instant return, electronically controlled

Shutter type

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter

Shutter speed

1/4000 to 30 s, in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time

Flash sync speed

X=1/200 s;, synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower

Release mode

S (single frame), Continuous, QC (quiet continuous shutter-release), Self-timer

Frame advance rate

Up to 5 fps; Note: Frame rates assume manual focus, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values.

Self-timer

2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures

Exposure metering

TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor

Metering method

Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II; Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame; Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point

Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)

Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV

Exposure meter coupling

CPU

Mode

Auto modes (auto; auto, flash off); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; sports; close up; night portrait); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key)

Exposure compensation

Can be adjusted by –5 to +5 EV, in increments of 1/3 EV, in P, S, A, M, scene, and night vision modes

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

ISO sensitivity

ISO 100 to 25600, in steps of 1 EV, Auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

On, off

Autofocus

Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)

Detection range

–1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

Lens servo

Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status, Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used

Focus points

11, Can be selected from 11 focus points

AF-area mode

Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)

Focus lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

Built-in flash

Auto, portrait, close up, night portrait, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up; P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release

Guide Number

Approx. 7/22, 8/26 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

Flash control

TTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering

Flash modes

Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off

Flash compensation

Can be adjusted by -3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV, in P, S, A, M, and scene modes

Flash-ready indicator

Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output

Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

Nikon Creative Lighting System

i-TTL flash control, Color Information Communication, AF-assist for multi-area AF

Sync terminal

AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)

White balance

Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning

Live view - lens servo

Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S), full-time-servo AF (AF-F), Manual focus (MF)

Live view - AF-area mode

Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF

Live view - autofocus

Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

Live View - automatic scene selection

Available in auto and auto, flash off modes

Movie - metering

TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

Movie - metering method

Matrix

Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate

1920 x 1080: 60p (progressive), 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p; 1280 x 720: 60p, 50p; 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

Movie - file format

MOV

Movie - video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Movie - audio recording format

Linear PCM

Movie - audio recording device

Built-in monaural microphone; sensitivity adjustable

Movie - ISO sensitivity

ISO 100 to 25600

Monitor

7.5-cm (3–in.) diagonal; TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment; Approx. 921k-dot (VGA)

Playback

Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, playback face zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, picture rating, and image comment (up to 36 characters)

USB

Hi-Speed USB, with Micro-USB connector; connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output

Type C HDMI connector

Bluetooth standards

Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1; Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz, Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz; 1.2 dBm (EIRP); Approximately 10 m (32 ft) without interference, range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles

Battery

One EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery

AC adapter

EH-5c/EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)

Tripod socket

1/4–in. (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

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

Weight

Approx. 415 g (14.7 oz), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 365 g/12.9 oz (camera body only)

Operating environment - temperature

0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)

Operating environment - humidity

85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

AN-DC3 Strap, DK-25 Rubber Eyecup (comes attached to camera), BF-1B Body Cap, EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (with terminal cover), MH-24 Battery Charger (plug adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale)