Nikon D3500 Review

Nikon D3500 Review (South Africa)

A review about Nikon D3500

In this Nikon D3500 review, we will be looking at the specifications as well as the key features, camera performance and image performance of the Nikon D3500 DSLR camera.

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A Quick Overview of our Nikon D3500 Review:

Nikon D3500 specifications at a glance

Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ISOAuto, 100-25600
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots921,000
Max shutter speed1/4000 sec
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries)365 g (0.80 lb / 12.87 oz)
Dimensions124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76″)

Nikon D3500 Overview

The Nikon D3500 is a 24MP compact frame, APS-C format DSLR camera with an EXPEED 4 processor and a metal Nikon F lens mount. It was launched in August 2018.

The camera is Nikon’s entry level DSLR camera, a higher-level entry level DSLR built specifically with entry level photographers in mind and incorporates built in features such as a built-in-guide mode, as well as a built-in effects mode. This camera is designed in such a way that someone new to photography can pick it up, easily find their way around the camera and start taking picture without having to go through a very steep learning curve to do so.  It has a 3-inch fixed LCD screen with 921000 dots and an incredibly easy to use and understand user interface. The camera also comes out with a big mode wheel assisting beginner photographers which includes the additional shooting modes such as Programmed Automatic (P), Aperture priority (A), shutter priority (S) and Manual (M) shooting modes which one would expect to see.

The rear buttons have been moved around at the back of the camera they all sit at the right-hand side of the rear of the camera, making the rear feel somewhat cluttered.

Being in the entry level region and designed with beginner photographers in mind, but with more features such as 5 fps in burst mode, the camera is very easy to operate and is a very good choice, with a EXPEED 4 processor.

Nikon D3500 Design and operation

The camera body of the Nikon D3500 is plastic and the lens mount is metal, non the less it feels very robust and ergonomic in one’s hands. The viewfinder is not very big. The body of the camera is not weatherproofed.  Some buttons on the camera are multifunction and functions are depicted in either white.

Nikon D3500 Performance

The 24 MP sensor of the Nikon D3500 gives more dynamic range, less noise and a much sharper image by incorporating the EXPEED 4 processor. The camera is designed so that new photographers can learn about photography without feeling intimidated. Camera function and functionality is easy to understand.  The camera is definitely a valuable tool to any beginner or entry level photographer.  

The 3” fixed LCD screen is equipped with 921000 dots. With an ISO range of Auto, ISO 100 – 25600, a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000sec. With a maximum shooting speed of 5fps and 11 auto focus points the performance is better than some other entry level DSLR cameras.

Nikon D3500 Video capabilities

The Nikon D3500 camera has the ability to take Full HD video (1920 x 1080).

Nikon D3500 connectivity

The camera connects via USB 2.0, as well as Bluetooth so you can transfer images from camera to a smartphone. The camera does not have Wi-Fi.

Nikon D3500 Pros and Cons


  • EXPEED 4 processor.
  • Built with new photographers in mind, very easy user interface and functionality
  • Specifications are better than some of the other lower end entry level class of DSLR cameras


  • Primary function is to taking still images, it can capture HD video, would have been nice if it could capture 4K video
  • Better options on market for taking video
  • Back buttons feel cluttered
  • No dedicated ISO button


If you are in the market for a good entry level DSLR camera which is also priced well then, the Nikon D3500 is a good model to consider.  It has specifications and with key features that are specifically designed around the newbie photographer in mind. With 5fps in burst mode the camera performs better than other entry level DSLR cameras. It is however designed primarily with photographers in mind, its video capabilities are however left wanting.

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