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Nikon D3500 review- Boon for Noobs Bane for Pro Photographer


Are you a newbie photographer and looking for a camera which fulfills your need in the best way? Well, there are only a few cameras in the market that fulfill the demands of newcomers in a way, the D3500 does. Therefore, in this article, we are bringing you the advantages and, the disadvantages of D3500, so you can choose it accordingly.

The Nikon D3500 is a 24 Megapixel. It is good for beginners DSLR with an APS-C CMOS sensor that is less expensive, lighter, and has a more extended battery life than the D3400 that it has superseded. It was designed considering the new picture taking features and comes with a Guide Mode that will show you how to shoot in different circumstances.

Key Features: 

  • 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 4 picture processor
  • ISO scope of 100-25600
  • 11-point self-adjust framework through the optical viewfinder
  • Takes shots ceaselessly at 5 frames for every second
  • Prepared to record 'Full HD' 1080/60p video
  • Bluetooth for picture move
  • 921k-dab fixed LCD screen
  • Battery appraised for 1,550 shots for every charge (CIPA)

The D3500 is available at an MSRP of $499.95/30,999 Rs with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and $849.95/39,999.00 Rs with the 18-55mm and an AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED.


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Brief Explanation

It tends to be difficult to get amped up for section level DSLRs: they're massive compared to mirrorless cameras and can be fairly restricted in certain aspects, yet for novices, they are an incredible spot to begin. The Nikon D3400 replaced by D3500 was in every case an excellent choice, and the 24-megapixel sensor inside the D3500 is as yet a standout amongst other APS-C sensors in the market.



The D3500's Guide Mode makes it a 'simple to-utilize' camera available in the market. This mode makes it simple to instruct the camera regarding the kind of scene you are attempting to catch and illustrate the fundamentals of photography, for example, the speed of the shutter as well. This is a camera that a fresh photographer can choose and begin making fair pictures without a precarious expectation to deal with a load of information.

A Picture Taken from  Nikon D3500

Photo Credit: Ramona Pioneer Girl

It's not as basic as shooting with your smartphone, however, the picture quality is better than you'll get from any smartphone in any circumstances: particularly if you are shooting with a quick prime focal point. The D3500 is an awesome purchase for newbies. You can get this camera with an excellent lens for under $500, a perfect choice for newbies.

We invested energy testing the D3500 with the commonly used lens of 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and another lens of 35mm f/1.8G DX Nikkon. We found the performance of D3500 simply amazing and we recommend the newbies to try it once if they want to start their professional photography career on a high note.

What's New? 

Although this is an extremely minimal DSLR, you'll always remember that it's hanging off your shoulder: a perfect DSLRs size. Because of its structure, the camera's hand grasp is a significant and smooth one. The back buttons of the camera have been rearranged, therefore, everything is on the correct side of the camera and easy to access.

The D3500's battery life has expanded by about a third and has a CIPA rating of 1550 shots. That is a lot of photoshoots, more than what you'll see in most of the other cameras. For the average photographer, this number of shots is enough for a week with a one-time full charge.

The greatest changes are the incorporation of the Guide Mode menu, making it simple for starter level picture takers to catch an assortment of scenes. When the easy operation mode is activated, shooters can opt for 'moving subjects' and the camera will consequently tune to this mode. In ‘advanced operation’ allow the user to improve settings, for example, the shutter speed and ISO.

Guided Mode in Nikon D3500

What Makes Nikon D3500 Camera Stands Out?

The D3500 is so lightweight and minimized that, if someone who otherwise uses heavy frame cameras, it felt like shooting with a toy. It's suitable for an entire day of shooting, however, like most basic level cameras; it has a body that can get dinged-up if you aren't much cautious. It’s being lightweight makes it very portable, you can take it anywhere without any hassle.

The menu systems of the camera are simple enough to track the changing settings, however, the design of the backside of the camera buttons and dials is not as impressive. The grip is just excellent, however, the upgraded design from the previous model makes the back as well as the top side of the camera somewhat congested. I frequently found it hard to change some settings when I was focused on the viewfinder. The problem was more resounding when I was shooting in manual mode and trying to modify the shutter. Adjusting ISO is also a little difficult. There is no specific ISO button so alterations must be made with the help of menus on the camera.

One of the drawbacks of the DSLR configuration is a fewer number of autofocus points; D3500 offers only eleven autofocus points. Almost all of these points are located close to the center of the frame. As you learn and experience with the camera, you may find it restricting. Another drawback is with the camera is the autofocus feature which seems outdated even for the beginner level camera. As a result, it becomes hard to keep up in low-light circumstances and particularly when your eye is focused on the viewfinder. For the beginners, it is hard to tell which point is chosen and is under focus for a photoshoot. Squeezing the shutter down to start self-adjustment of the lens before making a shot illustrates what point is chosen, yet the red spot doesn’t appear for long as it lasted less than a second. The focusing spot that appears is not as clear and comes with a possibility to trigger a red shine from different spots in the viewfinder.

Face Detection:

Overall, the performance of the Face detection feature is satisfactory. However, it is not perfect as one should expect for the starter level camera. The Face-recognition AF feature is best only for Live View mode, where the only back screen is utilized to take your photo, rather than the viewfinder. Even though it responds rapidly in radiant and sunny conditions, the performance decreases where there is less light exposure, particularly indoor photoshoots.

Face Recognition Nikon D3500


Coming towards the touch screen availability for 921K LCD screen. Well, there is no touch-screen feature on the 921k LCD screen. This drawback is frustrating only for those guys who prefer to photoshoot mirrorless or with their smartphones. Another unknown but small scale irritation is related to its optical viewfinder as it covers around 95 percent of the casing. It's quite common in starter level DSLR like Nikon D3500, however, for professionals, it becomes hard to exactly judge what is present and what isn't in the edges of your photograph.

The AF of Nikon D3500:

The AF performs well, when it comes to a static subject, however, with rapidly moving objects, you will likely need to figure out how to pre-center at the point you anticipate that the subject should show up at, which may require some experience and experimentations. The camera's picture quality is excellent compared to other economical ISO range cameras.

autofocus in Nikon D3500

The quality can be considered reasonable till the ISO 6400 range. This is an extraordinary performance by any starter product. On the higher end of the ISO range, quality started to deteriorate. For example, we were not pleased with the photo quality shot at ISO 12800, thanks to the extra amount of noise at this ISO range.

The Battery Life of D3500:

The battery life of this camera is simply wow. Its battery timing is more than its competitors. It will easily last for several days at a time if you are using the optical viewfinder to shoot: much longer compared to previous models and mirrorless cameras. The only drawback of its battery is it can’t be charged over USB. However, there is a good thing is that during our trials with the camera hardly any percentage drop of the battery was noticed.

D3500 Uses a Small, Dedicated Metering Sensor:

Even though the Guide Mode can be amazingly useful for new picture takers, as was expected, however, for the experienced and advanced level photographers, the camera presents average performance. In contrast to mirrorless cameras, which utilize their primary sensor to evaluate exposure, the D3500 utilizes a little but dedicated metering sensor.

Though the photo results are good for beginners' standard, however, for experienced photographers, the results are less consistent than the expectations. For example, some of the photos were very bright, however, others were excessively dull. As we were glancing through an optical viewfinder, we just discovered this out once we had taken the shots. This makes it tough to deploy exposure to recompense to address the issue in advance.

Bottom Line:

The D3500 is a useful and compact camera for all types of photo shooters. However, it suits beginners the most. Though it is suitable for taking photos in types of outdoor conditions, its performance is not as good for making videos. Its image transfer function is rather slow. Besides, having some drawbacks, we can surely say, it is a good choice, thanks to its Guide Mode which makes it super easy to learn.


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