Nikon has announced its latest entry-level DSLR, introducing the Nikon D3500 – price tag starting at £479/ €549 / $499.95 – with a release date of 20 September.
The new Nikon D3500 replaces the D3400 and is smaller and lighter than its predecessor. What’s more the Nikon D3500 price tag is also smaller than the D3400.
Nikon quietly launched the D3500 overnight, which is a bit of a contrast from the massive marketing push around the Nikon Z7 and Z6 launches last week.
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At first glance, a lot of the key Nikon D3500 specs remain the same as in the D3400. You’ll find the same 24-megapixel APS-C DX-format sensor with a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25,600.
The D3500 shoots Full HD video at 1080p and retains the fixed 3-inch 921k-dot LCD screen, as well as the D3400’s 11-point AF screen.
Nikon D3500 vs D3400: what’s the difference?
The main difference between the Nikon D3500 vs the D3400 appears to be weight and body design. Let’s start with the body design.
Nikon has provided a deeper hand grip on the D3500 than is on the D3400, which should improve handling quite a bit.
Nikon says it has also given the D3500 a more spacious button layout in comparison to the D3400.
The Nikon D3500 also weighs about 30g less than the D3400. With the battery, the D3500 weighs 365g compared to 395g for the D3500.
Battery life is also said to be improved. Nikon says the D3500’s battery gets a 30% performance boost and is capable of 1,550 shots on a single charge. This is an increase from 1,200 shots on the D3400.
Other features include Nikon’s popular Guide Mode and SnapBridge integration.
The D3500 offers continuous shooting speeds of 5fps and is compatible with Nikon’s wide range of NIKKOR lenses.
|Camera Name||Nikon D3500||Nikon D3400|
|Date announced:||30th August 2018||17th August 2016|
|Price at launch:||£479/ €549 / $499.95 (body only)||£399.99/ (body only), €469.99/$646.95 with AF-P 18-55mm,|
|Sensor size:||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6mm)||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6mm)|
|Effective pixel count:||24.2 million||24.2 million|
|Processor:||Expeed 4||Expeed 4|
|Sensitivity range:||ISO 100-25,600||ISO 100-25,600|
|Reflex AF system:||11-point with 1 cross-type||11-point with 1 cross-type|
|Live View AF System:||Contrast detection||Contrast detection|
|Max shooting rate:||5fps||5fps|
|Max video resolution:||Full HD (1920 x 1080) n1920 x 1080, 60p (progressive)/50p/30p/25p/24p,||Full HD (1920 x 1080) n1920 x 1080, 60p (progressive)/50p/30p/25p/24p,|
|Storage:||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)|
|Viewfinder:||Optical with pentamirror 95% coverage||Optical with pentamirror 95% coverage|
|Screen:||3-inch TFT LCD with 921,000 dots||3-inch TFT LCD with 921,000 dots|
|Dimensions:||124 x 97 x 69.5mm||124 x 98 x 75.5mm|
|Weight:||365g body only||395g body only|
Nikon D3500 Price & Release Date
The Nikon D3500 price tag begins at £479/ €549 for a kit that includes the body plus the AF-P 18–55 non VR lens. The Nikon D3500 price rises to £499/ €579 for the camera plus the AF-P DX 18–55 VR lens.