• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D3500 advantages over Fujifilm X-A7

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $447 vs $699
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Longer video battery life
    75 vs 55 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1550 vs 270 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    83 mm vs 68 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Fujifilm X-A7 advantages over Nikon D3500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Lighter weight
    455g vs 615g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher-res screen
    920k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    23 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.0 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Great image quality for its class; Excellent high ISO performance for APS-C; Fast single-shot AF speeds; Compact, easy to use design; Incredible value at under $500 with lens.

  • 11-point AF system feels out-dated; Underwhelming C-AF performance; Below average viewfinder coverage accuracy; No touchscreen; Limited wireless features.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5600

Nikon D3500
Nikon D5600
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Fujifilm X-A7
Nikon D5600
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon SL2

Nikon D3500
Canon SL2
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Fujifilm X-A7
Canon SL2
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm X-A5

Nikon D3500
Fujifilm X-A5
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $474
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Fujifilm X-A7
Fujifilm X-A5
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Newer
  • $474
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer video battery life

Compared to Canon SL3

Nikon D3500
Canon SL3
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
Fujifilm X-A7
Canon SL3
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A6100

Nikon D3500
Sony A6100
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Fujifilm X-A7
Sony A6100
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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