• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 849.7mm2
  • 61.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Nikon D3500 advantages over Sony A7R IV

  • Less expensive
    $497 vs $2998*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1550 vs 670 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Sony A7R IV advantages over Nikon D3500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    105 vs 75 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    14 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.57x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    61.0 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.2 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    32 vs 13 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

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.

  • Outstanding image quality; Excellent high ISOs; Fast AF performance with Eye-AF tracking; 10fps bursts at full-resolution; Improved ergonomics; Dual UHS-II card slots; Higher-res EVF.

  • Expensive; No 4Kp60; Buffer clearing could be faster; Menus are still frustrating; Touchscreen underutilized; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3400

Nikon D3500
Nikon D3400
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Longer video battery life
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Sony A7R IV
Nikon D3400
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Canon SL2

Nikon D3500
Canon SL2
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Sony A7R IV
Canon SL2
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A7R III

Nikon D3500
Sony A7R III
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7R IV
Sony A7R III
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Faster RAW shooting

Compared to Canon SL3

Nikon D3500
Canon SL3
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $524
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A7R IV
Canon SL3
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $524
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon Z7 II

Nikon D3500
Nikon Z7 II
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A7R IV
Nikon Z7 II
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • High resolution composite
  • NFC
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Top deck display
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