Nikon D3500 Field Test: Another solid entry-level DSLR from Nikon, but has enough changed?


posted Friday, January 4, 2019 at 1:10 PM EDT

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When it comes to entry-level DSLR cameras, sweeping changes are quite rare. The Nikon D3500 is no exception. In many ways, it's very similar to the Nikon D3400, which was itself similar to the Nikon D3300. With that said, the D3500 has received a revision to its design, making it even smaller and the most portable Nikon DSLR camera to date. Further, the megapixel count may be the same at 24.2 megapixels, but the D3500 does have a revised sensor.

While a lack of significant changes to a company's most affordable line of cameras may often be a case of cost-saving measures, in the case of the D3500, it may also be a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." In real-world testing, the D3500 proved to be versatile and capable. The D3500 delivers really good image quality, especially when you consider that the camera can be purchased in a two-lens kit for under $500 (although it does regularly cost $596). Its all-around performance is pretty good too, although the 11-point autofocus system is definitely feeling long in the tooth. Further, video features and performance are less than spectacular.

AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 24mm (36mm equiv.), f/8.0, 1/15s, ISO 100. This image has been modified.

When evaluating an entry-level camera, it can be challenging because the context is so much different. You cannot reasonably expect the latest and greatest technologies. Ultimately, the Nikon D3500 has received some upgrades and its strengths remain compelling. The D3500 is a great value. To read more about the camera, head over to our Nikon D3500 Field Test.

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