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Nikon Introduces Lightweight, Friendly D3500 Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

30 August 2018

Nikon has announced the Nikon D3500, its new compact, entry-level dSLR featuring a more comfortable, deeper grip like that of the Nikon D5600. The camera also includes a beginner-friendly control layout with larger buttons and frequently-used controls relocated for easy access.

The Nikon D3500 shoots approximately 1,550 shots on a single charge and offers user-friendly features like the educational Guide Mode and Nikon SnapBridge for connection to a compatible tablet or mobile device for sharing.

The D3500 will be available in either a standard 18-55mm kit lens or a two-lens kit option. The two-lens option includes the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-6.3G ED. The single-lens kit includes the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G.

Missing from the D3400 which it replaces is the IR receiver on the front for remote operation and the Fn button.


Highlights of the D3500 include:

  • 24.2-Mp DX-format CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 4 image processor
  • No optical low-pass filter
  • Native ISO 100 to 25,600
  • 5 fps Shooting
  • 3.0-inch 921k-Dot LCD monitor
  • Full HD 1080p video recording at 60 fps
  • Multi-CAM 1000 11-point AF system
  • SnapBridge Bluetooth connectivity
  • Guide Mode and Special Effects


Specifications for the D3500 include:

Sensor 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
DX format (1.5x crop factor)
Bit Depth 12-bit
Lens Mount Nikon F
Dust Reduction System Yes
Viewfinder Pentamirror with 95 percent coverage
18mm eye point
0.85 percent magnification
-1.7 to +0.5m diopter adjustment
Monitor 3.0-inch LCD with 921,000 dots
100 percent coverage
170.0° angle of view
Shutter 30 to 1/4,000 second
Frame Rate Up to 5 fps at 24.2-Mp
ISO Auto, 100 to 25,600
Autofocus Yes, Phase detection with 11 points
Live View Yes
Flash Built-in iTTL
1/200 second maximum syn speed
Hot shoe
Movie 1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30/50/60 fps
1280 x 720p at 50/60 fps
Built-in mono mic
Clips to 29:29 minutes
Connectivity HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0 Micro-B
Power EN-EL14A rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
7.2 VDC, 1230 mAh
Optional power adapter
Dimensions 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.7 inches
Weight 12.88 oz.

Mount Nikon F
Focal Length 18mm to 55mm
27mm to 82.5mm 35mm equivalent
Aperture Maximum: f3.5 to f5.6
Minimum: f22 to f38
7 rounded diaphragm blades
Angle of View 76° to 26°50'
Minimum Focus 9.84 inches
Magnification 0.38x
Optical Design 12 Elements in 9 Groups
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread 55mm
Dimensions 2.54 x 2.46 inches
Weight 7.23 oz.


Both Adorama and B&H are now accepting pre-orders for the single lens kit at $496.95. Adorama and B&H are also both now accepting pre-orders for the dual lens kit at $846.95. Both options will ship in September, Nikon said.

For more information see the news release below.

The New Nikon D3500: Capture and Share Your Treasured Moments With the Lightest, Friendliest Nikon Dslr Yet

The Redesigned Nikon D3500 is the Most Portable Entry-Level Nikon dSLR Ever and the Easiest Way to Capture the Moments that Matter Most

MELVILLE, N.Y. -- Nikon has unveiled the new Nikon D3500, a compact, entry-level dSLR that makes capturing the world easier and more convenient than ever. The 24.2-megapixel D3500 features an updated CMOS image sensor and Nikon EXPEED image processor to capture sharp details and vivid colors and is packed with easy-to-use features that help first-time dSLR users start capturing better photos and video right away.

With its ergonomic and lightweight body, approximately 1,550 shots on a single charge and convenient features like Nikon SnapBridge1 and helpful Guide Mode, the Nikon D3500 is a great option for parents, travelers and photo enthusiasts who are eager to take their photography to the next level.

"The Nikon D3500 is ideal for consumers who are looking to easily capture the kinds of images that their smartphone simply cannot match and share them seamlessly with family and friends," said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. "The D3500 reaffirms our commitment to releasing convenient DX-format dSLR options for those just discovering photography."

Capture Stunning Images and Video with Ease

The Nikon D3500 is bursting with high-performance features that help first-time dSLR users capture amazing images in a variety of situations. The camera's broad ISO range of 100-25,600 makes it easy to capture sharp, clear images in low-light shooting situations with very little noise, while the 11-point autofocus System locks onto subjects, even fast-moving pets or children to help ensure that fleeting moments aren't missed.The D3500 also features built-in Effect Modes to help entry-level users discover and express their personal creative vision.

Additionally, the Nikon D3500 is capable of continuous shooting up to five frames-per-second (fps), helping to capture candid moments with ease. The Nikon D3500 is also equipped with Full HD 1080/60p video capability. Users can switch from shooting photos to video at the press of a button, allowing them to capture spur-of-the-moment memories that will last a lifetime with stunning sharpness and clarity.

To further expand creativity, the in-camera Guide Mode gives new dSLR users the tools they need to learn about their new camera's capabilities and become better, more knowledgeable photographers.

All these amazing features have been incorporated into a new ergonomic and lightweight design featuring a more comfortable, deeper grip and the slim monocoque body design similar to the Nikon D5600. The new design also features a more beginner-friendly and intuitive control layout, with a larger playback button and the most frequently-used controls all relocated to the right side of the camera's LCD where they are easiest to access.

The redesigned Nikon D3500 is ideal for a fast-paced on-the-go lifestyle, making it the perfect companion for any family event or travel adventure.

Always Connected for Easy Sharing

Sharing photos with the ones you love is easier than ever with the Nikon D3500 and Nikon SnapBridge app. The D3500 uses Bluetooth2 to create an always-on3 connection between the camera and a compatible smart device, making it possible to seamlessly share 2MP images to social media as they are captured. Additionally, D3500 users will now be able to trigger their camera remotely via Bluetooth using SnapBridge. Nikon SnapBridge users can also access Nikon Image Space4, a free online image sharing and storage service that preserves memories in the cloud.

Pricing and Availability

The Nikon D3500 will be available in a two-lens kit option, including the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6-GB VR and AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-6.3-GB ED, for a suggested retail price of $849.95 in September. A Nikon D3500 single-lens kit with the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6-GB VR will also be available for of $499.95 in September. For more information on the new Nikon D3500, visit

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