Nikon D3500 Autofocus Sensor DSLR Camera

Last updated: February 2, 2022

At only 0.86 pounds, this DSLR camera is one of the lightest in its class, making it a great choice for those who want to tote it around on long shoots. The battery life has increased 30 percent over previous versions of the camera, which also comes in handy for long days. This is more of an entry-level option though, with a price point that's perfect for someone who wants to learn photography.

Nikon D3500 Autofocus Sensor DSLR Camera

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: Traveling with this DSLR camera is a breeze thanks to its lightweight design.

In our analysis of 110 expert reviews, the Nikon D3500 Autofocus Sensor DSLR Camera placed 7th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Beautiful pictures for all. You don’t need to be a photographer to know a great photo when you see one. And you don’t need to be a photographer to take a great photo-you just need the D3500. It’s as easy to use as a point-and-shoot, but it takes beautiful DSLR photos and videos that get noticed. It feels outstanding in your hands, sturdy and balanced with controls where you want them. It’s compact, durable and versatile, ideal for travel. And it works seamlessly with compatible smartphones, making it easier than ever to share your great photos. Even if you’ve never picked up a DSLR camera, you can take beautiful pictures with D3500.

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Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Great image quality in a lightweight and easy-to-use camera with great battery life.
Value for money All-round image quality.
Despite using the same sensor, processor and display as its predecessor, the D3500's battery life has increased by 30% (CIPA) compared to the model that it replaces.

What reviewers didn't like

While the D3500 can shoot high-quality 1080/60p video, this camera is not designed with the videographer in mind.
Fixed rear screen No 4K video.
Being an entry-level camera, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that there's only one control dial.
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