Nikon D3500 Compact Entry-Level DSLR Aims To Lure Newbie Photographers

Nikon has rolled out a new entry-level DSLR camera called the new D3500, and this camera is an affordable way for new users to step into the DSLR realm. While the Z7 and Z6 mirrorless cameras that Nikon rolled out earlier this month would set you back at least $2,600 in kit form, the new entry-level D3500 will cost you a much more affordable $849.95 when it lands in September including two lenses. Those lenses are the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED. If you want to spend even less to get into DSLR quality images, you can get a single-lens kit with only the 18-55mm lens and D3500 body for a much more affordable $499.95.

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For the money, the new D3500 packs in a 24.2MP resolution CMOS image sensor along with a Nikon EXPEED image processor. The body of the camera is ergonomic and lightweight with enough power in the battery to shoot 1,550 images per charge. Nikon fits the camera with an ISO range of 100-25,600 for clear and sharp images in low-light shooting situations with little noise. The autofocus system has 11-points making it easy to lock onto fast moving subjects like pets or kids.

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Nikon also integrated Effect Modes to help new users discover and express a creative vision. Burst shooting at up to 5 fps lets you capture fast action, and the D3500 can shoot video as well. Video resolution is 1080/60p and changing between photos and video can be done with the press of a button. An in-camera Guide Mode helps new users to learn about the camera's capabilities and become better photographers.

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Nikon designed the compact and light D3500 body to have a more comfortable, deeper grip and a slim monocoque design like the more expensive D5600 DSLR. Likewise, the most frequently used controls are on the right side of the LCD for easy access. Sharing photos is easier thanks to Nikon SnapBridge app and Bluetooth integrated into the camera. That integration allows the sharing of 2MP images on social media quickly and easily. The SnapBridge app can also trigger the D3500 shutter remotely.

Nikon says that the new D3500 will be available in the United States starting in September.