Nikon’s New D3500 is its Lightest and ‘Friendliest’ DSLR Ever

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Nikon has announced the new D3500, the lightest and “friendliest” DSLR ever made by the company. The entry-level camera replaces the D3400 and is nearly identical internally. Outwardly, however, the D3500 is noticeably more portable.

Like the D3400, the D3500 features a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, an EXPEED image processor, 5fps continuous shooting, a native ISO range of 100-25600, an 11-point autofocus system, an in-camera Guide Mode for beginners, Effects Modes for creative styles, a pop-up flash, Full HD 1080p 60fps video recording, SnapBridge Bluetooth connectivity, and a 3-inch 921K-dot LCD screen.

The top of the new D3500
The top of the previous D3400, which the smaller D3500 replaces.

The main thing that’s different between D3500 and D3400 is the smallest size and redesigned user interface. The D3500 features a body design that’s extremely similar to the D5600 except for a few button placement differences and the lack of a Vari-Angle touchscreen. The playback button is larger, and the most frequently-used controls are all found on the right side of the LCD screen now.

The back of the new D3500
The back of the D3400.

These physical changes have made the D3500 about 0.24in (5.5mm) thinner (2.76in/70mm vs 3in/75.5mm) and 1.06oz (30g) lighter (12.87oz/365g vs 13.93oz/395g).

And while the D3400 is rated for 1,200 shots per charge, the increased battery life of the D3500 gives it a 29% boost to 1,550 shots per charge.

“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,” says Nikon EVP Jay Vannatter. “The D3500 reaffirms our commitment to releasing convenient DX-format DSLR options for those just discovering photography.”

Here are some official sample photos captured with the new D3500:

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The Nikon D3500 will be available with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens for $500 or with the 18-55mm and an additional 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED lens for $850 . Both bundles will hit store shelves in September 2018.

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