Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm Lenses

Model #1588

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Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.85x
Diopter Adjustment -1.7 to +0.5 m
Screen Coverage 100%
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen LCD (921,000)
Viewfinder Type Pentamirror
Viewfinder Eye Point 18.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 95%
Diagonal Angle of View 170.0°


Operating/Storage Temperature Operating32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
AC Power Adapter EH-5c (Optional)
Battery 1 x EN-EL14A Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1230 mAh


Weight 12.88 oz / 365 g
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.7" / 124.0 x 97.0 x 69.5 mm


Self Timer 2 Seconds, 5 Seconds, 10 Seconds, 20 Seconds
Connectivity HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0 Micro-B

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.0 x 8.5 x 5.0"
Package Weight 4.1 lb

Kit Lens

Autofocus Yes
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Optical Design 12 Elements in 9 Groups
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2.63
Magnification 0.38x
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 25 cm
Angle of View 76° - 28° 50'
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6Minimum: f/22 - 38
Focal Length 18 - 55mm Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm
Weight 14.11 oz (400 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.83 x 4.92" (72 x 125 mm)
Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Diaphragm Blades 7
Elements/Groups 14/10
Magnification 0.22x
Minimum Focus Distance 3.61' (1.1 m)
Viewing Angle 22° 50' - 5° 20'
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 6.3Minimum: f/32
Focal Length 70-300mm Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 105-450 mm
Weight 7.23 oz / 205 g
Dimensions (DxL) 2.54 x 2.46" / 64.5 x 62.5 mm
Filter Thread Front: 55 mm
Image Stabilization Yes


Lens Mount Nikon F
Memory Card Type SDSDHCSDXC
Dust Reduction System Yes
Bit Depth 12-Bit
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAWMovies: MOV, Audio: Linear PCM
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
Pixels Actual: 24.78 MegapixelEffective: 24.2 Megapixel
Camera Format DX / (1.5x Crop Factor)

Focus Control

Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 11


Flash Compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System iTTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Max Sync Speed 1 / 200 Second
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Modes AutoAuto/Red-Eye ReductionFill-Flash/Slow SyncOffRear Curtain/Slow SyncRear SyncRed-Eye ReductionSlow SyncSlow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction

Exposure Control

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps at 24.2 MP
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter PriorityMetering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Matrix, Spot Metering
Shutter 30 - 1/4000 Second
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600

AV Recording

Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Mono)
Focus AutoManualContinuous Auto
Max Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080: 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (MOV)1280 x 720p at 50/60 fps (MOV)
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.34972991
5 February 2019

The Nikon D3500 doesn't offer a lot of upgrades, but cements its value as a strong entry-level camera thanks to a lower price point.

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    Compact. Affordable. 24MP resolution. 5fps continuous shooting. Automatic image transfer via Bluetooth. In-camera shooting guide for beginners.

  • -

    Fixed LCD omits touch support. Contrast-based live view focus not ideal for video. No mic input.

Tom s guide.32823298
4 December 2018

Like its D3400 predecessor, the new Nikon D3500 is a modestly priced but well-equipped camera that takes really good pictures and is an excellent learning tool for those new to DSLRs.

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    Affordable, Good image quality, Feature-rich, Excellent battery life, In-camera raw processing

  • -

    Fixed LCD, No touch capabilities, Modest video AF performance

Steve s digicams.32814386
29 August 2018

Nikon is doing everything it can lately to regain its position in the camera world with the announcement of their new flagship mirrorless cameras the Z7 and the Z6. But those are specialty items, cameras that are targeted for professionals and enthusiasts.

Digital camera world.35029809
23 October 2018

Is this the best entry-level DSLR you can buy? We think it might be...

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    Value for money, All-round image quality, Beginner friendliness, Responsive autofocus, 5fps continuous shooting

  • -

    Fixed rear screen, No 4K video, Bulkier than mirrorless rivals

Practical photography.34754171
8 February 2019

Nikon’s latest entry into the budget DSLR category, the D3500 is bundled with an AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G lens, which offers great results for a kit lens. Under the hood, you’ll find a brand new 24.2MP sensor, ISO range of 100-25,600 – perfect for low-light shooting – and nippy 5fps continuous...

Trusted reviews.33834858
18 December 2018

The D3500 is a solid, well-specified entry-level DSLR that gives beginners good handling, great performance and real value for money. Canon chose to build down to a price rather than up to an expectation with this D3500 rival.

  • +

    Good quality kit lens, Very good image quality, Fast and silent autofocus, Unexpectedly snappy live view, Great for keen learners, Value for money

  • -

    Fixed rear screen, Video is HD rather than 4K, Chunky compared to a mirrorless camera

Techradar uk.32817471
1 November 2018

If you're looking to get more creative with your photography, and looking for your first DSLR, the Nikon D3500 is hard to beat.

  • +

    Remarkable 1,550-shot battery life, Excellent image quality, Handy Guide mode, Compact proportions for a DSLR, Easy to use

  • -

    No 4K video, No touchscreen control, Bluetooth, but no Wi-Fi

Photography blog.34969604
29 October 2018

The new Nikon D3500 retains the same core feature-set as its predecessor, the D3400, but presents it in a smaller, lighter and more logical design that's very reminiscent of the mid-range D5600 camera.

User Reviews
9 December 2018

I would love to have given this a 4.5 and not a 4. It is a great working camera. The focusing system is not foolproof, particularly in dim light but it works well. I haven't tested it with birds in flight but I focused on a moving car. I wish it had WI FI, either built in or with an adapter.

Dp review.33575663
5 January 2019

Internally Nikon's entry level dSLR, the D40 line, plateaued at the D3300. The D3500 is fundamentally just a reheat: same 24 MP sensor, same Expeed processor, same 11 pt AF system, same 420 pixel RGB metering, same 5 fps drive, and same 100 shot buffer.

8 December 2018

While I preferred a different bag, I love this camera. It performs great and I am having a fun time learning it. The two included lenses have been all I need so far but I like that I can buy others that fit this camera.

27 December 2018

This is a great little camera. I say little because I use a full frame Nikon D810 daily with a 70-200 f2.8, and the 3500 is minuscule in comparison. Despite the small size I can get 90% of what I'm used to getting with the big camera.

  • +

    Size, value, MUCH smaller than full frame SLR, better control and picture quality than most point 'n shoots

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    Bigger than a point 'n shoot, less capable than a full frame SLR

11 February 2019

I absolutely love this camera. It has great features like Bluetooth sync to your phone. It's also very easy to use and very user-friendly with guide mode to guide you as well as coming with online classes to teach you how to use your camera good quality and the photo quality is amazing!

22 December 2018

Amazing photos with the stock lens. Great battery life. Controls are very intuitive that my 10 year old is using it for taking pictures. My only worry is that I will have to get another one for her!

Dp review.33575663
5 October 2018

Had the D3500 for about two weeks now. We'll just get this out of the way, unless you feel like you could benefit from the redesigned grip or the longer battery life, I see no real need to upgrade from the D3400.

27 September 2018

This is one of the best cameras this company ever created. Great sharpness, an AF that canon cannot create.

24 January 2019

Loving this new camera of mine. I am new to photography and having such camera has been fun to play with, however I believe I will always be learning how to use it! It will take time to get all the settings figured out and how I want to be able to take photos, so far I have taken photos with the...

18 December 2018

First, the picture quality is excellent. What pushes this camera to the top for me is that the guide in the camera makes it easy for inexperienced users to take very good pictures. WAF is high on this one.

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    Ease of use. Picture quality.

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    None so far.

Product Highlights
  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Native ISO 100-25600; 5 fps Shooting
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Multi-CAM 1000 11-Point AF System
  • SnapBridge Bluetooth Connectivity
  • AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens
  • AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED Lens
In The Box
  • Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm Lenses
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED Lens
  • EN-EL14A Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for Select Nikon Cameras
  • MH-24 Quick Charger
  • AN-DC3 Camera Strap (Black)
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • DK-25 Rubber Eyecup
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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