True Nikons Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless camera were the worst-kept secrets of the Japanese company, the manufacturer has successfully succeeded in keeping the news of its latest digital SLR almost under control.
The Nikon D3500 is announced today without much fanfare, making it the successor of the two-year-old and still popular Nikon D3400.
Since its launch in 2016, the D3400 is the entry-level DSLR for beginners who are looking for an affordable way to learn the art of shooting without their smartphones. With the D3500 Nikon has taken everything that was excellent over the D3400 and placed it in a redesigned housing.
Same specifications, new body
The specifications for the D3500 are very similar to the D3400. The new camera retains a CMOS sensor with 24.2 MP DX format, 5 fps burst speed and 1080p video at 60 fps. Just like the D3400, there are no 4K options here. The ISO sensitivity also remains at 100-25.600, as well as the 11-point autofocus, but that is acceptable for a snapper for beginners.
What is different this time is that the CMOS sensor and the Nikon Expeed image processor have received an update, making them faster and better to offer, says Nikon, sharper details with more vivid colors.
To ensure that the camera can follow the photographer, the battery has also been given a boost – it can now record approximately 1,550 shots with one recharge, in contrast to the 1,200-shot battery of the D3400.
The new camera looks more like the middle range Nikon D5600 than the D3400. The D3500 has a deeper grip, with a new layout for the buttons on the back. The play button is now larger, most important controls – including menu buttons – have been moved to the right of the screen and the camera now integrates a guide mode to help new users.
Speaking of displays, the LCD on the back of the D3500 is a 3-inch 921,000-dot resolution display, but, like the D3400, is fixed and lacks touchscreen capabilities.
And although the D3500 is not suitable for Wi-Fi, you can transfer images via Bluetooth via the SnapBridge application from Nikon wirelessly. The difference is that the app can now be used as a remote control to activate the shutter of the camera.
Regarding the dimensions of the camera housing, the D3500 is the same size as its predecessor, but it is lighter at 365 g (12.9 ounces), making it Nikon's most portable entry-DSLR ever & # 39; s & # 39; is.
Prices and availability
The Nikon D3500 will be available worldwide in two configurations from September 20th. A single lens set, including an AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f / 3.5-5.6G VR lens, costs $ 500. The second is a kit with dual lenses that, along with the above 18-55 mm glass , also includes an AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f / 4.5-6.3G ED lens, will be priced at $ 849.
Pricing information for UK and Australia has not yet been announced, but we will update this story as soon as we know more.