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Nikon D3400 Vs Nikon D3500 – What’s New, What’s The Same & What’s Better?

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

There was a big spot from Nikon this week introducing brand-new, full-frame mirrorless cameras (Nikon Z6 and Z7) but for those who aren't utterly so advanced with their photography, or have the budget to stretch to a few thousand pounds, Nikon has also introduced a new entry-level DSLR – the D3500. 

The D3500 is the successor to the well-liked Nikon D3400 that was introduced a few years ago and even though quite a bit of the inner-workings of the new Nikon D3500 are similar to the D3400, there are some remarkable changes we thought we'd mention. 

On paper, a noticeable difference is the slightly reduced size compared to the Nikon D3400, and the Nikon D3500 DSLR is 45g lighter. There are pronounced design changes, too, with a deeper grip appearing on the front of the camera and buttons having a move around. 

If you look at the below perception which shows the rear of each DSLR, you can see that all of the buttons from the left are now positioned to the right, alongside all of the other buttons, so everything is in mild reach and instead of a LiveView button, there's now a LiveView switch. The Info button has been moved from the top to the back, and the flash button is also on the overdue, rather than the side. The Grip is also slightly bigger on the new D3500 which should make the camera more comfortable to hold. 

 

The other pipe difference between the two entry-level DSLRs is the battery life with the D3500 having a battery rating of 1550 shots which is 350 innumerable shots than the D3400 can capture. 

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There's also an in-built Guide Mode – useful for DSLR beginners and Bluetooth can now be adapted to to shoot remotely with the help of the SnapBridge application. 

That's pretty much it for 'what's new' and 'what's wiser', because as you can see from the quick comparison table, quite a bit of the specs are the same (specs in bold are improved/different):

 

Quick comparisson food: 

 

Camera Nikon D3400 Nikon D3500
Megapixels 24.2mp 24.2mp
Sensor Size APS-C APS-C
IS No No
LCD Screen 3inch, 921k dots (no tilt, not a touchscreen) 3inch, 921k make much ofs (no tilt, not a touchscreen)
Continuous Shooting 5fps 5fps
ISO  ISO100 to ISO25600 ISO100 to ISO25600
Video

1920×1080 FullHD

  • 1920×1080 FullHD
Connectivity Bluetooth Bluetooth (now can be employed to shoot remotely)
USB USB2 USB2
Battery Life 1200 shots 1500 shots
Weight 460g 415g

 

 

Nikon D3500 DSLR Summary Of Key Features:

  • 24.2 MP DX-format sensor
  • Encyclopaedic ISO range of 100–25600
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • Better battery
  • Improved grip 
  • New button layout
  • 1080p video at 60fps
  • Guide Mode to domestics new users
  • 3-inch LCD screen
  • Bluetooth for image transfer via Nikon's SnapBridge app (which can also be used as a remote trigger) 

 

 

The new DSLR thinks fitting be available in two kits: D3500 + AF-P DX 18-55mm VR and D3500 + AF-P 18-55mm with RRPs of £499 (with VR) and £479 (without VR). 

You can set side by side more of the specs in the table below and have a look at the sample images captured with both cameras in the galleries here: 

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Nikon D3500 Bite Photos

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Nikon D3400 Sample Photos

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Comparison Index

Nikon D3400 Nikon D3500
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon Corporation (株式会社ニコン, Kabushiki-gaisha Nikon) (UK: or US: ; listen [ɲikoɴ]), also known just as Nikon, is a Japanese multinational
Lens
Effective Magnification 1.5x 1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels 24.2Mp (Megapixels) 24.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 6000 6000
Pixels (H) 4000 4000
Sensor Epitome CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C APS-C
Sensor Size (width) No Data 23.5mm
Sensor Size (height) No Data 15.6mm
Aspect Correspondence
  • 3:2
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in 3in
Screen resolution 921k dots 921k dots
Touch Screen No No
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • Autofocus
  • Directions
  • Face Detection
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/4000sec 1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest 30sec 30sec
Bulb mode Yes Yes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Guide
  • Scene modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted – Average
  • Multi Follow
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted – Average
ISO sensitivity 100 – 25600 100 – 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp +/-5 +/-5
Scuttle Options
Continuous shooting 5fps 5fps
Video
Movie mode Yes Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 1280×720 HD 720p
  • 640×480 VGA
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 1280×720 HD 720p
  • 640×480 VGA
Video FPS 60p,50p,30p,25p,24p, 720p 60/50fps 60p,50p,30p,25p,24p, 720p 60/50fps
Stereo Profitable No No
Optical Zoom with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel Video Yes Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation No No
Interface
HDMI Yes Yes
USB USB 2 USB 2
Wi-Fi No No
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
Data Type
  • JPG
  • RAW
  • RAW + JPG
  • JPG
  • RAW
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type EN-EL14a EN-EL14a
Battery Life (CIPA rating) 1200shots 1550shots
Box Contents
Box Contents EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery may refer to (with closing cover), MH-24 battery charger, DK-25 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, AN-DC3 strap, UC-E17 USB cable, EG-CP14 audio/video cable, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminating cover), MH-24 battery charger, DK-25 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, AN-DC3 strap, UC-E17 USB cable, EG-CP14 audio/video cable, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
Dimensions
Load 460g 415g
Width 124mm 124mm
Height 98mm 97mm
Depth 75.5mm 69.5mm
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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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