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by Rob Follis

5th September, 2018


Traditional camera sales have suffered as a result of huge improvements in smartphone cameras, but an DSLR will always offer better results for those with a passion for photography.

To lure photographers away from their phones, Nikon has announced the D3500, a smart-looking new entry-level DSLR at a very affordable price point.

A new camera body makes the D3500 a step up from the D3400 it replaces. It's lighter, better designed and more ergonomic, taking some leads from the design of the more-expensive D5600.

The camera features a 24-megapixel DX Format APS-C sensor that can snap away at up to 5 frames per second and Nikon already has a wide range of DX lenses that can be used with the D3500.

With a neat pop-up flash on top, the deep handgrip with the trademark Nikon red stripe and a chunky command dial on the top plate are all hallmarks of Nikon's long experience with DSLR cameras.

The layout is classic Nikon and all the better for that, with all controls falling to hand. The rear screen is a fairly basic 3-inch 921,000-dot resolution display. There's no touch interface, and the screen doesn't move either, making low or high-angle shots a bit more tricky. That said, a DSLR is all about shooting through the viewfinder, so the screen is mainly just a tool to review images after you've taken them.

Usefully, the D3500 will send image previews to a phone or tablet via Bluetooth. You can use that to see images in more detail or post immediately on Facebook. The SnapBridge app can remotely trigger the camera too - handy for group shots or long exposures. There's no Wi-Fi, but that's to be expected on a budget camera.

The company is also promising better battery life with a reported 1,550 photos per charge. Of course, that will depend on how you use the camera - video will drain it far quicker.

James Murray, Managing Director, Nikon Australia told GadgetNET:

With the ease of use and high-quality images, users will find this new DSLR a breeze to use and explore their photography with.

Murray also mentioned how much we, as a people, have fallen in love with taking photos. Thanks, presumably, to the fact that we always have a camera with us these days.

At launch, there will be a "kit" that will include the D3500 Body and Nikkor 18-55mm VR lens. These kit lenses don't usually set the world alight, but if you're in the market for a budget DSLR, they're a great starting point.


Video hasn't been ignored. There's no 4K here, as you'd expect, but 1080p at 60 frames per second is present and correct. For filmmakers that gives some extra latitude to be creative as you can shoot at 60fps and reduce to 30 or 24 later for slow motion.

Australian pricing will be $799.95 for the camera body and that bundled 18-55mm kit lens. There's a second option with the camera body and the Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G lens. However, it has no stabilisation so stick with the 18-55 and upgrade to a decent DX telephoto when you're ready to step up your photography game.

GadgetNET Says: a digital SLR is still the best and most exciting way to capture photos. While phone cameras are often surprisingly good, the creative control offered by a proper camera makes the D3500 well worth considering.

  • A DSLR that's as easy to use as a point-and-shoot camera
  • Compact, comfortable design that's great for travel and special events
  • An image sensor that's 15X larger than those used in typical smartphones for sharper, clearer pictures
  • Works with Nikon's SnapBridge app for sharing photos with a compatible smartphone or tablet
  • 1080p Full HD videos with stereo sound at the touch of a button
  • Available with an all-purpose lens and an optional telephoto zoom lens

For more information visit Nikon Australia


Posted in: Photography & Art
Tags: nikon  camera  photography  dslr 

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Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.

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