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Nikon’s New D3500 Shows How Far Entry-Level DSLRs Have Come

See what the 24.megapixel, wallet-friendly DSLR is capable of...

Back in the day, newcomers purchasing an entry-level DSLR were always going to find themselves compromised by a camera that lacked features. Low resolution, slow burst rate and limited movie functions were common pitfalls that would challenge photographers on a smaller budget.

The D3500 is perfect for newcomers to photography.

Fast forward to today though and it’s a completely different story as Nikon’s newest DSLR demonstrates perfectly. For just £499/ €579, photographers can get their hands on the D3500, plus the versatile AF-P DX 18–55 VR lens. So, despite the launch of the Z-series mirrorless range last week, it looks like Nikon aren’t done with DSLRs by a long shot.

Watch an intro video about the D3500…

The D3500 is an APS-C sensor camera that offers 24.2-megapixels, an ISO range of range of 100–25600 and a decent burst rate of 5FPS. That megapixel count virtually matches the resolution from Nikon’s new full-frame Z6 mirrorless camera. So what else do photographers get with the D3500?

Full HD movies can be composed on the 3-inch LCD.

Well, photographers will find a movie mode that shoots Full HD footage at frame rates up to 60p, meaning that movies that be edited to give a slow motion effect. The camera features a deep grip for a comfortable hold and the D3500 also features 11 AF points, a 3-inch LCD with 921k-dot resolution and Bluetooth connectivity so images can be shared quickly to a smart device like your phone or tablet.

The D3500 costs just £499 and that includes a VR lens too!

Not a bad return for £499 eh! The D3500 will start shipping on September 20 and Nikon also released a gallery of images showing what the new entry-level camera is capable of….

The deep grip makes the camera easy to hold.
The D3500 features and ISO range of 100–25600.
Photographers can shoot action thanks to the burst rate of 5FPS.
The camera is lightweight, tipping the scales at just 415g (with battery and memory card).
The D3500 will start shipping on September 20.