Nikon Announces D3500 Entry-Level DSLR: Cheaper, Lighter, More Compact

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DSLRs are onerous to justify in a time the place mirrorless methods are getting extra highly effective and sure, less expensive. Simply weeks after the announcement of their revolutionary Nikon Z-series of full-frame mirrorless cameras, the corporate has unveiled the subsequent in line to its extremely helpful D3000-series entry-level DSLR.

Aside from the identical 24-megapixel sensor discovered on its predecessor the D3400, the D3500 is markedly totally different in lots of different methods. Inside, a new Expeed 4 processor permits for the next most ISO of 25,600, with as much as 5 fps in steady taking pictures.

On the surface, the D3500 is much more compact than the lithe D3400, utilising the physique shell seen on the D5600 which is 6mm thinner. It is usually 365g, barely down from the 395g from its predecessor.

As an entry-level DSLR, it’s fairly bare-bones in lots of regards. Its rudimentary 11-point autofocus system appears slightly paltry, however helps Nikon’s 3D monitoring system which ought to theoretically result in efficiency features in dynamic conditions. The LCD display is fastened, in contrast to the pivoting one discovered on the D5600. There’s additionally no extra infrared receiver on board, which suggests customers should rely on the smartphone application for distant taking pictures.

The controls have been revamped from its predecessor to assist with ergonomics. All buttons to the left of the display have been moved to the appropriate, a complicated transfer since there’s no articulating screen to account for. This implies the cluttered button format has gotten tighter, and the somewhat helpful and customisable Fn button has been sadly eliminated. This does, nevertheless, assist with the one-handed operation, a fantastic enchancment from Nikon’s typical two-handed button format.

When it comes to battery life, the D3500 has acquired fairly a bump, with a 30% enhance at a CIPA ranking of 1,550 pictures. It’s the smaller battery mannequin, EN-EL14a, however would reliably final for days. Like on different DSLR our bodies, the D3500 is charged through external charger, however doesn't assist direct charging.

Smartphone compatibility, which might be an curiosity to newbies, is fundamental, to say the least. With out Wi-Fi, Snapbridge is barely in a position to switch 2-megapixel images and to behave as a distant launch for the shutter.

As with all its newbie fashions, the D3500 has a Information Mode to assist induct new photographers to the commerce. Performance is split into fundamental and superior operations, giving customers the power to regulate settings with ‘scenes’ with out having to fiddle with uncomely dials.

Nikon’s newest upgrade to its newbie mannequin has primarily been external and incremental. With its smaller dimension, lighter construct and longer battery life, new customers could be extra inclined to carry it on adventures. However the best half: it sells even cheaper than its predecessor.

The Nikon D3500 with package lens and telephoto zoom lens. Picture: Nikon

The camera will retail at USD 499 (SGD 685) as a package with the collapsible AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR Lens, and at USD 849 (SGD 1,165) with a further AF-P 70-300 F4.5-6.3 telephoto zoom. In 2016, the equal D3400 kits retailed at USD 649 and USD 999 respectively.

Native pricing and availability in Singapore have but to be introduced. Costs in SGD are calculated at change charges on the time of publishing, and don't replicate official native costs.

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