Nikon D3500 DSLR Review and Video Test & Image Quality Test
Link to the Nikon D3500:
Link to Canon SL2:
Link to Panasonic G7(better video):
Link to External Monitor:
SD card for Nikon D3500:
Today I’m reviewing the Nikon D3500. The Nikon D3500 is Nikon’s entry level DSLR and is probably the least expensive DSLR you can buy. Despite the fact that it’s inexpensive, the Nikon D3500 doesn’t feel cheaply made. It has a pretty standard hard plastic body with a nice, deep, well-designed grip. Another pleasant surprise, is how compact the Nikon D3500 is. It’s an unusually compact camera and you can see how it compares to Canon’s smallest DSLR, the extremely compact Canon SL2. It’s definitely bigger than mirrorless cameras, but for a DSLR it’s as compact as they get. Part of the compactness comes from the kit 18-55mm DX mount lens which hides it’s APS sized sensor and retracts when the camera is not in use. We’ll get into the performance of the kit lens in a minute. You can also swap it out with any Nikon DX or FX format lens. I also really enjoyed the grip and balance of the Nikon D3500 which allowed me to shoot even single handedly. The button layout is also very intuitive and easy to reach. You have the on-off button around the shutter. A movie record button and the really handy mode dial. There’s also a solid-feeling adjuster dial that’s really useful, especially as you start making more advanced adjustments. I also love this Live View to Viewfinder toggle switch which is really well positioned. And as with most DSLRs, it comes with a popup flash and a hotshoe mount. The switch layout on the rear face is also pretty intuitive and is typical of a Nikon camera. The 3.0 inch display is pretty sharp and bright and works well even outdoors. The only thing that’s missing is that the screen doesn’t articulate or even flip up for that matter. So if you’re planning to use it as vlogging camera, it won’t work. Now if you do plan to use it as a camera to shoot youtube videos, you can always connect an external monitor using the mini HDMi port on the left face. I’ll leave a link to an inexpensive monitor I recommend, right below the video. It doesn’t however come equipped with a mic jack, so you’re limited to using the built-in mono microphone. I also really appreciate that Nikon put the SD card slot on the side, as opposed to burying it in with the battery on the bottom. This makes it really easy to get the card out, especially if you have it mounted to a tripod. And as I always recommend, you really don’t want to cheap out on an SD card. Get a card that’s fast enough and reliable enough to work with this camera. I’ll leave a link to one I recommend, right below the video. The Nikon D3500 uses the EL-14a battery which is in this compartment on the bottom. And rather pleasantly, Nikon includes a standalone battery charger.