Type: Single-lens reflex digital camera Lens Mount:Nikon F bayonet mount Sensor Size: 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm Battery Life (shots per charge):1,550 shots (CIPA) Bluetooth: Yes Monitor Size:3.0 in. diagonal Monitor Type:Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100 - 25,600
You don't need to be a photographer to know a great photo when you see one. And you don't need to be a photographer to take a great photo—you just need the D3500. It's as easy to use as a point-and-shoot, but it takes beautiful DSLR photos and videos that get noticed. It feels outstanding in your hands, sturdy and balanced with controls where you want them. It's compact, durable and versatile, ideal for travel. And it works seamlessly with compatible smartphones, making it easier than ever to share your great photos. Even if you've never picked up a DSLR camera, you can take beautiful pictures with D3500.
Take more memorable images. The photos you take with the D3500 capture more than the moment—they capture the feeling of the moment, a feeling that can be shared immediately with your friends and family and then relived for a lifetime.Take more memorable images. The photos you take with the D3500 capture more than the moment—they capture the feeling of the moment, a feeling that can be shared immediately with your friends and family and then relived for a lifetime.
If you can take a picture with your smartphone, you can take a great picture with the D3500. Auto Mode delivers amazing results in nearly any situation. If you want to learn while you shoot, turn on Guide Mode and follow simple on-screen guidance.
Less thinking. More shooting.
The D3500 is fast, responsive and simple to use. You won't be stuck fussing with camera controls while a great moment passes you by. Just point, shoot and share amazing photo after photo.
The D3500 simply feels great in your hands. It's lightweight and balanced, even with a telephoto lens attached. Each button and dial is carefully placed for comfort and ease of use, and the menu system is simple and intuitive.
The day tripper
Small enough to be discrete, durable enough to withstand rough conditions; the camera is also available with two outstanding travel lenses, you'll never want to leave home without the D3500.
The difference is in the details
The image sensor in the D3500 is approximately 15 times larger than those used in typical smartphones. That means much sharper, clearer photos with richer details—photos that immediately grab attention and get likes.
Colors that pop in any light
Inside every DSLR is a specialized computer that fine-tunes the settings for each shot. Nikon's renowned EXPEED image processing system is built upon a rich history of imaging know-how, and it helps the D3500 take beautifully vibrant photos and videos in nearly any condition.
Recording beautiful video with the D3500 is as easy as shooting photos. Just flip the Live View lever and press the record button. You’ll be capturing awesome 1080/60p Full HD video instantly and effortlessly. Use your lens' zoom capability to shoot wide angle videos or tight close-ups.
Picture after amazing picture
Some of the best moments only last a split second. Press and hold the shutter button on the D3500 and capture up to 5 frames per second at full resolution with tack-sharp focus, ensuring you land the shot that matters.
Fast, accurate focusing
Unlike typical smartphones, fast-moving subjects are no problem for the D3500. 11 autofocus points are spread across the frame, and fulltime AF locks onto your subject and keeps it in focus while you capture amazing shot after shot.
Download Nikon's free SnapBridge app and your D3500 photos will appear right on a compatible smartphone or tablet* for posting to your favorite sites, sharing with friends and family or just as backups. You can even use the smartphone or tablet to remotely trigger the D3500 to take pictures.
3500 KIT WITH 18-55 mm VR LENS (VBK550XM) + Memory Card 16 GB + Bag
Nikon DX format; focal length in 35 mm  format equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX format angle of view
Effective Pixels (Megapixels)
Image Sensor Format
Image Sensor Type
Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX-D software required)
Dust-Off Reference Photo
Image Area (pixels)
DX-format (L)6,000 x 4,000
(M)4,496 x 3,000
(S)2,992 x 2,000
File Format Still Images
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with Fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
SD SDHC SDXC
1 Secure Digital (SD)
Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0 EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) PictBridge
Autofocus is available with AF-P and type E and G AF-S lenses
This camera supports autofocus with AF-P and type E and G AF-S lenses only. AF NIKKOR for F3AF not supported. AI-P NIKKOR: All Functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Electronic rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or faster. IX NIKKOR lenses cannot be used. Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function. Other AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except Autofocus, 3D Color Matrix Metering II and some Shooting Modes. Type G AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: all functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Type D AF NIKKOR and OTHER AF NIKKOR Manual Focus and Manual exposure mode only:
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8 mm circle in center of frame Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type E and G lenses) Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens at 20°C/68°F)
Exposure Meter Coupling
Aperture-Priority (A) Auto Auto (flash off) Manual (M) Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P) Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Auto Auto [Flash Off] Child Close-up Landscape Night Portrait Portrait Sports Special Effects Modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key)
±5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV in P, S, A, M, Scene, and Night Vision modes
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Flat Landscape Monochrome Neutral Portrait Selected Picture Control can be modified Standard Vivid
ISO 100 -
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
High ISO Noise Reduction
Low Normal High Off
Single-Point AF Mode
Dynamic AF Mode
Number of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking)
Auto-Area AF Mode
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
-1 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Can be selected from 11 focus points
Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A) Continuous-servo (AF-C) Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only and D-Movie only Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder Normal area available in Live View and D-Movie only Predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Single-servo AF (AF-S) Wide area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Live View Shooting
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality
3.0 in. diagonal
Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector Hi-Speed USB; connection to built-in USB port is recommended
Smart Device App Connectivity
Battery / Batteries
EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)
1,550 shots (CIPA)
MH-24 Quick Charger
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)
x 3.9 in.
x 2.8 in.
0–40 °C (+32–104 °F) Less than 85% (no condensation)
Flash Sync Modes
Auto Auto with red-eye reduction Auto slow sync Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction Fill-flash Rear-curtain sync Rear-curtain with slow sync Red-Eye reduction Red-Eye reduction with slow sync Slow sync Off