Nikon Announces Updated Entry-Level APS-C DSLR

If you’re looking for a breather from Nikon Z announcements and updates, then look no further than their unveiling of their new D3500 – an entry-level APS-C digital SLR.

This compact and affordable offering from Nikon is aimed at first-time buyers, looking to potentially transition from their smartphone to the wide world of DSLRs.

“The Nikon D3500 is ideal for consumers who are looking to easily capture the kinds of images their smartphone simply cannot match,” said Executive Vice President Jay Vannatter.

Packing an impressive 24.2-megapixel punch, the D3500 makes use of an updated CMOS image sensor alongside Nikon’s EXPEED processor for “sharp details and vivid colors.”

The camera wields an ISO range of 100-25600, allowing for optimum shooting in low-light conditions. In conjunction is an 11-point Autofocus System, with the ability to lock onto fast-moving subjects such as wildlife. Full HD 1080p/60p video recording is also possible with the D3500, alongside a continuous shooting availability of up to 5fps. Nikon also claims the camera can shoot 1500 shots in one battery charge.

Nikon has gone for a significant overhaul in the design of its entry-level DSLR’s body, with a deeper grip and slim “monocoque” body design. These controls have also been redesigned for ease of use, with a larger playback button and the most popular controls aligned to the right of the LCD (for ease of access).

To assist beginners, Nikon has incorporated the in-camera Guide Mode, that teaches new photographers about the functions of their DSLR for improved image making. But if they want to stick to the basics, then the D3500 offers built-in Effect Modes that can help users “express their personal creative vision”.

In a further move to corner the smartphone market, Nikon has included mobile connectivity, allowing photographers to share 2MP images straight onto social media as they are captured.

With the Nikon SnapBridge app, users can also trigger their camera remotely through Bluetooth for added creativity.

The D3500 will be available in September 2018, with a two-lens kit option including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED.

A one-lens kit option is also to be made available, with only the 18-55mm.



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Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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