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Nikon D3500 a hands on review

By December 2, 2018 December 14th, 2018 No Comments

“I’ve been using the Nikon D3500 on a daily basis, here’s some example images and initial thoughts so you can see what this camera is capable of.”

Paul Farris (Photo Genius)

The D3500 is Nikon’s entry level DSLR and replaces the very popular D3400.  I wanted to test the image quality, handling and features of this camera to see how it performs and during the first week captured a variety of different images of different images which you can view below.  All images in this gallery are the Jpeg files (unless otherwise stated) as it was not possible to edit the RAW files in Lightroom or Photoshop no updates were available from Adobe.

I will be adding more images to this gallery as the weeks go on so please check back for updates.

Things I loved about the Nikon D3500
Image quality was really good for this level of camera.
Focus – focusing on moving subjects using the AFC mode was very impressive.
I like the new design and layout at the rear of the camera.
This camera is really small and lightweight making it ideal for travel.

Things I didn’t like about the Nikon D3500
No option to use the wireless Nikon remote (but you can use the Nikon Snapbridge app and Bluetooth connectivity).
No Fn button for quick adjustment to ISO settings.
The lock button on the 18-55mm lens.

Watch our full hands on review video on YouTube.

Drag arrow right for original image (Jpeg image straight out of camera), Drag arrow left for edited image (edited in Lightroom)
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Camera settings
Shutter speed : 1/2000
Aperture : f8
Location : Wellington Point, Brisbane.
Camera settings
Shutter speed : 1/1600
Aperture : f8
Location : Wellington Point, Brisbane (with thanks to Houndog Daycare)
Camera settings
Shutter speed : 1/100
Aperture : f11
Location : Manly Harbour, Brisbane bayside
Camera settings
Shutter speed : 30 seconds
Aperture : f14
Location : South Bank Parklands, Brisbane
Camera settings
Shutter speed : 1/4000
Aperture : f5
ISO 1600

ISO 100 v ISO 25,600
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Brisbane Panorama – 7 images stitched together
Click on image to enlarge

Camera settings
Shutter speed : 8 seconds
Aperture : f11
ISO 100

Watch the full review video.

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