Top positive review
An oustanding camera for an affordable price
6 May 2019
The Nikon d3500 is simply the best dslr money can buy under £500.
If you are on the market for a new camera but are having a hard time choosing, I can guarantee the d3500 will tick every box and for the price you really cant get much better.
- Build Quality -
As soon as you pick up this camera the first thing you will realise is that it is so lightweight and compact. This makes it perfect for travelling as you can put it in your bag with you and its not hard to carry around wherever you go. But with the sacrifice of weight loss, does not mean that it is lacking in build quality either. The d3500 feels very comfortable to hold with the rubberised grip but feels also quite solid. The material is a hard plastic so dont get me wrong there are more rugged models out there, but for general use and wear like bumps, drops, scrapes and maybe a bit of rain none of that should be a problem.
- Ease of use -
Whether you are an amateur getting to grips or a photographer by trade this camera is really easy to use and I did find that the button placement is simple but very effective if you want to change your settings quickly. There are plenty of different modes to go in depending on what situation you want to capture but manual mode is where you can maximise the potential and get the outcome you really want. The menu interface is simple, not cluttered and includes a handy setup guide to get you acquainted with the camera its self. I have seen a lot of people complain about the snapbridge feature that transfers photos wirelessly to your phone. But personally with my galaxy s9+ I had no problems at all and found it to be brilliant.
- Image Quality -
Now on to the most important thing of all, image quality. To be realistic normally for a budget camera around £350 you wouldnt expect too much with picture quality. But in this case the nikon d3500 is fantastic, the 24mp sensor really does capture all the intricate detail and sharpness that we all crave in our pictures. low light performance even with the kit lens is excellent and is even better with my 50mm f1.8g lens attached for them low noise night shots and plenty of bokeh !
If its street photography, portraits, landscapes, macro or even a bit of all you will definitely not be disappointed with the nikon d3500 and for how much this is I would say it is a must buy. After familiarising your self with the settings and an addition of a few nice lenses you will be on your way to taking professional looking photos for an entry level price.