Nikon has released details of its latest entry-level Nikon DX-format DSLR camera, the D3500, which is scheduled for release within the next couple of months.

Angled view of the D3500 with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. (Source: Nikon.)

Replacing the two-year-old D3400, the D3500 features a redesigned body that weighs only 365 grams and measures approximately 124 x 97 x 70 mm. Its APS-C sized sensor delivers 24.2 megapixels of effective resolution and supports a a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100 to ISO 25600. The body features the same lightweight monocoque structure as the Nikon D5600, with a deep grip and revised controls, including a larger playback button. Concentrating the most important buttons to right of the monitor on the back of the camera makes it easier for novice users to operate. The D3500 supports Live View shooting with face-detect and subject-tracking autofocus. Autofocusing is controlled by a Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 11-Area phase detection module with one cross-type and 10 line-type sensor points. Contrast-detection AF is used in Live View mode.

The 3-inch monitor on the rear panel has a resolution of 921,600 dots and is fixed to the back of the camera. The optical viewfinder provides 95% frame coverage with 0.85x magnification, an 18mm eyepoint and -1.7 to +0.5 dioptre adjustment. Video capabilities are limited to 1020p at up to 50 fps. Continuous shooting is supported at up to five frames/second with focus and exposure locked on the first frame. The built-in User Guide provides information about shooting modes such as aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual mode or capture particular subjects. Scene presets include Auto, Auto (flash off), child, close-up, landscape, night portrait, portrait and sports. The special effects palette includes night vision, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect, miniature effect, selective colour, silhouette, high key and low key settings. Active D-Lighting can be switched on or off.

The D3500 uses an EN-EL14a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, the same as the Nikon D3400 but battery life is now 1,550 shots/charge where the D3400 was rated for 1,200 shots/charge.

Built-in SnapBridge Ver. 2.5, can be used to control remote capture of still images from the smart device and the D3500 also includes Bluetooth technology for maintaining a constant connection between the camera and a smart device.

Nikon has provided no details of when this camera will go on sale locally and it never releases RRPs to the press. As a guide, it is slated to be available in September with the kit, which includes the 18-55mm VR lens for an MSRP of US$499.95. For more information, visit