Nikon D3500 Digital Camera

  Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective angle of view Nikon DX format; focal length equivalent to approx. 1.5× that of lenses with FX format angle of view
Effective pixels
  Effective pixels 24.2 million
Image sensor
  Image sensor 23.5 × 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels 24.78 million
Dust-reduction System Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)
  Image size (pixels)
  • 6000 × 4000 (Large: 24.0 M)
  • 4496 × 3000 (Medium: 13.5 M)
  • 2992 × 2000 (Small: 6.0 M)
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed
  • 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
Picture Control System Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified
Media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
File system DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
  Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.85 × (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1)
Eyepoint 18 mm (–1.0 m–1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment –1.7 – +0.5 m–1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex mirror Quick return
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
  Autofocus support Autofocus is available with AF-P and type E and G AF-S lenses.
  Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed 1/4000–30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time
Flash sync speed X = 1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
  Release mode 8 (single frame), s (continuous), J (quiet shutter release), E (self-timer)
Frame advance rate

Up to 5 fps

Note: Frame rates assume manual focus, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values.

Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1–9 exposures
  Metering mode TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method
  • Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II
  • Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame
  • Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
  • Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0–20 EV
  • Spot metering: 2–20 EV
Exposure meter coupling CPU
Mode Auto modes (i auto; j auto, flash off); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (k portrait; m sports; n close up; o night portrait); special effects modes (% night vision; S super vivid; T pop; U photo illustration; ' toy camera effect; ( miniature effect; 3 selective color; 1 silhouette; 2 high key; 3 low key)
Exposure compensation Can be adjusted by –5 – +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV in P, S, A, M, scene, and % modes
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with A (L) button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 100–25600 in steps of 1 EV. Auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting On, off
  Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 – 3 m/1 ft 8 in. – 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range –1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens servo
  • 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
Focus point Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing A (L) button
  Built-in flash

i, k, n, o, S, T, U, ': Auto flash with auto pop-up

P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release

Guide Number Approx. 7/22, 8/26 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Flash control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation Can be adjusted by −3 – +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV in P, S, A, M, and scene modes
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) i-TTL flash control, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, Color Information Communication, AF-assist for multi-area AF
Sync terminal AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
White balance
  White balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning
Live view
  Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
  • Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Automatic scene selection Available in i and j modes
  Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method Matrix
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
  • 1920 × 1080; 60p (progressive), 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
  • 1280 × 720; 60p, 50p

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

File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Audio recording device Built-in monaural microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity ISO 100–25600
  Monitor 7.5-cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 170 ° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
  Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, playback face zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, picture rating, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
  USB Hi-Speed USB with Micro-USB connector; connection to built-in USB port is recommended
HDMI output Type C HDMI connector
  Communication protocols Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1
Operating frequency
  • Bluetooth: 2402–2480 MHz
  • Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402–2480 MHz
Maximum output power
  • Bluetooth: 1.2 dBm (EIRP)
  • Bluetooth Low Energy: 1.2 dBm (EIRP)
Range (line of sight) Approximately 10 m (32 ft) without interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles
Power source
  Battery One EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery
  AC adapter EH-5c/EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket
  Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
  Dimensions (W × H × D) Approx. 124 × 97 × 69.5 mm (4.9 × 3.9 × 2.8 in.)
  Weight Approx. 415 g (14.7 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 365 g/12.9 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment
  Temperature 0 °C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F)
  Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
  • Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards or guidelines.
  • All figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery.
  • The sample images displayed on the camera and the images and illustrations in the manual are for expository purposes only.
  • Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance and specifications of the hardware and software described in this manual at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that this manual may contain.

MH-24 Battery Charger

Rated input AC 100–240 V, 50/60 Hz, 0.2 A maximum
Rated output DC 8.4 V/0.9 A
Supported batteries Nikon EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion batteries
Charging time Approx. 1 hour and 50 minutes at an ambient temperature of 25 °C (77 °F) when no charge remains
Operating temperature 0 °C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F)
Dimensions (W × H × D) Approx. 70 × 26 × 97 mm (2.8 × 1.0 × 3.8 in.), excluding plug adapter
Weight Approx. 96 g (3.4 oz), excluding plug adapter

The symbols on this product represent the following:

m AC, p DC, q Class II equipment (The construction of the product is double-insulated.)

EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

Type Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Rated capacity 7.2 V/1230 mAh
Operating temperature 0°C–40 °C (+32 °F–104 °F)
Dimensions (W × H × D) Approx. 38 × 53 × 14 mm (1.5 × 2.1 × 0.6 in.)
Weight Approx. 49 g (1.7 oz), excluding terminal cover

Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance and specifications of the hardware and software described in this manual at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that this manual may contain.

Supported Standards

  • DCF Version 2.0: The Design Rule for Camera File Systems (DCF) is a standard widely used in the digital camera industry to ensure compatibility among different makes of camera.
  • Exif version 2.3: The D3500 supports Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) version 2.3, a standard in which information stored with photographs is used for optimal color reproduction when the images are output on Exif-compliant printers.
  • PictBridge: A standard developed through cooperation with the digital camera and printer industries, allowing photographs to be output directly to a printer without first transferring them to a computer.
  • HDMI: High-Definition Multimedia Interface is a standard for multimedia interfaces used in consumer electronics and AV devices capable of transmitting audiovisual data and control signals to HDMI-compliant devices via a single cable connection.

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Conformity Marking

The standards with which the camera complies can be viewed using the Conformity marking option in the setup menu (0 Conformity Marking).

FreeType License (FreeType2)

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