The Nikon D3500 is Nikon’s entry-level camera in its DSLR range. While that means it’s the most basic, it’s still an excellent camera that can take great photos.
Digital camera sensors have come a long way in recent years, and you can get some outstanding results out of the D3500. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of cameras higher in the range, but it’s also at a much more affordable price point. All of which makes it a great choice if you’re making the leap to DSLR photography.
The D3500 is commonly sold with an 18-55mm zoom lens as part of the kit, and that’s the lens I’ve used in most of these shots. But being a Nikon F-mount, you can also attach a wide variety of other lenses to this camera, from much longer telephoto lenses to very wide-angles or specialty lenses like fisheyes or macro (close-up) lenses.
The D3500 has a 24-megapixel sensor that produces photos that measure 6000 by 4000 pixels. In practical terms, that’s more than big enough for sharp prints at least up to 16×20 inches, and even excellent results up to poster size 20×30 prints.
Here are some sample photos I’ve taken with D3500. I’ve included the exposure details in the caption of each photo, and you can click on each of them to open a full-size version. The D3500 offers the option to save the files as JPGs or NEF RAW files (or both).
Most of these were originally shot in RAW image format (the D3500 can also shoot in JPEG) and have only been lightly processed in Lightroom. I haven’t applied any noise reduction beyond the light amount that Lightroom applies by default.
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by David Coleman
I'm a professional freelance travel photographer based in Washington DC. Seven continents, up mountains, underwater, and a bunch of places in between. My images have appeared in numerous publications, and you can check out some of my travel photography here. More »
I take photos and travel. I do it for a living. Seven continents. Dozens of countries. Up mountains. Under water. And a bunch of places in between. Based in Washington DC.