Knowing it won’t be able to beat smartphones in versatility and portability, Nikon is instead appealing to the artistic aspirations of smartphone photographers who desire to hone their craft. With a 24.2 megapixel CMS sensor with an ISO range of 100 to 25,600 and an EXPEED image processor, the Nikon D3500 is built to capturing anything in any condition, bright or dark, slow or fast. Especially with an 11-point AF system.
The D3500 also offers features mobile photographers might have become so used to. Like built-in Effect Modes or a Bluetooth connection to their smartphones that lets them instantly share a 2 megapixel version of their photos on social networks. And to help train these future pros, Nikon also provides a Guide Mode in the camera to help budding photographers learn more about the powerful features of DSLRs.
All that power won’t come cheap, of course. The Nikon D35000 will sell for $499.95 in a single lens kit with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. Or $849.95 in a kit that adds the AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED to the mix. Then again, this is a DSLR after all and it comes with a DSLR price tag. Even if it’s for beginners.