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Nikon D3500

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Nikon D5100

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81 facts in comparison

Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100

Why is Nikon D3500 better than Nikon D5100?

  • 43.2% more megapixels (main camera)
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    24.2MPvs16.9MP
  • 890shots longer battery life
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    1550shotsvs660shots
  • 25% faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
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    5fpsvs4fps
  • 2x better video recording quality (main camera)
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    1080 x 60fpsvs1080 x 30fps
  • 145g lighter
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    365gvs510g
  • 19.42% more battery power
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    1230mAhvs1030mAh
  • Has a BSI sensor
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  • Supports a remote smartphone
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Why is Nikon D5100 better than Nikon D3500?

  • 0.43% larger sensor
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    23.6 x 15.6mmvs23.5 x 15.6mm
  • Has a flip-out screen
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  • Has a microphone input
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  • Has a remote control
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  • Has a built-in HDR mode
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  • 0.5mm shorter
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    96.5mmvs97mm

Price comparison

Nikon D3500

Buy used:

$477.89

ProductStorePrice
Nikon D3500 AmazonNikon D3500 W/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/...Nikon D3500 W/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Black
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$496.95
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$496.95
Nikon D3500 aliexpressMeike 85mm F1.8 Full Frame Auto Focus Po...Meike 85mm F1.8 Full Frame Auto Focus Portrait Prime Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras D500 D610 D750D780 D800 D810 D850 D3400 D3500
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$189.99
Nikon D3500 walmartNikon D3500 W/ 18-55mm & 70-300mm Lenses...Nikon D3500 W/ 18-55mm & 70-300mm Lenses & Bag
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$577.00

Nikon D5100

ProductStorePrice
Nikon D5100 AmazonNikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Came...Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch Vari-Angle LCD Monitor (Body Only)
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$499.00

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Design

1.Has a flip-out screen
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
Flip-out screens can be useful for tricky shots.
2.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
3.weight

365g

510g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
4.viewfinder coverage

95%

95%

With 100% coverage, you can compose the image correctly when you capture the photo. With less than full coverage, you may have to crop your photos afterward to get them looking perfect.
5.has an optical viewfinder
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
An optical viewfinder (or OVF) allows the photographer to compose a shot while seeing exactly what the lens will capture. OVFs have no time lag and require no power - as opposed to electronic viewfinders, which can drain battery life. OVFs are also better in low light situations.
6.Has a hot shoe
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
A hot shoe can be used to attach an external flash, as well as light meters, viewfinders, rangefinders and other attachments.

Optics

1.sensor size

23.5 x 15.6mm

23.6 x 15.6mm

The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
2.focus points

11

11

The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
3.megapixels (main camera)

24.2MP

16.9MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
4.maximum light sensitivity

25600 ISO

25600 ISO

With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
5.continuous shooting at high resolution

5fps

4fps

Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
6.has AF tracking
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. No more out of focus shots.

Videography

1.video recording (main camera)

1080 x 60fps

1080 x 30fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
2.Has phase-detection autofocus for videos
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
A phase-detection autofocus system is faster than a contrast detection autofocus system. Even when recording scenes with a lot of fast movements, the videos are sharp and clear.
3.has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
4.Has timelapse function
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
A timelapse shows a long passage of time sped up. A series of photographs taken from the same position over a long period is joined together to create a short video. It is great way to capture things like the setting sun, or clouds moving across the sky.
5.has a 24p cinema mode
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
24p is a video format (24 frames per second) traditionally used in cinema. Nowadays, it is used to create film-like motion characteristics.
6.supports slow-motion video recording
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
Slow-motion is an artistic video effect that makes time seem to go slower. It is achieved by recording a video at a higher frame-rate than the standard playback rate of 24fps or 30fps. Frame rates for slow-motion videos vary between 60fps and 960fps.

Audio

1.has a stereo microphone
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
2.has a microphone input
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
3.number of microphones

1

1

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
4.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
5.Has a zoom microphone
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
Zoom microphones record high-quality audio and enable you to record sound from a distance. They can be useful for recording meetings, lectures, and presentations.
6.has stereo speakers
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

Battery

1.Battery life (CIPA)

1550shots

660shots

CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
2.has a removable battery
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.
3.has a rechargeable battery
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
4.has a battery level indicator
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
5.battery power

1230mAh

1030mAh

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
6.has wireless charging
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.

Features

1.supports Wi-Fi
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
The device can connect to Wi-Fi.
2.has an external memory slot
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
3.Has a remote control
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.
4.has an HDMI output
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
5.supports a remote smartphone
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
This technology allows the users to use their smartphone as a remote control for the device.
6.Has dual card slots
Nikon D3500
Nikon D5100
It has two memory card slots, allowing you to store more photos without switching cards. This is particularly useful on long shoots when you need more space.

Price comparison

Nikon D3500

Buy used:

$477.89

ProductStorePrice
Nikon D3500 AmazonNikon D3500 W/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/...Nikon D3500 W/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Black
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$496.95
Nikon D3500 pricegrabberNikon D3500 DX-format DSLR w/ 18-55mm Le...Nikon D3500 DX-format DSLR w/ 18-55mm Lens
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$496.95
Nikon D3500 aliexpressMeike 85mm F1.8 Full Frame Auto Focus Po...Meike 85mm F1.8 Full Frame Auto Focus Portrait Prime Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras D500 D610 D750D780 D800 D810 D850 D3400 D3500
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$189.99
Nikon D3500 walmartNikon D3500 W/ 18-55mm & 70-300mm Lenses...Nikon D3500 W/ 18-55mm & 70-300mm Lenses & Bag
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$577.00

Nikon D5100

ProductStorePrice
Nikon D5100 AmazonNikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Came...Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch Vari-Angle LCD Monitor (Body Only)
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$499.00

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