Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D1

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3500 and Nikon D1. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D3500
Nikon D1

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D3500 were released 2018 and Nikon D1 was released 1999. That is a 19 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D3500 Nikon 2018
Nikon D1 Nikon 1999

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "DX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras have a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the cameras sensor size effect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D3500 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D1 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D3500 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D1 has 2,7 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D3500 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000
Nikon D1 2,7 MP 2624000 2000 1312

Nikon D3500 has a 815 % larger resolution than Nikon D1. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D3500 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D1. Nikon D3500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D1 has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3500 100-25600
Nikon D1 200-1600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon D1 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3500 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3500 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3500
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D1

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D3500 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D1 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3500 5
Nikon D1 4,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon D3500. Unfortunately Nikon D1 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D1 weighs 1200 gr (equal to 2,65 lb) which is 229% heavier than Nikon D3500 and its 365 gr (or 0,8 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D3500 365 gr 0,8 lb
Nikon D1 1200 gr 2,65 lb