Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D3

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3500 and Nikon D3. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D3500
Nikon D3

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D3500 were released 2018 and Nikon D3 was released 2007. That is a 11 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 D3 Nikon 2007

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3500 has a "DX"-sensor while Nikon D3 has a "FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

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 D3 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

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 D3 has 12,1 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 D3 12,1 MP 12052992 4256 2832

Nikon D3500 has a 99 % larger resolution than Nikon D3. 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 D3. Nikon D3500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D3 has 200 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3500 100-25600
Nikon D3 200-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon D3 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 D3

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 D3 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3500 5
Nikon D3 9

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 D3 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 D3 weighs 1300 gr (equal to 2,87 lb) which is 256% 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 D3 1300 gr 2,87 lb