Nikon D610 vs Sony a3500

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D610 and Sony a3500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D610 is manufacturered by Nikon but Sony a3500 is from Sony. Both Nikon and Sony are well known brands though.

Nikon D610 were released 2013 and Sony a3500 was released 2014. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D610 2013
Sony a3500 2014

Type of camera

Nikon D610 is a DSLR camera while Sony a3500 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D610 has a "Nikon FX"-sensor while Sony a3500 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D610 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Sony a3500 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

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

Resolution

Nikon D610 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a3500 has 20 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D610 24 MP
24160256 pixels
6016 x 4016
Sony a3500 20 MP
19816192 pixels
5456 x 3632

Nikon D610 has a 22 % larger resolution than Sony a3500. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Sony a3500 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D610. Sony a3500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 16000 while Nikon D610 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D610 100-6400
Sony a3500 100-16000

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D610
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a3500

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D610 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Sony a3500 can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D610 6
Sony a3500 3,5

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D610 and Sony a3500 can shoot movies.

Weight

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

Nikon D610 weighs 850 gr (equal to 1.87 lb) which is 107% heavier than Sony a3500 and its 411 gr (or 0.91 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D610 850 gr
1.87 lb
Sony a3500 411 gr
0.91 lb

Nikon D610 vs Sony a3500 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D610 and Sony a3500, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
Name Nikon D610 Sony a3500
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Release Date and Price
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
Release Year 2013 2014
Release Date 2013-10-08 2014-03-21
MSRP 1999 USD 399 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6016 x 4016 pixels 5456 x 3632 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 20 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 3 Bionz
Image
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 16000
White Balance Presets 12 9
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Optical)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 39 25
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3,2 3
Screen dots 921000 230400
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT LCD monitor TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 0.7 (0.47 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
Frames per second 6 fps 3,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters 6 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Average
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps) +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
H.264
AVCHD
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Optional through WU-1B mobile adapter
No
Remote Control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless) Yes (via optional RM-VPR1)
GPS Yes
Optional
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D610
Sony a3500
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 900 shots 480 shots
Width 141 mm 128 mm
Height 113 mm 91 mm
Depth 82 mm 85 mm
Weight 850 gram 411 gram