Nikon D3500 vs D5600 - which camera should you buy?

Nikon D3500 vs D5600 in 2020
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In this Nikon D3500 vs D5600 comparison guide we help you pick the best option from Nikon's current starter DSLRs – and help you find the best price.

If you’re content with traditional DSLR rather than new-kid-on-the-block mirrorless, a great way of pledging allegiance to a camera system for the first time is by investigating Nikon’s budget ‘D’ series digital SLR offerings. Both the Nikon D3500 we’re spotlighting here and its numerically superior – but actually surprisingly similarly specified – Nikon D5600 feature a standard for their class APS-C sensor and are aimed at aspiring photographers looking for greater creativity and flexibility than a smartphone can provide. 

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.