The 4-year-old Nikon D3500 is still better than it has any right to be

Nikon D3500
(Image credit: Nikon)

The Nikon D3500 is now four years old, yet it's still a camera that I find myself frequently recommending to people. 

While DSLRs feel increasingly old school in a world ever more dominated by mirrorless cameras, this actually works in the Nikon D3500's favor; while a five-year-old mirrorless camera will be truly creaky by contemporary standards, the thing with DSLRs is that the technology is so mature that it will never age the same way. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.