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Nikon D3500 & D5600 are NOT discontinued (outside Japan, at least)

Nikon D3500 & D5600 are NOT discontinued (outside Japan, at least)
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Recently, rumors have been doing the rounds regarding the demise of two of Nikon's most popular DSLRs, the Nikon D3500 and Nikon D5600. However, according to Nikon itself, these rumors are unfounded – at least outside the manufacturer's home territory of Japan. 

Several websites, including this one, ran stories of the Nikon D3500 (opens in new tab) and Nikon D5600 (opens in new tab) cameras both being discontinued (opens in new tab), based on the fact that Nikon Japan has listed these models as being 'archived products'. However, it turns out that this decision affects the Japanese market only.

• Read more: Nikon D3500 vs D5600 (opens in new tab)

Here’s the official statement from Nikon Japan:

"Nikon Imaging Japan has decided to archive some digital SLR camera models based on market trends. In Japan, the D5600 and D3500 are archived products. The products will continue to be sold in countries and regions other than Japan. We plan to continue selling these products for the time being. For areas other than Japan, we will consider the optimal timing for discontinuation based on the needs of the market and customers."

Adding fuel to the fire, several UK retailers currently have the cameras listed as 'awaiting stock', which is often a tell-tale sign that discontinuation is imminent for a given product line. 

However, Nikon UK has clarified to us that this is due to a 'long list of backorders' waiting to be fulfilled. Nikon products coming into the UK have been badly affected with delays attributed to Brexit (opens in new tab), which could be partly to blame for the situation.  

It had struck us as somewhat odd that Nikon would discontinue its biggest-selling entry level models before any replacements were on the horizon. That said, we are still expecting an entry level mirrorless model to be launched this year, potentially without a built-in electronic viewfinder in the shape of the Nikon Z30 (opens in new tab)

Read more:

Nikon D3500 review (opens in new tab)
Nikon D5600 review (opens in new tab)
Best Nikon camera (opens in new tab)

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Adam has been the editor of N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab) for almost 12 years, and as such is one of Digital Camera World's leading experts when it comes to all things Nikon-related. 


Whether it’s reviews and hands-on tests of the latest Nikon cameras and lenses, sharing his skills using filters, tripods, lighting, L brackets and other photography equipment, or trading tips and techniques on shooting landscapes, wildlife and almost any genre of photography, Adam is always on hand to provide his insights. 


Prior to his tenure on N-Photo, Adam was also a veteran of publications such as PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab), so his wealth of photographic knowledge isn’t solely limited to the Big N.