- Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7 Specs
- Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7 Body & Design
- Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7 Build & Handling
- Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7 Video Performance
- Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7 Lenses
- Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7 Price
- Dirt Cheap DSLRs for Beginner Photographers
- Understanding Camera Specs: What’s Most Important For You?
In this review, we will compare the Canon T7 and Nikon D3500.
These two DSLR models were released in 2018 and are aimed at those who are looking for a camera that packs semi-professional features at an affordable price (especially if you buy used).
Without a doubt, both of these models are good performers. And since they are among the cheapest DSLR cameras on the market (with a price below $500), they represent excellent value as well.
Which one does a better job for you? Find an answer in Nikon D3500 vs Canon T7 head-to-head matchup.
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Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7: Primary Specs
At first glance, the specifications of the Canon T7 and Nikon D3500 may seem very similar, but if we dig a little bit deeper, there are many differences between them.
The Nikon D3500 and Canon EOS Rebel T7 revolve around an APS-C sensor and offer the same amount of resolution (24 megapixels). However, the Nikon 3500 has a bigger sensor which means that it has larger individual pixels that are capable of gathering more light.
Because of its larger sensor, the Nikon D3500 allows much more flexibility in low-light conditions. This camera offers a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600 (without boost), while the Canon T7 offers a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 100-12800). Both cameras have a flash that is useful for shooting images at night, while you also have an option to attach an external one through a hot shoe.
Another feature that represents a difference between these cameras is that Nikon’s model lacks anti-aliasing filter. As a result, it produces sharper images than the Canon T7. On the other hand, the anti-aliasing filter that’s found in the T7 does a good job of reducing moiré in images.
Besides larger sensor, the Nikon D3500 also has an advantage over the Canon T7 when it comes to other specifications such as burst shooting and video capabilities.
Both cameras are capable of shooting Full HD video, but the D3500 does it at 60p, while the Canon T7 maxes out at only 30p.
The Canon T7 allows burst shooting speed of only 3 frames per second which is not enough if you are into sports or wildlife photography. On the other hand, the Nikon D3500 allows a continuous shooting rate of 5.1 frames per second. This is not a mind-blowing feature either, but it can be much more practical and useful than the burst shooting speed offered by Canon’s camera. The only advantage of the Canon T7 in terms of continuous shooting is that it has a bigger buffer size (150 vs 100 shots).
Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7: Body & Design
The Nikon D3500 and Canon EOS Rebel T7 are both very compact and lightweight if we compare them with other DSLR cameras. This makes these two models ideal for those who are looking for a camera that can be carried around easily.
The Canon T7 is a bit heavier and larger than the Nikon D3500 since it weighs 23.8 oz and measures 5.1 x 4.0 x 3.1 inches. The corresponding weight of the Nikon’s model is 12.8 oz and it has dimensions of 4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76 inches. Bear in mind these measurements are for the body only, so both of these cameras will get larger and heavier with a lens attached.
Both models feature an optical viewfinder that can be useful for framing subjects during the bright day. Although they offer the same field of view (95%), the Nikon D3500 has a viewfinder with 0.57x magnification, while the Canon EOS Rebel T7 offers a bit smaller magnification (0.50x).
There are no big differences between the Nikon D3500 and Canon T7 when it comes to the LCD display. Both cameras feature a 3.0" fixed LCD screen without touchscreen technology. There is a slightly bigger resolution in the Nikon D3500 (921k vs 920k dots), although the difference is so small that it will be barely noticeable in reality.
Which camera is better, Nikon or Canon? Find an answer in the video above by Jared Polin.
Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7: Build & Handling
Since they were made for photography-lovers who are transitioning from using a smartphone and point-and-shoot camera to a more capable choice, the Nikon D3500 and Canon T7 are very easy to handle.
Because of their low price, you can’t expect them to have a build quality as good as more expensive DSLR models. With this being said, be careful when using these cameras in tough weather conditions as neither one are weather-sealed.
The Nikon D3500 has a much longer battery life than the Canon EOS Rebel T7 - it can take around 1500 shots before exhausting its battery. In comparison, on a full charge, the Canon T7 can take only around 500 shots.
In spite of Nikon’s model being superior in many areas, the Canon T7 seems to have relatively better connectivity options. This camera has built-in WiFi and NFC, while on the other hand, it lacks Bluetooth technology that can be found in the Nikon D3500.
Some photographers prefer Wi-Fi, while others prefer Bluetooth connection, so in the end, both cameras have their own advantages and disadvantages in terms of connectivity.
Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7: Video Performance
As I briefly touched upon above, the cameras being reviewed in this article are both capable of capturing 1080p (Full HD) video. However, the Nikon D3500 shoots video at up to 60 fps, while the Canon T7 allows only 30 fps. While you will barely notice this difference if your videos are static, the addition of 30 fps can mean a lot if there is a lot of movement in the videos you make.
Generally, you shouldn’t expect a lot from the Nikon D3500 and Canon EOS Rebel T7 when it comes to video capabilities. It is good to know there is an option to record important moments with both of these cameras, but they are not a perfect choice for those who are primarily into shooting videos.
Videographers are usually looking for a camera that has a tilt-swivel screen, touchscreen technology, in-camera stabilization, microphone port, headphone jack, and double card slot, among other features. Since none neither of these cameras have these features, they are not flexible enough for taking videos as much as they are for taking still photos.
Both cameras have a faster autofocus system if you are using an optical viewfinder. For recording videos, you can only use a rear LCD screen which means that it will take more time to focus on subjects. Moreover, since they both lack touchscreen technology, it will take some time to reposition the autofocus area.
Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7: Lenses
Now let’s see how these two cameras compare with respect to the choice of available lenses.
The Nikon D3500 uses a Nikon F-mount which was introduced in 1959. Because of this, you shouldn’t have a problem finding lenses that will suit your needs. This camera usually comes with an AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens which is good for portraits, landscapes, and videos.
On the other hand, Nikon also suggests you try the AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED lens if you are into sports, concerts, or nature photography.
The Canon EOS Rebel T7 uses a Canon EF lens mount which was introduced in 1987. There is also a wide offer of lenses to choose for this camera, but Canon recommends you to start with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens. If you are into sports, portraits, and wildlife, you should also check out the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lens.
Nikon D3500 vs Canon EOS Rebel T7: Price
The best thing about the Nikon D3500 and Canon EOS Rebel T7 is their very affordable price.
The Nikon D3500 comes with an 18-55mm lens for a brand-new price of around $400.00. Although this camera already has a consumer-friendly price, you can save a few bucks for lenses and accessories if you buy a used one on platforms like KEH.
Since KEH buys and sells a ton of cameras and lenses, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on their inventory so you can snatch up a D3500 on the cheap.
The Canon EOS Rebel T7 has a similar price range. You can get a new camera with an 18-55mm lens and other accessories for just $399.00. But, again, you can stretch your budget further if you buy used.
What’s more, if you already have a camera that you no longer need or want, why not sell it or trade it in? Doing so helps you put some cash in your pocket to put towards an upgraded camera while giving another photographer an opportunity to put your old gear to use.
Whether it’s buying, selling, or trading in, KEH is my top choice for used gear. Give it a try today and experience the KEH difference.