Nikon D3500 vs Nikon Z7

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3500 and Nikon Z7. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D3500
Nikon Z7

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

These two camera models were both released 2018.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D3500 Nikon 2018
Nikon Z7 Nikon 2018

Type of camera

Nikon D3500 is a DSLR camera while Nikon Z7 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3500 has a "DX"-sensor while Nikon Z7 has a "FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D3500 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon Z7 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

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

Resolution

Nikon D3500 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon Z7 has 46 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D3500 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000
Nikon Z7 46 MP 45441024 8256 5504

Nikon Z7 has a 89 % larger resolution than Nikon D3500. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z7 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3500. Nikon Z7 has an ISO range that stretches from 64 to 25600 while Nikon D3500 has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3500 100-25600
Nikon Z7 64-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon Z7 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3500 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3500 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3500
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z7

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D3500 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon Z7 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3500 5
Nikon Z7 9

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D3500 and Nikon Z7 can shoot movies.

Weight

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

Nikon Z7 weighs 675 gr (equal to 1,49 lb) which is 85% heavier than Nikon D3500 and its 365 gr (or 0,8 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D3500 365 gr 0,8 lb
Nikon Z7 675 gr 1,49 lb