For those seeking entry-level cameras, Nikon gives you every reason to check out their best DSLR camera (for budget), the D3500. Nikon made all the right moves by incorporating a superb battery life, an easy to use interface, and performance to match its pricing. It\u2019s absolutely perfect for any aspiring photographer worth their salt.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Nikon D3500 Review\r\nFledgling photographers can rejoice, for the Nikon D3500 provides great performance for its value, making it one of the best entry-level DSLR cameras\u2014especially on a budget.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nCompared to the previous mode, the D3400, the Nikon D3500 hasn\u2019t changed its pixel count all that much, increasing it from 24.2 megapixels to 24.78. It still makes use of an APS-C CMOS sensor, though a different image processor is being used, the Expeed 4. When you shoot videos, they\u2019ll be shot in Full HD 1080p. It isn\u2019t 4K, but FHD 1080p is still standard and more budget friendly.\r\n\r\nISO range is great, ranging between 100 to 25,600\u2014which is about half the range of the Nikon D810 DSLR. When applicable, shooting RAW files will give you better results, considering it gives you more control over the end result as opposed to letting the camera do the processing for you.\r\nDesign\r\nThe Nikon D3500 shares a lot of its design from the previous model, the D3400. For example, its optical viewfinder hasn\u2019t changed in size at all; it\u2019s still a 3-inch LCD screen. Another similarity is lack of Wi-Fi connection, but Bluetooth is available and the Snapbridge app makes sending images straight to your phone a breeze.\r\n\r\nOnce you get your hands on the D3500, Nikon made sure to add a mode dial. That\u2019s standard such as Live View mode, but one mode in particular is a boon to new photographers: Guide Mode. It allows you to take control of the Nikon D3500\u2019s settings and get familiar with what it can do. We did say this was the best camera for beginners, and that button is the biggest reason as to why.\r\nValue\r\nThe best way to gauge the value of the Nikon D3500 is to compare it with the Pentax K-S2 DSLR, a much cheaper DSLR with similar performance. While it may be cheaper, the K-S2 lens kit bundle isn\u2019t. And as a photographer, you\u2019ll want a lens kit, however, it does come with an AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm non-VR kit lens. The D3500 is clearly the better deal.\r\n\r\nDown the road, when you\u2019ve gained enough experience (and income), consider upgrading to the Nikon D810 or take the Canon EOS Rebel T6i for a spin. Canon is another big name in the industry.\r\nNikon D3500 Review Wrap Up\r\nAs far as mirrorless cameras go, Nikon knocked it out of the park with the D3500. It\u2019s a great improvement over its predecessor, the Nikon D3400, without going so overboard that it becomes too expensive for young photographers to reach for. There\u2019s enough performance to justify its price\u2014from its image quality to superb battery life. While Wi-Fi still isn\u2019t implemented, Bluetooth is still great for the sake of convenience.