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Nikon D3500 vs Nikon D5300

4.88 in
3.82 in
Nikon D3500 Digital Camera
Nikon D3500
4.92 in
3.86 in
Nikon D5300 Digital Camera
Nikon D5300
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Editiorial reviews
15 editorial reviews
It's inexpensive, lightweight and will keep going for days on a single battery charge. While it's not great for video and its wireless image transfer is slow, the D3500 is a simple and un-intimidating camera that's a great starting point for beginners.Read more
A superb budget DSLR that’s tailor-made for beginners, but it’s not a huge improvement on the D3400Read more
The Nikon D3500 is the latest entry-level DSLR camera aimed at smart-phone upgraders and beginner photographers. Improvements to the D3500 include an incredible 1,550-shot battery life, a redesigned body and control layout, and a lower price. Read our in-depth Nikon D3500 review with sample JPEG and Raw images, videos and more...Read more
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Nikon's latest mid-level DSLR boasts an effective resolution of 24.2 megapixels and uses a DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter.Read more
Built-in Wi-Fi AND GPS, but is this enough for the Nikon D5300 to beat its competition? Find out in our Nikon D5300 review!Read more
Read the Nikon D5300 review to find out if a 24.2-million-pixel-sensor, a new Expeed 4 processor, Wi-Fi and GPS make it stand out from previous models?Read more
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Full Comparison

Sensor

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Sensor type
CMOS
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CMOS
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Image sensor format
DX
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APS-C
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Processor
EXPEED 4
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Expeed 4
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Sensor size
N/A
0.93 in
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Sensor photo detectors
N/A
25.0 Mpx
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Effective pixels
N/A
24.0 Mpx
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Image ratio w:h
N/A
3:2
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Max resolution
N/A
  • 6000
  • 4000
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Other resolutions
N/A
  • 4496x3000
  • 2992x2000
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Image

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ISO
  • 100
  • 25600
  • Auto
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  • 100
  • 12800
  • 25600
  • Auto
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ISO minimum
100
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100
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ISO maximum
25600
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25600
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Maximum image resolution
  • 6000
  • 4000
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  • 6000
  • 4000
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White balance modes
  • Auto
  • Cloudy
  • Direct sunlight
  • Flash
  • Fluorescent
  • Incandescent
  • Manual
  • Shade
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  • Auto
  • Cloudy
  • Flash
  • Fluorescent
  • Incandescent
  • Manual
  • Shade
  • Sunny
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Supported image file formats
  • EXIF
  • JPEG
  • RAW
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  • JPG
  • RAW
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Photo effects
  • Black&White
  • Neutral
  • Vivid
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  • Black&White
  • Neutral
  • Vivid
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Boosted ISO maximum
N/A
25600
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White balance presets
N/A
12
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Custom white balance
N/A
yes
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Image stabilizer
N/A
no
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Image stabilization type
N/A
No
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Supported aspect ratios
N/A
3:2
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Uncompressed format
N/A
RAW
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HDR
N/A
yes
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AEB/HDR support
N/A
yes
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Optics and focus

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Lens mount
  • Nikon AF-S
  • Nikon F
  • Nikon-AF
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  • Nikon F
  • Nikon-AF
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Maximum aperture
5.6
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2.8
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Focus adjustment
Auto/Manual
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Auto/Manual
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Brightness adjustment
yes
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yes
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Autofocus
  • Continuous Auto Focus
  • Single Auto Focus
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  • Continuous Auto Focus
  • Contrast Detection Auto Focus
  • Face detection
  • Multi Point Auto Focus
  • Servo Auto Focus
  • Single Auto Focus
  • Tracking Auto Focus
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Auto Focus (AF) lock
yes
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yes
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Auto Focus (AF) points selection
  • Auto
  • Manual
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  • Auto
  • Manual
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Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
yes
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yes
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Number of focus points
11
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11
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Filter diameter
2.17 in
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2.05 in
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Optical zoom
N/A
3.1 x
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Magnification (Crop factor)
N/A
1.5 x
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AF assist (auto-focus assist light)
N/A
Lamp
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Contrast autofocus
N/A
yes
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Autofocus in recording mode
N/A
yes
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Focal length multiplier
N/A
1.5x
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Manual focus
N/A
yes
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Max number of AF points (incl. assistant)
N/A
39
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Image stabiliser
N/A
Lens based only
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Phase detection autofocus
N/A
yes
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Number of AF points (contrast)
N/A
39
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Screen and viewfinder

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Screen size
2.95 in
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3.19 in
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Screen technology
LCD
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LCD TFT
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Touch screen
no
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no
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Field of view
100.0 %
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100.0 %
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Live view
yes
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yes
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Viewfinder
Optical
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Optical
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Viewfinder magnification
0.85 x
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0.82 x
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Dioptre correction
yes
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yes
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Diopter adjustment (D-D)
1.7 - 0.5
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1.7 - 0.5
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Eye relief
0.71 in
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0.71 in
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Flip-out screen
no
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yes
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Articulated LCD
N/A
yes
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Display resolution
N/A
  • 720
  • 480
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Display aspect ratio
N/A
3:2
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Screen dots
N/A
1037000
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Viewfinder coverage
N/A
95.0 %
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Separate info display
N/A
no
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Second display
N/A
no
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Photography features

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Shooting modes
Auto
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  • Aperture priority
  • Auto
  • Lens priority
  • Manual
  • Movie
  • Program
  • Scene
  • Shutter priority
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Camera shutter type
Electronic
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Electronic
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Auto exposure lock
yes
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yes
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Continuous shooting
yes
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yes
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Self-timer delay
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
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  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
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Histogram
yes
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yes
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Flash modes
  • Auto
  • Fill-in
  • Manual
  • Redeye Reduction
  • Slow Sync
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  • Auto
  • Fill-in
  • Flash OFF
  • Redeye Reduction
  • Second-curtain Sync
  • Slow Sync
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External flash connection
Hot shoe
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Hot shoe
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Scene modes
  • Landscape
  • Portrait
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  • Portrait
  • Landscape
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Minimum shutter speed
N/A
30.0 s
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Maximum shutter speed
N/A
1.0 s
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Shutter priority
N/A
yes
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Aperture priority
N/A
yes
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Manual exposure mode
N/A
yes
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Number of exposures
N/A
5
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Exposure compensation plus
N/A
5
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Exposure compensation minus
N/A
-5
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Expousure compensation steps
N/A
  • 1/3
  • 1/2
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AE EV steps
N/A
  • 1/3
  • 1/2
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AE frames
N/A
3
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WB Bracketing
N/A
Yes
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Subject / scene modes
N/A
yes
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Flash sync speed
N/A
1/200s
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Built-in flash
N/A
yes
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Flash range
N/A
12
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Flash metering system
N/A
i-TTL
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External flash
N/A
yes
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Continuous drive
N/A
5.0 fps
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Self-timer
N/A
yes
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Metering modes
N/A
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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3D support
N/A
no
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Manual settings
N/A
yes
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Self-timer options
N/A
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
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Speed (JPEG)
N/A
5.0 fps
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Speed (RAW)
N/A
5.0 fps
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Exposure bracketing
N/A
0.3 - 0.5±EV
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Videography features

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Maximum resolution
  • 1920
  • 1080
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  • 1920
  • 1080
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Video recording
yes
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yes
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Recording resolutions
  • 1280 x 720
  • 1920 x 1080
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  • 640 x 480
  • 1280 x 720
  • 1920 x 1080
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HD type
Full HD
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Full HD
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Supported video file formats
  • H.264
  • MOV
  • MPEG-4
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  • H.264
  • MOV
  • MPEG-4
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Camera playback
  • Movie
  • Single image
  • Slide show
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  • Highlights
  • Movie
  • Single image
  • Slide show
  • Thumbnails
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Motion JPEG frame rate
60.0 fps
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60.0 fps
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Analog signal format system
N/A
  • NTSC
  • PAL
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Max resolution (highest frame rate)
N/A
  • 1920
  • 1080
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Max frame rate (highest resolution)
N/A
60.0 fps
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Max frame rate (regardless of res.)
N/A
60.0 fps
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Audio features

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Built-in microphone
yes
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yes
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Built-in speakers
yes
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N/A
Voice recording
yes
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yes
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Audio system
Mono
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Stereo
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Supported audio file formats
PCM
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PCM
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Microphone type
N/A
Stereo
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Speaker type
N/A
Mono
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Design

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Body type
SLR
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SLR
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Colour of product
Black
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  • Black
  • Red
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Anti-dust system
yes
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yes
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Body material
N/A
Plastic
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Environmentally sealed
N/A
no
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Dimensions

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Weight
12.87 oz
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16.93 oz
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Width
4.88 in
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4.92 in
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Height
3.82 in
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3.86 in
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Depth
2.74 in
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2.99 in
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Storage

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Compatible memory cards
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
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  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
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Memory slots
1
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1
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Camera file system
  • DCF 2.0
  • Exif 2.3
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  • DCF 2.0
  • DPOF 1.1
  • Exif 2.3
  • RAW
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Maximum memory card size
N/A
64.0 GB
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Storage types
N/A
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
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Power

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Power source type
  • AC
  • Battery
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Battery
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Battery life (CIPA)
1550
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600
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Battery technology
Lithium-Ion
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Lithium-Ion
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Number of batteries supported
1
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1
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AC adapter included
yes
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yes
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Battery life (max)
N/A
1.0 h
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Battery capacity
N/A
1230.0 mAh
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Battery level indicator
N/A
yes
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Battery voltage
N/A
7.2 V
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Connectivity

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HDMI
yes
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yes
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HDMI connector type
Mini
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Mini
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USB connector type
Micro-USB
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Micro-USB B
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USB version
2.0
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2.0
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PictBridge
yes
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yes
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NFC
no
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no
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Wireless network (Wi-Fi)
no
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yes
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Bluetooth
yes
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no
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Bluetooth version
4.1
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N/A
USB port
N/A
yes
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Microphone port
N/A
yes
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Wireless
N/A
Built-In
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Supported WiFi types
N/A
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
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Remote control
N/A
yes
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Firewire
N/A
no
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Other features

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GPS
no
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yes
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Calendar
yes
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yes
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Tripod mounting supported
yes
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yes
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Tripod thread
1.0 in
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N/A
On Screen Display (OSD) languages
  • ENG
  • ESP
  • FRE
  • ITA
  • POR
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  • ARA
  • CHI
  • CHI
  • CZE
  • DAN
  • DEU
  • DUT
  • ENG
  • ESP
  • FIN
  • FRE
  • GRE
  • HUN
  • ITA
  • JPN
  • KOR
  • NOR
  • POL
  • POR
  • RUM
  • RUS
  • SWE
  • THA
  • TUR
  • UKR
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Image editing modes
Crop
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  • Resizing
  • Rotating
  • Trimming
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Timelapse recording
N/A
yes
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Orientation sensor
N/A
yes
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Energy Star certified
N/A
no
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Languages support
N/A
  • ARA
  • CHI
  • CHI
  • CZE
  • DAN
  • DEU
  • DUT
  • ENG
  • ESP
  • FIN
  • FRE
  • GRE
  • HUN
  • ITA
  • JPN
  • KOR
  • NOR
  • POL
  • POR
  • RUS
  • SWE
  • THA
  • UKR
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