The first thing you need if you want to take up photography is a DSLR. If you’re unsure which camera to get, it’s a good idea to buy either a Canon or a Nikon. These two are the biggest names in photography. They’re the rivals that people always debate about. And they both produce incredible cameras, so it’s impossible to say which is the better brand.
But we can compare their “beginner models”. The Canon T7 and Nikon D3500 are the best DSLRs for starting out. They both take excellent photographs and have a handful of great features. The best part? They’re both quite cheap, making them the ideal DSLR for first-timers.
At first glance, these cameras seem to be identical in specs. They’re so on par with each other, it’s like Canon and Nikon made their version of the same camera. However, there are a few differences. Each camera has its pros and cons.
Today we’re going to compare these two side-by-side. We’ll take a look at key features, and determine which is better at what. This way, you’ll have a better idea of which one to get for yourself.
Size and weight are important factors to consider when choosing a camera. If you’re going to have long shoots, using a heavy camera can be tiring.
- Canon T7: size (129 x 101 x 78 mm), weight (475g)
- Nikon D3500: size (124 x 97 x 70 mm), weight (365g)
While both cameras are lightweight and easy to handle, the D3500 has a slight edge. It’s lighter and less bulky than the T7. The difference may seem small, but after holding your camera up for a long time, you’ll start to feel it.
If you want to take great photographs, you’ll need a good lens. The good news is that both the T7 and D3500 come with a great kit lens. These kit lenses are very flexible. They do well in everything from portraits to landscapes. This is why they are the ultimate starter lens.
Though the kit lenses have the same specs, Canon takes the cake in this one for their lens options. If you’re serious about photography, you’ll want to buy a better lens. And when it comes to lenses, Canon is a step ahead. They have more and better choices then Nikon.
Remember, you can’t interchange lenses. Canon lenses can’t fit on a Nikon, and Nikon lenses can’t fit on a Canon. This is why you should consider your future lenses when choosing between the T7 and D3500.
One problem the D3500 has is that it doesn’t have an auto-focus motor. While this makes it lighter, you’ll need a lens with a motor to get the auto-focus feature. And not all Nikon lenses have an auto-focus motor. This cuts down the D3500’s lens options even further.
Both the T7 and D3500 are entry-level cameras. This means that their performance isn’t quite at the professional level. That said, both of these perform so much better than your typical phone camera. Their image quality is higher, they can shoot action faster, and they can capture more in low-light. This is why DSLRs trump smartphones every time. But what about when you compare them to each other?
- Canon T7: 24 megapixels, 3 frames-per-second, 100-12,800 ISO
- Nikon D3500: 24 megapixels, 5 frames-per-second, 100-25,600 ISO
While both will give you the same picture quality, the D3500 is more versatile. If you’re into sports, you know that things happen fast. Blink and you’ll miss the action. But with the D3500’s 5 fps, you can capture the perfect shot – even if it happens in a fraction of a second.
What’s more, the D3500 also performs better in the dark than the T7. Its 25,600 max ISO means its sensor is so sensitive to light, it can see even what you can’t! But be careful raising the ISO so high. Since it only has 24 megapixels, the D3500 will give you very noisy pictures if you pump up the ISO so high.
If you’re looking for a video camera, it’s best to look elsewhere. The T7 and D3500 lack too many video-friendly features to make them a solid choice. They don’t have video stabilization, microphone jacks, swivel screens, touchscreens, and more. However, they can shoot very crisp videos. And unless you’re going to focus on videography, these cameras should be good enough.
- Canon T7: 1080p HD, 30 frames per-second
- Nikon D3500: 1080p HD, 60 frames per-second
The D3500 beats the T7 here due to its option to shoot at 60 frames-per-second. For still videos, this makes almost no difference. But when there is a lot of movement, the D3500’s footage will be better. Also, the 60 fps allows you to shoot smooth slow-motion videos. Whereas if you slow down your 30fps footage, it may come out somewhat choppy.
The T7 and D3500 allow you to transfer pictures to your phone in seconds. You no longer have to unload your SD cards to your laptop first. This makes it very easy for you to share your photos as you take them.
- Canon T7: NFC and wifi connection
- Nikon D3500: Bluetooth connection
One thing that makes the Canon T7 and Nikon D3500 perfect for beginners is their price. They cost far less than other models. What’s more, it’s easy to find a good second-hand T7 or D3500. This is because a lot of people are looking to upgrade, so they sell their first cameras for cheap.
- Canon T7: Around $450
- Nikon D3500: Around $400
You probably saw this coming. The D3500 is a slight step ahead of the T7 in most aspects. However, you shouldn’t underestimate the T7’s advantage in lenses. In the end, you can’t go wrong with either one. So choose what you want! We recommend the D3500, but the T7 is also a solid choice.