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Nikon D3500 vs Fujifilm X-T100

We compare the Nikon D3500 to the Fujifilm X-T100: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

The D3500 is a Beginner DSLR, while the X-T100 is categorized as a Mirrorless.

Here are both models side by side. The Nikon D3500 is on the left, the Fujifilm X-T100 on the right:

D3500 vs X-T100 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Nikon D3500 vs Fujifilm X-T100: Specifications at a glance

D3500

  • Introduced in August 2018
  • Beginner DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C (DX)
  • 24 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta mirror)
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor
  • Lens mount F
  • No WiFi
  • 124.0 x 97 x 69.5mm³ (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.7")
  • 415g (13.4 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D3500

X-T100

  • Introduced in May 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 6 frames/second
  • 200 - 12800 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount X-Bajonett
  • WiFi built-in
  • 121 x 83 x 47.4mm³ (4.8" x 3.3" x 1.9")
  • 448g (14.5 oz.)

All specs: Main page for X-T100

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for D3500 and X-T100

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

D3500 vs X-T100: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: APS-C (called DX by Nikon). This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: D3500 an X-T100 sensor comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

The APS-C sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 367mm² (14.4 sq.in.).

D3500 vs X-T100: The viewfinders

The D3500 uses an optical viewfinder with a penta mirror. The viewfinder covers 95% of the field of view and has a magnification of 0.53x.

The X-T100 features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.62x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

D3500 (0.53x)

X-T100 (0.62x)

Simulated viewfinder of the D3500Simulated viewfinder of the X-T100

Advantage: Fujifilm X-T100

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Nikon D3500 on the left, the Fujifilm X-T100 in the right column:

Advantage Nikon D3500...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

D3500

X-T100

Sensitivity (4)100 - 25600 ISO200 - 12800 ISO
Larger lens selection (3)20025
Longer battery life (3, photos)1550430

Conclusion: Advantages of the D3500 are the larger sensitivity, the larger selection of lenses and that the battery has more stamina.

The D3500 scores 10 points.

...and here's where the Fujifilm X-T100 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

D3500

X-T100

Sensor cleaning (3)
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.0024.20
Faster (4, frames/second)56
More AF points (4)1191
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.921.04
Articulated monitor (2)
Touch screen (2)
External microphone (2)
More portable (2)836cm³
(53 cu.in.)
476cm³
(30 cu.in.)
WiFi (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the X-T100 are built-in automatic sensor cleaning, the higher resolution and that the camera is faster. Additional pros for the Fujifilm are the faster and more accurate auto focus, that the display has a higher resolution and the articulated display. A recommendation of the X-T100 is made easy by the rather comfortable touch screen, the connector for an external microphone and the more compact size. Finally, there's the the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection.

Yields 28 points for the X-T100.

...and here's what both have in common

D3500

X-T100

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Built-in flash
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Almost equal weight415g448g

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Nikon D3500 again on the left, Fujifilm X-T100 on the right:

Front view of the D3500 and the X-T100...

D3500 und X-T100, front viewD3500 und X-T100, front view

...and here we see the Nikon and the Fujifilm from above:

D3500 und X-T100, view from aboveD3500 und X-T100, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Nikon D3500

Fujifilm X-T100

10
28

CameraCreativ recommends the Fujifilm X-T100.

Our rating of the Nikon D3500

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Our rating of the Fujifilm X-T100

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