Nikon Coolpix 3500 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 3500



Modes & Screens



The LCD screens that you see in this review had to be photographed as there is no video out- port that we normally use to capture the displays with.  LCD monitors on any camera were never designed with enough resolution to be photographed. So we hope you understand why these screen captures are not up to standard with our usual high-res direct output method.




Record Mode Displays

Nikon Coolpix 3500

Typical Auto record mode LCD screen display.



Nikon Coolpix 3500

The QuickReview button lets you see the last image captured in a quarter-size screen without leaving Record mode. Press the button again to make the image full screen. Tap the shutter release or the QuickReview button again to quickly return to Record mode.





Record Mode Menus

By pressing the MENU button while in Record, the following screens are displayed:
Nikon Coolpix 3500

In the Auto Record mode
Screen one:

  • IMAGE QUALITY - Fine, Normal or Basic
  • IMAGE SIZE - 2048(x1536), 1600(x1200), 1280(x960), 1024(x768) or 640(x480)
  • EXPOSURE COMPENSATION - "+" or "-" 2 stops in 1/3 stop increments
  • Nikon Coolpix 3500

    In the Manual Record mode
    Screen one:

  • IMAGE QUALITY - Fine, Normal or Basic
  • IMAGE SIZE - 2048(x1536), 1600(x1200), 1280(x960), 1024(x768) or 640(x480)
  • WHITE BALANCE - Auto, White Bal. Preset, Fine(sun), Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy or Speedlight
  • EXPOSURE COMPENSATION - "+" or "-" 2 stops in 1/3 stop increments
  • CONTINUOUS - Single, Continuous or Multi-Shot 16
  • BEST SHOT SELECTOR - ON / OFF
  • IMAGE SHARPENING - Auto, High, Normal, Low or Off
  • Nikon Coolpix 3500

      Screen Two is the same in both
      Auto and Manual Record:

    • Brightness - LCD backlight - brighter or dimmer.
    • CF Card Format - Format the CF card in the camera.
    • Date - Adjust date and time.
    • Auto Off - Auto turn-off time for LCD - 30s, 1m, 5m, or 30m.
    • Language - De, ENglish, Fr, Japanese, Es.
    • USB - PTP, Mass Storage
    • RESET ALL - No / Reset (resets all values to default)


    Nikon Coolpix 3500

    The Scene Menu allows access to the creative modes: Off(Auto - default), Backlight, Museum, Beach and Snow, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Copy, Close up, Sunset, Party/Indoor, Portrait, Landscape, and Fireworks Show.



    Nikon Coolpix 3500

    Flash Modes: Auto, Auto Red-eye reduction, flash cancel, and forced fill flash.




    Nikon Coolpix 3500

    Self Timer, accessed with the "up" 4-way Nav. control, turns on the 10 sec. Self Timer.




    Nikon Coolpix 3500

    Record Mode, accessed with the "down" 4-way Nav. control,
    allows access to the Manual or Movie record modes.




    Play Mode Displays

    Nikon Coolpix 3500

    Typical Play mode LCD screen display. This is the maximum
    amount of overlay information that can be displayed.




    Nikon Coolpix 3500

    Thumbnail index pages can display 4 images per page or ...





    Nikon Coolpix 3500

    You can display 9 thumbnails if your eyesight is really good.




    Nikon Coolpix 3500

    The image can be magnified in many steps up to 6x, once enlarged you can scroll around it using the 4-way controller.



    Nikon Coolpix 3500

    Typical screen display while in the Movie Play mode. The Coolpix 3500 can record QuickTime MOVie clips up to 35 seconds in length at 320 x 240 resolution and 15 frames per second. There is no microphone so the movies are silent. The optical zoom can't be used during movie recording.



    Play Mode Menu

    Nikon Coolpix 3500

    Play mode menu has options for Deleting images, Setting DPOF printing information, Protecting images, enabling Auto Transfers, Compact Flash Card Formatting, and LCD brightness control.




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