upgrade d90 to d3500 or d5600? any choice

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yong_ravers New Member • Posts: 1
upgrade d90 to d3500 or d5600? any choice

I have a nikon d90 and i want to upgrade it.

which one should i choose? d3500 or d5600 ?

only that 2 choices. thank you very much

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Bobthearch
Bobthearch Veteran Member • Posts: 7,581
Re: upgrade d90 to d3500 or d5600? any choice
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Although the two cameras take photos that are indistinguishable, I think you will find the D3500 lacking in features and a let-down compared to the D90.

I don't know how you've come to those two models, but neither is comparable to the D90 with regards to usability.  I'd rather have a D7200 (or even an old D7100) than the two cameras you've listed.  If your choices are budget-based, you should know that the D7200 is currently $400 off.

In fact, I'd rather have the D3300 than the D3500; the D3500 doesn't have a plug for a remote release.

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Peter in Canberra Contributing Member • Posts: 562
Re: upgrade d90 to d3500 or d5600? any choice
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Bobthearch wrote:

Although the two cameras take photos that are indistinguishable, I think you will find the D3500 lacking in features and a let-down compared to the D90.

+1

I don't know how you've come to those two models, but neither is comparable to the D90 with regards to usability. I'd rather have a D7200 (or even an old D7100) than the two cameras you've listed. If your choices are budget-based, you should know that the D7200 is currently $400 off.

D7200 is a great camera. I realise you asked for views on just the 3500 and 5600 but ...

Not sure where you are and what your local prices are but a heavily discounted D7200 would give you best bang for your buck.

And stretching even further, in terms of 'feel' I have found the D7500 'similar' to the D90, and it is also a (really) great camera.

In fact, I'd rather have the D3300 than the D3500; the D3500 doesn't have a plug for a remote release.

+1. D3300 was better featured than 3400 & 3500. I like the D3300.

I think the viewfinder of the D3500 will be a little bit bigger and brighter than the D5600 (0.85 vs 0.78 from memory).

I like the grip of the 3300 - I think the 3500 is the same. A little 'taller' than the D5x00s.

Handle them both and see which suits you (it is very subjective).

Sactojim Veteran Member • Posts: 7,219
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I came from a D90 and D300S (still used on occasion) and had planned on a D7200. Along the way, I ran across a closeout price on the D3400 and love this small/lightweight shooter and use it mostly on my hikes and kayaking (except when on whitewater). I was ready to get the D7200 and while playing with it at a real camera shop, I handled a D5300. The swivel screen hooked me big time as it's great for video, macro shots, tripod use, and it's lighter/smaller than the D7200. Menu is fast and easy to change settings with the i button..no menu diving. I suggest you go visit a camera shop to feel and shoot the ones you are interested in. For me, I made the right choice. Btw, get the newer DX-P lens (18-55 or 70-300 or both) and prepare to be impressed.

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Gizmo89
Gizmo89 Regular Member • Posts: 234
Definitely the D5600
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I was at the upgrade point before and tried out the D3400, D5600, and D7200.  I borrowed my friend's D7200 for a month and found it to be too heavy and bulky, and I didn't like the tilting screen (too limited) and didn't need dual card slots either.

I tried the D5600 and found it small and light like the D3400.  But what sold me was the fully articulating touch screen, which is like the Canon cameras.  Just like using a smartphone.  And the fully articulating touch screen allows you to view the scene while being in front of the camera, and it allows you to and view the screen while holding the camera over the heads of the crowd if need be.  The last two trips I've taken made me appreciate the fully articulating touch screen which the D3000 and D7000 series do not have.

People here in the forum talk about how much better the D7200 images are, but really, in the real world you will not be able to tell the difference between images taken by either the D3500, D5600 or D7200/D7500.  I still have and occasionally use my D3100, which still takes great pictures, so I feel the differences between modern cameras is negligible.  It all depends on what features you want, and I want the fully articulating touch screen.

Your mileage will vary, so choose your camera based on the features that YOU feel will be most useful to you.

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TacticDesigns
TacticDesigns Veteran Member • Posts: 5,906
Re: Definitely the D5600
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Gizmo89 wrote:

I was at the upgrade point before and tried out the D3400, D5600, and D7200. I borrowed my friend's D7200 for a month and found it to be too heavy and bulky, and I didn't like the tilting screen (too limited) and didn't need dual card slots either.

For me, I upgraded (side graded) from a Nikon D70s to a Nikon D5100 in order to get shots of my daughter at gymnastics and cheer competitions.

The D7000 was out at the time (but not the D7100 or D5200).

I wasn't sure how much I was going to get back into taking pictures with a dSLR so I saved money on the body and used the difference to get a better lens.

I knew all the features the D7000 had over the D5100, but I figured . . . if I don't get back into taking a lot of pictures, the D5100 would be more than enough for me. If I did get back into taking lots of pictures, then I could put more clicks on the D5100 (and learn) and get the D7000 down the road.

I ended up getting back into taking lots of pictures, and wanting all the extra features the D7000 had, so I ended up getting a D7000.

But I still really liked the D5100. My daughter is using it right now for a photography course. But because it is so small, it is the ideal vacation camera.

I tried the D5600 and found it small and light like the D3400. But what sold me was the fully articulating touch screen, which is like the Canon cameras. Just like using a smartphone. And the fully articulating touch screen allows you to view the scene while being in front of the camera, and it allows you to and view the screen while holding the camera over the heads of the crowd if need be. The last two trips I've taken made me appreciate the fully articulating touch screen which the D3000 and D7000 series do not have.

People here in the forum talk about how much better the D7200 images are, but really, in the real world you will not be able to tell the difference between images taken by either the D3500, D5600 or D7200/D7500. . . .

There are some real benefits of the D7x00 over the D5x00 or D3x00 series cameras.

1. Microfocus adjust. This really made my old lenses sing.

2. Triggering off camera flash with full iTTL control. Nice and convenient.

3. Dual dials. Which is nice, but not essential. I think Nikon really does a single dial camera really well. I was able to get around my D5100 quite quickly and did not absolutely miss that extra dial.

4. User Modes. Again, not essential, but really nice.

As for the D5x00 over the D3x00 . . .

A. As some have pointed out, the flippy screen over the fixed screen. I don't use it a lot, but when I do, it's nice that my D5100 has it.

B. More control over the ISO. On the D3x00 series body, you can only control ISO in full steps. On the D5x00 and up you can control ISO in 1/3 (or 1/2) increments. This IMHO goes a long way to squeezing out the IQ from the camera. For me, I use this at gymnastics and cheer competitions as I dance around the limited and uncontrollable available light.

C. Less focus points. The D3x00 only has 16? or something like that. The same as my old D5100. This is fine if you mainly use the center AF point. Shooting cheer where there was often nothing in the middle of the frame to focus on, I quickly learned to appreciate more focus points. One of the things I really like about my D7000 over my D5100. But now the later D5x00 bodies have more focus points.

. . . I still have and occasionally use my D3100, which still takes great pictures, so I feel the differences between modern cameras is negligible. It all depends on what features you want, and I want the fully articulating touch screen.

+1

If you want great pictures, any contemporary Nikon dSLR will do that for you.

If you need / want the extra control, then you need to look into the details of each body.

Your mileage will vary, so choose your camera based on the features that YOU feel will be most useful to you.

+1

As mentioned above, if you are only concerned about getting nice images, then consider all the bodies.

If you have a particular need /want, then you have to look at the details of what each body offers.

Take care & Happy Shooting!

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lokatz
lokatz Senior Member • Posts: 1,254
Re: upgrade d90 to d3500 or d5600? any choice
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If you only want to hear about the D3500 and D5600, maybe you should not ask for advice here. I would not pick either of these two as an upgrade path because it would like feel like 'one step forward, one step back'.

The D3500 is a fine body for hobbyists who want their camera to do the same their smartphone can do: take decent pictures. It does that well as long as you don't expect it to do much else. Alas, it offers almost no learning path if you ever want to become a better photographer and take pictures in a more challenging situations than your average snap-shooter.

The D5600 offers more and leaves more room for learning. Coming from the D90, though, it is a step backward. Settings you were able to change on the fly with your current body's controls are sunk somewhere in an info screen or submenu on the D5600. While the body is nice and small, a definite plus, getting the camera ready to shoot exactly the way you want it to takes more time and requires more fiddling, assuming it is possible at all which is not always the case.

I moved up from a D90 to a D7100, later adding a D500 and just recently replacing the D7100 with a D7500. I also own a D5000, with essentially the same usage concept as the D5600. The step from the D90 to the D7100 (7200 is essentially the same, usage-wise) was a natural progression that allowed me to do a few more things while adding higher resolution and image quality. For my part, I am very glad I did not take the D5600 route.

Mind you, I have no intention to bad-mouth the D5600. It is a wonderful camera, a bargain at its price, and a body capable of producing very high image quality. But it is a consumer body where the D90, D7100/7200 and D7500 are advanced amateur ones. I believe this distinction is more than marketing hype: it marks the difference between happily snapping away and making photography a serious hobby. If you are looking for the former, why did you get a D90 in the first place?

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David Lal Forum Pro • Posts: 10,779
Absolutely!
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lokatz wrote:

If you only want to hear about the D3500 and D5600, maybe you should not ask for advice here. I would not pick either of these two as an upgrade path because it would like feel like 'one step forward, one step back'.

Quite so!

@OP: There are comprehensive camera reviews here in DPR. Itemise those attributes that you feel are lacking in your D90 then see which of the two cameras best addresses those shortcomings. See reviews here:

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/buying-guide-best-cameras-under-500/6
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d5600

Personally, I would not want either of them - definitely a handling backwards step but would opt instead, perhaps for a D7200, secondhand if needs be. However, people have different needs and priorities.

KBINNJ Regular Member • Posts: 200
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I too would consider a move from a D90 to either of the cameras mentioned to be a downgrade.  The D90 was the top “prosumer” DSLR of its day.  The D7500 fills that niche now but the D7200 isn’t that far behind it and is available for a super low price.  If the budget isn’t there for a D7200 I’d go find a used D7100 with a low click count.

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NCB Contributing Member • Posts: 824
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yong_ravers wrote:

I have a nikon d90 and i want to upgrade it.

which one should i choose? d3500 or d5600 ?

only that 2 choices. thank you very much

I almost entirely shoot landscapes. I upgraded from a D80 to a D3100 and never looked back. Sure the D80 has more of the feel of a serious camera in terms of the controls on the camera. But, in terms of what I used for shooting landscapes, the D3100 was entirely adequate, and in terms of output quality it was streets ahead of the D80.

As others have said, in terms of taking great pics, any modern Nikon will deliver very good results. The differences between the D3500 and the D5600 are pretty obvious, likewise the differences between them and the D90. Only you know what you really need. It's down to controls mainly, such as the articulated screen of the D5600.

One warning. I tried a D5500 as an upgrade to my D3100, and preferred the D3100. The D5500 (and the D5600) was smaller, and in particular the viewfinder was smaller than the D3100 (which in turn was smaller than the D80/D90). Not sure about the D3500. None give 100% coverage, but I was comfortable enough with the D3100. I should check this out.

Nigel

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Ask Mait Contributing Member • Posts: 738
Re: upgrade d90 to d3500 or d5600? any choice

your gear list says you have 50mm 1.8D lens. if you are using it, you better know that it will stop working with either of your future bodies.

toomanycanons Forum Pro • Posts: 12,701
Really, a D7200
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but of the two you listed, D5600.  Still...

ToxicTabasco
ToxicTabasco Senior Member • Posts: 2,055
Re: Really, a D7200
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toomanycanons wrote:

but of the two you listed, D5600. Still...

I agree, for the money, the D7200 will be the best upgrade.  Plus, no need to adapt to the cross button functions of the D5600.  And, 14bit RAW file vs the 12 bit of the D3300.

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Gizmo89
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Re: upgrade d90 to d3500 or d5600? any choice

KBINNJ wrote:

I too would consider a move from a D90 to either of the cameras mentioned to be a downgrade. The D90 was the top “prosumer” DSLR of its day. The D7500 fills that niche now but the D7200 isn’t that far behind it and is available for a super low price. If the budget isn’t there for a D7200 I’d go find a used D7100 with a low click count.

I would say that upgrading to the D500 would be a better choice.  But the OP is requesting opinions on the D3500 or D5600.  For me, I'd rather switch to Canon before ever thinking about the D7200/D7500.

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lokatz
lokatz Senior Member • Posts: 1,254
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Gizmo89 wrote:

I would say that upgrading to the D500 would be a better choice. But the OP is requesting opinions on the D3500 or D5600. For me, I'd rather switch to Canon before ever thinking about the D7200/D7500.

A perfectly useless comment. Why exactly do you feel this way, and what, in your view, speaks against the D7200/7500 and makes Canon better?

For my part, I own a D500 AND a D7500 and consider the two almost the same, with the D500 having an edge primarily for BIF and similar fast action. Coming from a D90, I do not see a need to go all the way to the D500 unless the OP has similar interests.

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Gizmo89
Gizmo89 Regular Member • Posts: 234
Re: upgrade d90 to d3500 or d5600? any choice

lokatz wrote:

A perfectly useless comment.

And what makes my comment useless?  That is my opinion.  What a rude person you are.

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KBINNJ Regular Member • Posts: 200
Re: upgrade d90 to d3500 or d5600? any choice
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Gizmo89 wrote:

...For me, I'd rather switch to Canon before ever thinking about the D7200/D7500.

Interesting.  Would you care to explain why?

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Razor512
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Re: upgrade d90 to d3500 or d5600? any choice

Of the options listing, the D5600 would be better due to the better manual controls over video, and easier manual photo controls.

I currently use one and the only thing I really wish it would have, is the AF-fine tune.

Sadly Nikon does not do firmware updates that introduce new features not referenced during the product launch, thus even though AF-fine tune is purely a software feature is the code is actually present in the firmware but all user control is removed, instead it has to be accessed via the nikon service software which they will then use on your camera while charging you nearly $200 to do what ultimately comes down to them typing in an offset value and saving the changes to your camera.

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