Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Nikon D3500 and Canon SL2 side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Nikon D3500 has external dimensions of 124 x 97 x 70 mm (4.88 x 3.82 x 2.76″) and weighs 365 g (0.80 lb / 12.87 oz) (including batteries). Canon SL2 has external dimensions of 122 x 93 x 70 mm (4.8 x 3.66 x 2.76″) and weighs 453 g (1.00 lb / 15.98 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Nikon D3500 and Canon SL2. Canon SL2 is 2mm narrower and 4mm shorter than Nikon D3500 but they have the same thickness of 70mm.
Here is the back view size comparison of Nikon D3500 and Canon SL2.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Nikon D3500 and Canon SL2.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Nikon D3500 is significantly lighter (88g ) than the Canon SL2 which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Also keep in mind that body weight is not the only deciding factor when comparing two interchangeable camera bodies, you have to also take into account the lenses that you will be using with these bodies. Since both Nikon D3500 and Canon SL2 have the same APS-C sized sensor, their lenses for a similar focal length and aperture will be similar in size and weight.
Unfortunately neither Nikon D3500 nor Canon EOS Rebel SL2 provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top DSLR Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Nikon D3500 and Canon SL2's LCD screens has the same diagonal size of 3".
On the other hand, Canon SL2 sports a Fully Articulated screen
which you can change the angle and position of the screen almost freely, making it possible to shoot from waist or over the head levels, and especially very useful for shooting selfies and video. Nikon D3500's LCD screen is a fixed type which provides almost no flexibility in shooting positions compared to SL2.