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Nikon is a major player in optical and imagery industry from Japan. Nikon has built a renowned brand on the strength of it's optics which it is best known for. They make some of the best optical lenses, used by other brands including the initial Canon cameras and even NASA. The best Nikon digital cameras and lenses are preferred by professionals the world over.

Another key area of expertise is the SLR technology which was originally invented and improvised by them. They had a near monopoly over professional photographers for over 30 years until Canon started catching up with their electronic SLRs with autofocus. Nikon was one of the first to make Digital SLRs as part of experimental project with NASA.

The best selling Nikon cameras are the dSLR's which range from the best selling D40 (for beginners and amateurs) to high end professional work-horses like D3X and D3S. For the amateur photo enthusiast, Nikon has their CoolPix range of cameras. The Coolpix range has some good offerings like the P series for semi pros, the L series for beginners and the trendy S- series models for the fashion-conscious.

Even though their CoolPix models have not found as much following as that of Sony or Canon, you will still find some standout models in the lineup.

Check out our list of best Nikon cameras, top rated by some of the best digital camera reviewers around the web.

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Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200


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Nikon D7200
Nikon 1 J5
Nikon D5500
Nikon D750
Nikon Coolpix P900
Nikon D7200
Nikon 1 J5
Nikon D5500
Nikon D750
Nikon Coolpix P900
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Release Date
Apr 2015
May 2015
Jan 2015
Sep 2014
Apr 2015
Camera Type
Mid-size SLR
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact SLR
Mid-size SLR
SLR-like (bridge)
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
21.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.2 in.
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.2 mm
13.23 mm
28.2 mm
43.18 mm
2.5 mm

  • - Sensitivities greater than ISO 25,600-equivalent are only available in black-and-white mode.
    - Full-time autofocus is slow to respond, and prone to hunting or seeking in the wrong direction.
    - Metering and function buttons are tough to reach if your hands aren't large.
    - Built-in Wi-Fi functionality is rough around the edges, and has a limited feature-set.


  • The D7200 is the most serious D-SLR in Nikon's DX lineup, but it doesn't equal our Editors' Choice Canon 7D Mark II for capturing action.


  • Rather than completely changing the design and way the D7200 works, Nikon has made a few incremental upgrades which tweaks the camera to make it even more appealing than its predecessor (which was also pretty great). It’s designed for enthusiasts, which means that it needs to be good at a wide variety of different subject matters - and happily, the D7200 is.
    Whether you feel you want to upgrade from the D7100 is questionable and it may come down to the type of subjects you like to shoot.


  • If you're not a serious shutterbug, you'll appreciate the ease of using the fast-shooting Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless camera.


  • While the ability to capture 4K video footage may make all the headlines, the Nikon 1 J5's change in focus to a more prosumer, enthusiast camera is actually the bigger story. The addition of front and rear handgrips, PASM modes on the shooting mode dial, a command dial and Function button all point to a change in direction for the J5, despite it still being a very affordable compact system camera.

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    The Nikon 1 J5 is a nice mirrorless ILC that makes quite a few improvements from the Nikon 1 J4. However, it still has enough minor annoyances that add up quickly to make it lag just behind some similar mirrorless models. Nikon gave the J5 a sharp touchscreen that can tilt up to 180 degrees, as well as a mode dial with plenty of automatic shooting modes that will give inexperienced photographers an easy transition to this ILC. Nikon didn't forget more experienced photographers, who can use the full manual control features.


  • The Nikon D5500 D-SLR delivers images that are just as good as the D5300 it replaces, and manages to do so in a smaller body.


  • Nikon's mid-range DSLR camera continues to evolve with the introduction of the D5500, which is smaller and significantly lighter than its predecessor whilst additionally offering a new touchscreen LCD/interface. It also sensibly ships with the retractable 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II lens which helps to keep the overall package very compact for a DSLR. While it won't set your pulse racing, for the most part the Nikon D5500 is an .


  • The D5500 offers beginners a lot of creative control, the touch-screen display is a useful addition and the sensor captures high levels of detail. It's a pleasing camera, but it's no game-changer.


  • The Nikon D750 delivers pro-level performance at a reasonable asking price, making it our Editor's Choice for full-frame DSLRs under $2,500.


  • Combining the design and handling of the cheaper D610 with many of the more expensive D810's features, Nikon have clearly positioned the new full-frame D750 between the two. Do you like the compactness, handling and smaller 24-megapixel files of the D610 but want the better features (especially on the video side) of the D810? Then the D750 is an obvious choice, especially when you consider that it also offers built-in wi-fi, a tilting LCD screen, 6.5fps continuous shooting, even lower-light auto-focusing and longer battery life.

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    The Nikon D750 is an outstanding Full-Frame dSLR. A great mix of performance and image quality, you will get the best of both worlds. Along with the outstanding performance, Nikon has also included some great convenience features like a tilting LCD and Built-in WiFi connectivity. .


  • The Nikon Coolpix P900 boasts the longest zoom range of any camera on the market, but a lack of detail at higher ISOs holds it back.


  • Using zoom ratios seems to be the new way to sell cameras where once it was all about the megapixels. Here on the Nikon Coolpix P900 we have an 83x optical zoom, which is currently the market leader. However, to get to that kind of ratio, you need to have a huge camera and that won’t be to everybody’s tastes.


  • The P900 is the longest-zoom bridge camera in the world – for now, at least – but it's also big, heavy and expensive. Image quality at shorter focal lengths is good but falls away at high zooms settings.


Top 5 nikon digital camera:

  1. Nikon D7200
  2. Nikon 1 J5
  3. Nikon D5500
  4. Nikon D750
  5. Nikon Coolpix P900