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The best entry-level DSLR cameras from Nikon offer relatively lesser customization features when compared to the advanced digital cameras. In fact these are the better line of interchangeable lens cameras from Nikon with best interfaces. You could get most of these cameras under $800 and $1000 price ranges which will be able to capture images of up to 18 Megapixel resolution and 1080p Full HD videos.

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Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera


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Nikon D5300
Nikon 1 AW1
Nikon COOLPIX P7800
Nikon D7100
Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera
Nikon 1 AW1 14.2 MP HD Waterproof, Shockproof Digital Camera System
Nikon COOLPIX P7800 12.2 MP Digital Camera
Nikon D7100 Digital Camera
Nikon D5200 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Oct 2013
Sep 2013
Sep 2013
Feb 2013
Dec 2012
Camera Type
SLR/Professional, Compact SLR
Digital camera - Mirrorless system, Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact
SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
SLR/Professional
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
24.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.2 mm
13.23 mm
1.97 mm
28.2 mm
28.2 mm

  • So while the Nikon D5300 doesn't add that many new features to the year-old D5200, what it does add makes it a unique product at the mid-range price-point, offering something genuinely different to the likes of the Canon EOS 650D, Pentax K-5 II and the Sony A65. The combination of a free-angle screen, great video mode, high-quality stills and new connectivity options mean that the Nikon D5300 is a worthy winner of our Highly Recommended award.


  • The Nikon D5300 is what's often referred to in the technology world as an 'evolutionary' upgrade. Nikon has abandoned the D5200's optical low pass filter, which might have been considered revolutonary a year ago, but now looks, to borrow a fashion industry term, 'on trend'. That's not to say it's frivolous or unwarranted, given that it improves the D5300's image quality with no apparent drawbacks (Moire wasn't an issue in any of my test shots) it's absolutely the right move.


  • Although the upgrades made to the D5200 by the D5300 are solid, they are unlikely to attract D5200 users to upgrade.
    They may make the camera more attractive to photographers without a brand commitment, but they aren't especially forward-looking or novel. The variangle screen and Effect modes encourage the user to shoot in live view mode (and compose the image on screen), but the live view AF system's performance lags behind that of many compact system cameras, and the screen isn't touch-sensitive.


  • With the ability to shoot Raw as well as JPEG, high quality video with stereo sound and do both in otherwise testing conditions, this is one compact styled CSC that just about does it all. Given this perhaps the asking price isn't as excessive as it might first seem in comparison with regular non-protected 'J' series Nikons.


  • The AW1 performs well, produces acceptable shots in most conditions and has unparalleled go-anywhere abilities. It's certainly a fine choice for those who'll value it's toughness over the lack of manual controls and current lens-based compromises.


  • The Nikon 1 AW1 is unique in offering a completely waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera, making it ideal for travelling, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, or for giving to the kids to take photos with. Although with a limited number of lens options that are also waterproof, the choice of waterproof lenses is a little bit limiting at the moment, and it would benefit from a brighter prime lens or a wider zoom lens, as the standard zoom lens isn't very wide or very bright.


  • In summary the Nikon Coolpix P7800 is essentially the same camera as last year's P7700, with the welcome addition of an electronic viewfinder that's good enough for regular image composition. We'd have liked to see Nikon address the performance issues when shooting RAW files, though. Unless you exclusively shoot JPEGs or are prepared to pay for the fastest SD cards, you'll have to literally wait a while for the P7800, limiting its use to more sedate shooting, which is a shame given that the rest of the camera is so well though-out.


  • Nikon has produced a very good compact camera and anyone purchasing it as a backup to a DSLR should be happy with. Similarly, anybody wanting to step up from a more basic point and shoot should also find a lot to like here.


  • Although the Nikon P7800 impresses on paper it fails to deliver when put through its paces, with its shooting performance a particular lowlight. When you consider the current price tag of just short of £500, while there are some redeeming features with the P7800 it's difficult to recommend in the advanced compact market.


  • While it's still a great prosumer dSLR, the D7100 may only be worth the extra cash if you need a faster Nikon right now.


  • If you're in the market for a serious D-SLR, but don't want to go full-frame, the Nikon D7100 is the way to go; it's our Editors' Choice camera in its category.


  • Aside from white balance, the D7100 leaves us with little to complain about. Videography is definitely improved over previous models, but there are some strange control quirks, and plenty of better video-oriented SLRs already exist on the market. Nikon could also do a much better job communicating its "unique" control techniques to new users.


  • The Nikon D5200 makes a great choice for family and vacation photographers.


  • The under-$1,000 Nikon D5200 is a capable D-SLR that delivers impressive image quality and continuous shooting at 4 frames per second, earning it our Editors' Choice.


  • The ultimate irony of these cameras is this: when the D5100 first came to market we awarded it both Camera of the Year, and Budget DSLR of the Year. It was just such an amazing deal, with rare levels of performance at the price point. But after two years and little improvement for the D5200, this great camera didn't hit us with the same impact its predecessor did. Like we've said countless times in the review, the D5200 is a fine camera, but it's not $300 finer than the old one.