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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

A clear Dave's Pick, the Nikon D7200 is the company's best effort yet in the enthusiast DSLR market.

very capable camera

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The Nikon D5500 is a minor update to an excellent camera, the D5300.

It isn't a true successor to the 6-year-old D700, or just a cheaper, less well-specified version of the D810 - instead, the D750 is a compelling camera in its own right that actually out-performs the D810 in some areas.

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I've included several samples in the slideshow below so you can see that, while subjects can look good at smaller sizes, once you start to blow things up you lose a lot of detail.