Updated on 3 December 2015 by

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 1 J5
Nikon D5500
Nikon D750
Nikon D7200
Nikon 1 J5
Nikon D5500
Nikon D750
$1,097 - $3,794
$497 - $897
$1,000
$1,429 - $2,300
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Release Date
Apr 2015
May 2015
Jan 2015
Sep 2014
Camera Type
Mid-size SLR
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact SLR
Mid-size SLR
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
21.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.2 in.
3.2 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.2 mm
13.23 mm
28.2 mm
43.18 mm
Average Rating
 4.4 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.6 stars
Image Quality
75% Positive
25% Negative
87% Positive
13% Negative
90% Positive
10% Negative
94% Positive
6% Negative
Performance
55% Positive
45% Negative
63% Positive
37% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Focus
77% Positive
23% Negative
46% Positive
54% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
Ease of Use
50% Positive
50% Negative
60% Positive
40% Negative
57% Positive
43% Negative
100% Positive
Video
66% Positive
34% Negative
37% Positive
63% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive