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The best Nikon digital cameras under the $400 price range come with atleast 10 Megapixel camera resolution and 6x optical zoom, and are suitable for capturing party photos and vacation photos.

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Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900


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Nikon Coolpix P900
Nikon COOLPIX P330
Nikon Coolpix P7700
Nikon D3200
Nikon COOLPIX P510 Light Field
Nikon Coolpix P900
Nikon COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera
Nikon P7700 Digital Camera
Nikon D3200 Digital Camera
Nikon COOLPIX P510 Light Field Camera
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Release Date
Apr 2015
Mar 2013
Aug 2012
Apr 2012
Jan 2012
Camera Type
SLR-like (bridge)
Compact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
SLR/Professional
Standard Point and Shoot, SLR-like (bridge)
Optical Zoom
83.3 x
5.0 x
7.1 x
41.7 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
12.2 Megapixel
24.2 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
1.97 mm
9.5 mm
28.2 mm
7.7 mm

  • 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.


  • The Nikon Coolpix P330 pocket camera is capable of producing some truly outstanding images, but may be too slow for some shooters.


  • Still, there aren't too many other negative aspects to put you off the Nikon Coolpix P330. The price may have gone up slightly in comparison to last year's model, but the extra features and better image quality help to explain that away, and it's still quite a lot cheaper than most of its main rivals. It may have been overshadowed by the Coolpix A when it was launched, but the new Coolpix P330 is a great pocket camera in its own right for anyone looking to take control over the picture-making process.


  • This is a camera that's basically an "almost there" for Nikon. While image quality is fantastic, we can think of several ways that this camera could be improved to make it even better.

    The most notable problem we have is with the speed of the camera, and it would also be great to see other improvements to the usability of the camera, such as a touchscreen or a dial around the lens.


  • It's a solid enthusiast "compact" that will please a lot of shooters, but the Nikon Coolpix P7700 doesn't quite deliver at midrange ISO sensitivities and its image-processing overhead might annoy impatient photographers.


  • The Nikon Coolpix P7700 has the longest zoom lens of any point-and-shoot camera in its class, but the lens should be stopped down to increase sharpness.


  • We wouldn't recommend this camera to everyone. If you're looking for a point and shoot that's a cut above the rest but won't intimidate with too many control options, we'd suggest the G15 or RX100. If you want something smaller that still packs excellent image quality, something like the RX100 or the upcoming Fuji XF1 might fit the bill. But if you want the complete package, look no further: the P7700 is the best we've seen.


  • A solid if unexceptional entry-level dSLR, the Nikon D3200 should still please most folks looking for an upgrade from their point-and-shoots.


  • The Nikon D3200 is a very capable and compact digital SLR. Its Guide Mode is perfect for beginners, and the camera offers enough manual controls to satisfy more advanced photographers.


  • With its huge 24 megapixel sensor, the entry-level D3200 instantly becomes the highest-resolution APS-C DX format Nikon DSLR, and it offers more pixels than any competing manufacturer too. Compared to the 18-month-old D3100, Nikon has managed to simultaneously increase the pixel count by a massive 10 megapixels and yet still maintain similar quality at higher sensitivity settings, which is no mean feat.


  • The Nikon Coolpix P510 is easy to recommend for its features, photos, and performance, but the usefulness of a 42x zoom lens is debatable.


  • Bigger than a compact, but smaller than a D-SLR, the 42x Nikon Coolpix P510 packs a high-quality lens that delivers sharp images. Integrated GPS, 1080p video capture, and plenty of other features help it nab our Editors' Choice for the best full-size superzoom camera.


  • Nikon is once again clearly positioning themselves at the front of the ultrazoom arms race, though it's a strategy we don't always approve of. In our experience, optical zoom often has an inverse relationship with image quality. And although we won't know for sure until we take this camera into the lab, the P500 did lag behind a few models that kept their zoom ratios relatively modest. Other than that, very little has changed here since the P500, but we like what changes do exist.


Top 5 nikon digital camera under $400:

  1. Nikon Coolpix P900
  2. Nikon COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera
  3. Nikon P7700 Digital Camera
  4. Nikon D3200 Digital Camera
  5. Nikon COOLPIX P510 Light Field Camera