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The best Nikon digital SLR cameras for beginners are the entry-level DSLRs marked at a price of at least $800. Available under the Nikon's D Series product line, these cameras support an optical zoom range of over 6x, 1080p Full HD video recording, camera resolution of at least 18 Megapixel. The below listed top rated interchangeable lens cameras implement CCD or CMOS sensors. Some of them also come with remote control accessories and are best suited for shooting portraits and interiors.

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Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera


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Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
Nikon D5200
Nikon D3200
Nikon D5100
Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera
Nikon D7100 Digital Camera
Nikon D5200 Digital Camera
Nikon D3200 Digital Camera
Nikon D5100 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Oct 2013
Feb 2013
Dec 2012
Apr 2012
Apr 2011
Camera Type
SLR/Professional, Compact SLR
SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
24.1 Megapixel
24.2 Megapixel
16.2 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.2 mm
28.2 mm
28.2 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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    Of course, this is a camera aimed at consumers, with the design choices that brings. Notably, Nikon hasn't included a screw-drive autofocus motor, or in-camera wireless flash commander functionality in the D5100, and for some photographers, that may cause them to look elsewhere. For its target market, though, the Nikon D5100 offers an approachable design that couples a great feature set with excellent image quality, and that combination makes it an easy choice for a Dave's Pick.


  • Though it doesn't rank first based on any individual aspect of the camera, the Nikon D5100 delivers a solid combination of image quality, performance, features, and design that puts it out in front if you're looking for a well-rounded option under $1,000.


  • The Nikon D5100 offers a fantastic mix of still-image and video-recording quality, along with plenty of features including top-notch in-camera effects. This well-rounded shooter is an easy Editors' Choice for under-$1,000 D-SLRs.


Top 5 nikon digital slr camera for beginners:

  1. Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera
  2. Nikon D7100 Digital Camera
  3. Nikon D5200 Digital Camera
  4. Nikon D3200 Digital Camera
  5. Nikon D5100 Digital Camera