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The best Nikon DSLR cameras under $1000 are the entry-level and mid-range DSLRs arriving with the best optics in the market. Suitable for capturing interiors, action shots and portraits, these cameras are also useful while capturing photos in low lighting environments.

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Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100 Digital Camera


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Nikon D7100
Nikon D5200
Nikon D7000
Nikon D90 SLR
Nikon D60
Nikon D7100 Digital Camera
Nikon D5200 Digital Camera with 18-105mm lens
Nikon D7000 Digital Camera
Nikon D90 Black SLR Digital Camera Body Only
Nikon D60 Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
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Release Date
Feb 2013
Dec 2012
Sep 2010
Sep 2008
Feb 2008
Camera Type
SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
Optical Zoom
5.8 x
5.8 x
5.8 x
3.0 x
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
24.7 Megapixel
16.9 Megapixel
12.9 Megapixel
10.75 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.5 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.2 mm
28.2 mm
28.2 mm

  • 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.


  • An excellent dSLR for experienced shooters or Nikon professionals looking for a relatively cheap option, the Nikon D7000 delivers on almost all counts, including the company's best shooting design to date.

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    The Nikon D7000 is a powerhouse camera at a very reasonable price. Priced at about $1199 for the body and $1499 for the body and kit lens, It is by no means cheap, but it offers value for money. It includes a huge range of features that will make shooting quicker and easier for the experienced shooter, with lots of customizable options and quick control access.


  • The Nikon D7000 is a successful crossbreed of the cheaper D90 and the more expensive D300s, borrowing features from each model and adding enough new highlights to surpass them both in many ways. Just like the Canon EOS 60D, the Nikon D7000 has been carefully positioned within the Nikon DSLR lineup without stepping on the toes of the cameras around it.

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    - This is a neat display (reached by pressing the Thumbnails button to the left of the LCD while in the Picture Control menu): It gives a quick, at-a-glance view of where each of the Picture Control options is currently set, in terms of contrast and saturation.


  • Like the D80 before it, the Nikon D90 delivers an excellent dSLR for the money.

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    If you are an amateur sports photographer looking for a light and easy to use dSLR, look no further! Following in the footsteps of the D80, the Nikon D90 is an amazing model. Not only will this camera confidently represent Nikon's mid-level dSLR offerings, but it's sure to set the tone for this category with excellent image quality, underrated burst performance, and plenty of Custom Settings.

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    - For added fun and creativity while reducing or helping to eliminate time spent manipulating pictures later, the D60's In-camera Retouch Menu enables users to accomplish a wide variety of tasks without a computer.
    - The D60 also offers consumers comprehensive in-camera functionality, such as Active D-lighting.
    - Ergonomically designed with intuitively placed controls, the D60 is a camera that's compact and ready to go wherever life leads.


  • Despite modest improvements in performance and a couple of new features, Nikon's D60 fails to impress and costs more than some competing models.


  • The Nikon D60 is a worthwhile entry-level D-SLR with solid image quality, but its features don't really make it stand out from the crowd.


Top 5 nikon dslr camera under $1000:

  1. Nikon D7100 Digital Camera
  2. Nikon D5200 Digital Camera with 18-105mm lens
  3. Nikon D7000 Digital Camera
  4. Nikon D90 Black SLR Digital Camera Body Only
  5. Nikon D60 Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens