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Nikon is known for manufacturing of wide range of consumer and professional SLR cameras useful for various kinds of photography. Nikon's digital SLR cameras offer versatility in manual controls to suit the kind of photography you choose. The manual controls may include interchangeability of your camera lens, aperture and ISO setting, and many others.

Sensor format
Nikon manufactures two standard types of image sensors for DSLR cameras to store the pixels by capturing the light particles of the image you are shooting: DX and FX. These image sensor formats are based on the size of the sensor; and larger the sensor size, larger the pixel size and more number of color particles it can store. The consumer range of Nikon DSLR cameras use DX sensor format which has the APS-C sensor size. And the professional range of Nikon DSLRs use the FX image sensor format which has the 35mm (full frame) sensor size.

ISO range
The best Nikon consumer and professional SLR cameras support the maximum ISO sensitivity of 6400 and also 12800. Greater the ISO range, your Nikon camera is more sensitive to light and brighter the picture you get in the low lighting environments.

Resolution
A higher resolution digital camera is always useful when you want to get your photos printed. The best Nikon SLRs offer image resolutions ranging from 12 Megapixels to 24 Megapixels and even more. After investing for higher priced Nikon professional camera, it is essential to also have a good video recording capability. Hence, Nikon's DSLRs offer HD video recording capability of 720p (HD) and 1080p (Full HD) resolution.

Price
Depending on the features they offer, the best Nikon SLR cameras can be afforded at prices as high as $1800 and as low as $600. Consumer range of Nikon DSLR cameras are generally found to be relatively cheaper than the professional ones.

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Nikon D610

Nikon D610 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)


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Nikon D610
Nikon D5300
Nikon D7100
Nikon D5200
Nikon D600
Nikon D610 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera
Nikon D7100 Digital Camera
Nikon D5200 Digital Camera
Nikon D600 DSLR Digital Camera
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Oct 2013
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Dec 2012
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Camera Type
SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
SLR/Professional, Compact SLR
SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
24.1 Megapixel
24.3 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
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LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.2 in.
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.2 in.
Image Sensor Size
43.18 mm
28.2 mm
28.2 mm
28.2 mm
43.2 mm

  • Though competition's increasing for low-end full-frame cameras, the Nikon D610 holds its own; that said, while slightly faster than its predecessor it's not a whole lot different.


  • That the D610 is lighter than any other Nikon FX digital SLR camera is a real boon to anyone planning to use it for extended periods of time, though be prepared that it's still quite a handful and noticeably heavier than the cheapest auto focus SLRs of the film era (then again, it's a much higher specified model than any of those). The Nikon D610's mirror is surprisingly quiet for a full-frame SLR camera and in normal use it produces only minimal viewfinder blackout.


  • While the Nikon D610 is an excellent camera that's capable of recording plenty of detail in images with rich tones, good exposure and pleasant colours it is considerably more expensive the Canon 6D.


  • 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.


  • The Nikon D600 is essentially a D7000 with an FX sensor, but lacks some of the extra features found in the Canon EOS 6D.


  • The Nikon D600 was one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry this year, and the enthusiast and prosumer crowd has been foaming at the mouth to see what an affordable full-frame camera from Nikon would look like. The Nikon D600 does not disappoint, offering nearly every bit of control that the impressive D800 offers, with comparable features.

    The D600 is an odd camera to write first impressions about, because it's clearly ready for public consumption, having already hit the labs of the folks at DXOMark.


  • If you think you can live with that and a few other limitations / omissions versus the D800; the smaller, lighter and cheaper Nikon D600 will serve you just as well as the more expensive model - and even give you faster frame rates and more manageable raw file sizes as an added bonus.