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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 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 Digital Camera with 28-300mm lens
$2,500
$647 - $997
$797 - $1,437
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Release Date
Oct 2013
Oct 2013
Feb 2013
Dec 2012
Sep 2012
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
24.7 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
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
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