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Top 5 Best Nikon Cameras

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In the market for a new Nikon camera? The following cameras will help you take your photography to the next level.


1. Nikon COOLPIX S30 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Zoom Nikkor Glass Lens and 2.7-inch LCD

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If you want a nice digital camera on a budget, the Nikon COOLPIX S30 has an impressive array of features. It has a 10.1 megapixel sensor, and is waterproof up to three meters. This is a solid option for people who are interested in casual photography, or those who want to experiment with taking underwater shots.

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Pros:

  • Available in multiple colors
  • Waterproof up to 10 feet
  • Drop-proof from 2.6 feet
  • Lightweight design
  • Supports in-camera slideshows with music

  • Cons:

  • Only shoots movies in 720p
  • Underwater images may not come out clearly
  • Camera struggles in low light settings
  • Low resolution of rear screen makes it difficult to judge quality of shots accurately
  • Menu can be tricky to navigate

  • 2. Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR, 55-200mm VR DX Zoom Lenses and 3-Inch LCD Screen

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    The Nikon D3100 is a very user-friendly camera. The camera’s Guide Mode helps inexperienced photographers to navigate the menus and choose exactly the settings they want. The 14.2MP camera sensor ensures that you can take gorgeous photos with ease.

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    Pros:

  • Shoots 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound
  • Ideal for wide or telephoto shots
  • VR image stabilization
  • Weighs just over a pound
  • Supports continuous three-frames-per-second shooting

  • Cons:

  • Some user reviews indicate issues with firmware updates and battery
  • Some users indicate the zoom could be improved
  • It can be difficult to prevent auto functions from overriding manual settings
  • Shutter sounds are hard to interpret
  • Some accessories sold separately

  • 3. Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

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    The Nikon D5100 has a whopping 16.2MP sensor, and advanced HDR settings to equalize contrasts in difficult shooting conditions. It is also compatible with wireless remotes, making it easier to set up complex shots.

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    Pros:

  • Super-dense monitor
  • Shoots full HD movies
  • Numerous modes make it easy to take artistic shots
  • Fast shutter speeds reduce blur
  • Scene Recognition System helps to keep your subject in focus

  • Cons:

  • Battery is not covered under warranty, may fail after a year according to some users
  • Some native settings may make images look flat or washed out
  • May not work well under low light conditions
  • Only produces .MOV movie files and not .AVI
  • Some reported issues with screen/photos turning out black

  • 4. Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II AF-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens

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    The Nikon D5300 has a sensor that clocks in at nearly 25MP. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to share images on social networking sites. The “i” button also makes it easy to access your favorite settings, rather than having to navigate through complex menus.

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    Pros:

  • Available in multiple colors
  • Excellent menu shortcuts
  • Supports remote shooting
  • Pop-up flash
  • Internal GPS is great for geotagging

  • Cons:

  • Live View mode is slow
  • Wi-Fi functionality is somewhat limited
  • Slow RAW processing
  • Not ideal for fast-paced action shots
  • User reviews note that Sigma lenses may not be compatible

  • 5. Nikon Df 16.2 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera with AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition Lens

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    The Nikon Df 16.2 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR is an expensive camera, but well worth the investment. This model is Nikon’s thinnest, lightest FX-format D-SLR. It is also backwards compatible with a number of classic lenses, making this a great buy for a photographer who has a collection of older lenses.

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    Pros:

  • Cool, quasi-retro style design
  • Dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode and release mode
  • Wide ISO range (100–12,800 expandable down to 50 and up to 204,800)
  • Mount system is compatible with all current AF-S, AF-D and AF NIKKOR lenses
  • Wi-Fi accessory lets you browse your photos on a smartphone or tablet

  • Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Shutter lag annoying to some
  • Some users have complained about battery door construction
  • Some user reviews indicate the design of this camera is more about style than substance
  • Body is lightweight, may feel too insubstantial or cheap to some for this reason

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