In the market for a new Nikon camera? The following cameras will help you take your photography to the next level. Some of them will even work with tripods or monopods (aka a ‘selfie stick‘.) Read on to see our top picks. You may also be interested in our guide to the best Nikon telephoto lenses.
1. Nikon COOLPIX S30 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Zoom Nikkor Glass Lens and 2.7-inch LCD
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.
Available in multiple colors
Waterproof up to 10 feet
Drop-proof from 2.6 feet
Supports in-camera slideshows with music
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Available in multiple colors
Excellent menu shortcuts
Supports remote shooting
Internal GPS is great for geotagging
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
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.
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
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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