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.
Pros:Available in multiple colorsWaterproof up to 10 feetDrop-proof from 2.6 feetLightweight designSupports in-camera slideshows with music
Cons:Only shoots movies in 720pUnderwater images may not come out clearlyCamera struggles in low light settingsLow resolution of rear screen makes it difficult to judge quality of shots accuratelyMenu 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.
Pros:Shoots 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and soundIdeal for wide or telephoto shotsVR image stabilizationWeighs just over a poundSupports continuous three-frames-per-second shooting
Cons:Some user reviews indicate issues with firmware updates and batterySome users indicate the zoom could be improvedIt can be difficult to prevent auto functions from overriding manual settingsShutter sounds are hard to interpretSome 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.
Pros:Super-dense monitorShoots full HD moviesNumerous modes make it easy to take artistic shotsFast shutter speeds reduce blurScene Recognition System helps to keep your subject in focus
Cons:Battery is not covered under warranty, may fail after a year according to some usersSome native settings may make images look flat or washed outMay not work well under low light conditionsOnly produces .MOV movie files and not .AVISome 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.
Pros:Available in multiple colorsExcellent menu shortcutsSupports remote shootingPop-up flashInternal GPS is great for geotagging
Cons:Live View mode is slowWi-Fi functionality is somewhat limitedSlow RAW processingNot ideal for fast-paced action shotsUser 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.
Pros:Cool, quasi-retro style designDedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode and release modeWide 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 lensesWi-Fi accessory lets you browse your photos on a smartphone or tablet
Cons:Very expensiveShutter lag annoying to someSome users have complained about battery door constructionSome user reviews indicate the design of this camera is more about style than substanceBody is lightweight, may feel too insubstantial or cheap to some for this reason
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