Nikon camera reviews: I rated and reviewed the 9 best Nikon cameras in 2019.
(Across various budgets and camera types).
Let’s face it…
Nikon DSLRs and point-and-shooters are one of the most popular cameras on the market of photography equipment.
Without a doubt:
This brand pays a lot of attention to the quality of the pictures and any details, and so managed to win the love of professional and enthusiast photographers.
On a number of characteristics, Nikon wins against its main competitors: Canon and Sony.
Well, arguably, Nikon DSLRs provide the best quality of images in low-light situations. Also, it holds the 1st place in terms of the number of focus points and flash capabilities in comparison with its analogues.
Without further ado, let’s have a look at this comparison chart:
9 Best Nikon Cameras in 2019
(Across Various Budgets & Camera Types)
In this camera buying guide, I’ll cover the following:
What to look for in a camera before buying,
What are the best Nikon compacts in 2019,
What are the best Nikon DSLR cameras (for both beginner & professional photographers).
Let’s get started.
Nikon D7500: The Official EISA Award Winner
Every year,European Image and Sound Association (EISA)members magazine experts get together for an EISA Awards event and celebrate the products that combine the most advanced technology and desirable features with class-leading performance.
Based on the results of the independent reviews of the participating EISA Awards members, the following Nikon camera was recognized as the best prosumer DSLR camera for 2017-2018… ↓
Type: Mid-size SLR
Weight: 720 g
ISO: ISO 100 – 51200 (50 – 1640000)
Category: EISA Award Winner 2017-2018
Subcategory: Best Prosumer DSLR Camera
In summer 2017, Nikon has released a new representative in the category of semi-professional APS-C-cameras – the Nikon D7500.
Why they skipped D7300 and D7400 and called the new model as D7500 we don’t know, but that’s not really important to us.
The functionality of Nikon D7500 really did increase compared to its predecessor. It has the same CMOS APS-C sensor with a resolution of 21 megapixels and an Expeed 5 image processor.
The sensor has a sensitivity range of 100 to 51200 ISO, but it can be expanded from 50 to 1640000 ISO. And it has improved dust and waterproof design.
Old Nikon 7000th series users might complain that the camera has lost some external features of its predecessors such as a magnesium-alloy body, two memory card slots, ring belt and a large monochrome LCD.
And all these features stressed its semi-professional character.
On the other hand, the new Nikon D7500 became lighter, has a powerful sensor, EXPEED 5 image-processor and 180K-pixel RGB sensor used in Nikon’s “top-dog” D500.
As a result, these features provided the D7500 camera with excellent characteristics of its class.
This camera is able to record 4K video at 30, 25 and 24 frames per second and a bitrate of 144 Mbps. But in this mode, video is not recorded from the entire matrix, you get a 1.5x crop.
This should be taken into account when choosing a lens.
The burst rate increased to 8 frames per second.
Also, increased is the memory buffer, now it contains 50 14-bit uncompressed Raw-files or 100+ JPEGs bring camera closer to the speed characteristics of professional camera models.
Some of you may know that the Nikon D7200 had two SD memory card slots. In this camera, only one was installed.
In terms of wireless connections, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are available, and there is also SnapBridge function in the camera for constant connection to your smartphone.
51-point AF system from the previous generation of professional cameras (such as Nikon D810, D750, D4s) is a good acquisition for cameras of this level.
And the touch-sensitive inclined display made it even more convenient.
Nikon D7500 – Definitely One of the Best DSLRs for 2019
I think that the D7500 will appeal to many photography enthusiasts who can appreciate and use all the technical abilities of the camera.
Like the previous models of the Nikon 7000th series, it brings a number of new opportunities, approaching its characteristics to the ones of professional camera models.
The reason why it’s a great first DSLR camera for beginner photographers is because in this camera, the Guide Mode is implemented.
And it’s not just a set of tips, it’s an interactive guide to action!
Choose “Shoot”, then “Advanced functions”. Now select the scene or effect that you want to use in the picture.
It itself will explain which settings you need to apply for this and helps install them with its understandable graphical interface.
With one stone you end up killing two birds: choosing optimal settings for the scene, as well as understanding what this or that setting is responsible for.
Now more on boring, technical stuff.
The maximum resolution of the photo is 6000 x 4000 pixels,
It is also possible to choose the average size – 4495 x 3000 pixels
And small – 2992 x 2000 pixels.
The burst rate reaches 5 frames per second with manual focusing. The autofocus system consists of 11 points, and the shutter speed range is from 1/4000 to 30 seconds.
Photos are saved in JPG and RAW format.
Video recording takes place in the format Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) with a frequency of 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p. There is also the possibility of shooting with a lower resolution – 1280 x 720 pixels or 640 x 424 pixels.
The video format is MOV.
In terms of quality of the images, Nikon D3400 is able to make bright, color-rich and detailed pictures.
It might take a long time listing this camera’s awesome quality features. Instead, I suggest you check out my updated Nikon D3400 review.
Always remember that the quality of the photo depends on the photographer himself.
Nikon D5300 was the first entry-level DSLR without a low-pass filter and wireless Wi-Fi and GPS modules.
(A low-pass filter, also known as anti-aliasing or “blur” filter, is designed for the purpose of eliminating the problem ofmoiré).
If you ever held a camera of the 5000th series before, you will hardly notice any difference in appearance – most of the buttons are in the same place.
The main changes have to do with the internal filling and related technical characteristics. The resolution of the new sensor was 24.78 Mp, which clearly points to the intracorporate struggle for every one hundredth of a pixel in order to improve the final result of the photo.
The screen size increase in the size of the screen finally allowed to make the aspect ratio of 3: 2.
“What does this mean?” – You may ask.
This means that horizontally-positioned photos can be viewed without boring black stripes, stretching them to the full screen. The latter, by the way, is quite bright and has good contrast, so that on a sunny day it will be easy to view the pics.
Another great feature is its fully articulated screen.
You can take a photo from the bottom or top camera angles, which you will definitely find convenient. Not only that but you can turn the screen to your side and see yourself as you take a selfie.
As mentioned before, the main feature of the Nikon D5300 is the absence of low-pass filter.
In theory, this allows you to get sharper pictures. In practice – the sharpness of the images taken by this budget DSLR camera really cannot be complained about.
The second significant update compared to previous models is the Expeed 4. It is responsible for the quick work of the camera.
And it does the job well – Nikon D5300 really responds quickly and works well.
Its autofocus, which has 39 focus points in its arsenal, with 9 cross-points in the center, captures the subject reliably and without further questions.
Burst rate is up to 5 frames per second, which is more than enough for everyday purposes.
Nikon D5300: Yet Another Great Budget DSLR to Start With
Nikon D5300 rightfully occupies a place among thebest entry-level SLR cameras. Even despite the release of the next model in its line, this camera did not give up its position.
In its arsenal:
an articulated screen and wireless Wi-Fi and GPS,
it has fast and tenacious autofocus,
takes a sharp image,
does not make much noise even at high ISO values,
and generally does everything that you require of it.
No more, no less.
(No need to change the Nikon D5300 for earlier versions of 3000 and 5000 series line-ups.)
It definitely is a great start in the photo world and you get a balanced camera version for reasonable money.
Professional Nikon SLR cameras are full of all kinds of photo and video modes. This category presents the most popular cameras among professionals, which received the most positive feedback from experts.
Nikon D7100 Kit
Type: Mid-size SLR
Weight: 765 g
ISO: 100 – 6400, Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 12,800), Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
Category: Best Nikon DSLRs for pros.
Subcategory: Optimal price-performance ratio. The lightest & compact Nikon DSLR
Nikon D7100 is a classic SLR camera.
Many manufacturers, unable to withstand competition, switched to the development of alternative camera options – mirrorless cameras, translucent mirror technology cameras, or compact cameras.
However, Nikon is still loyal to the traditions and continues to produce some of the world’s best SLR cameras.
The heart of this camera is a 24-megapixel CMOS-matrix of APS-C format. We saw such a sensor in the D3200 and D5200, but for the first time the manufacturer removed the smoothing OLPF (low-pass filter) in its camera.
Once again, the purpose of this filter is to reduce the level of moiré while photographing homogeneous structures, such as cloth or hair, but at the same time reducing resolution and detailing.
This way the image will be extremely sharp.
As the brain of the camera a new generation of processor Expeed 3 is installed, which allows you to forget about the “brakes”. The camera works really fast and doesn’t blunt even when shooting series or recording video on a memory card.
The range of photosensitivity is from 100 to 25600 in ISO units.
Logically, in order to fully use the full potential of the sensor, you will need to buy additional glass. S0, if you are willing to pay extra money, I recommendNikkor 35mm f/1.8GorNikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens(an Amazon bestseller too).
Though, in the beginning, the kit zoom 18-105mm will also be enough.
A piece of advice in terms of ISO.
At the basic values of sensitivity, the image is sharp and clear. ISO 1600 is completely working for JPEG, although the first signs of noise still appear.
At ISO 3200 you can shoot for a family album, for example, and at ISO 6400 you need to use only RAW with the subsequent competent processing of the picture.
By the way, a “reportage” camera like Nikon D7100 is totally suitable for sports photography.
ISO: 100 – 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 – 25600 with boost)
Category: Best Nikon full-frame DSLRs
Subcategory: Best functionality.
Here’s the deal:
Nikon D610 is a budget full-frame DSLR camera that’s definitely worth getting. And if you’re into portrait photography, Nikon D610 is a great fit (with the right lenses).
Originally, full-frame cameras were intended for more professional use or for advanced enthusiasts, and as a rule such professional tools simply cannot be cheap.
However, now the camera manufacturers are breaking all the boundaries and are starting to release cameras that you will not only just want, but you can actually afford.
And one of those cameras is Nikon D610.The main advantage of this camera is a full-frame 24-megapixel sensor.
The range of photosensitivity is from 100 to 6400 units, and with boost the interval from 50 to 25600 ISO becomes available.
If you shoot in RAW with the subsequent competent development, 12800 is quite useful not only for the web, but also for printing in small sizes. The falling of details and color noise ceases to strike the eye from a distance of one meter.
One of the interesting capabilities of the camera is shooting a time-lapse video.
Before, to obtain such an effect, it was necessary to spend a lot of time and effort, but now we simply select the necessary item in the menu, the interval and the time of shooting.
Then, we press “OK” – and get the output video in the *.mov format.
The burst rate of this camera is 6 fps at full resolution in RAW.
The buffer is enough for a series of 15 frames, then the camera will shoot endlessly with a frame rate of almost 1 fps.
With JPEG, you can practically not worry about the buffer – more than 30 frames will suffice in 99% of cases.
The children’s menu allows your kids to take pictures in a game form, with animated characters on the screen, and they can put colorful stamps on already-taken shots.
There are different colors available of the body of this camera. The most original is with a bright drawing of marine subjects on a white background.
For little photographers additional accessories are available – designer backpacks and a floating camera strap.
The image quality of the Nikon Coolpix W100 is quite decent for its price category. It is equipped with a 3x NIKKOR zoom lens with the option of electronic magnification up to 6x, and a CMOS sensor with a resolution of 13.2 million pixels.
Subcategory: Best combination of price and features. 60x zoom
The characteristics of the Nikon Coolpix B700 sound promising.
A huge zoom in combination with a high-resolution sensor and the possibility of UHD-shooting at a smooth 30 frames per second can lure numerous amateur photographers in.
After all, with the above combination of features, the Nikon Coolpix B700 is very similar to the ideal camera for everyday use.
First of all, this impression is created thanks to the lens.
With a focal length of 24 to 1440 mm in a small format the camera is suitable for both landscape shooting and for detailed images of distant objects.
The optical stabilizer works well – even at long focal lengths it makes the image pleasantly “calm”.
You will enjoy a fully articulated display, and the wheel for selecting modes will serve well both novice photographers and professionals alike.
Like other new models, Nikon Coolpix B700 is released with the support of SnapBridge technology – it is the manufacturer’s own interface that combines the work of WLAN, NFC and Bluetooth and, if desired, transfers pictures to your smartphone.
Since the transfer of images in full resolution takes from 20 to 30 seconds, I recommend limiting yourself to smaller versions with a resolution of 2 megapixels.
Now, there are a couple of minor disadvantages to the camera.
For the most part, you get quality images in daylight conditions. And even in daylight situations, the noise can be seen very clearly on the images that are enlarged to 100%.
Generally speaking, the 565 g Nikon Coolpix B700 with good performance makes a solid impression.
Final Thoughts on Nikon B700 Bridge Camera in 2019
A compact camera with a superzoom from Nikon earned recognition of customers thanks to the outstanding characteristics of the camera.
Images taken with Nikon Coolpix B700 are clear and live. This digital camera is successful in all aspects: cost, functionality, and ease of use.