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Nikon DSLR Cameras – We check out the best-sellers
Digital single-lens reflex cameras, or DSLR, are the most popular type of interchangeable lens camera. This means that users can add different lenses to get the best photos. While smartphone cameras and point and shoots have improved significantly over the years, nothing can quite match the quality you get from a proper digital camera.
Choosing a DSLR camera can be a confusing task – there are a large number of models that appear very similar to one another until you dig deeper. So, what do you need to consider when you’re looking to buy a Nikon DSLR camera?
Here are a couple of points to note, before we start looking at specifics:
• More than anything, the key to uniqueness and photographic strength is your lens. The body of the camera is the foundation, but the lens is what makes or breaks an image. Nikon has a large range of lenses for you to choose from.
• Many Nikon DSLRs have HD video feature now, and lots of photographers purchase cameras with a video option. Look at the video frame rate, and audio recording abilities in order to decide which model to choose.
• +A camera’s ISO really enables you to shoot in a variety of circumstances and environments, and thus, darkly lit scenes are not a hinderance if you plan to capture events, wildlife and so on.
• A flash is an important addition if you do a lot of spontaneous shooting, which most of us do.
• Some Nikons are weather resistant for outdoor photography.
• If you like to capture images from the ground, above crowds or any other unorthodox position, look for a Nikon DSLR with displays that can be pulled away from the camera body and adjusted around an angle
• Many modern Nikons are WiFi enabled, allowing easy sharing and downloading.
The most expensive part of a camera is the sensor, and this plays a major part in a camera’s image quality and operation. The sensor’s size is important, and the two main sizes are APS-C and full frame. APS-C sensors are smaller than full frame, and only use of the central portion of the lens, making it appear as though it’s a long lens; as such they are suitable for distant subjects. Full-frame cameras act as though you are using a wide angled lens, perfect for street photography, or landscapes. The latter also use larger pixels, decreasing the amount of ‘noise’ in an image, making it easier to take photos in low light and allowing the use of a shallow depth-of-field.
Focusing System and Burst Rate
If you tend to shoot sports or any other fast-moving action, you may want to look at a DSLR’s focusing system and burst rate. Some focusing systems cover a wide proportion of the frame, helping to keep a track of a subject as it moves, and contain many options for focusing. Nikon’s auto focus system has greater sensitivity than a lot of conventional systems.
Fast burst rates, denoted in frames per second (fps), will help you to capture images in quick succession, so are also great for speedy subjects. Nikon cameras have some of the fastest fps within the DSLR genre.
Now, on with the show – the TGN team are reviewing the best-selling Nikon DSLR range of cameras and included extras.
Nikon are at the top of their game. The D7200 is a masterful camera that will satisfy pro photographers. This is the first DSLR camera from this epic company to feature in-built Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) for instant sharing of your shots. This camera is packed with exceptional features that will let you capture the world in astonishing, crystal clear, quality.
What We Like
This camera is so light and comfortable to hold for many hours out in the field, and with the awesome battery life, we were able to stay out shooting all day. Having a near silent camera means that it’s possible to photograph the wariest of wildlife.
Let’s talk about the specs. The Nikon D7200 has a 24.2 MP DX-format. There is no optical low-pass filter, which contributes to the incredible image quality. This is a high speed camera that can take as many as 100 x shots on continuous shooting, ideal for capturing fast action scenes, adventure sports and capturing wildlife.
What Needs Improving
The addition of the WiFi is welcome but the signal strength could be improved on.
This is the closest you can get to an outstanding pro Nikon DSLR camera without paying the eye-watering price tag of the most advanced model. We simply can't fault its performance.
- 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS image sensor
- No Optical Low-Pass Filter (OLPF)
- 51 point autofocus system
- 6 frames per second (fps) shooting capacity
- EXPEED 4 image processing; ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100 - 25,600.Lens mount: Nikon F mount, (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
This camera is extremely light, yet still feels solid, strong and ergonomically comfortable. The controls are well placed for ease of use, the screen is a great size, and the bundle of extras is awesome.
What We Like
This small, lightweight camera made shooting for long periods actually enjoyable for us, even in the rain!
We found the location of the controls made choosing manual settings on the fly easily manageable. But when we wanted to switch to auto mode, this was equally simple using the well labelled mode dial, instantly allowing the camera to take over.
There is a generous range of exposure modes, and the image quality is well up to Nikon’s usual excellent standard.
BUNDLE INCLUDES: Nikon Deluxe Case and Nikon School DVD Pro .43x Wide Angle Lens with Macro – Pro 2x Telephoto Lens Converter – 55mm UV, Polarizer & FLD Deluxe Filter Kit (Set of 3 + Carrying Case) – Bounce Zoom Slave Flash – Wireless Shutter Release Remote Control – 12″ Rubberized Spider Tripod – Lens Cleaning Pen – Hi-Speed Memory Card Reader – Tri-fold Memory Card Wallet – Professional Blower Camera Dust Removal System – Beach Camera Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
What Needs Improving
It’s a shame that the camera doesn’t have Wi-Fi, but it does have Bluetooth LE connectivity for transferring images from the camera to a smart phone via the ‘SnapBridge’ app. So, this really isn’t a deal breaker.
Nikon’s D3400 is one of their flagship cameras and it’s easy to see why. This model has everything you could possibly want from a DSLR, and more.
- Nikon Authorized Dealer Includes Full USA Nikon Warranty
- Nikon D3400 24.2 MP DSLR Camera with AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR & AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED Zoom Dual Lens Kit
- Kit Includes: Sandisk Ultra SDXC 32GB UHS Class 10 Memory Card
3) Nikon D850
Nikon have perfected the art of creating a lightweight, yet solid, camera, added enough extras to keep anyone happy. This one’s for the real pro’s, and you won’t be disappointed.
What We Like
Right off the back, the Nikon D850 is blindingly fast. The auto focus is so sharp even in low contrast that the images come out in breathtaking quality. The touchscreen is one of the best we’ve experienced, highly sensitive and tilting, even better than a smartphone. The color and dynamic range are near perfect. You can also record 4K Ultra HD footage, and this camera makes exceptional time-lapse films.
What Needs Improving
The lenses weren’t included and had to be ordered separately, but that was easy.
A state of the art camera that meets all the specifications of a modern masterpiece. Outstanding images and video fit for pro photographers.
- 1 of Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
- 1 of Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
- Lens shipped separately
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