Updated June 14, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Nikon Cameras

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in January of 2018. Nikon is one of the few names in the photography industry whose reputation has been earned over decades spent producing great cameras and lenses. These models represent the best that the company has to offer in a number of categories, from their rugged point-and-shoots to professional DSLR bodies, ranked here by their image quality, durability, user interfaces, and special features. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best nikon camera on Amazon.

10. W300 Waterproof Digital

9. Coolpix A1000

8. D3500 DX

7. D5600 DX-Format

6. D7500 DX Digital

5. D500 DX

4. D850 FX

3. D750 FX

2. Z7 FX-Format

1. D5 20.8 MP FX-Format

Editor's Notes

June 11, 2019:

While the big numbers in Nikon's lineup have remained largely the same since our last ranking (the D5 and 850, for example), there have been two particularly noteworthy additions to the company's offerings: The Z6 and Z7 mirrorless bodies. These represent the first major foray into a full-frame mirrorless system for the brand, with a new mount design and a new line of high-quality lenses to match. In the end, we chose to include only the Z7 in our ranking, as the two bodies share a few too many similarities, with their major differences being qualitative in favor of the Z7. This is in contrast to something like Sony's lineup of mirrorless bodies, each member of which seems tailored for a different segment of the shooting public depending on whether you want more video capabilities, stills resolution, or performance speed.

One other upgrade worth mentioning is the new A1000, which seeks to take a bite out of the pocket prosumer market with its raw image processing and long optical zoom, but you might find its sensor size to be a serious limitation.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on June 14, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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