There’s plenty to get enthusiastic about in Nikon’s current D-SLR line-up. Matthew Richards picks out the best cameras for more experienced photographers
Falling midway between novice D-SLRs and heavyweight pro options, ‘enthusiast’ cameras combine relative ease of use with sophisticated features. But which of the five Nikons on test is best?
Nikon SLRs just keep getting better, and the range of cameras to suit enthusiast photographers is now wider than ever. It includes bodies with either DX (APS-C) or FX (full-frame) image sensors which are ideally suited to different needs and requirements. Typically, DX bodies tend to be smaller and lighter than their FX counterparts, and the 1.5x focal length magnifier or ‘crop factor’ enables enormous telephoto reach without having to use big and hefty supertelephoto lenses. FX bodies are pricier, but enable a shallower depth of field, making them ideal for portraiture and still-life photography. Conventionally, they also enable greater suppression of image noise when shooting at high ISO settings under low-light conditions. All five of the cameras that we’ve chosen for this Big Test were launched within the last two years. The FX-format D610, announced in October 2013, is the oldest. It’s a fairly modest refresh of the older D600, and is the only camera in the group to feature an EXPEED 3 image processor. All the others have the latest-generation EXPEED 4 processor and, in keeping with Nikon’s continued commitment to high-end DX-format cameras, the D7200 (launched in March of this year) is the newest of them all.
All the cameras on test have a pixel count of just over 24 megapixels, apart from the D810, which really pushes the envelope at 36.3 megapixels. Even so, there are some significant differences between all of these cameras, so let’s see how they compare and perform.