Ready for your first Nikon? Matthew Richards reveals the top entry-level kits, from wellestablished classics to the latest models
Nikons for novices: five beginnerfriendly options are tested and compared to see which one will give a new photographer the best start in their photographic life
All-in-one compact cameras are all well and good, but for real creativity and control, you can’t beat a system camera. There’s no substitute for being able to fit the ideal lens for the shooting opportunity at hand, whether it’s portraits, landscapes, sports or something specialised like macro photography.
D-SLRs don’t have to be big and bulky, as demonstrated by Nikon’s latest D3300 and D5500 kits – these come complete with 18-55mm VR II lenses, which have a retractable design to save stowage space. Their forebears are still on sale, too, so there’s also the option of saving cash by going for the slightly older D3200 or D5300. You could even make further savings by buying secondhand, from a retailer like Camera Jungle (www.camerajungle.co.uk), which kindly supplied a D3200 and a D5300 for our tests.
D-SLRs aren’t the only way to go, of course. There’s also the CSC route, typified by Nikon 1 series. We’ve included the latest Nikon 1 J5 and 10-30mm power-zoom kit lens here, to see how it stacks up against the big boys...