Buyer’s guide

Ev­ery avail­able Nikon cam­era and com­pat­i­ble lens, pretty darn much

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Nikon 1 J5

A CSC that DSLR users will love, the J5 has the high­est res­o­lu­tion of any Nikon 1 cam­era to date (20.8Mp) and a de­cent sen­si­tiv­ity range. The top dial also gives ac­cess to semi-au­to­matic and man­ual ex­po­sure modes, plus you can shoot in Raw, which is real bonus.

Nikon 1 S2

Small in size but big on qual ity, the svelte Nikon 1 S2 is re­spon­sive and speedy. With a 14.2Mp im­age sen­sor, and the omis­sion of built-in Wi-Fi or a touch­screen, it’s more ba­sic than the J5, but still a highly ca­pa­ble cam­era that you can slip into your bag as a light­weight backup.

Nikon 1 AW1

Very much the ac tion ad ven­turer, the Nikon 1 AW1 is shock­proof, wa­ter­proof to a depth of 15 me­tres, and even freeze-proof down to -10°C. To keep pace with a truly ac­tive life­style, it also has a built-in com­pass, al­time­ter, depth gauge and GPS.

Nikon 1 V3

The flag­ship Nikon 1 ca mera adds a vari-an­gle touch­screen to the com­fort­able er­gonomics of the pre­ced­ing V2, along with key up­grades to the im­age sen­sor, pro­ces­sor and aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem. It also in­cludes built-in Wi-Fi. An elec­tronic viewfinder is op­tional.

Nikon D3200

An in­stant favourite with be­gin­ners when launched back in 2012, the D3200 eases you into creative pho­tog­ra­phy with a built-in Guide mode that serves up in­ter­ac­tive tu­to­ri­als. This is backed up by im­pres­sive im­age qual­ity, thanks to its 24.2Mp im­age sen­sor and EXPEED 3 pro­ces­sor.

Nikon D3300

THE D3300 BOASTS A Begin­ner-friendly Guide Mode too, but boosts per­for­mance with a cur­rent-gen­er­a­tion EXPEED 4 pro­ces­sor, faster con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing and greater low-light po­ten­tial than the D3200. There’s also a user-friendly Ef­fects shoot­ing mode and handy ‘easy panorama’ mode.

Nikon D3400

The D3400 makes room for new fea­tures by down­grad­ing oth­ers , of­fer­ing a rel­a­tively mi­nor up­grade to the D3300 that in­cludes wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity. While it’s per­fectly ca­pa­ble, the great price of the D3300 means that one is still our pre­ferred en­try-level Nikon DSLR.

Nikon D5300

An af­ford­able in­ter­me­di­ate-level ca mera , this body fea­tures a new gen­er­a­tion pro­ces­sor, plus built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, all wrapped up in a tough car­bon-fi­bre-re­in­forced shell. Plus the op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter is omit­ted to max­i­mize the po­ten­tial to cap­ture im­age sharp­ness.

Nikon D5500

The same pixel count and process or as the pre­ced­ing D5300, built into the same style of mono­coque (one-piece) body shell. The most no­table up­grade in the newer D5500 is that its vari-an­gle LCD is a touch­screen. How­ever, it loses the D5300’s built-in GPS.

Nikon D5600

Nikon’s Lat­est DX-for­mat ca mera adds SnapBridge im­age-trans­fer tech to the same sen­sor and pro­ces­sor as the D5500. It fea­tures a built-in sen­sor-clean­ing sys­tem and pow­er­ful pop-up flash, plus a neat Time Lapse Movie mode pre­vi­ously only found in more ad­vanced DSLRs.

Nikon D7100

The D7100 gets a no­table hike in pixel count com­pared with the pre­ced­ing D7000, along with the re­moval of the op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter to max­i­mize sharp­ness. Its aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem gets a boost too, and a 1.3x crop fa­cil­ity in­creases the max­i­mum drive rate to 7fps.

Nikon D7200

Build ing on the D7100’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions, the D7200 boasts bet­ter low-light aut­o­fo­cus, a big­ger mem­ory buf­fer, an up­dated pro­ces­sor, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC con­nec­tiv­ity, plus trick modes for do­ing light-trail pho­tog­ra­phy and mak­ing time-lapse movies in-cam­era.

Nikon D610

Full -frame pho­togra phy star ts here, with the most af­ford­able of Nikon’s FX cam­eras. It’s no slouch, with a 6fps max­i­mum drive rate and a quiet (but slower) con­tin­u­ous drive op­tion. It also fea­tures a weather-sealed body and, com­pared with the D600, a re­vised shut­ter unit.

Nikon D750

The D750 is eas ily man­age­able for a semi-pro full -frame body. A rea­son­ably priced ad­di­tion to the lineup, it in­cludes a tilt­ing LCD screen and built-in Wi-Fi. The pixel count strikes a happy bal­ance be­tween the 16.2Mp Df/D4s and the 36.3Mp D810.

Nikon D500

NIKON ’S SEMI -PRO DX-FO RMAT DSLR is in many re­spects a dream cam­era. It boasts a blaz­ingly fast, ef­fec­tive AF sys­tem and 10fps con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing with a huge 200-shot Raw buf­fer, plus first-rate me­ter­ing and white bal­ance. For the money, it might just be Nikon’s best DX DSLR yet.

Nikon Df

Iconic de­sign meets high-tech ex­cel­lence in this retro beauty. The Df is amaz­ingly com­pact for a full-frame body, but di­rect-ac­cess di­als and but­tons en­sure that shoot­ing con­trols are al­ways within easy reach. The lack of a video shoot­ing ca­pa­bil­ity is a sur­prise omis­sion, though.

Nikon D800e

A spe­cial edi­tion of the orig­i­nal D800, this one has a mod­i­fied op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter that omits an anti-alias­ing fea­ture. It’s there­fore bet­ter able to cap­ture ex­tra­or­di­nary lev­els of fine de­tail, max­imis­ing the po­ten­tial of its ul­tra-high­res­o­lu­tion im­age sen­sor.

Nikon D810

The king of the res­o­lu­tion stakes, the D810 boasts 36.3 mil­lion pix­els and, un­like the older D800e, has no op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter. It has a later-gen­er­a­tion pro­ces­sor and an ex­tended sen­si­tiv­ity range. A spe­cial as­tropho­tog­ra­phy edi­tion, D810a, is also avail­able (£2700/$3800).

Nikon D4s

The D4s DELIVE RS 11fps shoot­ing, and im­age qual­ity is im­mac­u­late, even at ul­tra-high ISO set­tings, mak­ing it pop­u­lar with pro­fes­sional sport and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers for years. But it has been su­per­seded by Nikon’s newer, high­er­specced flag­ship DSLR, the D5.

Nikon D5

CA­PA­BLE OF SHOTING 12 frames per sec­ond, and with a buf­fer ca­pac­ity of 200 Raw files, Nikon’s flag­ship DSLR also boasts 153 AF points – three times more than the D4s. The pixel count has also gone up, to 20.8Mp, as has the max­i­mum ISO, to a stag­ger­ing 3.3 mil­lion.

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