The 9 Best Nikon Cameras

We spent 24 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Nikon is one of the few names in the photography industry whose reputation has been earned over decades spent producing incredible cameras and lenses. The models on our list represent the best that the company has to offer in a number of categories, from their rugged point-and-shoots to their most capable professional DSLR bodies. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

9. W300 Waterproof

If you need something that can take pictures in a variety of unforgiving environments, including underwater, look to the W300 Waterproof. The unit can safely be dropped from a height of nearly eight feet without being damaged.

  • Built-in compass and gps
  • Helpful depth gauge for divers
  • Limited zoom range

Brand Nikon
Model 26523
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Coolpix A900

A recent resurgence in the point-and-shoot market has created a lot of excellent compact options, and the Coolpix A900 is a great example of that trend. Its articulating LCD screen can flip all the way around to let you frame up the perfect selfie.

  • 20 megapixel sensor
  • 35x optical zoom
  • Lens aperture is a little slow

Brand Nikon
Model 26501
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. D3400 DX

If you’re looking to invest in your first DSLR, the D3400 DX might be your best bet. You can use it with the same ease with which you’d operate a simple point-and-shoot, but you can also use it to gradually learn the ins and outs of manual photography.

  • Simple picture mode dial
  • Relatively compact
  • Has to be purchased with a kit lens

Brand Nikon
Model 1571
Weight 2.7 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

6. D5600 DX

The D5600 DX boasts a few important features that progress it away from being a simple entry-level DSLR, such as its ability to shoot raw images in both 12- and 14-bit, as well as its lightweight and durable composite body.

  • Screen closes to protect itself
  • Photos are easy to share
  • Records video at only 1080p

Brand Nikon
Model 1575
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. D7500 DX

The D7500 DX is a smart option for anyone looking to invest in a DSLR that doesn’t cater to newer shooters the way many entry-level models do. It’s a body for experienced, but casual, photographers who want something that’s proofed against the near future.

  • 15 cross-type af sensors
  • Thoroughly weather-sealed
  • Video quality is a bit amateurish

Brand Nikon
Model 1581
Weight 3.9 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. D750 FX

The D750 FX takes a lot of cues from its beloved full-frame predecessor, the D700, which didn’t have any video capture ability whatsoever. This model does, but it keeps its resolution in check at 1080p, preferring instead to focus on its still image production.

  • Amazing low-light performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
  • Durable unibody design

Brand Nikon
Model 1543
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. D500 DX

A long-awaited upgrade to the company’s revolutionary D300, the D500 DX has quickly become the undisputed king among bodies with an APS-C sensor. Its 153-point autofocusing system covers nearly the entire frame with available AF points.

  • 10 fps burst rate
  • Utilizes fast xqd memory cards
  • Wi-fi connection built-in

Brand Nikon
Model 1559
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. D850 FX

For shooters who want the pristine quality of full-frame, but don’t need the burst rate or card features of the much more expensive D5, there’s the D850 FX. Its sensor is packed with 45.7 megapixels, allowing it to perform more like a medium format body than a DSLR.

  • Time-lapse videos in 8k
  • Incredible focusing speed
  • Articulating display screen

Brand Nikon
Model 1585
Weight 4.2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. D5 20.8 MP FX-Format

The D5 20.8 MP FX-Format is the company’s flagship professional full frame body, used by the top-tier shooters in sports, event, and conflict coverage. It can house a pair of either CF or XQD cards, and boasts a burst mode worth 200 shots before it has to render.

  • Native iso up to 102400
  • 4k video recording
  • Two lcd readouts

Brand Nikon
Model 1558
Weight 6.6 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0