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Updated: 06.03.2013
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1.Nikon D80095,57%22Amazon
2.Nikon D3S94,07%7Amazon
3.Nikon D800E93,75%9Amazon
4.Nikon D492,67%4Amazon
5.Nikon D60091,10%18Amazon
6.Nikon D70090,86%11Amazon
7.Nikon D390,50%3Amazon
8.Nikon D520088,17%16Amazon
9.Nikon D700087,83%10Amazon
10.Nikon D3X87,60%7Amazon
11.Nikon D9084,71%9Amazon
12.Nikon D320084,67%7Amazon
13.Nikon D510084,29%9Amazon
14.Nikon D300S83,17%7Amazon
15.Nikon D500081,40%6Amazon
16.Nikon D310081,14%8Amazon
17.Nikon D300074,40%5Amazon
18.Nikon D30067,00%2Amazon
19.Nikon D6065,00%2Amazon
20.Nikon D40x63,00%2Amazon
21.Nikon D8061,00%2Amazon
22.Nikon D2X59,00%2Amazon
23.Nikon D2Xs59,00%2Amazon
24.Nikon D4056,00%2Amazon
25.Nikon D5055,00%2Amazon
26.Nikon D7050,00%2Amazon
27.Nikon D70s50,00%2Amazon
28.Nikon D2H40,00%2Amazon
29.Nikon D10,00%1Amazon
30.Nikon D1H0,00%1Amazon

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Nikon D800

Image quality rating: 95,57%

Overall rating: 92,83%

Main points:
  • Excellent image quality
  • D800 can be demanding, D800E more so to get best results
  • Close attention needs to be paid to focusing


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
Moose Peterson
'It’s not that I don’t like the D800, I do like it, own it and use it when the job requires it. I don’t like the mentality that more megapixels is better and that just owning it will improve one’s photography. It, like the D4 and D600 and other bodies are tools and in the hand of a craftsman will perform and produce as they should. But just like I said of the D3x for years, the D800 isn’t for everyone. I’m not after changing any body’s minds, don’t even want to convince someone who owns a D800 they made the wrong decision. I just wanted to put it out there my simple thoughts on this wonderful camera. It’s a great camera for the job it was built to do!'
Imagepower
'High-ISO is about the same as my D3, which is a stunning archivement. Much better with my D3X, I can now use up to ISO 1600'
Nikon Glass
'So far you would think that I was excited enough to upgrade, but that is not the case. There are some aspects that hold me back from such a move. As nice as the D800 is with its 36 million pixels, some attributes such as diffraction, file size and continuous shooting speed make me think twice. So whats my opinion? Well, at the time of this writing, I would warn any professional 12MP FX user away from trading his workhorse for the D800 - there is a chance such a trade up could prove a mistake - especially if he is a wedding photographer. They should not be looking at the D800 as an upgrade path, but as an extra tool that can be added to their kit. '
Photography
5/5
5/5
'The slower speed, along with a few other annoyances are far outweighed by the many advantages the D800 has over the D700 – from better ergonomics, dual card slots, 100% viewfinder coverage and movie recording capabilities, to improved autofocus and excellent metering. Above all, the image quality of the D800 sensor is simply phenomenal, with no other full-frame DSLR on the market that can match its performance. As you can see on the third tab of this review, the Nikon D800 performs better than both the Canon 5D Mark II and the new Canon 5D Mark III in high ISO when the image is down-sampled. As a result of the down-sampling process, images from the D800 also show more sharpness and details.'
byThom
4/5
5/5
'The D800 models are very good cameras that can produce as-good-as-it-gets-from-DSLRs output. While that might make you think you should get a D800 or D800E, that's not entirely true (see next section). To achieve great results from a D800 model you need shot discipline, attention to detail, good lenses, and probably some pretty good post processing skills. From the questions in my InBox, I note that we've already got a lot of D800 purchasers who are in way over their head and probably would have been better served by a less demanding camera.'
ePhotozine
'At the time of writing the D600 is about £400 less than the D800 so if you're up for saving your cash most of you won't be disappointed.'
ePhotozine
'The cameras were placed on a tripod and the same scene was shot with each. Click on any of the thumbnails below to view the large versions. You can open two browser windows side by side and compare both versions. '
ePhotozine
5/5
5/5
'The Nikon D800 is an excellent camera capable of taking extremely high quality, high resolution images, however this puts additional demands on the lenses used, as well as your own photographic technique, requiring you to ensure focus is accurate, you are using the optimum aperture, shutter speed etc. With the D800E it becomes even more important that your subject and technique is right to get the best results from the camera, and to attain the additional detail possible. As well, it can be quite a subtle difference between the two cameras, even when viewed at 100%. To the majority of people it may not be particularly noticeable, unless images are compared side to side, taken under exactly the same settings. However, if you have the additional money, and would like the ability to get the most resolution in your shots, then the D800E appears to be decent value for money, offering the full version of Capture NX2, which is recommended for getting the best results from RAW files. If shooting RAW files, then additional demand is placed on your memory card(s) as well as your computer, with RAW files weighing in at 70+ mb - even highly detailed JPEG images can be as large as 31mb.'
ePhotozine
'To me, this camera is essentially the one I’d been hoping Canon would release for over a year now! Good image size, decent ISO performance, nice video capabilities and at a very reasonable price for the specs, it just happens to be a different manufacturer. '
ePhotozine
5/5
5/5
'The Nikon D800 offers unprecedented resolution at an unthought of price point, packed full of features, many from the Nikon D4 that is almost twice the price. Build quality is very good, and the camera gives excellent handling with a solid metal body and weather sealing the camera should be suitable for almost any landscape or outdoors project. Value for money is a strong point, with cameras with a similar resolution costing significantly more (at least 3 times more).'
ePhotozine
'The Nikon D800 and D800E look particularly impressive on paper with an impressive specification reaching beyond entry-level medium format in terms of resolution alone thanks to the 36.3 megapixel full frame sensor. In hand the camera feels good with a reassuringly solid weather sealed body and a number of external controls and displays ensuring it's easy and quick to change settings as desired. The camera's speed in use appears to be very good and the high quality 3.2inch screen makes it pleasing to view with the live-view updating smoothly. On top of all of this Nikon has priced the D800 at a very competitive price making extremely high resolution image capture available at a price that is one quarter the price of medium format! '
Rob Mitchell
'I can see 2 buying groups here. The photographer who is very detail minded would quickly opt for the D800E. Serious moirĂ© creeping in might be a shame, but not a disaster. Then you have the photographer who needs to be sure their shots are good and the processing workflow is efficient. If they’re heavily shooting Macro or fashion, they might opt for the safe low risk D800. Saying that, I know people who haven’t taken the safe route and not had problems with the D800E.'
Photoreview
9.4/10
9/10
'The question of whether the D800 should be your next camera is difficult to answer. Basically it depends on the level of your photographic expertise, the subjects you mainly shoot, how big you print your shots and the depth of your pockets.'
Camera Labs
20/20
17/20
'The Nikon D800 is a triumph for still shooters. The new 36 Megapixel full-frame sensor delivers tremendous quality, comfortably out-resolving the Canon EOS 5D Mark III while matching its noise levels when viewed at 1:1. For the best quality you should be shooting in RAW, but even the D800's in-camera JPEGs using the default settings are very pleasing. This really is getting close to medium format quality but from a body that's smaller, quicker and much cheaper, not to mention superior at higher ISOs.'
Ming Thein
'I don’t think the D800 is a general purpose tool. It definitely isn’t a run-and-gun photojournalist’s camera; in fact, I find it more demanding to shoot street with this than the Leica M9-P. It’s probably at a two stop or more disadvantage to the D700 if you want critical sharpness at the pixel level – firstly, you’ve got a slightly noisier sensor, and secondly, you’re going to need higher shutter speeds to maintain pixel integrity and combat camera shake. Although downsizing the files to 12MP yields lower noise and more detail than the D700, I don’t think I’ll be using the D800 for photojournalism at the moment; I’m going to have to figure out the AF and lens foibles first.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.7/10
'If you can find one and can spare the cash, you will be very happy!'
Dxomark
95/100
William Beem Photography
'I know. I’m not exactly the first per­son to get a Nikon D800. It’s not as excit­ing now as when it was brand new and only a few folks actually put their hands on it. However, it’s new to me. Per­haps it’s the it’s more accu­rate to call this my first impressions of the Nikon D800?(refurbished).'
Nikon Rumors
'Working with the D800 underwater was generally a pleasure, but in low light conditions and in any area that had low contrast, such as in an underwater cave or under an overhanging reef, I did find that the camera was 'fishing' (excuse the UW pun) for focus, and I did miss a few shots because of this.'
Pixiq
'Now "clean video" offers the potential of recording uncompressed video, which is certainly possible, for example, it can be done with the Blackmagic HyperDeck Shuttle 2, but it is not for the faint hearted, because the amount of data involved is going to result in extremely large files, with all that is implicit in their subsequent handling, storage and back up.'
William Beem Photography
'If it sounds like I’m try­ing to con­vince you that you shouldn’t buy the Nikon D800, I’m not. It’s a won­der­ful cam­era and I really am glad I bought it. What I would like to do is make sure that you’re aware of the draw­backs that go along with this DSLR.'
Amateur Photographers
90/100
'We talk about the bar being raised occasionally, and Nikon has certainly raised the bar in the full-frame market with the launch of the D800. Despite the slight increase in the camera's price since its original launch, it remains a relatively affordable model.'


Nikon D3S

Image quality rating: 94,07%

Overall rating: 94,29%

Main points:
  • High dynamic range
  • Large and heavy
  • Expensive


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
Photography Life
5/5
4.5/5
'With its excellent image quality, extreme low-light sensitivity capabilities, reliable metering, fast speed, quick and accurate AF, weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, dual card slots and a boatload of customization options, the Nikon D3s can satisfy even the most demanding sports, news and wildlife photography needs today. Whether you are shooting events in low-light situations or photograph nature in extreme weather conditions, the Nikon D3s delivers. However, as I have already pointed out, all this comes at a price – with its bulky size, heavy weight, a steep $5K price tag, the Nikon D3s can be classified as a very “specialized tool”.'
byThom
5/5
5/5
'As you might expect from the better noise results, there's news here, too. Simply put, the D3s has virtually the same dynamic range from ISO 100 (LO 1.0) to ISO 800. Again, that's about a stop better than the D3 at ISO 800 (closer at ISO 200), which could be set to ISO 400 with impunity. Wildlife shooters, for example, will find this ability refreshing, as it means that we can shoot further into the edge of day without worrying about losing any significant image quality. We've come a long way from the D2x, baby.'
ePhotozine
5/5
5/5
'How do you decide whether the D3s (or any piece of camera kit, for that matter) is worth the best part of £4000? It's not an easy question to answer and depends on how you view camera value. For me, however, I think the D3s is worth every penny. It is a thoroughly inspirational piece of kit to use and that in itself justifies its price tag immediately. Its high ISO sensitivity means you can carry on shooting in the poorest ambient light and without using a tripod. That would count for nothing if the results from using the high ISOs were poor and unusable, but they are not. Yes, there is noise and detail loss at the equivalent of ISO 102,400, but you still get an image – and try getting that sort of speed from film!'
SLRGear
10/10
9.5/10
'a real pro camera'
Photoreview
8.75/10
9/10
'You require fast burst speeds and a generous buffer capacity. '
Dxomark
82/100
Amateur Photographers
89/100
'When this technology is combined with high-definition video, the D3S becomes a truly creative tool for professional photographers. As much as a higher resolution would have been nice, a 16-million-pixel, 300ppi image is only around a couple of inches larger along each side than a 12.2-million-pixel image. This resolution should be perfectly fine for most photographers, unless the images are going to be printed a lot larger than A3 in size.'


Nikon D800E

Image quality rating: 93,75%

Overall rating: 99,50%

Main points:
  • High resolution
  • Low noise
  • Maximum 4 fps


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
Ming Thein
'Overall, the impressions are good: very seldom is there a camera which I would consider perfect or close to it (the D700 was probably the last one) – the D800E pushes the image quality envelope forward by a significant margin, and with this necessarily comes compromises. The mistake I think most people make is in thinking that if you used the D700 with great results, you should be able to do the same with the D800E; no. Even for somebody who pays constant attention to shot discipline, you will find situations under which the demands of the sensor exceed your ability at that moment to achieve a pixel-level, critically sharp image. I know, because it’s happened to me several times.'
Moose Peterson
'It’s not that I don’t like the D800, I do like it, own it and use it when the job requires it. I don’t like the mentality that more megapixels is better and that just owning it will improve one’s photography. It, like the D4 and D600 and other bodies are tools and in the hand of a craftsman will perform and produce as they should. But just like I said of the D3x for years, the D800 isn’t for everyone. I’m not after changing any body’s minds, don’t even want to convince someone who owns a D800 they made the wrong decision. I just wanted to put it out there my simple thoughts on this wonderful camera. It’s a great camera for the job it was built to do!'
Camera Stuff Review
9.9/10
'The Nikon D800E is simply a fantastic camera, both in terms of image quality and ease of use. Compared to the Nikon D700, not only the number of megapixels is three times as high, you have also gotten modern video capabilities.'
byThom
4/5
5/5
'The D800 models are very good cameras that can produce as-good-as-it-gets-from-DSLRs output. While that might make you think you should get a D800 or D800E, that's not entirely true (see next section). To achieve great results from a D800 model you need shot discipline, attention to detail, good lenses, and probably some pretty good post processing skills. From the questions in my InBox, I note that we've already got a lot of D800 purchasers who are in way over their head and probably would have been better served by a less demanding camera.'
ePhotozine
5/5
5/5
'The Nikon D800 is an excellent camera capable of taking extremely high quality, high resolution images, however this puts additional demands on the lenses used, as well as your own photographic technique, requiring you to ensure focus is accurate, you are using the optimum aperture, shutter speed etc. With the D800E it becomes even more important that your subject and technique is right to get the best results from the camera, and to attain the additional detail possible. As well, it can be quite a subtle difference between the two cameras, even when viewed at 100%. To the majority of people it may not be particularly noticeable, unless images are compared side to side, taken under exactly the same settings. However, if you have the additional money, and would like the ability to get the most resolution in your shots, then the D800E appears to be decent value for money, offering the full version of Capture NX2, which is recommended for getting the best results from RAW files. If shooting RAW files, then additional demand is placed on your memory card(s) as well as your computer, with RAW files weighing in at 70+ mb - even highly detailed JPEG images can be as large as 31mb.'
ePhotozine
'The Nikon D800 and D800E look particularly impressive on paper with an impressive specification reaching beyond entry-level medium format in terms of resolution alone thanks to the 36.3 megapixel full frame sensor. In hand the camera feels good with a reassuringly solid weather sealed body and a number of external controls and displays ensuring it's easy and quick to change settings as desired. The camera's speed in use appears to be very good and the high quality 3.2inch screen makes it pleasing to view with the live-view updating smoothly. On top of all of this Nikon has priced the D800 at a very competitive price making extremely high resolution image capture available at a price that is one quarter the price of medium format! '
Rob Mitchell
'I can see 2 buying groups here. The photographer who is very detail minded would quickly opt for the D800E. Serious moirĂ© creeping in might be a shame, but not a disaster. Then you have the photographer who needs to be sure their shots are good and the processing workflow is efficient. If they’re heavily shooting Macro or fashion, they might opt for the safe low risk D800. Saying that, I know people who haven’t taken the safe route and not had problems with the D800E.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.9/10
'Wow! The responsiveness of this camera is beyond a D700, and closer to my D3. Of course the frame rate isn't quite up there, but it is pushing 36MP... I do wish we could get higher FPS simply by selecting either a smaller file size and/or DX crop.'
Dxomark
96/100


Nikon D4

Image quality rating: 92,67%

Overall rating: 90,00%

Main points:
  • 11fps continuous shooting speed
  • Price


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
ePhotozine
5/5
4.5/5
'The Nikon D4 shows a good level of detail, excellent colour, low noise, and offers extremely rapid focusing and continuous shooting. What's even more impressive is the cameras ability to keep on taking high speed photos and when set to 9fps it will shoot 199 shots at 9fps without slowing down when shooting JPEG! This is extremely impressive and this camera would make the ideal sports or wildlife photography camera. While noise may seem high at ISO3200 and above, the camera has a number of options enabling stronger noise reduction and using the RAW files noise appears lower. Detail remains good at up to ISO3200 and ISO6400 and the camera certainly delivers high quality results with impressive dynamic range and colour. '
Dxomark
89/100
Neo Camera
'It is hard to describe the D4 without superlatives. This large professional DSLR has a full-frame 16 megapixels sensor which reaches a class-leading ISO 204,800 and can shoot continuously at 11 FPS for over 15 seconds.'
Amateur Photographers
89/100
'Both the Nikon D3 and D3S were hugely important cameras when released, and for a while they were the pinnacle of professional DSLRs. However, with the resolution of the D3S starting to look a little dated, it was perhaps due an update. The Nikon D4 has indeed updated the resolution, but not by much, and the image quality remains largely the same as its predecessor. However, this is no bad thing, as the D3S, and now the D4 are probably the best cameras to have at hand if you are shooting in low light.'


Nikon D600

Image quality rating: 91,10%

Overall rating: 89,77%

Main points:
  • Excellent image quality
  • Price very close to higher spec D800
  • Excellent noise performance


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
The Photographer
'When it comes to the Nikon D600 it’s all about perspective really. First of all you’re looking at this camera because you are thinking about a full frame. You may have been put off by the D800 hoping for something more along the lines of the D700. This is the closest you’re going to get to it if you can look past the feature set. Will I buy this camera? Being that I have not had the D700 that long, and it does everything I need at the moment, no. In the future there is a strong chance though. Like the D800 there are endless things you can do with this camera.'
Better Family Photos
'I don't know yet the circumstances when there is a delay with the D600.  Low light and an active subject alone are not enough - sometimes.  My hypothesis is that there was no delay in the shots later in the day because I was half-pressing the shutter.  I know that when I go from not pressing the shutter to suddenly fully pressing the shutter and I'm using a wide aperture lens at a close distance to the subject, in low light and with a moving subject, then the camera doesn't take the shot right away (note: I use focus priority).  To be honest, though, I don't think any of my other cameras do that either (I don't recall my D3 being able to do that).  Anyway I will look into this issue further and try to pin it down.'
Better Family Photos
'From these samples, I conclude that there would be no disadvantage to using the D600 with a DX lens even if cropped, compared to a Nikon D90.  It would be interesting to see a similar comparison with a D7000 (I suspect the D7000 may come out ahead).'
Photography Life
'Overall, I think D600's autofocus did pretty darn well. True, AF-C missed several shots, but the total number of focused frames was very high. Not all of the sharp and focused images were keepers, of course. I went back and rechecked the photos several times, and I’m still amazed at how well many of them turned out.'
Camera Labs
18/20
18/20
'From Nikon's point of view, the D600 has a tough role to fulfill. Primarily, it's an 'entry level' full frame DSLR designed to appeal to enthusiast photographers looking for the kind of build, image quality and features provided by pro DSLRs at a more affordable price. It's also got to function as a pro model backup, able to tick the same boxes as high end models like the D800 and D4, without being so good it begins to look like an attractively priced replacement rather than a supplement.'
Photography Life
5/5
4.5/5
'When the first rumors about the D600 started to circulate on the Internet, I wondered about what kind of sensor technology Nikon would put into it. This question became even more intriguing when I found out that the D600 would have similar build and features as the D7000. At two thirds of the cost of the highly-regarded Nikon D800, I was afraid that Nikon would use an older inferior sensor with unimpressive noise characteristics on the D600. Deep inside, I kept on thinking that Nikon would not risk to have something that would compete head to head with the D800. After testing the D600 extensively, I was surprised to see that Nikon did exactly that – it performs about the same as the D800, only with less pixels. As you can see from the Camera Comparisons page of this review, the Nikon D600 shows very impressive performance at all ISO levels that match those of the D800/D800E! The only camera that retains a little better shadow detail and more dynamic range at very high ISOs is the Nikon D3s. However, keep in mind that the latter has much less resolution in comparison and hence serves different needs (such as sports and wildlife photography). Hence, the biggest strength of the Nikon D600 is its phenomenal sensor.'
ePhotozine
5/5
5/5
'The Nikon D600 is a full-frame 24.3 megapixel camera with excellent image quality and performance. It offers excellent noise performance, excellent image quality with good detail even as the ISO setting increases, and puts it all into a rugged weather sealed body with a great 3.2inch screen. The camera offers advanced Full HD video recording with both microphone and headphone sockets, and videos benefit from the full frame sensor in low-light situations. Handling is very good with a large rubber grip and ample buttons and controls on the outside of the camera so that you can avoid using the menu systems if you prefer. A number of built in editing options, RAW processing, and video editing could save a lot of time as you are able to edit and customise photos and videos away from the computer. '
ePhotozine
'At the time of writing the D600 is about £400 less than the D800 so if you're up for saving your cash most of you won't be disappointed.'
DPReview
11/14
12/14
'There's a lot to like in the Nikon D600. In fact, really, there are very few areas in which it can be legitimately criticized given its market position and price point. Being a mid-range DSLR (albeit towards the top end) it lacks the customization options of the D800 (and D300S) and borrows its operational ergonomics primarily from the D7000. This will cause some photographers some frustrations (the D600's aperture behavior in live view mode is particularly annoying in a $2200 camera for example) but the bottom line is that the D600 offers similar pixel-level image quality to the more expensive D800, in a similarly tough body which also offers many of the same headline still and video features.'
Ming Thein
'In conclusion: the Nikon D600 may not be the D700 replacement or make waves like the D3 did, but for most users it’s going to be like Goldilocks: just right. '
Dxomark
94/100
Terry White
'I love this camera! It’s perfect for my needs of a travel body and backup body. The 24MP upgrade from 16MP isn’t too bad either. However, there is one thing that annoys the crap out of me. The mode dial has a button on the top of that you have to press before turning the dial. I've never had to do this with any of my other Nikon bodies and while I’m sure I'll get used to it, it bugs me a LOT right now. The only other wish I had was that of a terminal port. It’s not crucial for me for this body, but it definitely would have been a nice to have.'
Nikon Glass
'So after using 2 different cameras for review purposes and actually owning one, I have come to the conclusion that the Nikon D600 is not the replacement for the D700 that everybody has been waiting for, not even close, forget it! It’s a nice camera but if you are a seasoned pro waiting to upgrade from a D700 or D3, don’t even try it, you either jump ship and get a Canon EOS5 MK III's '
Gizmag
'Capable of producing images as good as any other camera in most conditions, if you want full frame photographic bang for buck, the Nikon D600 really is a great choice.'
Ryan Brenizer
'I could have easily made this my next camera, as its strengths make it a good complement to a D3s or two.'
Terry White
'For the price, there’s really no reason not to get the WU-1b module if you have a Nikon D600. It provides a pretty painless way to get images from your Nikon D600 wirelessly to your smartphone and it can work anywhere since it creates its own ad-hoc network'
Dan Carr Photography
'  But the AF points and shooting speed WILL make a difference to sports and wildlife people and I think in those situations if I was choosing I would go with the D600.  If I was shooting a little bit of everything with some travel and landscapes then the GPS feature would swing me the way of the Canon.'
Amateur Photographers
84/100
'Although initially slightly disappointed in some of the D600's specification, this camera has really impressed me. The size and weight are spot-on, remaining bulky enough to be taken seriously, yet small and light enough to carry around. The handling and navigation are intuitive and the viewfinder is nice and bright. Autofocus is surprisingly adept, and the burst and buffer are sufficient for its needs. Images are well detailed and low in noise, while the JPEGs are print-ready to please those not wanting to spend time editing. As an all-round camera for true enthusiasts, the D600 makes perfect sense. I would have liked the Wi-Fi to be included in the body rather than as an accessory, and the video mode needs manual options. For me, adding the metering and autofocus from the D800 would be ideal, but then that would leave little reason to covet the D800.'


Nikon D700

Image quality rating: 90,86%

Overall rating: 93,56%

Main points:
  • Fast and reliable autofocus
  • Viewfinder accuracy of 95%


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
Camera Stuff review
8.8/10
'Despite the fact that the Nikon D700 has lasted a few years already, the Nikon D700 receives a very high rating from us. The files are, even at high ISO values, free from noise and the useable dynamic range is high. The autofocus works quickly and accurately and moving objects too are easy to follow by the autofocus system. The sturdy and waterproof housing is built for long term professional use. In some applications the resolution is somewhat limited for the current standard, is a full HD video missing and could the noisy shutter be interfering. All in all, the Nikon D700 is a must!'
Photography Life
5/5
4.5/5
'Now that you have seen some of my and Lola’s photographs that were shot with the D700 and image crops comparing the camera to other Nikon DSLRs, you hopefully understand why the D700 is our favorite camera. We have had it ever since it was announced in 2008, and it has been our workhorse camera since then. It has over 220,000 thousand actuations, which is well above its 150,000 actuation warranty and it has not failed me once. I am planning to use it till it dies, even if a D700 replacement is announced this year.'
byThom
5/5
5/5
'Bottom line: the D700 a great camera, but make sure you need what it offers. And be prepared for Nikon to continue to pull "new and better" cameras out of their hat.'
ePhotozine
'The cameras were placed on a tripod and the same scene was shot with each. Click on any of the thumbnails below to view the large versions. You can open two browser windows side by side and compare both versions. '
ePhotozine
'Time and time again this camera has exceeded my expectations, and proven to be a reliable workhorse. I'll keep my eyes peeled with great interest to see if this camera's successor offer's much more for me, but unless it is much better at the higher ISO settings, I can't see me needing any more than what I have. Maybe I'll be in the market for a second D700 body if the offer of a free grip is still available. For now, I'll have to wait and see.'
ePhotozine
4/5
4.5/5
'The specs show the camera to be a worthy model with the Nikon name. I wouldn't go to say they've pushed boundaries with this camera, but it's still a step in the right direction.'
SLRGear
9.8/10
9.6/10
'This is a wonderful camera body and built like a tank. If you decide to add the grip, the whole thing is larger than the D3. Its body seems to be about like the D300 with a larger pentaprism, but as anyone can tell, the D700 is just a thicker and heavier tank-like build. In use, it feels to me somewhat similar to my old F3hp with the MD4 motor-drive. '
Photoreview
9/10
9/10
'Thoughtfully designed and a pleasure to shoot with, the D700 is currently the best DSLR camera in its class and provides excellent value for money for photographers who want the advantages of the 36 x 24 mm sized sensor in a smaller, lighter and more affordable body than the D3. An ideal second body for a working professional, it provides top-level performance and excellent versatility for serious enthusiasts. '
Ming Thein
'It’s time to answer the inevitable question of D700 vs D800: it’s not as clear cut as you might think. Yes, the D800 offers higher resolution and video but at the expense of per-pixel noise and demands on lenses and technique; in that sense it’s a much less forgiving camera. You’re also giving up the potential of full resolution shooting at 8fps. Ergonomically, both are good; the D800 takes a slight edge due to refined controls, however I personally find the D700 grip more comfortable. The D700 is more of a general, do-anything, go-anywhere camera, but the D800 is a specialist tool that can produce amazing results – under the right conditions.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.5/10
'This is one purchase you will never regret. The quality of my photography has improved so much just because I want to live up to this camera. Whether shooting inside of a dance club without flash or outdoors doing a landscape I can only say the results are stunning. I use fast primes and am extremely happy. People will be talking about this camera fondly twenty years from today.'
Dxomark
80/100


Nikon D3

Image quality rating: 90,50%

Overall rating: 98,00%

Main points:
  • High dynamic range
  • Large and heavy
  • Expensive


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
byThom
5/5
5/5
'Simply put, you can go further with ISO on the D3 than you can with any other Nikon body. ISO 3200 is quite usable. ISO 6400 is usable in some situations with the right camera settings. I'm less excited about ISO 12,800 and 25,600. Dynamic range loss, contrast and noise build-up are just too much at the highest ISO values to be anything but emergency and experimental settings.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.7/10
'Moved from D700 to D3s and was amazed by the difference: AF speed, buffer, high ISO results, ergonomics, rtc.,'
Dxomark
81/100


Nikon D5200

Image quality rating: 88,17%

Overall rating: 86,00%

Main points:
  • Got many features from D7000


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
Dxomark
84/100
Amateur Photorgrapher
'The Nikon D5200 takes much of its specification from the enthusiast-level D7000, but it packs a higher-resolution sensor, which means it should be excellent. In fact, with such a high resolution for an entry-level camera, it will take something special to better the D5200.'
Photography Blog
4.5/5
4/5
'The new Nikon D5200 is a solid upgrade of the previous D5100 model, with better auto-focus and metering systems, enhanced video options, slightly faster burst shooting, friendlier user interface and more resolution, although that all comes at a slight increase in price. D5100 owners won't find enough to tempt them to upgrade, but like its predecessor the D5200 still offers a compelling mix of excellent image quality, straight-forward handling and quick performance, all in a light and compact body.'
techradar.cameras
4/5
4/5
'The Nikon D5200 is a solid performer that delivers images with well-controlled noise and plenty of detail, albeit with slight banding in some images taken at IS0 3200 and above.'
DPReview
'Overall though the D5200 is perfectly pleasant and capable little SLR, which is nice to use, delivers great results and offers a specification that wouldn't have looked out of place on a top-end SLR only a few years ago. You can see how it compares in our studio testing in the image quality pages of this preview, and we'll be publishing a full review very soon.'
ePhotozine
5/5
4.5/5
'The D5200 has taken all that we liked about the D5100 and tweaked slightly, meaning we are happyto highly recommend it.'
Ken Rockwell
'The Nikon D5200 is a swell little camera, but I wouldn't pay $800 for a D5200 when I can get the pretty much identical Nikon D5100 new or refurbished for about half price as of the beginning of 2013. I don't see anything significant to make it worthwhile to throw more money at the newer D5200 if you can still get the D5100 instead, but if you want the newest, sure, the D5200 is a great camera.'
Pocket-lint
'For its £720 price tag, the Nikon D5200 draws in the D7000's autofocus system and, considering that and the new 24-megapixel sensor's overall image quality, it's a DSLR that's a step beyond its predecessor.'
Digital Camera World
'All things considered, the D5200 is a very good camera, but it’s a shame that the screen isn’t touch-sensitive and it doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi technology as these look like being key features for 2013.'
Dxomark
'In performance terms, the D5200’s Toshiba CMOS sensor does well to make advances on the already excellent chips to be found the firm’s existing DX camera range and shows a marked improvement over the earlier 24Mpix sensors found in the Sony Alphas. As for the features and creative possibilities the D5200, adopting the major modules from the highly regarded D7000 is a shrewd step while other tweaks such as the addition of Auto ISO selection, manual movie control, 20-step audio levels and an intervalometer all add up to an enticing and reasonably accessible package.'
What digital camera.com
19/20
9/10
'To summarise then, the D5200 is a well-received addition to Nikon's DX-format family of DSLR's. It brings more advanced functionality to a smaller and more affordable model, overlapping some of its latest features with the Nikon D7000. It may not be a camera that offers many innovative features that we haven't witnessed before, but nevertheless it's a great performer for the audience it's aimed at. It picks up a 90% overall score and a Gold award. '
DigitalVersus
4/5
'The Nikon D5200 is all about transitions: bridging the gap between an entry-level and a mid-range SLR, it's a technological transition to a new Toshiba-made sensor. Bringing little more to its predecessor, the D5100, than the addition of 8 Megapixels, the D5200's want of innovation shows through in its rating, which it has just barely maintained its four stars. Let's cut to the chase: if you already have a D5100, especially one purchased recently, then there's no reason to get a D5200. The battle looming between the D5200, Canon 650D and Pentax K-30 may be a doozy...'
The Nikon Digital Field Guide Online
'This is a nice little camera. It's definitely a REAL upgrade from the D5100 as far as images go. For anyone looking for a well-built DSLR with a great semi-pro AF module and metering in a compact size I'd recommend this camera highly. '
DigitalRev
'Well yes, on the spec sheet and beyond the Nikon is the better camera here. It possesses a better AF system and sensor. Also if you are a budget film maker, the Nikon offers full HDMI output whereas the Canon does not (there are work arounds, but the Nikon is the better offering on this front). This is not to say the Canon is not a good camera. It delivers great images that will match the Nikons offering in many situations and the touch screen technology is beautifully implemented.'
Nphoto
'Get the Nikon D3200 if price is a factor. It’s a lot cheaper than the Nikon D5200 price tag, delivers almost the same picture quality and offers all the features you’ll need when you’re just starting out.'
Photography Life
'Is the D5200 worth the upgrade? Unless you need a faster camera for photographing your kids’ sports, I would not upgrade from the D5100.'


Nikon D7000

Image quality rating: 87,83%

Overall rating: 86,00%

Main points:
  • Very good color rendition and white balance


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
Camera Stuff Review
8.3/10
'The Nikon D7000 feels solid and the sensor performance does not disappoint. The noise performances are good and the colors are represented very accurately. Using the Nikon D7000 is straightforward, but at certain points could somewhat be improved. Macro photographers will miss a folding screen and the PSAM button unintentionally distorts very easily. The camera body is heavier than the Nikon D5100, but lighter than the Canon 7D. The Canon 7D achieves higher frame rates, but has fewer AF focusing fields. The autofocus performance with Nikon 50 mm 1.8 could not convince us. The much cheaper Nikon D3200 has a much higher resolution than the Nikon D7000. It is time that a Nikon D8000 appears, although the Nikon D7000 remains a fine camera!'
Photography Life
5/5
4.5/5
'Without a doubt, the Nikon D7000 is a very impressive camera that is packed with plenty of features to make every photo enthusiast happy. Its high-resolution 16.2 MP sensor delivers great performance at both low and high ISO levels, providing even better details in shadows and highlights when compared to previous generation Nikon DSLRs. The 4 MP of added resolution is certainly good news to those that want to upgrade their older DSLRs, because the extra resolution on the D7000 comes without sacrificing image quality. The tougher construction, added speed, new 39-point AF system, ability to record 1080p movies, dual memory card slots and better controls make the D7000 a nice upgrade for the current Nikon entry-level and D70/D80/D90 owners'
byThom
4/5
4/5
'As I've been trying to tell people for some time, you're either a DX user or an FX user. When the D3 first came out there was a lot of FX envy in the DX crowd, and when the D700 took the D3 sensor and put it in an affordable body, a lot of you jumped. Time reveals all. And what it has revealed is that you don't need FX to shoot at ISO 3200, or even ISO 6400. (If you're shooting higher than that, something is wrong. ;~) A D7000 will get you there, maybe not quite as cleanly as the D3s and D700, but it'll get you there better than a D3x. In other words, some of the most often repeated reasons people cite for wanting FX cameras just went away.'
ePhotozine
4.5/5
4.5/5
'At first glance, the D7000 is difficult to pigeon hole in Nikon's current range of cameras. Although it is marketed as a consumer DSLR, it offers many features you'd expect to find on professional models, such as weather sealing, a fast continuous shooting rate and magnesium build. After using the camera for some time, I can see what Nikon are doing here. It is aimed squarely at those who may look towards the company's professional offerings, and maybe don't need the extra ruggedness, but do require a camera they can grow with whatever their level of photography. This model does this extremely well by offering a good balance automatic assistance and manual control without sacrificing features and customisability. '
SLRGear
9.5/10
9/10
'I traded off my standard D300 to buy this after using the neighbors D7000 for a few days. Far and away better, more realistic color (less) saturation, especially in the reds. Cooler colors are also improved with a bit more saturation than the D300. I would agree with Hoosierdaddy about the AE being a bit skitish in some conditions. I don't like the battery door compared to the more robust D300 door. It looks like a D50 type door. Great bargain and actually an upgrade from a D300 overall.'
Photoreview
8.75/10
8.8/10
'Subjectively we feel the D7000 may be one of the most responsive cameras for taking photographs that Nikon has produced thus far. For shooting stills, the AF system was quick, quiet and accurate under most lighting conditions and hunting was almost negligible in very low light levels. The viewfinder showed minimal mirror blackout in the continuous shooting mode.'
Camera Labs
18/20
16/20
'Like its predecessor, the Nikon D7000 raises the bar of what can be expected from a mid-range DSLR. There's no arguing with its impressive feature-set nor Nikon's canny ability to satisfy the demands of both new technology fanatics and traditional photographers. As we said at the start of this page, there's something for everyone here.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.1/10
'This is my first SLR camera I bought for myself. I work in a lab environment and so usually shoot boring things in controlled lighting situations. Having said that, the more I use the D7000 the more I appreciate the features it has, such as two dedicated, customizable settings (I keep one with an auto-exposure bracket that I couple with the high-speed release mode for grabbing quick sets on the go). I like the fact that I don't have to have an exotic memory card, but simply have two SD cards which most computers accept, saving me the need to buy a docking station. The image quality is amazing for a DX camera and whenever a bad shot is produced I have nothing or no one to blame but myself. I didn't realize how many cameras don't have both dedicated aperture and shutter speed dials (like the new D3200), which makes me appreciate the D7000 all the more.'
Dxomark
80/100
Amateur Photographers
85/100
'Nikon DSLR users have been waiting a long time for the D7000, not so much as an upgrade for the D90 but as a hint at exactly what Nikon is planning to do with its higher end DSLRs. From what I have seen in the D7000, they shouldn’t be disappointed.The improved build and handling make the D7000 feel solid, in much the same way as the D300S, and there is of course the new AF system, too. While the specification of the metering system is also improved on paper, there are still a few minor creases to iron out. Hopefully, this can be done easily and quickly via a firmware upgrade.'


Nikon D3X

Image quality rating: 87,60%

Overall rating: 82,83%

Main points:
  • High dynamic range
  • Large and heavy
  • Expensive


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
Camera Stuff Review
8.5/10
'Of course this review is too short to provide a justified opinion on this professional camera. We refer therefore to the extensive reviews in the list above. But we enjoyed comparing the performance of the Nikon D3X with high end amateur cameras that we have previously reviewed, like the Nikon D800E. Since the introduction of the Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E, an SLR camera with 25 megapixels is nothing special anymore. Yet it's not only the very high quality construction of the Nikon D3x which distinguishes this camera from cameras we've tested previously. The signal to noise ratio at high ISO settings, dynamic range and color reproduction of the Nikon D3X are all still of high quality. Especially the usable dynamic range at 50 ISO is impressive. At 50 ISO, the Nikon D3X files show so little noise that the usable dynamic range almost is the same as the total dynamic range '
byThom
5/5
2.75/5
'Bottom line: the D3x produces excellent, best-of-class images, but that comes at a price that's the highest of any existing DSLR. You'll need really top notch lenses and technique to resolve that performance. Are you really ready for all that portends?'
ePhotozine
'There is no doubting, this is a truly wonderful camera, and yes, I want one. But can it truly be worth £1800 more than a D3 (Or, for that matter, £3000 more than a D700). The answer is clearly no – The main difference from the D3 at £2900, is the inclusion of a 24.4MP sensor. Little else, even processing speed has hardly changed as the firing rates show, so they're charging £1800 extra for a different sensor!'
ePhotozine
3.5/5
4/5
'I tested the camera in various areas such as the cold, shooting into the sun and I got to try it in a studio set up at the launch. I'm impressed with the images that the camera gives and it's one of those bodies that when you hold them, you know you're taking photographs and not snaps.'
Photoreview
9.5/10
9/10
'We don't normally direct readers to other websites but, because the NikonD3X is such an expensive camera, we feel readers need to seek more than one expert opinion before parting with their cash. Photo Review's tests were on the single camera body that was supplied to us for review. This is normal practice and most review sites will also test only one camera body. This may - or may not - provide the confirmation you require that your money is well-spent.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.1/10
'I have owned every pro Nikon body since the D1 and also own the Canon 1DS MK II. The Canon is a great camera but the D3X is by far the best high res camera on the market today. I find the HI ISO performance nearly as good as the D700 up to 1600. It is much better then the D300 by a considerable amount. I very frequently shot at ISO 6400 and make prints up to 13x19 without noticeable noise (depending on the subject and out of focus area). The noise pattern is more like medium fine film grain at ISO 200 at the higher ISO's. This body has just been a joy to use. Highly recommended. '
Dxomark
88/100


Nikon D90

Image quality rating: 84,71%

Overall rating: 87,15%

Main points:
  • HD video capability
  • Good low ISO performance


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
Better Family Photos
'From these samples, I conclude that there would be no disadvantage to using the D600 with a DX lens even if cropped, compared to a Nikon D90.  It would be interesting to see a similar comparison with a D7000 (I suspect the D7000 may come out ahead).'
byThom
4/5
4/5
'Bottom line: the D90 a great consumer camera. It doesn't really have the cojones to be a professional's working camera, though it equals the D300's image quality. The build quality, autofocus system, and flexibility of the D300 make it a better choice for the pro; but the price versus performance and well-chosen compromises without compromising image quality make the D90 a better choice for the amateur.'
ePhotozine
4/5
4/5
'It's a nice, entry level camera that now has an additional feature to appeal to anyone progressing from a compact that don't want to lose the versatility. The HD video can also be useful for professionals as something to give a different edge with. Offering short videos from the same viewpoint of the photographs will give a unique edge to the product.'
SLRGear
9/10
9.25/10
'I have used Nikon D90 as backup camera for several months. My impression is this is the ideal mid range DSLR camera. It is has most of the features you need, has great ergonomic and handling. But the most important of all is the excellent image quality especially in ISO 800 and above.'
Photozone
4.5/5
3.9/5
'Nevertheless, the Nikon D90 represents an exceptionally sound package all-in-all. Highly recommended!'
Photoreview
9/10
8.8/10
'Once again, Photo Review has been impressed with the outstanding performance of a Nikon DSLR at high sensitivity settings. In both available-light shots and flash shots in low light levels, the test camera turned in an outstanding performance, recording images with little visible noise and no sign of blotchiness. Imatest confirmed our subjective assessments and showed only a slight decline in resolution as ISO sensitivity was increased. The graph below shows the result of our tests.'
Camera Labs
18/20
17/20
'There’s no doubt the Nikon D90 is a very impressive DSLR, but like its predecessor, it’s more about enhanced features and superior handling, rather than greatly improved image quality. Don’t get us wrong, the D90’s stills look great, but they’re not a significant step-up from 10 Megapixel models, and as you can see in our Results pages, you can achieve very similar output with the cheaper Canon EOS 450D / XSi'
Fredmiranda.com
9.7/10
'I switched over from canon to nikon and bought the d90. All I have to say is I wish I would have done it years ago! Everything is much better. The design, controls, layout etc. Everything is where I would want it to be, which makes the ease of use very high.'
Dxomark
73/100


Nikon D3200

Image quality rating: 84,67%

Overall rating: 78,33%

Main points:
  • Low price and compact camera
  • No built in AF motor; AF not compatible with every lens
  • No bracketing


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
byThom
4/5
3/5
'A question I've gotten asked is whether a DX user should pick up a D3200 just to get the 24mp. Well, if you've got the lenses for it, maybe. As I write this, this is the best sensor Nikon has packed in a DX camera, without a doubt. Of course, I'd expect this sensor (or perhaps an even better one) to work its way up the line, so if you favor the D5100-style body (swivel LCD) and features (more advanced ones), then it might be worth waiting.'
Camera Stuff Review
8.5/10
'The Nikon D3200 could be seen as an entry level camera: the first reflex of a novice photographer. For those satisfied with having less megapixels, there are also older and cheaper SLR's for sale. But the performance of the Nikon D3200 is - not only sharpness but also the color rendition and the dynamic range - so good that I can recommend a Nikon D3200.'
ePhotozine
4.5/5
4.5/5
'An entry level DSLR with a 24 megapixel sensor is rare and with this added resolution, you are able to crop into your shots without sacrificing on your image quality, meaning it may even tempt more serious photographers as well. If you are unfamiliar with how manual, shutter and aperture modes work, the Guide Mode offered will really help you on your way.'
Camera Labs
17/20
16/20
'With its predecessor, the D3100, Nikon pushed both the price and feature set of its entry-level DSLR a notch above what was available from the competition, most notably Canon. The D3200 increases both of thoses gaps, costing around forty percent more than Canon's EOS T3 / 1100D, but offering so much more that its closest rival is really the upper entry-level T2i / 550D.'
Dxomark
81/100
Amateur Photographers
87/100
'The nikon D3200 handles in a very similar way to the less expensive D3100, so the extra money is really paying for the increased pixel count. However, in the long run, such a high resolution will be as likely to frustrate the ‘family' user as give them pleasure once all the disk space is taken up on their computer and external drives need to be purchased. That said, we cannot mark a camera down for offering more. Most importantly, the D3200 is capable of some very impressive images, even with the 18-55mm VC kit lens, although much more so with a prime lens like a 35mm or 50mm f/1.8. Crisp and punchy images with a wide dynamic range can be produced on a large scale thanks to the high resolution. Perhaps the family photos may start making their way from the computer screen to the walls, or Nikon may just be surprised that the D3200 proves popular with ‘enthusiasts' who opt to buy the camera as a lightweight back-up for their existing model.'
Nphoto
'Get the Nikon D3200 if price is a factor. It’s a lot cheaper than the Nikon D5200 price tag, delivers almost the same picture quality and offers all the features you’ll need when you’re just starting out.'


Nikon D5100

Image quality rating: 84,29%

Overall rating: 80,00%

Main points:
  • High dynamic range
  • Tilt and shivle LCD screen
  • No internal AF drive


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
Camera Stuff Review
6.9/10
'The Nikon D5100 is "just" a good camera with a limited number of points where the camera really shines, but also only a very short list of points where the Nikon D5100 has minor disadvantages. The benefits (signal/noise ratio and dynamic range) are in the area of image quality and the disadvantages (clumsy menu and no internal AF drive) are in terms of user convenience. User convenience is somewhat dependent on taste. A good picture quality will give everybody fun.'
Photography Life
5/5
4.5/5
'Overall, I had a very positive experience with the Nikon D5100. The camera is capable of delivering excellent results both for digital stills and video. As can be seen from image comparisons against other older Nikon DSLRs, the sensor on the Nikon D5100 and D7000 DSLRs is truly remarkable. When compared to the older Nikon D90, the D5100 has better colors, image quality, dynamic range and high ISO performance – that’s with an increase of 4 megapixels. On the negative side, it has no built-in focus motor, has a much smaller pentamirror viewfinder, a shorter battery life and a longer shutter lag. With Nikon introducing more and more inexpensive lenses like the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G, the lack of focus motor can no longer be considered a serious disadvantage.'
byThom
3/5
3/5
'Bottom line: the D5100 an excellent consumer camera. Nikon has upped the ante over the D5000 and and ironed out a lot of small stuff. It's very hard not to like the camera, though the over reliance on menus is a drag. It takes images that ought to be good enough for just about anyone.'
ePhotozine
5/5
4.5/5
'The Nikon D5100 builds on the success of the D3100, with Full HD, swivel screen, and creative effect modes. The camera also appears to out-perform the Canon EOS 600D in a number of areas such as more focus points, HDR mode, quicker continuous shooting, and deeper buffer allowing more shots before slow down. However in a number of areas, the Canon 600D outperforms the D5100, with a higher resolution sensor, and screen, as well as increased area of rubber grip. '
Camera Labs
19/20
16/20
'As I said at the top of this page, the Nikon D5100 represents a decent upgrade over its predecessor, and while it lacks the manual movie exposure control of the D7000, the choice of multiple 1080p frame rates, live special effects and fully articulated screen arguably make it the company's most confident and flexible movie-making DSLR to date. Certainly if your priority is filming video and you want a Nikon DSLR, the D5100 is the model to go for, even if you'll probably disable its headline-grabbing continuous AF capabilities for most of your footage.'
Camera Labs
'The Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D and Nikon D5100 are two of the most popular DSLRs in the upper-entry-level category. Both deliver a step-up over the cheapest budget models, sporting a number of key improvements without breaking the bank or suffering from the size, weight and complexity of a mid-range or semi-pro body. No wonder each camera became a best-seller soon after launch.'
Dxomark
80/100
Amateur Photographers
86/100
'As technology filters down from professional models, some pretty stunning features can appear in a consumer-level camera. This seems to be the case with the D5100, and although on the outside it appears to be a camera for the less-advanced snapper, it possesses some of the technology seen in higher models and is capable of matching the results of these models too.'
Photography Life
'Is the D5200 worth the upgrade? Unless you need a faster camera for photographing your kids’ sports, I would not upgrade from the D5100.'


Nikon D300S

Image quality rating: 83,17%

Overall rating: 85,45%

Main points:
  • Excellent image quality
  • Price very close to higher spec D800
  • Excellent noise performance


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
ePhotozine
4.5/5
4/5
'Now I've had the camera in for a full test, I'm amazed by the improvement in noise reduction. The images I produced are clean and pleasing to look at.'
SLRGear
8/10
8/10
'After playing with the Nikon D300s for a few days, I'd like to share a few initial remarks about this camera, none of the hardcore technical stuff that the internet abounds with. I'm a previous user of the D90 and a would-be user of the D700. I read lots of info online comparing all cameras in my price range - a very exhausting job indeed! - and in the end decided to go for this one. I've rejected Canon bodies as they feel plasticky, toy-like, even if the new 7D may be - on the paper - a slightly better camera than the D300s. Well, at the end of the day, I chose not to go full-frame, not for the price of D700 but for the learning curve and also for the choice of lens. '
Photoreview
8.5/10
8.5/10
'You want a solidly-built DSLR camera with a weather-resistant body and a professional-standard controls and functions.'
Camera Labs
17/20
17/20
'With the D300s, Nikon’s taken the already highly capable D300 and further enhanced it with a number of features – some expected, others less so. The inclusion of a movie mode was a predictable, although welcome upgrade, and the microphone input a very useful addition. The Virtual Horizon and Quiet mode are minor but handy gadgets, and we’re also pleased to find Live View now relocated from the Release dial to its own button, allowing you to easily select drive modes whether composing with the screen or viewfinder.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.5/10
'After shooting for years with the D2Xs and the Canon FF cameras. I had decided to modernize my equipment last year. I sold the D2X and the 1ds and bought a 5Dmk2 and a D300s. The D300s has a much stronger AA filter that kills the finest details and does some level of NR to the raw files wether you like it of not. The shots all now lack the subtle tonal variation in shadow areas and detail and no level of sharpening will bring it back.'
Dxomark
70/100
Amateur Photographers
89/100
'With the D300s, Nikon has taken a good camera and made it better. Although there are few ‘new' features, those that have been added, like a video mode and quiet shutter release, are of value, and make the D300s a more convincing option when viewed in a shop window beside cameras such as the Canon EOS 7D and Pentax K-7D.'


Nikon D5000

Image quality rating: 81,40%

Overall rating: 82,00%

Main points:
  • High dynamic range
  • Tilt and shivle LCD screen
  • No internal AF drive


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuote
byThom
4/5
3/5
'Despite some of my criticisms, I actually think I like my D5000 a bit more than my D90. The critical decision point is whether you find the positionable LCD of use, I think, versus the handful of D90 features that the D5000 doesn't have. For me, only the autofocusing with non AF-S lenses, the 930k dot LCD, and commander mode of the internal flash on the D90 are things that might tip me towards the D90 over the D5000. The D5000, on the other hand, has slightly better JPEGs at high ISO values and that positionable LCD going for it.'
ePhotozine
4/5
4/5
'My only concern with this camera is that there's little that appears to be new in it. It's the same sensor as the D300 and D90, same processor, same video system as the D90 and this makes me wonder whether costs have been cut to ensure company longevity.'
Photozone
4/5
3.9/5
'All-in-all the Nikon D5000 represents an exceptionally package not only for beginners but also for enthusiasts. Recommended!'
Camera Labs
19/20
17/20
'There’s a lot to like about the Nikon D5000. It takes the great image quality of the D90, not to mention its HD movie mode and AF system, repackages it into a D60-styled body with beginner-friendly controls, and completes it with a fully-articulated screen on the back. It’s a compelling combination of features and pitched just right for beginners who’ll want guidance and a camera that grows with them.'
Fredmiranda.com
9/10
'I Bought this camera last year with 18-105 VR for travel, i have also a D300 and S5Pro, the IQ of the camera is awesome! I improved the handling with a BG now for travel is a perfect combination of quality and size!'
Dxomark
72/100


Nikon D3100

Image quality rating: 81,14%

Overall rating: 84,00%

Main points:
  • 14.2 megapixel sensor with low noise
  • Good battery life
  • Only autofocuses with AF-S lenses


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Photography Life
'When it comes to image quality, the Nikon D3100 does not disappoint. With a 4 MP jump in resolution over D3000, one would expect image quality to degrade, given the smaller pixel size. As I have demonstrated in pages 2, 3 and 4 of this review, the Nikon D3100 performs very well against the semi-pro Nikon D90 at high ISOs and similarly well against the new Nikon D7000 DSLR. Some sample images from D3000 that I had show heavy noise above ISO 800, so the new D3100 is clearly better than its predecessor in every way. Dynamic range is pretty good for an entry-level DSLR and the colors are very pleasant – similar to Nikon D7000′s.'
byThom
3/5
3/5
'The D3100 is a competent camera. If you don't need the GUIDE system, it's a solid entry-level DSLR, easily the best Nikon has made to date in terms of image quality (and even, surprisingly, feature set now that they've added things like Live View, video, and GPS). I can recommend it if you need that kind of camera. Indeed, in terms of image quality, I think it probably beats a D5000, though not by a lot.'
ePhotozine
4/5
4.5/5
'The Nikon D3100 DSLR offers excellent value for money and is currently the cheapest DSLR with full HD video recording, as the nearest competitor, the Canon EOS 550D, costs over £100 more. If you want to be able to take great photos with low noise, and have the ability to record full HD videos, then the D3100 with VR kit lens makes a great case for itself. '
SLRGear
10/10
10/10
'I am a Nikon professional user and I use this camera for travel photography.'
Photoreview
8.5/10
8.5/10
'You want an easy-to use DSLR camera that will help you to use and understand common shooting controls.'
Camera Labs
18/20
16/20
'With the D3100, Nikon has delivered what's arguably the most powerful entry-level DSLR to date. The image quality looks great, there's both Live View and 1080p HD video, and one of the friendliest user interfaces on the market. So it's the best budget DSLR, right?'
Dxomark
67/100
Amateur Photographers
86/100
'Thanks to the improvements in features and build quality, the Nikon D3100 has reached a level of quality that surpasses its D3000 predecessor and that of any entry-level DSLR currently available. The addition of Live View, Full HD video, increasing the resolution by four million pixels and enhancing the build quality are all factors that have pushed the D3100 to greater heights. Image quality continues to impress and despite the increase in pixel count it still has acceptable noise levels at high ISO sensitivities. This is a particular strength of Nikon’s pro DSLR cameras.'


Nikon D3000

Image quality rating: 74,40%

Overall rating: 74,00%

Main points:
  • Small and light
  • Guide mode for additional help


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byThom
3/5
2/5
'Probably not. There's only one group that I can recommend the camera to, and that is sophisticated DSLR users who want to build a small, light prime set. For example, using the chipped Voigtlanders and lenses with motors in them you could make a pretty small 20mm, 35mm, and 60mm (Tamron, not Nikon) kit. Add a 10.5mm and the Tamron 90mm and you've got fisheye to 135mm equivalent in five small lenses that complement the body well.'
ePhotozine
4.5/5
4/5
' think for the first time user wanting to get into DSLR photography, this is a lovely camera to start with. It's easy to use, has a good build quality and has some cool features such as the guide mode and miniature effect. '
SLRGear
8/10
8.5/10
'It;s a good item...and for entry dslr level it perfect.'
Radiant Lite Photography
4/5
4/5
'In short, Nikon D3000 is a solid camera for beginner that is simple, fun, and has great image quality. It is definitely worth your money.'
Dxomark
62/100


Nikon D300

Image quality rating: 67,00%

Overall rating: 95,00%

Main points:
  • Built like a tank
  • Colours could be better


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Fredmiranda.com
9.5/10
'After shooting for years with the D2Xs and the Canon FF cameras. I had decided to modernize my equipment last year. I sold the D2X and the 1ds and bought a 5Dmk2 and a D300s. The D300s has a much stronger AA filter that kills the finest details and does some level of NR to the raw files wether you like it of not. The shots all now lack the subtle tonal variation in shadow areas and detail and no level of sharpening will bring it back.'
Dxomark
67/100


Nikon D60

Image quality rating: 65,00%

Overall rating: 87,00%

Main points:
  • Only three focus points
  • Lightweight


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Fredmiranda.com
8.7/10
'I have used my Nikon D60 for about five years. It has been a solid and relatively inexpensive learning tool which has allowed me to develop my knowledge of photography over the years. When combined with decent glass it allows the user to create images most beginning to intermediate photographers would be happy to display. The supplied kit lens (18-55 VR) is capable of handling most general photography duties the beginning photographer would ask of it. The VR works well on the lens and the lightweight 18-55 is a nice match to the D60 body.'
Dxomark
65/100


Nikon D40x

Image quality rating: 63,00%

Overall rating: 88,00%

Main points:
  • No focus motor
  • Plastic body


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Fredmiranda.com
8.8/10
'My main body is a Nikon D3, which was preceded by a D2X. The D40X, however, has become more than a backup body. It's a brilliant solution for many circumstances and is fully capable of taking wonderful photos.'
Dxomark
63/100


Nikon D80

Image quality rating: 61,00%

Overall rating: 92,00%

Main points:
  • It EATS battery twice as quickly as D70


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Fredmiranda.com
9.2/10
'I tried two copies of D80. Both are beautiful. Colours are wild but in the vivid modes you cant get true skintones. After getting Nikon d90, i nver look back to the days i was with the d80. I reccomend d90 in the same class. D80 was a good camera but now we have nikon d90 with th great ISO performance.'
Dxomark
61/100


Nikon D2X

Image quality rating: 59,00%

Overall rating: 97,00%

Main points:
  • Fast autofocus
  • High build quality


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Fredmiranda.com
9.7/10
'This is the best camera that I have ever owned. I have used Canon 1 series (which I still love), and most recently the D300s. Yet, I prefer the D2X over them. The auto focus system on the D2X (11 Points) works for me. I don't notice any difference in it compared to the D300s' 54 point system or the Canon's 45 point system--maybe I would with the D3--may next camera. I was concerned about the noise that the D2X would produce, but it's much better that I tought it would be. I can shoot ISO 1600 without much concern. The noise is much like film grain. This is probably the best bargain on the used market. I am totally pleased with my D2X! It was a still at the price I paid ($795 mint condition with low clicks).'
Dxomark
59/100


Nikon D2Xs

Image quality rating: 59,00%

Overall rating: 97,00%

Main points:
  • Fast autofocus
  • High build quality


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Fredmiranda.com
9.7/10
'This is the best camera that I have ever owned. I have used Canon 1 series (which I still love), and most recently the D300s. Yet, I prefer the D2X over them. The auto focus system on the D2X (11 Points) works for me. I don't notice any difference in it compared to the D300s' 54 point system or the Canon's 45 point system--maybe I would with the D3--may next camera. I was concerned about the noise that the D2X would produce, but it's much better that I tought it would be. I can shoot ISO 1600 without much concern. The noise is much like film grain. This is probably the best bargain on the used market. I am totally pleased with my D2X! It was a still at the price I paid ($795 mint condition with low clicks).'
Dxomark
59/100


Nikon D40

Image quality rating: 56,00%

Overall rating: 89,00%

Main points:
  • No focus motor
  • Plastic body


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Fredmiranda.com
8.9/10
'I'm currently a canon user, I bought this used body because I want a small camera during business trip and I want a collection of a 135 DSLR with CCD sensor. This D40 is the camera. I also bought a 18-55/F3.5-5.6VR, good combo for day and night, small in size. The Jpeg straight out form camera is impressive so I don't need to take raw for big correction. Really a good DSLR for easy photography, don't need a P&S now :-)'
Dxomark
56/100


Nikon D50

Image quality rating: 55,00%

Overall rating: 92,00%

Main points:
  • Good size
  • No ISO 100


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Fredmiranda.com
9.2/10
'I've used the Nikon D50 for over a year now in all situations- in church last night w/ no flash, bird photography, nature/beach and macro flower photography, etc. It is a great all around camera w/ few flaws, especially considering the price.'
Dxomark
55/100


Nikon D70

Image quality rating: 50,00%

Overall rating: 87,00%

Main points:
  • Small lcd
  • Only 5 AF points


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Fredmiranda.com
8.7/10
'This was my first DSLR camera and if you're a beginner on a budget this is a great place to start. Got it with the 18-70mm 'kit' lens and they make a great combo. If you want a great (and cheap) portrait setup grab a 50mm 1.8 as it really shines on this body.'
Dxomark
50/100


Nikon D70s

Image quality rating: 50,00%

Overall rating: 87,00%

Main points:
  • Small lcd
  • Only 5 AF points


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Fredmiranda.com
8.7/10
'This was my first DSLR camera and if you're a beginner on a budget this is a great place to start. Got it with the 18-70mm 'kit' lens and they make a great combo. If you want a great (and cheap) portrait setup grab a 50mm 1.8 as it really shines on this body.'
Dxomark
50/100


Nikon D2H

Image quality rating: 40,00%

Overall rating: 87,00%

Main points:
  • Excellent color
  • LCD screen not super accurate


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Fredmiranda.com
8.7/10
'This is an awesome fast camera i really really love the fact that when you really NEED to capture the situation You grab this like a nail when you pull the trigger,everytime.!'
Dxomark
40/100


Nikon D1

Image quality rating: 0,00%

Overall rating: 79,00%

Main points:
  • Power hog


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Fredmiranda.com
7.9/10
'I picked up a D1 a wile back to compliment my D1X, when my D1X was at the shop I got really stuck on the D1. I started to really like it, using it for venues, concerts, it was fabulous. It's extremely underrated, partly cause it's a 2.7mpx sensor, and a product for 1999. It's still an amazing tool that can really pack a punch. If you shoot raw, you can really take advantage of a 2.7mpx sensor, you can squeeze most of the dynamic range out of it that way.'


Nikon D1H

Image quality rating: 0,00%

Overall rating: 91,00%

Main points:
  • Poor battery life


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Fredmiranda.com
9.1/10
'This must be Nikons Machine Gunner DSLR classic camera which still holds is own.It is a fantastic camera,i still use it ocassionally and i even got two.I pair it up with another true Nikon classics like Nikon 300 mm 4 if ED and Nikkor 80-200 F2,8 (both none Afs) and guess what? this Nikon D1H can autofocus them like cream because of the strong fast instant start up and motor inside'


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