The best Nikon cameras
Nikon is one of the top brands for digital cameras. The company was already a major player in the analog photographic equipment industry and has continued to innovate since digital technology became dominant. Nikon provides a broad range of models, including digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and compact cameras that come with a built-in lens. It also uses a variety of imaging sensors in its models, ranging from full-frame, over APS-C and One-inch, to small 1/2.3-inch sensors.
The choice of a particular type of camera depends very much on the intended use. A professional wedding photographer has different requirements than a casual family holiday shooter, and a sports reporter has different needs than a landscape artist. The importance of individual preferences and selection criteria means that the question which camera is best is not easy to answer. That said, general camera rankings can give a useful overview of the overall capabilities of various camera models and thereby provide the basis for more use-specific model comparisons and assessments.
The highest rated Nikon cameras
The Camera Elo represents a comprehensive rating that takes the body, sensor and feature characteristics of digital cameras into account. It is based on the outcomes of thousands of pair-wise comparisons undertaken via the CAM-parator app.
The Nikon Z8 is currently the top-ranked Nikon camera with a Camera Elo of 3189, followed in second place by the Nikon Z9 with a rating of 3117. The table below lists the 20 highest ranked Nikon cameras in descending order of their Elo. It also reports the cameras' DXO Mark sensor quality score, which can be taken as indicators of pure image quality. For both the Camera Elo and the DXO score, higher values represent better performance.
| Camera |
| Launch |
|1.||Nikon Z8||Nikon Z||3189||96||Mirrorless||45.4||8K/30p||May 2023||3,999||amazon.com|
|2.||Nikon Z9||Nikon Z||3117||98||Mirrorless||45.4||8K/30p||Oct 2021||5,499||amazon.com|
|3.||Nikon Z7 II||Nikon Z||3061||100||Mirrorless||45.4||4K/60p||Oct 2020||2,999||amazon.com|
|4.||Nikon Z6 II||Nikon Z||3005||94||Mirrorless||24.3||4K/60p||Oct 2020||1,999||amazon.com|
|5.||Nikon D780||Nikon FX||2882||95||DSLR||24.3||4K/30p||Jan 2020||2,299||amazon.com|
|6.||Nikon Z5||Nikon Z||2877||95||Mirrorless||24.2||4K/30p||Jul 2020||1,399||amazon.com|
|7.||Nikon D6||Nikon FX||2838||95||DSLR||20.7||4K/30p||Feb 2020||6,499||amazon.com|
|8.||Nikon Z7||Nikon Z||2813||99||Mirrorless||45.4||4K/30p||Aug 2018||3,399||ebay.com|
|9.||Nikon Z6||Nikon Z||2786||95||Mirrorless||24.3||4K/30p||Aug 2018||1,999||ebay.com|
|10.||Nikon Z30||Nikon Z||2766||86||Mirrorless||20.7||4K/30p||Jun 2022||709||amazon.com|
|11.||Nikon Z50||Nikon Z||2704||84||Mirrorless||20.7||4K/30p||Oct 2019||859||amazon.com|
|12.||Nikon Z fc||Nikon Z||2692||85||Mirrorless||20.7||4K/30p||Jun 2021||959||amazon.com|
|13.||Nikon D850||Nikon FX||2667||100||DSLR||45.4||4K/30p||Jul 2017||3,299||amazon.com|
|14.||Nikon D7500||Nikon DX||2440||86||DSLR||20.7||4K/30p||Apr 2017||1,299||amazon.com|
|15.||Nikon D500||Nikon DX||2430||83||DSLR||20.7||4K/30p||Jan 2016||1,999||amazon.com|
|16.||Nikon D5600||Nikon DX||2412||84||DSLR||24.0||1080/60p||Nov 2016||699||amazon.com|
|17.||Nikon D5||Nikon FX||2398||88||DSLR||20.7||4K/30p||Jan 2016||6,499||ebay.com|
|18.||Nikon P950||24-2000 mm f/2.8-6.5||2286||52||Compact||15.9||4K/30p||Jan 2020||799||amazon.com|
|19.||Nikon P1000||24-3000 mm f/2.8-8.0||2260||51||Compact||15.9||4K/30p||Jul 2018||999||amazon.com|
|20.||Nikon D810||Nikon FX||2243||97||DSLR||36.2||1080/60p||Jun 2014||3,299||ebay.com|
|Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.|
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Additional information on the calculation of the Camera Elo can be found on a respective Elo methodology page. Moreover, there are other rankings of cameras by category that might be of interest:
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