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Overview of Nikon DSLR Cameras

Nikon has been a producer of photographic equipment for more than 100 years, and has grown into one of the leading firms in digital photography. The company released its first mass-market DSLR – the D1 – in 1999, and has since then launched more than 50 digital cameras with an F-mount. In contrast to Canon, Nikon has maintained a large degree of compatibility between its modern cameras and legacy film lenses. Its lens catalog is very comprehensive, as is the list of available accessories (see also the Nikon website for detailed information on current gear).

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Nikon D850 with 1.4/85mm[Andy Zofka]

Nikon has developed and maintained several lines of cameras that differ across feature sets and target users:

  • Pro-line - Professional-oriented, integrated battery grip;
  • FF-line - Full frame sensor, enthusiast-oriented;
  • Dxxx-line - APS-C sensor, enthusiast-oriented;
  • D7xxx-line - APS-C sensor, weather-sealing;
  • D5xxx-line - APS-C sensor, mid-level series;
  • D3xxx-line - APS-C sensor, budget-oriented;
  • Dxx-line - APS-C sensor, pre-2009;

The following tables list the different models in each line with some of their key characteristics. In order to see further specifications, just click on the camera name. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator app to compare two cameras side-by-side.

Pro-line

  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Nikon D1 2.6-optical fixed 1.5 Y Jun 1999 5,499- i Nikon D1
Nikon D1H 2.6-optical fixed 5.0 Y Feb 2001 4,499- i Nikon D1H
Nikon D1X 5.9-optical fixed 3.0 Y Feb 2001 5,999- i Nikon D1X
Nikon D2H 4.0-optical fixed 8.0 Y Jul 2003 3,499- i Nikon D2H
Nikon D2X 12.2-optical fixed 5.0 Y Sep 2004 4,999- i Nikon D2X
Nikon D2Xs 12.2-optical fixed 5.0 Y Jun 2006 4,699- i Nikon D2Xs
Nikon D3 12.1-optical fixed 11.0 Y Aug 2007 4,999- i Nikon D3
Nikon D3X 24.4-optical fixed 5.0 Y Dec 2008 7,999- i Nikon D3X
Nikon D3S 12.1720/24poptical fixed 11.0 Y Oct 2009 5,199- i Nikon D3S
Nikon D4 16.21080/30poptical fixed 11.0 Y Jan 2012 5,999- i Nikon D4
Nikon D4S 16.21080/60poptical fixed 11.0 Y Feb 2014 6,499- i Nikon D4S
Nikon D5 20.74K/30poptical fixed 14.0 Y Jan 2016 6,499 i i Nikon D5

FF-line

  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Nikon D700 12.1-optical fixed 8.0 Y Jul 2008 2,999- i Nikon D700
Nikon D800 36.21080/30poptical fixed 4.0 Y Feb 2012 2,999- i Nikon D800
Nikon D800E 36.21080/30poptical fixed 4.0 Y Feb 2012 3,299- i Nikon D800E
Nikon D600 24.21080/30poptical fixed 5.5 Y Sep 2012 2,099- i Nikon D600
Nikon D610 24.21080/30poptical fixed 6.0 Y Oct 2013 1,999 i i Nikon D610
Nikon Df 16.2-optical fixed 5.5 Y Nov 2013 2,749 i i Nikon Df
Nikon D810 36.21080/60poptical fixed 5.0 Y Jun 2014 3,299- i Nikon D810
Nikon D750 24.21080/60poptical tilting 6.0 Y Sep 2014 2,299 i i Nikon D750
Nikon D850 45.44K/30poptical tilting 9.0 Y Jul 2017 3,299 i i Nikon D850

Dxxx-line

  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Nikon D100 6.0-optical fixed 3.0 n Feb 2002 1,999- i Nikon D100
Nikon D200 10.0-optical fixed 5.0 Y Nov 2005 1,699- i Nikon D200
Nikon D300 12.2-optical fixed 6.0 Y Aug 2007 1,799- i Nikon D300
Nikon D300S 12.2720/24poptical fixed 7.0 Y Jul 2009 1,799- i Nikon D300S
Nikon D500 20.74K/30poptical tilting 10.0 Y Jan 2016 1,999 i i Nikon D500

D7xxx-line

  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Nikon D7000 16.110800/24poptical fixed 6.0 Y Sep 2010 1,499- i Nikon D7000
Nikon D7100 24.01080/60poptical fixed 6.0 Y Feb 2013 1,199- i Nikon D7100
Nikon D7200 24.01080/60poptical fixed 6.0 Y Mar 2015 1,199- i Nikon D7200
Nikon D7500 20.74K/30poptical tilting 8.0 Y Apr 2017 1,299 i i Nikon D7500

D5xxx-line

  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Nikon D5000 12.2720/24poptical full-flex 4.0 n Apr 2009 749- i Nikon D5000
Nikon D5100 16.11080/30poptical swivel 4.0 n Apr 2011 749- i Nikon D5100
Nikon D5200 24.01080/60ioptical swivel 5.0 n Nov 2012 749- i Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300 24.01080/60poptical swivel 5.0 n Oct 2013 799- i Nikon D5300
Nikon D5500 24.01080/60poptical swivel 5.0 n Jan 2015 899- i Nikon D5500
Nikon D5600 24.01080/60poptical swivel 5.0 n Nov 2016 699 i i Nikon D5600

D3xxx-line

  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Nikon D3000 10.0-optical fixed 3.0 n Jul 2009 599- i Nikon D3000
Nikon D3100 14.21080/24poptical fixed 3.0 n Aug 2010 599- i Nikon D3100
Nikon D3200 24.11080/30poptical fixed 4.0 n Apr 2012 599- i Nikon D3200
Nikon D3300 24.01080/60poptical fixed 5.0 n Jan 2014 499- i Nikon D3300
Nikon D3400 24.01080/60poptical fixed 5.0 n Aug 2016 499 i i Nikon D3400

Dxx-line

  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec))
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Nikon D70 6.0-optical fixed 3.0 n Jan 2004 999- i Nikon D70
Nikon D50 6.0-optical fixed 2.5 n Apr 2005 749- i Nikon D50
Nikon D70s 6.0-optical fixed 3.0 n Apr 2005 899- i Nikon D70s
Nikon D80 10.0-optical fixed 3.0 n Aug 2006 999- i Nikon D80
Nikon D40 6.0-optical fixed 2.5 n Nov 2006 499- i Nikon D40
Nikon D40X 10.0-optical fixed 3.0 n Mar 2007 729- i Nikon D40X
Nikon D60 10.0-optical fixed 3.0 n Jan 2008 629- i Nikon D60
Nikon D90 12.2720/24poptical fixed 4.5 n Aug 2008 1,299- i Nikon D90

Further Reading

You can explore a compendium of all Nikon DSLR lenses on a separate page. Also, if you would like to directly compare two cameras, just enter your choice of models in the search boxes below and you will be taken to a side-by-side analysis of their relative size and features.

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