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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)
Camera
Model
 
Nikon D1 2.6noneoptical fixed 1.5 Y Jun 1999 5,499iNikon D1
 
Nikon D1H 2.6noneoptical fixed 5.0 Y Feb 2001 4,499iNikon D1H
 
Nikon D1X 5.9noneoptical fixed 3.0 Y Feb 2001 5,999iNikon D1X
 
Nikon D2H 4.0noneoptical fixed 8.0 Y Jul 2003 3,499iNikon D2H
 
Nikon D2X 12.2noneoptical fixed 5.0 Y Sep 2004 4,999iNikon D2X
 
Nikon D2Xs 12.2noneoptical fixed 5.0 Y Jun 2006 4,699iNikon D2Xs
 
Nikon D3 12.1noneoptical fixed 11.0 Y Aug 2007 4,999iNikon D3
 
Nikon D3X 24.4noneoptical fixed 5.0 Y Dec 2008 7,999iNikon D3X
 
Nikon D3S 12.1720/24poptical fixed 11.0 Y Oct 2009 5,199iNikon D3S
 
Nikon D4 16.21080/30poptical fixed 11.0 Y Jan 2012 5,999iNikon D4
 
Nikon D4S 16.21080/60poptical fixed 11.0 Y Feb 2014 6,499iNikon D4S
 
Nikon D5 20.74K/30poptical fixed 14.0 Y Jan 2016 6,499iNikon D5
 
Nikon D6 20.74K/30poptical fixed 14.0 Y Feb 2020 6,499 iNikon D6

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)
Camera
Model
 
Nikon D700 12.1noneoptical fixed 8.0 Y Jul 2008 2,999iNikon D700
 
Nikon D800 36.21080/30poptical fixed 4.0 Y Feb 2012 2,999iNikon D800
 
Nikon D800E 36.21080/30poptical fixed 4.0 Y Feb 2012 3,299iNikon D800E
 
Nikon D600 24.21080/30poptical fixed 5.5 Y Sep 2012 2,099iNikon D600
 
Nikon D610 24.21080/30poptical fixed 6.0 Y Oct 2013 1,999 iNikon D610
 
Nikon Df 16.2noneoptical fixed 5.5 Y Nov 2013 2,749 iNikon Df
 
Nikon D810 36.21080/60poptical fixed 5.0 Y Jun 2014 3,299iNikon D810
 
Nikon D750 24.21080/60poptical tilting 6.0 Y Sep 2014 2,299iNikon D750
 
Nikon D850 45.44K/30poptical tilting 9.0 Y Jul 2017 3,299 iNikon D850
 
Nikon D780 24.34K/30poptical tilting 12.0 Y Jan 2020 2,299 iNikon D780

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)
Camera
Model
 
Nikon D100 6.0noneoptical fixed 3.0 n Feb 2002 1,999iNikon D100
 
Nikon D200 10.0noneoptical fixed 5.0 Y Nov 2005 1,699iNikon D200
 
Nikon D300 12.2noneoptical fixed 6.0 Y Aug 2007 1,799iNikon D300
 
Nikon D300S 12.2720/24poptical fixed 7.0 Y Jul 2009 1,799iNikon D300S
 
Nikon D500 20.74K/30poptical tilting 10.0 Y Jan 2016 1,999 iNikon 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)
Camera
Model
 
Nikon D7000 16.110800/24poptical fixed 6.0 Y Sep 2010 1,499iNikon D7000
 
Nikon D7100 24.01080/60poptical fixed 6.0 Y Feb 2013 1,199iNikon D7100
 
Nikon D7200 24.01080/60poptical fixed 6.0 Y Mar 2015 1,199iNikon D7200
 
Nikon D7500 20.74K/30poptical tilting 8.0 Y Apr 2017 1,299 iNikon 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)
Camera
Model
 
Nikon D5000 12.2720/24poptical full-flex 4.0 n Apr 2009 749iNikon D5000
 
Nikon D5100 16.11080/30poptical swivel 4.0 n Apr 2011 749iNikon D5100
 
Nikon D5200 24.01080/60ioptical swivel 5.0 n Nov 2012 749iNikon D5200
 
Nikon D5300 24.01080/60poptical swivel 5.0 n Oct 2013 799iNikon D5300
 
Nikon D5500 24.01080/60poptical swivel 5.0 n Jan 2015 899iNikon D5500
 
Nikon D5600 24.01080/60poptical swivel 5.0 n Nov 2016 699 iNikon 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)
Camera
Model
 
Nikon D3000 10.0noneoptical fixed 3.0 n Jul 2009 599iNikon D3000
 
Nikon D3100 14.21080/24poptical fixed 3.0 n Aug 2010 599iNikon D3100
 
Nikon D3200 24.11080/30poptical fixed 4.0 n Apr 2012 599iNikon D3200
 
Nikon D3300 24.01080/60poptical fixed 5.0 n Jan 2014 499iNikon D3300
 
Nikon D3400 24.01080/60poptical fixed 5.0 n Aug 2016 499iNikon D3400
 
Nikon D3500 24.01080/60poptical fixed 5.0 n Aug 2018 429 iNikon D3500

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)
Camera
Model
 
Nikon D70 6.0noneoptical fixed 3.0 n Jan 2004 999iNikon D70
 
Nikon D50 6.0noneoptical fixed 2.5 n Apr 2005 749iNikon D50
 
Nikon D70s 6.0noneoptical fixed 3.0 n Apr 2005 899iNikon D70s
 
Nikon D80 10.0noneoptical fixed 3.0 n Aug 2006 999iNikon D80
 
Nikon D40 6.0noneoptical fixed 2.5 n Nov 2006 499iNikon D40
 
Nikon D40X 10.0noneoptical fixed 3.0 n Mar 2007 729iNikon D40X
 
Nikon D60 10.0noneoptical fixed 3.0 n Jan 2008 629iNikon D60
 
Nikon D90 12.2720/24poptical fixed 4.5 n Aug 2008 1,299iNikon 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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