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Nikon Digital Cameras - Which Nikon Camera Body to is the best to buy?
Cameras Direct has been selling Nikon Digital cameras since they were first available to the Australian market. The first to bring down prices with the assistance and protection of the Australian governments legislation allowed us to offer cheaper priced Nikon cameras for sale.
Nikon makes both DSLR cameras and their range of compact digital cameras that they call "Coolpix". This page is focused upon the Digital SLR / DSLR camera bodies so you will not find any further comment on Nikon Coolpix cameras.
Nikon DSLRs are generally split up into the Nikon D3000 series, the d5000's, the D7000's and then their full frame bodies. We will discuss the Nikon Full Frame Cameras down the page.
In 2016, Nikon released the D3400 to replace the D3300 from its D3000 series and the the D5500 to replace the Nikon D5300. As yet we are yet to see a replacement for the Nikon D7200 that replaced the D7100 but as its relatively new to the market it is unlikely to be upgraded until at least April 2017 if not later.
Australia loves new technology and they have taken to the new Nikon D3400 with passion that is reflected in its fast sales growth. Its not that the entry level D3300 is a sloth but that Australians buy the latest more often than the outgoing model.
Nikons D3400 and whilst it lasts with stock, the Nikon D3300 is selling to the beginner SLR users such as novices and schools or universities. It is a small and easy to use DSLR that is both affordable to most and full of great features.
Next in the Nikon line up comes the D5000 series. As I have said the D5300 and D5500 are on the market with the D5300 still a very good mid range camera at an excellent price. Do not discount the Nikon D5300's price thinking that it is not a great camera. It is a weapon and worthy of any new photographer. So why did Nikon release the D5500? Well its good to refresh the range and whilst the D5500 is slighter more expensive than the Nikon D5300 you may still find that for you, specs considered, that it is value for money, not to mention that the Nikon D5500 is the latest technology in the D5000 range.
It is fair to say that the performance of the D3400 and the D5500 are fairly close to each other. At least this is true when you look at the Nikon D7200 which is a major step in front of its fellow Nikon cameras in the D3000 D5000 ranges.
The D7000 D7100 D7200 cameras are a step toward the professional Nikon DSLRs with more advanced technology and colour processing not to mention the obvious such as focusing speed and light metering accuracy. For me, I prefer the D7200 over the smaller D5500 D5300 as I like a camera that feels "like a camera". More like a professional camera.
Then comes my favourite, the full frame cameras. Although I am a Canon shooter through and through, there is no doubt in my mind that the quality of a Nikon DSLR is superb. Just look at the cameras at the Olympics for example. You will see Canon and Nikon completely dominating.
Their is of course the super professional range from Nikon that includes the Nikon D4s. It is about time for a refresh of this model so standby for an update on this soon.
For most Nikon professionals the go to Nikon DSLR is the D810 or D750 depending on your needs. The more 'entry level' and I use term loosely, is the Nikon D610. The D610 is for some reason not selling like its Canon cousin the Canon 6d but that could have a lot to do with the supreme quality and value for money of the D750 and D810.
Nikon digital camera sales has struggled number-wise in Australia when compared to Canon but they are of course a world force in the DSLR market.
Our Nikon customers are Australia wide most choosing to buy online from us with complete trust. Some visit us from of course the Gold Coast where our shop is located and others make a short drive from Brisbane, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Byron Coast and Tweed Heads. Some make the trip initial to gain comfort in the reality that we exist and thats after nearly 15 years of trading. Thats of course fine and we welcome the smiles we have as the customers leave after buying their new Nikon camera and/or Nikon lenses.
This series of youtube videos cover Nikon DSLR Cameras in general, so please have a look, then compare to help you make the best decision or just call us and we will guide you with ease.
Here is a cool Youtube video of features of the Nikon d5300 and Nikon d5200 that you probably aren't aware of and could add to your experience with your Nikon Camera.
Selecting your new Nikon DSLR camera can be baffling to some especially if you are buying for the first time.
As a professional it is not just a case of size, as some of my friends put it, “gee that’s a big camera, you must get some great shots with that?” A good question is how often are you going to use it? In what conditions are you shooting in? Also camera and lens weight balance is important for eg its going to be very awkward for you shooting wildlife, sport etc using a heavy telephoto lens on an entry level light weight camera body.
Digital camera models are built with durability and longevity in mind. You will find that the shutter counts (actuation's) will increase through the range of models for eg estimates range from 50,000 through to 400,000 plus. You can always have your shutter replaced and reset to zero again however this is for your shutter life not camera life. Now of course there many more tech features as you go up through the models to the pro range, a lot that even I do not bother with, so check with the experts as to what is necessary for you.
I have my pro gear packed and ready to go for commissioned work and or higher end requirements and have separately, a small light less expensive walk around set up for the simply pleasure of taking personal images.
For most a full frame digital camera is not needed, and there is a good range of DX (designed for the APS-C crop sensor) Nikon lenses available that have had very good reviews.
Let us start with the entry level Nikon D3000 range. Great for a beginner or student and If you do not continue with photography you have not spent a fortune. The D3000 range is small, lightweight with enough features to suit.
The Nikon D5000 series is the next step up and is ideal as for eg a general family camera with more focus points, Wi-Fi, flip out screen (handy for video) and touch screen in the D5500 edition.
The Nikon D7000 series is the flagship of the APS-C (crop) sensor and ideal for the more serious enthusiasts. A better built body with more weather sealed components for the elements and nicely balanced with the mid price range telephoto lenses.
The Nikon D600 range is of a similar build to the D7000 series but has a full frame (FX) sensor. It is the entry level full frame and you would be advised to use FX lenses to get the benefit of stepping up to the larger sensor.
The Nikon D800 is the next level up and considered a professional digital camera. It is larger, more robust and popular with wedding, portrait and landscape photographers and perfectly balanced with the pro range of Nikon lenses.
The Nikon D4 is way on top of Nikon built bodies. Suited for the professional newspaper, magazine, sports photographers for everyday use.
The Nikon D750 is a new model from Nikon in a full frame. It has similar size dimensions of the D600 series but lighter (100g) with carbon fibre in the front and alloy frame top and back.