Best digital camera brands Nikon digital cameras
Nikon is another giant in digital camera manufacturing, and the Japanese company has a large range of compact digital cameras and digital SLRs to choose from.
Debate continues amongst digital camera aficionados about whether Canon or Nikon lead the way in producing the very best digital cameras.
We’ve awarded a number of Best Buys to Nikon over the years, and there are plenty of models to choose no matter what type you’re looking for.
Check our expert Which? reviews of the best digital cameras for reviews of cameras from Nikon and other major brands.
Best cheap Nikon digital cameras
If you’re buying a cheap digital camera, the L-series is a good budget range from Nikon.
The Nikon Coolpix L24 is one of the most affordable Nikon models around - however, it's hampered by a tight wide angle lens that can force you to stand further back when you're taking a shot.
A better option in the L-range is the Nikon Coolpix L23. There's not much in the price difference, but for your money you get a slightly more workable wide angle.
Alternatively, the Nikon Coolpix S3100 is a decent model that can be found for under £100, though it doesn't have an HD video mode. For a little more money, the Nikon Coolpix S6200 will offer 720p HD video recording.
The best compact Nikon digital cameras
Nikon has a huge range of very compact digital cameras in its Coolpix S-category.
Leading the line-up is the Nikon Coolpix S9100, a superb pocket camera with an 18x optical zoom and an HD video mode.
One interesting addition to Nikon's roster of compact cameras is the Nikon Coolpix S1100pj - this unique pocket camera has a built-in mini projector, allowing you to show off your photos by projecting them onto a wall or similar surface.
The best advanced Nikon digital cameras
Nikon has a selection of advanced digital camera models to consider.
Nikon superzoom bridge cameras
If you're looking for a big zoom lens and plenty of manual control, then it's well worth considering the Nikon Coolpix P100.
This superzoom bridge camera has a 26x optical zoom and boasts Full HD 1080p video recording.
Nikon compact bridge cameras
Along with Canon, Panasonic, and newcomer Samsung, Nikon is one of few camera manufacturers to stake a claim in the small compact bridge camera market.
The older Nikon Coolpix P6000 squeezed a range of manual features into a compact design, but it was Nikon's sole compact bridge offering for a long time.
This model has since been updated with the new Nikon Coolpix P7100, which offers a generous 7x optical zoom and can take 720p HD video.
The P7100 offers all the manual controls you'd hope to find on a high-end camera, but in a compact body. It is also one of few remaining compact cameras to offer an optical viewfinder.
Nikon 1 system
Nikon has joined the compact system cameras market with the Nikon 1 system.
The first two models to arrive are the Nikon J1 and Nikon V1 system cameras.
While the J1 has been developed as a simple point-and-shoot camera with interchangeable lenses, the pricier V1 camera is intended for enthusiasts, offering an electronic viewfinder to its features.
The Nikon 1 system offers exceptionally small camera bodies, but the downside is an image sensor that is roughly half the size of a DSLR's.
The best Nikon digital SLRs
Nikon is an established expert at manufacturing digital SLRs, and photography enthusiasts will find a range of impressive models to consider.
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There are several Nikon DSLRs in a lower price bracket that are well worth considering, and Nikon has enjoyed great success with its D3000 entry-level DSLR.
This model has since been updated with the newer Nikon D3100, which adds Full HD 1080p video recording to its predecessor's features.
Further up the price scale, the new Nikon D7000 has much to offer. As well as shooting Full HD video, it can capture six 16.2Mp photos per second.
There's a large range of Nikon DSLRs to consider depending on your price bracket and level of expertise.
Entry-level Nikon DSLRs
- Nikon D3100 - 14.1Mp resolution, 3 shots per second, Live View, Full HD 1080p video, advanced Guide Mode, 11-point autofocus system
Mid-level Nikon DSLRs
- Nikon D5100 - 16.1Mp resolution, 4 shots per second, Guide Mode, Full HD 1080p video, Live View, 11-point autofocus system
High-end Nikon DSLRs
- Nikon D7000 - 16.2Mp resolution, 6 shots per second, Full HD 1080p video, Live View, 39-point autofocus system
- Nikon D300S - 12.2Mp resolution, 7 shots per second, 720p HD video, Live View, 51-point autofocus system
Check our Which? reviews of the best digital SLRs, featuring a number of strong performing models from Nikon and other major brands.