Which Nikon Camera Is Right For You?

Ok, now that we have covered all of the mirrorless brands, now lets get back to the trusty ole’ DSLR brands, starting today with Nikon. Nikon has a long history of being one of the most popular and well known camera brands out there, so there are likely many of you wondering which Nikon brand you should be considering for your experience, skill, and specialty.

Ready? Great, lets begin.

The Nikon D5500

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 Nikon D5500 Highlights

  • Great image quality
  • Fast focusing abilities
  • 5FPS shooting
  • Pretty quiet shutter
  • Small size

What we thought in our review: “The Nikon D5500 is a great camera. It’s bound to make a great gift for anyone that wants to get into photography. Know someone having a brand new baby? This is the camera for them when paired with a couple of zooms and the 50mm f1.8 G. It’s a small size, has WiFi integration, and 5fps shooting. At the entry level, you really can’t ask for much more.” Read the full review

Who should get one?

Those looking for a great starter camera all of the modern trimmings and features in the Nikon ecosystem can direct their attention to the D5500. This is the perfect camera for those that want a more serious camera for their family use, shooting their kids sports games, going on a vacation of some kind – things like that. We wouldn’t necessarily recommend this to someone with semi-professional or professional aspirations, although the camera is certainly capable of taking quality images. Those interested can find the D5500 over on Amazon, here.

The Nikon D500

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 Nikon D500 Highlights

  • Great image quality
  • Fast focusing abilities
  • 10FPS shooting
  • Insane Image Buffer
  • Pretty compact

What we thought in our review: “The Nikon D500 is an incredibly capable camera–and I honestly recommend it for both pros and semi-pros. It offers very good image quality, superb battery life, great ergonomics, high reliability in the autofocus department, and a load of other cools things like WiFi. “ Read the full review

Who should get one?

In the conversation of best aps-c sensor cameras on the market today, the D500 from Nikon has got to be in that conversation. If you are a photo journalist, sports photographer, wildlife shooter, someone who needs the best that Nikon has to offer from the APS-C space, then the D500 is your camera. In many ways, it rivals its full frame flagship brother, the D5. Those interested in the D500 can find it over on Amazon, here.

The Nikon D750

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 Nikon D750 Highlights

  • Deep grip
  • Intuitive and well laid out control scheme
  • Renders amazing detail and color
  • Clean files at ISO 6400
  • Usable images up to ISO 10000
  • Built-in Wi-Fi transmission
  • Tilting screen

What we thought in our review: “Other than some quibbles with the partially plastic frame, you’re going to love the Nikon D750 through and through. It follows a long line of professional level Nikon full frame cameras putting all the controls right on the camera body. With better ISO performance and a faster autofocus than the D610, this camera is perfect for photography enthusiasts and professional shooters who want more than the barest of essentials of a full frame DSLR.” Read the full review

Who should get one?

The D750 took the semi-professional and professional markets by storm when it was announced, and to this day it is still one of the most used and recommended full frame cameras for serious photographers in the Nikon system. If you shoot weddings, portraits, or any similar genre of photography then this is the Nikon camera for you. Those interested can find the D750 over on Nikon, here.

The Nikon D810

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 Nikon D810 Highlights

  • High Resolution
  • Quiet Shooting Mode
  • SmallRAW Files
  • Really Solid Build Quality

What we thought in our review: “This is a camera that is very much aimed at the pro with features like small RAW mode, a faster FPS shooting ability, the D4s’ autofocus, Nikon’s simplistic menus, and the overall fact that it is a compact workhorse DSLR. There is very little not to like about it, though if we really had any major gripes about it they would be the lack of a tilting LCD screen and we wish that Nikon would take the autofocusing algorithms even further.” Read the full review

Who should get one?

If you are a resolution nut than your best best in the Nikon system is the D810, a camera that has more resolution than any other Nikon camera by far. It is also an incredible professional level camera that can excel in a variety of niches from weddings and portraits to wildlife and landscapes. If you place yourself into any of those categories, and you are looking for a lot of resolution, than the D810 is the Nikon camera for you Those interested can find the Nikon D810 over on Amazon, here.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.