The 3 Best Nikon Cameras for Portrait Photographers

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From DSLRs to Mirrorless, there are Nikon cameras that will suit a wide range of portrait photographers.

Nikon has a good track record of producing cameras that portrait photographers love. Thanks to their color science, the tank-like build quality of their cameras, and the vast library of prime and zoom lenses that can be used, Nikon cameras suit the genre well. After the break, we will take a quick look at three Nikon cameras that will not let portrait shooters down.

Nikon hasn’t transitioned into the world of Mirrorless cameras quite as quickly as other manufacturers. However, there are still some mighty fine Nikon cameras around for portrait photographers to choose from. The Nikon D750 has become legendary within the portraiture world thanks to its robust build, fantastic image output, and very nice price point. Five years after its launch, and it’s still one of the first cameras I would suggest to anyone getting into portrait photography.

Captured with the Nikon Z6

The two Full Frame Mirrorless cameras Nikon has introduced are also great for photographers. Recent firmware updates have made eye and face detection work very well, and tracking is also excellent. Couple these updates with the fact that you can use the shiny new Z mount glass (as well as F Mount lenses with an adapter), and you have two compelling options. Check out the three Nikon cameras we’d take along with us to any portrait shoot below.

Nikon D750

Nikon cameras - D750

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Deep grip
  • The 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

Cons

  • Plastic front plate

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Captured with the Nikon Z7 and the Nikon Z 35mm f1.8 S

Nikon Z6

Nikon cameras - Z6

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Comfortable handgrip
  • Excellent Electronic Viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
  • EVF protrudes from the camera body, minimizing contact between your nose and the rear LCD
  • The top display shows all your settings at a glance
  • Intuitive touchscreen rear LCD
  • Solid battery life when using newly designed EN-EL15b batteries
  • Robust weather sealing
  • Works with most existing Nikon F mount lenses using the Nikon FTZ adapter

Cons

  • Single XQD card slot may be a deal-breaker for photographers with certain workflows
  • Colors on the rear LCD were inconsistent when compared to EVF
  • Autofocus performance (before recent updates), while better than the Nikon Z7, still leaves much to be desired
  • Certain settings were oddly organized within the menus
  • There is way too much settings information displayed on the rear LCD, often getting in the way of you framing your shot
Captured with the Nikon Z6

Nikon Z7

Nikon cameras - Z7

Here are the pros and cons from out full review:

Pros

  • Good feeling in the hand
  • Solid weather sealing
  • Lots of focusing points
  • Good high ISO output
  • Lots of resolution
  • A touch screen
  • Image stabilization is very good
  • The viewfinder is beautiful
  • We genuinely appreciate the top LCD screen
  • Outstanding battery life

Cons

  • Little things annoy me, like not being able to push the joystick in to bring the focusing point back to the center
  • Why the hell is there an XQD card slot?
  • I’d really prefer dual card slots
  • Changing the white balance is the slowest thing
  • While we understand Nikon’s philosophy in including a dedicated ISO button, we’d have preferred a dial of some sort
  • The muscle memory learning curve is steeper than most other cameras

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Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.