Nikon's 2013 update to the full frame D600 adds a few minor changes to an already excellent full frame option. The D610 has the same processor and sensor as the D600, but the newer model has a redesigned shutter system that allows for shooting at 6 fps (compared to the D600's 5 fps), as well as a quiet shutter release mode that fires at up to 3 fps. The automatic white balance feature has also been redeveloped for improved color accuraccy and brillance. Nikon only has one camera that trumps this one, the D800, but the D610 is much more affordable and actually quite compact for a full frame. The D610 is similar in size to the D7100; in fact it's actually five ounces less. Users of the D600 don't have much reason to upgrade, but the D610 is an excellent full frame option.
Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.
It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.
Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.
Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.
Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.
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