The Nikon D90 is getting on in years, but it's still one of the best dSLRs for under $1,000, particularly for hobbyists with a little bit of experience shooting with dSLRs. This camera is the best of both worlds, taking some advanced features from the upper-echelon Nikon SLRs and mixing them with the user-friendly, approachable design of the entry-level SLRs. Since its release two years ago, it's been a favorite with photography enthusiasts and still holds its own against newer models. Rumors come and go that a replacement is imminent, and the new D5100 certainly could be a replacement, but Nikon has not indicated that they'll discontinue the D90 just yet. With that in mind, however, we've knocked its rating down a peg, since its feature set is somewhat quaint by the most current standards.
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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