When camera giant Nikon finally decided to release a retro-inspired DSLR, they did it in style with the Df, a lightweight full frame DSLR that has a style similar to the old Nikon F film cameras. The sensor and processor are the same one that's in the D4, which is a bit older but still excellent. The clear advantage in the Df is the smaller, sleeker size without sacrificing things like battery life (which is unfortunately a downside of smaller full frame models like the Sony a7). The Df also has more physical controls than other similar models, thanks to the inspiration from an actual film camera. The Df has a dial for shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation and shutter release mode. While the Df has the same sensor as the D4 in a smaller size for about half the price, the Df is a bit slower at 5.5 fps compared to 9 fps. The kit lens isn't the usual low quality lens either, it's a fast f1.8, though fixed at 50mm. There's no pop-up flash or video mode, which likely won't be an issue for the target market.
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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