Best New Nikon Cameras

Find the Latest Information on Coolpix and Nikon DSLRs

Nikon has an interesting mixture of high-end DSLR cameras and point and shoot cameras with cool features in its digital camera lineup. These cameras have been released in the past 18 months, and they represent the best new cameras from Nikon, both in its Coolpix point and shoot camera lineup and in its DSLR lineup.

Nikon Coolpix A

Nikon Coolpix A

One way for camera manufacturers to set their fixed lens cameras apart from the low-end point-and-shoot portion of the market -- and from cells phone cameras, for that matter -- is to include large image sensors in the advanced fixed lens models.

Nikon has done exactly that with its Coolpix A camera. The Coolpix A includes a APS-C DX-format image sensor, which is much larger than what most fixed lens cameras use. Consequently, the Coolpix A's image quality is easily its best feature. Very few cameras of a size similar to the A are able to match its image quality, let alone exceed it.

The Coolpix A has a high-quality 28mm equivalent prime Nikkor lens, meaning it offers no zoom capabilities.

You can shoot in full manual mode with this advanced camera. Certainly at this price point, the Coolpix A isn't going to appeal to everyone. However, if you don't want the bulk of a DSLR camera, the Coolpix A would work well for shooting great portrait photos. Read Review 

Nikon Coolpix P520


Even though the Nikon Coolpix P520 looks a bit like a DSLR camera, it doesn't quite have that level of high-end photographic features.

Still, the Coolpix P520 has enough advanced features that it'll be well worth considering. The P520 has a 42X optical zoom lens, 18.1MP of resolution, a 3.2-inch articulated LCD, a built-in GPS unit, and full 1080p HD video recording. Those are all above-average features in a fixed-lens camera.

Nikon is offering this model in black, red, or dark gray camera bodies. Read Review 

Nikon Coolpix P7700


One of the most impressive advanced fixed lens cameras that you're going to see currently on the market and one of the best cameras in 2013 is the Nikon Coolpix P7700.

It has advanced Nikkor lens glass to go with a 7.1X optical zoom lens, a larger-than-usual CMOS image sensor with 12.2MP of resolution, a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD that can swivel away from the camera, and full 1080p video recording. The P7700 has a built-in flash, and it also has a hot shoe, allowing you to add an external flash, if desired.

Best of all, the P7700's image quality is outstanding, which helped it make my list of the best 5-star camerasRead Review 

Nikon Coolpix S9500


Small ultra zoom cameras are growing in popularity, and Nikon's latest contribution to this market is the Coolpix S9500.

The S9500 offers a 22X optical zoom lens as well as an impressive 18.1MP CMOS image sensor. This thin Coolpix model includes an impressive 3.0-inch OLED display screen and full 1080p HD video recording options. You'll also find built-in GPS and WiFi features with this camera. Read Review 

Nikon Coolpix S9700


While the Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a few flaws, this model's strong versatility makes it a great travel camera and one of Nikon's best fixed lens offerings.

The 30X optical zoom lens will give you the option of shooting photos over a variety of distances, which can be handy when you're traveling, because you won't know how close you can get to landmarks ahead of time. And with the Coolpix S9700 only measuring 1.4 inches in thickness, it should fit easily in a carry-on bag, making it easy to travel by air with this camera as well as fit in a pocket while you're seeing the sights.

Image quality is pretty good with this model, and its autofocus mechanism is able to achieve very sharp photos throughout the 30X optical zoom range. You will notice some image flaws from time to time, so don't expect to make extremely large prints with the Coolpix S9700's photos. Read Review 

Nikon D610 DSLR


Nikon's latest full frame DSLR camera, the D610, provides a nice set of upgrades over the Nikon D600 from a few years ago.

As a full frame camera, the D610 includes a FX-sized CMOS image sensor with 24.3 megapixels of resolution. The D610 can shoot at up to 6 frames per second, faster than the D600, and Nikon added a silent burst mode with the upgraded model.

You can shoot full 1080p HD video with the D610 at speeds up to 30 fps. You'll find a large 3.2-inch high resolution LCD screen that can tilt away from the camera. The D610 includes dual SD memory card slots, too.

Nikon D3300 DSLR


Nikon's latest entry into the low end of the DSLR market is the D3300, which Nikon calls an HD-SLR camera. (I'm not exactly sure what makes the D3300 an HD-SLR other than it shoots full HD movies, so I'll just refer to it as a DSLR to avoid confusion.)

Simply put, this is a strong still image camera offered at a reasonable price. Nikon has given the D3300 a large image sensor with 24-plus megapixels of resolution, and the image quality with this model is outstanding. Read Review 

Nikon D5300 DSLR


The Nikon D5300 DSLR camera is a really solid entry-level DSLR camera, offering a great mix of basic photography and advanced extra features, including built-in Wi-Fi.

The large DX format image sensor that Nikon included with the D5300 includes 24.2 megapixels of resolution, which is among the largest resolution numbers you'll find in a DSLR camera. The large image sensor helps this model to perform extremely well in low light photography.

The D5300 unfortunately carries a price tag that matches its feature list. This camera performs well but isn't going to fit in everyone's budget. If you can shop around and find the Nikon D5300 at a bargain, you'll be very pleased with its performance! Read Review 

Nikon D7000 DSLR


The Nikon D7000 features a 16.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor. When coupled with Nikon's EXPEED 2 image processing system, which allows for fast autofocus, low noise in photos, and six frames per second in burst mode, the D7000 creates high-quality images with impressive speed.

Look for 1080p HD video capability, a 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD, and a built-in flash unit with the D7000. Read Review 

Nikon D810 DSLR


If you're looking for top-of-the-line photography performance and image results in all types of shooting conditions in a variety of image formats, the Nikon D810 DSLR camera is going to fit your needs very well. 

This powerful camera works quickly and quietly, especially in Viewfinder mode, while also offering a sharp and large display screen for use in Live View mode. Its performance speeds are excellent, including a 5 frames per second burst mode rate at full 36.3 megapixels of resolution. Read Review 

Nikon 1 AW1 Mirrorless ILC


The world's first waterproof interchangeable lens camera is now available, and the Nikon 1 AW1 is one of the more impressive mirrorless cameras heading into this holiday season.

Nikon's AW1 can be used in up to 49 feet of water depth and it can survive a fall of up to 6.6 feet. To use this camera's waterproof capabilities, you will need to purchase a 1 Nikkor lens that's also rated as being waterproof.

The Nikon 1 AW1's photographic capabilities are pretty impressive, too, as it has a 14.2MP CX-sized CMOS image sensor, full 1080p HD video recording, a 73-point autofocus array, full manual control, a built-in GPS unit, and a 3.0-inch LCD. The AW1's popup flash unit is waterproof, too.

Look for the AW1 to be available in three colors, black, white, or silver, and Nikon is also offering some skins to provide additional body colors, including khaki or orange.

Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless

Nikon 1 J5 review

The J5 is fun to use, and it offers a good set of special effect features that will appeal to those going from a point and shoot camera to their first interchangeable lens model. It's a good-looking camera that's extremely thin, which also will appeal to those seeking a first intermediate-level camera. Read Review


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