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Best Nikon Camera [2021 Review]

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Published: 08/07/2021

Whether you're a pro or just getting started with a Nikon camera, you'll find something to meet your needs. But how can you narrow it down to just one? In the appropriate situation, any camera can hold its own. As a result, we've analyzed the best Nikon cameras that are suitable for real estate photography and divided them into different categories.

Our Top Nikon Camera Reviews

Nikon cameras are endorsed by photographers all over the globe. Nikon's popularity is expanding as it focuses on embracing variety and creativity.

Brand
Best Overall
Nikon D6 FX
Best for the Money
Nikon D7500 DX
Best Cheap Pick
Nikon D5600 DX-Format
Product
Nikon D6 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body, Black
Nikon D7500 DX-Format Digital SLR Body
D5600 DX-Format Digital SLR w/AF-P DX NIKKOR...
ISO Range
100-102400
Auto, 100-51200
Auto, 100-25600
Special Features
105-Point All Cross-Type Multi-CAM 37K Autofocus System
Wireless
Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
Rating
-
Best Overall
Brand
Nikon D6 FX
Product
Nikon D6 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body, Black
ISO Range
100-102400
Special Features
105-Point All Cross-Type Multi-CAM 37K Autofocus System
Rating
Price
Best for the Money
Brand
Nikon D7500 DX
Product
Nikon D7500 DX-Format Digital SLR Body
ISO Range
Auto, 100-51200
Special Features
Wireless
Rating
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
Nikon D5600 DX-Format
Product
D5600 DX-Format Digital SLR w/AF-P DX NIKKOR...
ISO Range
Auto, 100-25600
Special Features
Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
Rating
-
Price

Let's have a look at our comprehensive selection of the best Nikon cameras to see which one is right for you.

ProductSensor SizeResolutionWeight (Pounds)
Nikon D636.0 mm × 23.9 mm20.8 MP2.8
Nikon D7500  23.5 mm x 15.7 mm20.9 MP1.6
Nikon D5600 23.5 x 15.6 mm24.2 MP1.0
Nikon D50023.5 mm x 15.7 mm 20.9 MP1.9
Nikon Z735.9 x 23.9 mm 45.7 MP1.5
Nikon 78035.9 x 23.9 mm 25 MP1.8
Nikon DF36.0 mm × 23.9 mm 16 MP1.7
Coolpix A1000Total pixels: approx. 16.79 million 1/2.3-in.16.79 MP0.7

Best Overall Nikon Camera: Nikon D6 FX

The Nikon D6 FX is Nikon's most recent flagship DSLR, and it's a top-of-the-line professional full-frame DSLR aimed largely at real estate photographers. The camera has a 20-megapixel full-frame sensor, a weather-resistant chassis, and a long battery life. It includes a new autofocus mechanism that provides sharper focus and allows for faster continuous photography with AF.

Nikon D6 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body, Black

The sensor in the center is a 20mp full-frame CMOS sensor, which may appear "low-resolution" in comparison to previous digital cameras like the Nikon D5600, but it produces less noise (than a comparable 36/47mp sensor, for example), as well as an impressive ISO range of ISO100 to ISO102400, which can be extended all the way up to ISO3.2 million.

The robust magnesium alloy build of the Nikon D6 makes it incredibly strong and well-built. Weather-sealing is supplied, as expected, with rubber coverings covering all ports and connections. Something to keep in mind when considering this camera is that it is obviously heavy. It is possible to hold the camera with one hand, but it is not suggested; instead, two hands are preferred.

The camera has illuminated buttons that make it easier to see the buttons and controls when shooting in low light. The mode button is on the upper left of the camera, and the ISO button is next to the shutter release button, making changing the ISO speed quick and straightforward.

Photo and movie shooting, playback, setup menu, custom settings, my menu, and retouch menu are all properly drawn out in the Nikon menus, with various (color-coded) sections for each set of options. My menu allows you to quickly access your favorite settings.

Pros

  • Has a great noise reduction capability unlike the Nikon D5600
  • The camera body is well built
  • Color reproduction and choices are excellent.

Cons

  • For general use, weight and size restrictions apply hence it’s not suitable for travel, unlike the Nikon D7500
  • It does not provide the fastest continuous shooting speeds

Best Nikon Camera for the Money: Nikon D7500 DX

The Nikon D7500 doesn’t introduce major revolutionary new features, but it fills a large void in the Nikon lineup. It sits at the peak of Nikon's DX DSLR line, aimed to strike a balance between diverse features, high-end performance, and reasonable pricing.

Nikon D7500 DX-Format Digital SLR Body

This camera can record in 4K and shoot 4K UHD at up to 30 frames per second at a data rate of 120 megabits per second. It shoots up to 60 frames per second at full sensor width in 1080p Full HD and features an optional 1.3x crop to expand the lens’ reach while filming. Overall, the video quality is excellent for its price range. 

It has a native ISO range of 100 to 51,200 and currently goes up to High 5, which is the equivalent of 1.6 million. Up to ISO 6,400, photographers can expect relatively noise-free photographs with minor color shifting.

The camera is made up of carbon fiber instead of metal alloy on the outside, but it feels strong enough and is weather-sealed. This is the first Nikon DSLR to include built-in compatibility for Nikon's newest radio-controlled Intelligent Creative Lighting System, as well as a back-mounted tilting touchscreen.

However, there are a handful of surprises. Firstly, there is only one memory SD card slot, as opposed to two on the Nikon D500. There's no room for a battery holder, either. Because the battery power is already excellent, keeping a backup in your pocket isn't an issue. A grip, on the other hand, can aid with telephoto lenses and, more importantly, make it easier to wield the camera vertically for extended portrait shoots.

Pros

  • Good high ISO performance of 100 to 51,200
  • Can shoot 4K UHD at up to 30 frames per second and record in 4K
  • It weighs 1.4 pounds hence easily portable compared to Nikon D6 which weighs 2.7 pounds

Cons

  • Has only one memory card slot
  • There is no room for a battery grip

Check out our review of the best lens for the D7500 in our review.

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Nikon D7500 DX-Format Digital SLR Body
  • Class leading image quality, ISO range, image processing and metering equivalent to the award...
  • Large 3.2” 922k dot, tilting Lcd screen with touch functionality. Temperature: 0 °c to 40 °c (32...
  • 51 point AF system with 15 cross type sensors and group area AF paired with up to 8 fps continuous...

Best Cheap Nikon Camera: Nikon D5600 DX-Format

In many aspects, the Nikon D5600 is a very comfortable and sophisticated camera. The grip on the camera is great - not as lofty as that on larger DSLRs, but deep enough to grasp comfortably and securely. It's sturdy enough that you won't have to worry about dropping it if you don't use neck-straps. Aside from that, the D5600's LCD is huge, sharp, and quite versatile.

D5600 DX-Format Digital SLR w/AF-P DX NIKKOR...

At the same time, the Nikon D5600 has a few expected flaws as an entry-level DSLR. For starters, it lacks the number of buttons and features found in higher-end cameras. The controls also appear to be of inferior quality to those found on the Nikon D7500. On the good side, the D5600 has some useful features that its competitors lack, such as advanced minimum shutter speed options in the Auto ISO menu.

In many aspects, the Nikon D5600 is shockingly good in terms of build quality. The carbon fiber composite body feels as solid as some of Nikon's more advanced cameras. In the end, the D5600's build quality is surprisingly good, and it's a camera that feels great in the hand. The overall feel of the Nikon D5600 will not disappoint advanced photographers searching for a lightweight backup camera to a more professional setup.

The Nikon D5600's image quality is outstanding unlike the one on the Nikon Coolpix A1000. Its large, high-resolution sensor and ISO range of 100 to 25600 enable it to produce high-quality images and films in almost any situation. Images with spectacular background blur and richly-toned contrasts are yours to take with a wide selection of interchangeable NIKKOR lenses at your disposal.

Pros

  • It is lightweight and weighs less than a pound hence you can easily travel with it
  • Can record up to 1080p at 60 frames per second
  • Quick autofocus with its 39- point system

Cons

  • While a video is being recorded, you can't modify the aperture.
  • Controls appear to be of low quality
D5600 DX-Format Digital SLR w/AF-P DX NIKKOR...
  • AF P DX 18 55mm f/3.5 5.6G VR Lens
  • SnapBridge Bluetooth and Wi Fi with NFC
  • ISO 100 25600 and 5 fps Shooting

Best High-Performance Nikon Camera: Nikon D500 DX-Format

Much of the Nikon D500's power comes from its ability to shoot and focus swiftly. Its 153-point autofocus system provides fairly close range and is coupled to a 180,000-pixel color measuring sensor to optimize AF accuracy. 

Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR Portrait and...

The Autofocus mechanism now has two settings for perfect accuracy, allowing the photographer to select the type of target movement as well as the appropriate reaction to another item blocking the intended subject. The D500 also has an anti-flicker feature that ensures the camera photographs at the sharpest point in the flickering pattern of artificial light. 

The camera can also capture 4K video and contains a headphone jack for audio control as well as an external microphone plug. In addition, the D500 features a profile of a flat image for warning highlighted on the screen, greater post-processing freedom, and control of power and aperture in movie mode, which allows you to set and alter the aperture. However, there is no focusing peak feature, and you can't zoom in to check or change focus while recording.

The grip has a comparable depth and shape to the D7500, making it more comfortable to hold for extended periods of time. By rotating the on/off switch past the 'on' position, all of the buttons on the left side of the camera can be configured to illuminate. In low-light circumstances, this makes it much straightforward to handle the camera fast.

Pros

  • Both DX and FX lenses are compatible unlike the Coolpix A1000 which has an in-built lens
  • The crop factor on the Nikon D500 makes 1.5x lenses more powerful

Cons

  • Image quality suffers as a result of the small DX sensor's inability to fit within a full-frame FX sensor
  • There is no focusing peak feature, and you can't zoom in to check or change focus while recording

Make sure to read our review of the best lens for the Nikon D500, along with the top flash for the D500.

Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR Portrait and...
  • 1 of Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR (Body Only)
  • 1 of Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

Best Mirrorless Nikon Camera: Nikon Z7 FX-Format

The Nikon Z7 is the company's best known camera to date: it's just as suitable for video recording as it is for stills, and both are of excellent quality. The Z7's design provides a similar experience to existing Nikon DSLR shooters but in a smaller, lighter body. The size of the Z7 is substantially smaller than that of the D7500, but Nikon has gone to great lengths to make it feel and handle like its other high-end cameras.

Nikon Z7 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body w/ Z...

The camera has a variety of viewfinder/back screen modes, including the option to only use the finder and not the rear screen. You can choose which of these modes are available from a menu, and then cycle through them using a button found near the rangefinder. The lack of a button array along the left-hand side of the screen is likely to be the camera's first ergonomic surprise. 

The Z7 outperforms the Nikon D7500 in some areas, including sharpening control, color brightness, and contrast. The Z7's photos print beautifully, even at ISO 1600, generating good-looking 30 x 40-inch prints. Even better, it can print a great 24 x 36-inch print at ISO 3200 and an 8 x 10 print at ISO 25,600. That's a fantastic piece of work.

The Nikon Z7 features a hybrid focusing mechanism that is totally new. The camera has 493 autofocus points, which cover around 90% of the frame's vertical and horizontal area. In terms of speed, we found that the Z7 was quick to focus and did a good job in low-light scenarios, although its low-light autofocus performance varied a lot depending on the subject you were photographing and the settings you used.

Pros 

  • Image Stabilization is good
  • Has solid weather sealing body that is dust and water-proof
  • Has a good ISO output of up to 25,600

Cons

  • Battery life is relatively short
  • In poor light or if the subject is moving, Face Detect struggles
Nikon Z7 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body w/ Z...
  • New larger Z mount for revolutionary optical performance
  • Nikon-designed 45.7MP backside Illuminated image sensor with no optical low pass filter (OLPF)
  • 493-Point on-sensor phase detect AF system and up to 9 fps

Best Autofocus Nikon Camera: Nikon D780

The Nikon D780 is a 24-megapixel DSLR that can shoot live view at 12 fps and uncropped 4K video at 30 fps. Many of the most recent live view capabilities are included, including on-sensor phase-detection pixels. The Nikon D780 is a solid camera with excellent weatherproofing and a comfortable grip.

Nikon D780 Body

Overall, the D780 is well-designed, with recognizable accents that prior Nikon customers will recognize. Aside from the AF mode button/switch being in an awkward location on the front of the camera, it performs well even for one-handed handling (near the lens release button). Nikon has once again produced a DSLR that is both pleasant and ergonomic to operate.

As a video camera, the D780 makes a compelling case. It has high-quality, oversampled 4K footage and excellent video focusing, as well as slow-motion Full HD capture with distinct settings for stills and video. Perhaps the most serious criticism leveled at the D780 is its DSLR design. There's no electronic viewfinder, and you can't use the optical viewfinder because the mirror has to flip up to shoot video.

The D780's 24-megapixel chip isn't the greatest resolution on the market, yet it provides outstanding dynamic range and solid detail capture. The tilting screen makes working from a tripod a breeze, and the autofocus works in almost any lighting situation. The camera's upgraded autofocus is accurate whether you use the optical finder or the rear screen, but keep in mind that the latter only has eye detection, so you may need to calibrate your lenses to obtain the best results.

Pros 

  • For a 24 megapixel sensor, the image quality and ISO performance are the best in class
  • High-quality construction, comfortable grip, and a logical control layout
  • Real estate photography benefits from long shutter speeds of up to 15 minutes

Cons

  • There's no flash, no AF-assist bulb, and no vertical grip connections in comparison to the Nikon D6
  • Unlike the Nikon D6 FX, the tilt screen does not fully articulate
Nikon D780 Body
  • The D780 features 24.5 MP resolution and robust EXPEED 6 image processing engine
  • Capture full frame still images and 4K UHD video
  • Wireless connectivity with the easy to use SnapBridge app

Best Stylish Nikon Camera: Nikon DF

The Nikon DF DSLR Camera features a special manual and mechanical design that promotes a friendly and straightforward working approach while maintaining the greatest imaging quality and performance available. A low-light sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800 may be increased to ISO 50-204800 for difficult lighting settings, and a high continuous shooting rate of 5.5 fps helps when dealing with fast-moving subjects.

Nikon Df 16.2 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera...

The DF's manually configurable design combines a classic control scheme with modern accuracy to provide clear and easy access to all of the camera's exposure capabilities. Without having to go into a complicated menu system, effective control is available using exposure compensation, specialized shutter speed,  ISO sensitivity, release mode dials, and exposure mode.

The Multi-CAM 4800 AF system is employed when working with the optical viewfinder, and it employs 39 points around the frame, including nine cross-type points for improved precision when shooting in low light. Seven centrally situated sensors are also suited with f/8 or faster lenses, considerably improving autofocus efficiency when using longer, telephoto lenses.

The Nikon DF has outstanding metering and internal intelligence, allowing you to concentrate on the layout of your photos and, most crucially, the time at hand. With so many past and present NIKKOR lenses compatible with the Nikon DF, it's simple to increase your skills and creativity over time by building your own collection. 

When utilizing a Nikon Speedlight, the Scene Recognition System analyzes your shooting environment, matches it to an internal database of thousands of scenes, and intelligently finds the best white balance, exposure, and autofocus settings. However, users cannot use this camera for video recording.

Pros

  • The Nikon DF has incredible image quality
  • The raw file sizes are less than the D780's, but the camera still offers a lot of flexibility
  • The D4's sensor is incredible, producing shots that are usable up to ISO 12,800

Cons

  • Only one SD card can be used compared to Nikon D500
  • Has no Video Capabilities
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Nikon Df 16.2 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera...
  • 16MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • 5.5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 39-point autofocus system with 9 cross-type points

Best Nikon Camera for Videos: Nikon Coolpix A1000

The Nikon Coolpix A1000 is a fun camera to use, and it has sufficient optical zoom to cover almost every shooting situation. But, beneath its solemn exterior is a standard 1/2.3-inch small camera sensor with average image quality. The Nikon Coolpix A1000 is small enough to fit in a jacket pocket, but it has 35x optical zoom and can capture 4K video.

Coolpix A1000

Even on the coldest winter days, the sturdy little A1000 sits securely in your hand thanks to substantial, grippy finger and thumb rests. You receive controls more commonly found on interchangeable lens cameras because this is a camera aimed at serious photographers. A mode dial allows you to quickly choose between shutter and aperture priority modes, as well as completely manual mode if you want to be very creative.

It has a quick start-up time and has a very fast and precise autofocus system. In low light, focusing is a little slower than with the Nikon D6, as the A1000 needs a brief moment of help from its AF-assist lamp, but the delay isn't too noticeable, and the focus results are still consistently correct. Nikon's exposure metering does not disappoint, since it is also reliable, guaranteeing that highlight detail is rarely overexposed.

The A1000 is a breeze to use, with plenty of effects filters to choose from. With its semi-auto and manual settings, as well as its ergonomic physical buttons, it can still satisfy more skilled photographers. The A1000's sole serious issue is its image quality, which could be a deal-breaker for some.

Pros

  • Has a fast and accurate autofocusing
  • Well-built body hence easily portable
  • It supports 4k video

Cons

  • Shoots poor image quality in comparison to Nikon D500
  • Has a very small EVF
Coolpix A1000
  • 35x optical zoom Lens with macro capability
  • Backside illuminated CMOS sensor and wide is range from is 100 to 6400
  • 4K Ultra HD videos with stereo sound
Nikon cameras

Conclusion

A camera with specific functionality is needed for real estate photography. This buying guide's explanations of Nikon cameras should assist you in making the best choice possible. As noted in our selections, choose a camera that meets your demands based on your budget and ability levels.

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