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Should You Buy a Nikon Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 25 September 2020
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should you buy a Nikon Digital Camera?

Nikon is one of the most popular digital camera brands as well as being well known for its camcorders.

If you are thinking about buying a Nikon digital camera then our handy guide provides you with all the key info at a glance. Our objective, impartial comparison of digital camera brands is compiled by analysing over 13,000 user and expert reviews and 710+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,900 digital cameras.

Nikon are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning digital cameras. Their digital cameras start at $35 for the D50 which has a weight of 540g, an optical zoom of §x and is a slr digital camera and go up to $3,136 for the D810A which has a weight of 880g, an optical zoom of §x and is a slr digital camera. The average price of a new Nikon digital camera is $584.

Nikon are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning digital cameras.

Is Nikon the Best Digital Camera Brand?

So are Nikon digital cameras any good? We give every digital camera a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all digital cameras we are able to impartially rank all the digital camera brands.

Nikon is ranked the No. 2 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Nikon is the 2nd best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
4,962 reviews
#2
Japan
90%
90%
2,147 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
1,538 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
362 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
166 reviews
#6
Polaroid
83%
83%
262 reviews
#7
South Korea
83%
83%
889 reviews
#8
82%
82%
0 reviews
#9
Japan
81%
81%
481 reviews
#10
80%
80%
125 reviews
#11
79%
79%
4 reviews
#12
Ricoh
71%
71%
0 reviews
#13
GE
United States
70%
70%
89 reviews
#14
Sigma
70%
70%
0 reviews
#15
SeaLife
69%
69%
0 reviews
#16
Vivitar
69%
69%
57 reviews
#17
easypix
63%
63%
3 reviews
#18
Praktica
60%
60%
0 reviews
#19
HP
United States
60%
60%
0 reviews
#20
59%
59%
0 reviews
#21
Coleman
59%
59%
1 review
#22
Lytro
58%
58%
99 reviews
#23
Fuji
58%
58%
0 reviews
#24
Philips
Netherlands
58%
58%
3 reviews
#25
SVP
57%
57%
0 reviews
#26
Mamiya
56%
56%
0 reviews
#27
VTech
55%
55%
0 reviews
#28
Bell+Howell
54%
54%
0 reviews
#29
Hasselblad
52%
52%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Nikon digital cameras compare to the other digital camera brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All digital camera Brands
Nikon Digital Cameras

There's a wide selection of Nikon digital cameras available compared to other digital camera brands, with over 70 Nikon digital cameras currently on the market in the US. Nikon also have better reviews than the typical digital camera brand, with the average rating of a Nikon digital camera being 81%.

The average review score for a Nikon digital camera is 81%.

Nikon have a number of great features including rechargeable battery which sets them apart from the competition.

However Nikon digital cameras tend to be more expensive than most other digital camera brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$558
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $24,399
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$584
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $5,799
Price Distribution of Nikon Digital Cameras

What Do the Nikon Digital Camera Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Nikon digital camera to work out the average distribution of reviews for Nikon and then compared this to the other digital camera brands.

Nikon logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
338
4 stars
352
3 stars
60
2 stars
16
1 star
8
Nikon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
590
4 stars
170
3 stars
44
2 stars
32
1 star
36
Nikon has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews for its digital cameras than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews are actually lower.

Over 89% of expert reviews and 87% of user reviews for Nikon digital cameras are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 90% and 86% respectively across all Digital Camera brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Nikon digital cameras by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other digital camera brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Olympus
CNET.com logo
75%
152 reviews
74%
111 reviews
75%
93 reviews
75%
41 reviews
78%
21 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
83%
27 reviews
85%
15 reviews
83%
19 reviews
83%
12 reviews
90%
3 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
26 reviews
76%
17 reviews
73%
13 reviews
70%
14 reviews
81%
5 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
74%
19 reviews
72%
19 reviews
68%
13 reviews
75%
12 reviews
64%
5 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
28 reviews
66%
10 reviews
73%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
75%
4 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
19 reviews
87%
12 reviews
80%
12 reviews
83%
15 reviews
83%
4 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
82%
18 reviews
83%
21 reviews
75%
8 reviews
79%
9 reviews
86%
5 reviews
Digicam Buyer.co.uk logo
79%
23 reviews
80%
11 reviews
82%
13 reviews
71%
13 reviews
80%
1 review
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
22 reviews
71%
14 reviews
76%
11 reviews
76%
12 reviews
80%
1 review
Chip.de logo
76%
22 reviews
87%
5 reviews
79%
17 reviews
69%
13 reviews
83%
3 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
85%
16 reviews
88%
19 reviews
80%
7 reviews
73%
9 reviews
81%
7 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
87%
22 reviews
89%
8 reviews
86%
15 reviews
84%
8 reviews
86%
4 reviews
Techradar logo
87%
20 reviews
85%
14 reviews
74%
10 reviews
65%
6 reviews
85%
4 reviews
Cameras.co.uk logo
85%
25 reviews
80%
10 reviews
83%
12 reviews
82%
5 reviews
81%
1 review
Digital Versus logo
77%
22 reviews
75%
4 reviews
80%
10 reviews
69%
9 reviews
75%
4 reviews
betabuzz.de logo
74%
18 reviews
80%
7 reviews
76%
7 reviews
71%
12 reviews
75%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
78%
14 reviews
71%
15 reviews
75%
11 reviews
63%
3 reviews
68%
4 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
77%
21 reviews
79%
11 reviews
72%
5 reviews
71%
9 reviews
Neocamera.com logo
66%
18 reviews
46%
18 reviews
37%
6 reviews
60%
3 reviews
Photo Radar logo
80%
18 reviews
84%
14 reviews
75%
8 reviews
80%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
Other Expert Sites
76%
641 reviews
78%
400 reviews
71%
377 reviews
69%
208 reviews
75%
149 reviews
Average
79%
1,191 reviews
78%
755 reviews
75%
681 reviews
74%
421 reviews
79%
235 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Nikon Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 170 industry awards for Nikon digital cameras. The table below compares the number of awards received by Nikon to other popular digital camera brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Nikon has won 170 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Olympus
PhotographyBlog.com logo
22
11
16
11
3
Camera Labs logo
23
7
8
3
CNET.com logo
14
11
4
2
2
DP Review logo
12
8
4
1
3
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
13
7
4
1
3
Trusted Reviews logo
8
7
3
8
2
Ephotozine logo
10
6
1
5
1
buy-n-shoot.com logo
8
3
5
5
2
Lydogbilde.no logo
5
8
3
6
Pocket Lint logo
6
7
1
1
3
Digicam Buyer.co.uk logo
4
3
5
1
2
01net.com logo
5
4
2
1
2
What Digital Camera logo
4
2
4
3
1
M3.idg.se logo
4
3
2
2
2
tipa.com logo
6
4
1
2
stuff.tv logo
7
4
2
EISA.eu logo
4
3
1
2
2
Akam.no logo
6
3
1
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
3
1
6
letsgodigital.org/es/ logo
4
5
1
Other Expert Sites
86
63
24
25
13
Total
254
170
97
68
54

How Reliable Are Nikon Digital Cameras?

We checked over 13,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Nikon digital cameras. over 110 of these reviews mention reliability of which 88% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Nikon digital camera owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

88% of reviewers think Nikon digital cameras are reliable.

So, most people think that Nikon digital cameras are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Nikon digital cameras that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

it is a well-built camera that can take almost
electronista.com
Solid metal-alloy construction
CNET.com
Stunning images from accomplished compact with the convenience if Wi-Fi technology built in
Pocket Lint
suggests a very reliable camera
photo.net
It's very robust
theregister.co.uk
A well built
T3.com
well built
v3.co.uk
has a good build quality
Ephotozine
was an essentially hand-built mechanical engineering marvel
digitalcamerareview.com
solidly built
asia.cnet.com
nicely built
pcworld.co.nz
the new model has essentially the same sturdy body as the D200
photoreview.com.au
PDN is a member of the Technical Image Press Association which has contracted with Image Engineering to perform detailed lab tests of digital cameras
pdnonline.com
excellent build quality match up to its performance
practicalphotography.com
The Nikon D5000 is a durable
IT Reviews.com
As the first camera with built in w
about.com
The Nikon D3S is a superbly engineered camera that looks the business
gadgetshow.channel5.com
Its very robust
Camera Labs
The cameras mechanisms are housed in a rugged
Steve's Digicams

NOT RELIABLE

impossible to find anything with a Nikon badge on it that has duff build quality
Photo Radar
charge me $100 to fix a nearly-new product--and if the camera is that fragile to not withstand normal wear-and-tear
Amazon
Quality is not up to scratch
amazon.co.uk
it's not durable at all
Bhphotovideo.com
I was very disappointed with the build quality of the D850
Bestbuy.com

Features to Look Out For On Nikon Digital Cameras

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Nikon digital cameras that set them apart from the competition. These include rechargeable battery.

Nikon Rechargeable Battery

A rechargable battery means tht the battery pack in the camera can be recharged, meaning no need to constantly replace them with other batteries.

Nikon digital cameras that have a rechargeable battery include the Nikon Coolpix A1000 ($336), the Nikon D3500 ($297) and the Nikon Coolpix B600 ($255).

What is the Best High End Nikon Digital Camera?

Nikon D850

$1,695.00
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Nikon D850
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Nikon D850
45.7MP
8256 X 5504
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
915g
3.2"
SCREEN

If you're looking for a high end Nikon digital camera then the Nikon D850 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 87, but is a bit more expensive at $1,695.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (45.7MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
Optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses

A fully featured and multi award winning 915g camera, with a good price and megapixels. It has a touchscreen and a GPS, does not have an image stabiliser and supports Wi-Fi. Our review analysis indicates that it has superb features, an outstanding picture resolution and it produces very good images.

98
Reviews
269 Reviews + 14 Awards
88
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Widely Available
77
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Nikon D850 has fantastic expert reviews and excellent user reviews with 95% of buyers recommending this camera to others.

PhotographyBlog.com Essential
Ephotozine Highly Recommended
Techradar Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint Editor's Choice
photoxels.com Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com Editor's Choice
photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 6 Star
komputerswiat.pl Recommended
optyczne.pl Editor's Choice
kamerabild.se Top Class
ljudochbild.se Recommended
3dnews.ru Editor's Choice
Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended 6 star

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What is the Best Budget Choice Nikon Digital Camera?

Nikon Coolpix B600

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16MP
4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
60x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.3
MINIMUM
1s
CAMERA
6,400
MAXIMUM ISO
500g
2x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

At only $254.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 86 the Nikon Coolpix B600 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Huge optical zoom (60x)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
ok minimum aperture number (3.3)
Image stabiliser
Very short camera shutter speed (1/4000s)

A low cost and fully featured 500g camera. It supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video, has an image stabiliser and features bluetooth.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Nikon Digital Camera?
Is Nikon the Best Digital Camera Brand?
What Do the Nikon Digital Camera Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Nikon Digital Cameras Received?
How Reliable Are Nikon Digital Cameras?
Features to Look Out For On Nikon Digital Cameras
Nikon Rechargeable Battery
What is the Best High End Nikon Digital Camera?
What is the Best Budget Choice Nikon Digital Camera?

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