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Should You Buy a Nikon Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 24 August 2021
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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 and scanners.

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 36,000 user and expert reviews and 630+ 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 $3,200 for the Df which has a weight of 710g, an optical zoom of §x and is a slr digital camera. The average price of a new Nikon digital camera is $558.

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%
7,456 reviews
#2
Japan
91%
91%
4,433 reviews
#3
Japan
89%
89%
3,659 reviews
#4
Japan
88%
88%
254 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
1,242 reviews
#6
South Korea
84%
84%
1,485 reviews
#7
Polaroid
82%
82%
545 reviews
#8
82%
82%
72 reviews
#9
81%
81%
236 reviews
#10
Japan
81%
81%
567 reviews
#11
80%
80%
17 reviews
#12
Ricoh
77%
77%
12 reviews
#13
GE
United States
71%
71%
28 reviews
#14
Sigma
68%
68%
34 reviews
#15
Aquapix
63%
63%
62 reviews
#16
SeaLife
62%
62%
1 review
#17
61%
61%
5 reviews
#18
HP
United States
61%
61%
12 reviews
#19
Vivitar
60%
60%
49 reviews
#20
easypix
59%
59%
70 reviews
#21
Lytro
59%
59%
167 reviews
#22
VTech
58%
58%
4 reviews
#23
Philips
Netherlands
57%
57%
3 reviews
#24
Coleman
57%
57%
0 reviews
#25
SVP
56%
56%
0 reviews
#26
Mamiya
56%
56%
0 reviews
#27
Fuji
54%
54%
0 reviews
#28
Bell+Howell
52%
52%
0 reviews
#29
Hasselblad
51%
51%
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 60 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 82%.

The average review score for a Nikon digital camera is 82%.

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 $11,599
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$558
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $5,399
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
299
4 stars
351
3 stars
58
2 stars
16
1 star
8
Nikon logo

User Reviews

5 stars
2,122
4 stars
669
3 stars
195
2 stars
119
1 star
187
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 85% of user reviews for Nikon digital cameras are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% and 83% respectively across all Digital Camera brands.

Purchasers of Nikon digital cameras frequently mentioned that the product was easy to use, takes good landscape photos and was solidly made. Their digital cameras have also won 150+ awards.

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 Pentax
CNET.com logo
75%
147 reviews
73%
109 reviews
75%
89 reviews
74%
41 reviews
78%
8 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
83%
27 reviews
84%
13 reviews
83%
19 reviews
82%
13 reviews
95%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
74%
19 reviews
72%
19 reviews
68%
13 reviews
74%
13 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
28 reviews
62%
9 reviews
73%
14 reviews
67%
11 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Digicam Buyer.co.uk logo
79%
23 reviews
80%
11 reviews
82%
13 reviews
71%
13 reviews
90%
2 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
19 reviews
87%
12 reviews
80%
12 reviews
83%
16 reviews
80%
1 review
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
22 reviews
71%
14 reviews
76%
11 reviews
76%
13 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
82%
18 reviews
82%
20 reviews
75%
8 reviews
78%
10 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
76%
22 reviews
86%
4 reviews
79%
17 reviews
69%
14 reviews
87%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
19 reviews
76%
15 reviews
74%
11 reviews
69%
11 reviews
75%
1 review
What Digital Camera logo
87%
22 reviews
89%
8 reviews
86%
15 reviews
84%
9 reviews
88%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
87%
20 reviews
84%
13 reviews
74%
10 reviews
66%
7 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Cameras.co.uk logo
85%
25 reviews
80%
10 reviews
83%
12 reviews
82%
5 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
86%
15 reviews
80%
16 reviews
80%
7 reviews
70%
12 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
22 reviews
75%
4 reviews
80%
10 reviews
68%
10 reviews
80%
2 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
77%
21 reviews
79%
11 reviews
72%
5 reviews
71%
9 reviews
80%
1 review
betabuzz.de logo
74%
18 reviews
80%
7 reviews
76%
7 reviews
71%
12 reviews
PC Mag logo
78%
14 reviews
69%
14 reviews
75%
11 reviews
65%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
Photo Radar logo
80%
18 reviews
84%
14 reviews
75%
8 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
Neocamera.com logo
66%
18 reviews
46%
18 reviews
37%
6 reviews
Other Expert Sites
77%
640 reviews
77%
370 reviews
71%
377 reviews
72%
293 reviews
81%
43 reviews
Average
79%
1,177 reviews
77%
711 reviews
75%
675 reviews
74%
517 reviews
81%
73 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Nikon Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 155 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 155 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Pentax
PhotographyBlog.com logo
22
9
16
12
2
Camera Labs logo
23
7
8
CNET.com logo
14
11
4
3
DP Review logo
12
8
4
1
2
Trusted Reviews logo
8
7
3
8
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
13
7
4
1
Ephotozine logo
10
5
1
6
2
buy-n-shoot.com logo
8
3
5
5
Pocket Lint logo
6
6
1
1
Digicam Buyer.co.uk logo
4
3
5
1
1
Lydogbilde.no logo
5
5
3
01net.com logo
5
4
2
1
1
stuff.tv logo
7
4
2
What Digital Camera logo
4
2
4
3
M3.idg.se logo
4
3
2
3
tipa.com logo
6
4
1
1
alphr.com logo
5
1
2
1
2
EISA.eu logo
4
3
1
2
Akam.no logo
6
3
1
photoreview.com.au logo
4
2
3
1
Other Expert Sites
82
58
25
34
6
Total
252
155
97
82
18

How Reliable Are Nikon Digital Cameras?

We checked over 36,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Nikon digital cameras. over 550 of these reviews mention reliability of which 82% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Nikon digital camera owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

82% 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

The Coolpix 4200 is durable with an all
Steve's Digicams
The Nikon D3S is a superbly engineered camera that looks the business
gadgetshow.channel5.com
It's very robust
theregister.co.uk
suggests a very reliable camera
photo.net
Its very robust
Camera Labs
Solid metal-alloy construction
CNET.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
sturdy snapper t
CNET.co.uk
As the first camera with built in w
about.com
A well built
T3.com
well built
v3.co.uk
The Nikon D5000 is a durable
IT Reviews.com
sturdy build make it a DSLR to seriously consider
Mac World
it is a well-built camera that can take almost
electronista.com
extremely well built- Big
igizmo.co.uk
Solidly built
Pocket Lint

NOT RELIABLE

impossible to find anything with a Nikon badge on it that has duff build quality
Photo Radar
V good service in replaceing damaged camrea new one
Amazon

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 P900 ($545), the Nikon D5600 ($500) and the Nikon D80 ($0).

What is the Best Mid-Range Nikon Digital Camera?

Nikon D3500

$320.00
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Nikon D3500
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Nikon D3500
24.2MP
6000 X 4000
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
5.6
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
365g
3"
SCREEN

A great mid range choice, priced at $320 is the Nikon D3500, which has a Kagoo Score of 86.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (24.2MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
Optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses

A bargain price and fully featured 365g digital camera. It does not have an image stabiliser, supports Wi-Fi, features bluetooth and has a shock resistant.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
82
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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What is the Ultimate Nikon Digital Camera?

Nikon D850

$2,199.00
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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

For those with an unlimited budget then the Nikon D850 is the best Nikon digital camera out there. At $2,199 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 80.

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 but only ok value for money 915g camera. It has a touchscreen and a GPS, does not have an image stabiliser and supports Wi-Fi.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Widely Available
69
Value for Money
Good
80
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 Mid-Range Nikon Digital Camera?
What is the Ultimate Nikon Digital Camera?

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