Nikon Coolpix P330 is a small and affordable compact camera aimed at more demanding users. Exterior dimensions are similar to almost any other compact camera on the market, yet it has a full range of manual controls, RAW mode and significantly better image sensor. The lens has 5x optical zoom with the bright F/1.8 aperture at wide angle and it records full HD video with stereo sound. P330 is a successor of P310 but it is improved to the level at which those two models cannot be compared (image quality wise). Most important, it sells for $300 and as I found out, it performs splendid.
Nikon Coolpix A is a first compact camera from Nikon with APS-C sized sensor. It is paired with a fixed focal length lens of 18.5mm (28mm in 35mm eq.). Coolpix A offers a full range of manual controls, RAW mode and is meant to compete with smartphones which flooded the market in the last few years and. Compact camera market is shrinkig each day and camera manafacturers are releasing more advanced cameras to boost the sales figures. A camera like this was unheard of only few years before, but it seems every camera manafacture has one. More choice for us.
Nikon Coolpix P520 is a flagship ultra zoom camera from Nikon. Besides this one there are two cheaper models; the L820 which I already reviewed and the basic L320. P520 offers more features and had better specs in almost all regards compared to cheaper brothers; it has 42x optical zoom with image stabilization (VR), back-illuminated 18 megapixel sensor, GPS, records full HD video with stereo sound and has a nice set of manual functions and controls. Its main competitors are Canon SX50 and Sony HX300.
Nikon D7100 is an advanced DSLR aimed at professionals and demanding amateurs alike. It is still a bit unclear whether Nikon intended this model to be a replacement for both D7000 and D300s… A mystical high end APS-C model (D400) is expected for a long time, yet rumor blogs have not a single proof of its existence. To add to confusion D7100 has a lot of “pro” features, from weather sealed body, 1/8000 shutter speed, dual SD card slots up to 51 AF system derived from D300s. It is also priced just below D600 which falls into different category due to its large full-frame image sensor. As for now, Nikon users who cannot afford or simply do not need full-frame camera, D7100 is the best model in the range. I spent a very pleasant week using it, so keep reading to learn more about this camera.
Nikon Coolpix L820 is the latest affordable ultrazoom from Nikon. With its features and price it competes directly to Canon SX500IS, Sony H200 and Olympus SP820UZ. It has 16 megapixel sensor, 30x optical zoom with image stabilization and Full HD video. Nothing spectacular at a first glance, but Coolpix L820 has few tricks up its sleeve which I think may in fact make it the best affordable ultrazoom on the market.
D5200 is second model in current Nikon DSLR lineup, just above D3200 and below the newly announced semi-pro D7100. In terms of features and especially size or ergonomics it is pretty much the same as both its predecessor the D5100 or the current base model D3200. Since I already published D3200 review and D5200 is rather similar camera, I will cover only the differences and overall user experience in this review.
Compared to its predecessor, the D5200 has a new 24 MP sensor, more advanced focus system with 39 AF points, 2016 pixel color sensitive metering sensor and stereo microphone for video recording. The Auto-ISO option is also upgraded and now allows automatic setting of minimum shutter speed based on the lens focal length – pretty important for zoom lens users. Movie aficionados will love the option of manual setting of shutter, aperture and ISO during movie recording. Everything else is practically the same as on D5100.
You probably do not need full frame. But you want it. It’s a dark object of your desires, the reason why you keep returning to review websites at 2 a.m. and drool over bokehlicious cat samples on Flickr… If you recognized yourself in previous description, you have probably suffered from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) which can be fatal for your wallet and marriage peace. Luckily, I’m not married.
Nikon and I seem share a common belief in a thing called a second chance. A year ago Nikon 1 V1 hit the market as company’s first mirrorless offering. It took pictures, but that’s about it. It didn’t appeal to advanced users, and the not-so-advanced crowd also avoided it due to various reasons. Hence this autumn’s price reduction; it plummeted from insane $899 all the way down to around $299 in some stores. Low sale figures are not the only reason responsible for the price drop; shops had to get rid of the supplies before the all new V2 came out. And it’s good they have because the V2 is a completely different and quite desirable camera.
A long long time ago (in digital market terms) DSLR cameras were quite expensive. Well, at least more than most of the customers could or wanted to pay for. In those days only alternative for advanced amateurs on the budget or users in desire for higher image quality were so-called “prosumer” cameras. They still had small sensors, but paired to high quality optics in larger bodies with full manual controls. As soon as DSLR and (in the last few years) mirrorless cameras became affordable, prosumer cameras disappeared almost overnight. Why would anyone buy a product with worse image quality when you could get full size pro-looking DSLR to impress your friends instead?
I knew Nikon D4 is a fantastic camera before I got it for review. But so are many others and they do not cost as much as this one. So what is so special (expensive) about D4? Well, this one really works as advertised. Almost all other cameras on the market failed at one or more aspects of their performance. Sooner or later, they left me mumbling to myself something like: “…if it just focused better on this shot,had less noise on this pic or had better control layout I would have caught a perfect photo”. Well, Nikon D4 is the first camera that did absolutely everything I wanted it to, and left me mumbling to myself: “Shi*, I’m a lousy photographer”. If you have mastered a certain level of technical skills, D4 will very soon reveal all that’s bad in your artistic skills. It is that good.
Interested? Read on.