Nikon Camera Reviews

Nikon D7000 DSLR Review

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Overview of the Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera

A lot of people have expected to see the next model after the Nikon’s D90 and many of them cannot help being amazed at the impressive specification list of the Nikon D7000 which has shared some common features with the D300s – the models aimed at semi-professional level. As you can see, the D7000 is a nice combination of these other two Nikon models. And both of them are still current cameras.

The Nikon D7000 appears to resemble the Canon EOS 60D in terms of the targeted customers. Both are aimed at upper entry-level photographers as well as enthusiast levels. Both the two models are positioned at the middle of the manufacturers’ ranges. Let’s find out how successful the D7000 is.

Description

  • The resolution is 16.2 MP, and the camera use a CMOS sensor
  • The ISOs range from 100 to 6400, together with the two H1 as well as H2 configurations ( 12,800 and 25,600 equivalent)
  • There are 39 autofocus points in the focusing systems.
  • A HD video mode is supported
  • There is a built-in popup flash with the camera
  • The 3-inch LCD screen has the resolution of 921,000 pixels
  • The camera uses the LiIon EN-EL15 battery which can be rechargeable
  • The dimensions are 132 x 105 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)
  • The camera weighs 780 g (1.7 lbs.) (with the inclusion of the battery)
  • The image size is 4928 x 3264 pixels at maximum (There are the RAW and JPEG image formats with the camera)

Pros

  • The performance is outstanding even at high ISOs
  • The camera has a nice build quality
  • The AF system is comprehensive
  • Full HD video mode is supported

Cons

  • The images tends to be overexposed when the contrast is high
  • AF is not fast enough in low-light situations
  • You cannot alter the aperture in manual mode in “Live View”
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Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of Nikon D7000 Camera

Firstly, this Nikon camera is an outstanding Nikon model. You’ll find a magnesium alloy body and a thick rubber grip with the camera. It brings you the well-built feel when you hold the camera – especially when you compare it with the plastic shell of the D90. Certainly, this model can be favorably compared to the Nikon D300s. However, the Canon 60D costs $500 less expensive than the Nikon D7000. While the body of the 60D camera is made by plastic and its resolution is 18 megapixels, which has the Nikon D7000 had to be compared to the equivalent Canon model?

Well, I find that while the performance of the Nikon D7000 camera is a little bit better at higher ISOs and the JPEG mode brings images of nicer quality, you’ll find more “fiddly” controls with the D7000 than with the Canon 60D. Although the overexposure tends to occur with both the two models when the contrast is high, but it is more serious with the D7000. In case you prefer to capture images in the JPEG mode frequently, I’d like to recommend the Nikon D7000. Or the Canon 60D should be considered if you are a beginner.

For those who are looking for a good Nikon camera, the D7000 is really worth your consideration. You will be easily appealed by many of its strong points such as: the higher resolutions, a better autofocus system, and nicer movie modes over the Nikon D300s. In addition, its price is just slightly higher than that of the D300s. Below, I’d like to list more details about this model.

Controls

You’ll be pleasant with the nice controls with the Nikon D7000. You can lock the mode dial to avoid switching between modes accidentally. And the good news is that it is possible to customize some of the functions. For the first purchase, you won’t have to worry about the camera setup because the camera has been carefully set up (it takes you a certain period time to get used to the initial setups and be able to customize some functions). However, it is recommended that after the initial work, you should not dive into the menus too frequently).

The position of the ISO button is not really good as I expected. Like the Nikon D90, the D7000 has this button located on the left-hand side, so you cannot change it while still keeping the camera within the eye. Until now, I have not found out why this button is not located on the top panel as with the Canon models. In addition, the Live View mode of this Nikon model is not really good. You may find it inconvenient when you cannot adjust the aperture setting with the manual mode in the Live View. But except these troubles, the controls in general are nice in a well-organized layout.

HD Video Mode

It is not difficult at all to use the video mode with the D7000 and you can record videos in the full HD mode. Slightly turn on the Live View switch and hold down the red button when you want to start or stop the recording. Both the AF and full manual control are available for capturing videos. And you can attach a stereo mic to an available socket.

There is a slight distortion with the camera, which is also common for almost all similarly priced DSLR models, but it’s much less noticeable than you often find with other cameras. Unfortunately, the camera lacks a rotatable hinged LCD, which also limits photographers when in video mode. What a pity that this type of screen is not available in the D7000.

SD Cards

There are twin SD card slots with the camera. You will find this offering very useful when you are selecting different image formats or like to save time for quickly shooting many shots. This additional offering is simple, but do help.

Image Quality

In all of my reviews, the image quality is always an important factor. The good news is that you will obtain nice images of the good quality in almost all conditions with the Nikon D7000. The camera performs extremely well at ISOs of high levels, for both the RAW and JPEG image formats. It is possible to make nice prints even with the ISO 6400.

There is certainly some deterioration in quality with both the two H configurations. Not similar to many of its rivals, the D7000 camera has the good performance in the JPEG mode, which ensures the nice color reproduction for the photos. The result is great for the RAW as well.

Only one drawback with the camera is that the images tend to be over-exposed pretty considerably when the contrast is high contrast. It is common to see all Nikon models’ tendency to run a little bright on colors, even in mid-tones, and this is displayed into the problems that you see in high contrast situation. Obviously, you can prevent this by selecting the RAW format and taking time to do editing tasks after the photos are shot, or through dialing in a little negative exposure compensation.

Summary

This is a very nice enthusiast’s model regarding almost all respects. The photos shot with this camera are nice even under inadequate lighting circumstances. The model certainly attracts those who are using a Nikon model and it even gives the D300s a run for its money. It’s just a shame that the D7000 isn’t more competitively priced, especially as users will need to invest in some nice quality glass to get the most out of it.

 

Nikon Coolpix A Review

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Overview of the Nikon Coolpix A Camera

If what you are finding is a solid camera which can produce the photos with the similar quality as with a DSLR model for the beginning level, you cannot help noticing the Nikon Coolpix A model. The Coolpix A has an APS-C sized image sensor using the CMOS technology, so the image quality is very nice, not only for normal lighting situations but under inadequate lighting circumstances.

Moreover, the price of the Nikon Coolpix A camera is almost as twice as that of a previous entry-leve Nikon DSLR model, the Nikon D5100, its image quality should be impressive.

Although the image quality with the Coolpix A can be similarly compared to that from a beginner-level DSLR model, other features are unfortunately not really as good as with a DSLR camera. There is no any articulated LCD, viewfinder or zoom ability. The autofocus mechanism is not good as expected and the battery life is pretty short. In addition, the Wi-Fi connectivity is not available, too.

I find it hard to recommend this model because while the price is high, there remain a lot of drawbacks. If the impressive image quality is what you are really interested in, I’d like to suggest you to consider a mirrorless DIL camera rather than this camera. However, because the camera’s going to shoot nice images of great quality, you may also consider buying it in case you have already had a Nikon DSLR model. Just make sure that you afford to buy it.

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Nikon Coolpix A Camera Review Buy

The bodies of the Coolpix A high-end fixed lens camera are available in the two color options: light silver and black.

Brief Review of the Nikon Coolpix A Camera

Specifications

  • The resolution is 16.2 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: None (28mm equivalent prime)
  • The 3.0-inch LCD has the resolution of 921,000 pixels
  • The image size is 4928 x 3264 pixels at maximum
  • The camera uses a Li-Ion battery which can be rechargeable
  • The dimensions are 2.6 x 4.4 x 1.6 inches
  • The camera weighs.6 ounces (with the inclusion of the battery and memory card)
  • The APS-C sized CMOS image sensor is in the Nikon DX format (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
  • A Full HD 1080p video mode is supported

Pros

  • The image quality is impressive, which is similar with beginner-level Nikon DSLR models
  • The manual focus is good
  • The photos can be shot in the RAW format and/or JPEG format.
  • There are a lot of the customization options in menus and through buttons
  • Shooting results are very nice with or without the flash for low light photography

Cons

  • The camera costs far too much
  • The consistent autofocus could be nicer for a camera in this price range
  • There is no zoom option for lens
  • Battery life is below the average level
  • Video quality and video recording options are all below average

Detailed Review of the Nikon Coolpix A Camera

Image Quality

Obviously, the greatest feature with the Nikon Coolpix A camera is the image quality. The APS-C sized image sensor (also known as the DX image sensor) enables you to achieve the photos of the outstanding sharpness. The highest resolution number that you can select is 16.2 MP. With the offered resolution, you can easily print photos nicely at large sizes.

There are two available image formats with the Coolpix A: JPEG and RAW formats. These two formats help you obtain the images of the highest possible quality. If you are a photographer with lots of experiences, you’ll highly appreciate the capability to have full control over the camera manually.

Partly thanks to the CMOS technology offered in the image sensor of a large size, you won’t have to concern about shooting photos under inadequate lighting conditions. There is a popup flash unit with the camera, or you may have an external flash attached to the hot shoe of the camera if you want.

Unfortunately, the movie quality is not good with this camera. It is a little complicated to initialize the video mode because you will have to through some various menu screens to select the settings. The video quality could have been better for such a camera at this price point.

Performance

While the image quality is very impressive, the performance levels of the camera are not as good as you may expect for such a camera in this high price range. First, the battery life is just below the average level. You’ll surely want to have an additional battery with this camera.

Second, it is pretty strange that there is no articulated LCD screen or viewfinder with the camera. In addition, the GPS and built-in Wi-Fi are also not available, too.  An external viewfinder can be purchased with an additional cost, but it is odd that the camera does not have articulated LCD or the Wi-Fi connectivity, as they are included in many cameras of the same price range.

The performance of the autofocus seems to be inconsistent with my tested models. Therefore, this causes some lag problems as well as the slight blurriness. The autofocus mechanism works better for photos shot under the macro mode. And the performance of the manual focus is extremely good.

The delays from shot to shot were also more than I’d expected for such a camera at this price point.

Design

Because there is no zoom capability with the Nikon Coolpix A, the focal length is fixed at 28mm (at a 35mm equivalent). Those who have been accustomed to using the optical zoom capabilities may not find this camera appealing because it does not have a zoom lens. The lens aperture could have been faster than the offered f/2.8 for a camera in this price range.

The diagonal 3.0-ich LCD screen is nice because it offers the high resolution which measures approximately 1 million pixels. You will be very happy with the sharpness and brightness of the LCD and it does a good job of framing outdoor photos with very little glare on the LCD. If the glare is noticeable, the solution here is to set a higher brightness number to go against the glare.

The camera is pretty thick with the measurement of up to1.6 inches, so you may want a large pocket to fit it in.

There are very few cameras in the market that are as thin as this model, yet can achieve the type of image quality the Coolpix A offers.

The camera is designed to in the shape of a boxy rectangle. There are a lot of control buttons on the camera back panel and the buttons are well sized and arranged in good positions. All of these bring you the similar feel as you are operating a DSLR camera. You’ll find the on-screen menus similar as the menus of a beginner-level Nikon DSLR camera. Therefore, you have already had a Nikon model, you will like to find out more about the Nikon Coolpix A. It does not take much time for you to learn the way to use the model’s features.

 

Nikon Coolpix S80 Review

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Overview of the Nikon Coolpix S80 Camera

If the large size and sharpness of the camera is what you’re interested in, you will be easily happy with the offerings of the Nikon Coolpix S80. Especially, this camera includes an OLED screen (as abbreviated for “organic light emitting diode”) which is one of the greatest that you have found.

While the OLED display is very great, the shooting features as well as the controls are not that impressive. For instance, you just can use the zoom lens by using the touch screen. In fact, this is not efficient.

Before buying the S80 for the expectation of a large screen, you should try it first. Please make sure that all of the below problems can be acceptable for you. It would deserve your consideration if the price was lowered, too.

Brief Review of the Nikon Coolpix S80 Camera

Pros

  • You will be glad to see the nice large OLED touch screen with its sharpness and brightness
  • Thin and stylish camera, which is available in some color combining options
  • The focusing sharpness and accuracy are nice for photos over short distances
  • Menu organization is not difficult to understand and use
  • There is an inclusion of HDMI slot when you want to upload 720p HD movies

Cons

  • You can easily shoot inadvertent images due to the shutter button arrangement
  • There is not any zoom dial; you have to use the touch screen to control the zoom lens
  • For the 8MP option, there is only 16:9 ratio resolution
  • You may accidentally block the lens with your finger
  • The high price lowers the attractiveness of the camera.

Description

  • The resolution is 14.1 megapixels
  • The optical zoom is 5X (35-175mm)
  • The 3.5-inch touch screen display uses the OLED technology and has the resolution of 819,000 pixels
  • The image size is 4352 x 3264 pixels at maximum
  • The camera uses a Li-ion battery which can be rechargeable
  • The dimensions are 3.9 x 2.5 x 0.7 inches
  • The camera weighs 4.7 ounces (with the inclusion of the battery and memory card)
  • The camera has a 1/2.3 in CCD image sensor
  • A 720p HD ovie mode is supported
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Nikon Coolpix S80 Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of the Nikon Coolpix S80 Camera

Image Quality

Overall, the image quality with the Nikon Coolpix S80 is not as good as I’d expected for such a camera with the price under $400, but it is nice enough for daily images.

The image quality with the S80 is slightly above the average level, although you may encounter several issues with the exposing difficulty when shooting under the sunlight with excessive brightness. To deal with this, you can make certain adjustments on the white balance setting. In addition, a few occasional issues also happen with photos using the flash, for example, washed out photos, but the performance of the camera flash is still as nice as that of a fill flash.

The camera has a nice focus performance for most of the time, which is especially good for photos of extremely short distances.

Performance

The Coolpix S80 does not have large optical zoom lens and it is limited to 5X only. The moving of this zoom lens within its range is jerky, which causes some certain frustration for users. In addition, you just can control over the zoom lens by using the touch screen, which takes you much more time to perform the zooming action, compared to a common dial. Lacking a zoom dial is a slight disappointment with this camera.

There are up to 17 scene modes with the Nikon S80 and one additional “help” mode which is very useful when you need the clear explanations for other modes. Besides, there is a slider bar, through which you can have manual control over one certain setting when you are using scene mode. This feature is very nice.

You can select one among four different resolutions with the Coolpix S80, including: 3MP, 5MP, 8MP and 14MP and the 16:9 ratio is available for the 8MP resolution. But unfortunately, you will find no more resolution when you select the 16:9 widescreen ratio, especially while the large OLED screen is great for shooting photos at wide screens.

Design

The Nikon Coolpix S80 is a very thin model with the thickness of 0.7 inches only and this nice-looking camera is available in six color options for the body.

But, obviously, the very large OLED touch screen measured 3.5 inches is the most high-lighted feature of this camera. You’ll be very satisfied with the sharpness and brightness of this screen and it is not difficult to use this screen at all. There is no glare on the OLED screen that you may see in photos shot outdoors. The screen display takes over the whole back panel of the S80, so there is no space for any dials or buttons.

One disappointment with the Nikon S80 regarding the design is a variety of “oops” images that I accidentally shot while testing the model. You use a large sliding panel (which uncovers the lens as well) to start up the Coolpix S80. However, when moving the slider panel, you may easily have the shuttering button pressed unintendedly. It is pretty common to capturing an inadvertent image when making the touching commands for shooting photos. In addition, due to the position of the small lens on the upper right corner of the Coolpix S80 (you see it from the front), you might block the lens easily with your left fingers. All of the above aspects cause some “oops” images with this camera

Finally, there is not any button for controlling the menus on the screen, which takes you a certain amount of time to get used to this at the beginning. If there were the buttons, working with the menus or selecting a scene mode would be more convenient at times.

The large size together with the brightness of the touch screen is so nice that it makes up for some of the above mentioned problems. This option is viable for beginning photographers

 

Nikon D5100 DSLR Review

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Overview of the Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera

The D5100 is the Nikon’s latest generation to its consumer DLSR product line. Replacing the D5000, this camera is positioned closely between the D3100 which is aimed at beginners and the high-end D7000 for experienced photographers. The main targeted consumers of the D5100 are those who are attempting to outgrow their basic entry-level DSLRs, and this camera directly competes with the Canon’s T3i.

The following detailed review will show you how it competes with its rivals!

Brief review of the Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera

Description

  • The resolution is 16.2 megapixels with the CMOS sensor
  • The ISO settings range from 100 to 6400, plus H1 and H2 settings equivalent to 12,800 and 25,600
  • There is a 11-AF point focusing system
  • The popup flash is built-in the camera
  • The 3-inch LCD Screen has the resolution of 921,000 pixels
  • The camera uses a LiIon EN-EL14 battery which is rechargeable
  • The dimensions are 128 x 97 x 79 mm (5.0 x 3.8 x 3.1 in.)
  • The camera weighs 560 g (1.4 lbs.) (with the battery compartment included)
  • The maximum image size is 4928 x 3264 pixels (you can shoot photos in the RAW and JPEG formats)
  • A HD movie mode is supported

Pros

  • The image quality is excellent
  • The LCD screen is articulated
  • It has a sophisticated AF system for the price

Cons

  • Odd arrangement of some controls
  • Sluggish AF in Live View and Movie Mode
  • Movie mode is inconsistent, and prone to “bugs”
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Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera

The Nikon D5100 DSLR has offered much more than its previous generation, the D5000. Its image sensor has inherited the 16.2MP sensor of the D7000, but of couse, there will be a lack of some high-end features of that advanced camera. You will see no magnesium alloy body and the number of AF points are fewer, but the image quality is still very good. The images are excellent. Now, let’s see other aspects of this camera!

Body and Controls

The D5100 is a neat and small model, and you can easily hold it in your hand. Although it is lighter than its predecessor (because its body is made by plastic), the camera still brings the substantial feel. One strong point is that the LCD screen with a side hinge is very articulated. Thanks to this screen, you will find the camera very easy to use. However, the side hinge has resulted in a pretty significant reshuffling of buttons.

You won’t see any buttons at all on the left hand side of the screen, which is different from other Nikon models. And the manufacturer has located the buttons for controlling the menu and playback options on the right hand side of the LCD screen, which sits alongside the four-way dial for setting up exposure parameters. There is a convenient switch which is positioned on the top of the camera and next to the mode dial, which help quickly push the camera into Live View mode in cases that you want to fast record videos.

And there is not any direct access button for you to adjust the ISO as well. Instead, this needs to be assigned to the function button, which is located on the front of the camera. This button is next to the flash activation button, and be careful because you can easily get these two buttons mixed up.

Autofocus

Similar to the D3100, don’t expect to have an in-body autofocus motor with this camera. This means that the accuracy and speed of the autofocus mechanism largely depend on the lens that you are choosing. This also means that the D5100 will not focus with a third-party lens that does not have a built-in focusing motor or the one with non-AF-S Nikkor lenses.

When you shoot still images, the autofocus is accurate and acceptably fast, even in cases that you use the 18-55 mm kit lens. However, the speed of the autofocus is very slow when you select the Live View and Movie Mode. During the recording time with those modes, it even drifts in and out of focus.

Flash

Unlike higher spec models, you cannot use the D5100 camera as a wireless flash controller. However, you can use the flash activation button to boat several useful features. To get access to different flash modes, you just need to hold the button and spin the control dial. And just hold down the button in conjunction with the exposure compensation button to apply the flash exposure compensation.

Image Quality

The image quality with the Nikon D5100 camera is fantastic and you can shoot photos in both RAW and JPEG formats. It has the same sensor as the image sensor of the D7000. But you will not have to concern about the overexposure problems in high contrast situations as with the D7000.

Especially, you will be very surprised with the low noise levels, even with the higher ISO settings. The camera does a great job of preserving details with the automatic noise reduction function. With this feature, the D5100 has probably become one of the best APS-C models which is great for shooting photos at high ISOs.

In general, the images shot with the D5100 are outstanding and there is just a minimum of difficulty.

In Conclusion

In terms of the list of good features and the excellent image quality, this is a great model. The star rating is lowered a bit, though, for the organization of the function buttons which is not really well organized. This complicated organization may drive users to consider the D3100 for simpler usage or the D7000 with more advance features.

 

Nikon D5000 DSLR Review

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Overview of the Nikon D5000 DSLR Camera

The Nikon D5000 DSLR camera is one of the cameras that has attracted a lot of attention since its release. I have understood the reason for this after I had a chance to review this Nikon camera.

According to my review, this is one of the best DSLR cameras for the beginning level. The D5000 has inherited a lot of the technology from the Nikon D300 – the slightly older and much more expensive generation. Only considering this aspect, the D5000 has already been very nice for photographers at the beginning and intermediate levels.

Based on the review on this camera, the most impressive aspect is that its performance is great not only in fully manual mode but also fully auto mode or anything in between as well.

The price tag of this Nikon camera is somewhere around USD 700, however, you can find some sellers who can sell it at about 20% lower price. This is one great offer: http://totgia.com/buy/electronics/1194645-review-nikon-d5000-12-3-mp-dx-digital-slr-camera-with-18-55mm-f3-5-5-6g-vr-lens-and-2-7-inch-vari-angle-lc-4.html

Brief Review of the Nikon D5000 DSLR Camera

Pros

  • Excellent Image quality is an important advantage
  • LCD can twist and swivel away from the camera
  • The camera is a great mix of manual control and it is very easy to use
  • Good collection of printed materials – quick start guide and user guide
  • Battery life is good for DSLR camera

Cons

  • It’s a little time consuming to learn the function of each button
  • LCD could use more resolution
  • Autofocus is not fast, especially in low light photography
  • Experienced photographers may expect more features

Description

  • The resolution is 12.3 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
  • The 2.7-inch LCD has the resolution of 230,000 pixels (You can tilt and rotate it away from camera body)
  • The maximum image size is 4288 x 2848 pixels
  • The camera uses a Li-ion (rechargable) battery
  • The dimensions are 4.1 x 5.0 x 3.1 inches
  • The camera weighs 20 ounces (This is the weight of the body only. No battery or memory card is included)
  • It has a CMOS image sensor which is measured at 15.8 mm x 23.6 mm
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Nikon D5000 Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of the Nikon D5000 DSLR Camera

Image Quality

You will be very pleased to have images of excellent quality thanks to both the resolution of 12.3 megapixels and the high-quality image sensor. You can shoot photos in both JPEG and RAW format but the RAW images are of a better quality than JPEG images.

The Nikon D5000 DSLR camera uses an 18mm-55mm equivalent interchangeable lens, which brings you the nice image quality and sharp focus. This lens works well for photos which are shot at wide angles. However, for shooting telephoto shots, you may want to use a different lens. The focus of this lens is clear, both when you set up it automatically and manually.

Performance

While the start-up times are fast for the Nikon D5000, the speed of the autofocus is not as fat. Especially when you shoot movies in low-light circumstances, do not expect a fast autofocus, but it is accurate.

There are two options that you can select to frame the photos, including the LCD (called “live view”) or the optical viewfinder, but when you use the live view, the autofocus is slower. This is common among DSLR models.

It is not difficult at all to apply the editing features which have been built in the camera.

Design

It’s easy to hold and use the Nikon D5000 with the 18mm-55mm lens. With the nicely balanced weight and the good arrangement of the buttons and lens rings within reach, this is really nice model. However, for those who consider buying this camera as the first DSLR, it’s highly recommended to test the D5000 (or any DSLR model) before making the purchase decision, because there may happen a vast difference in size, weight and operational technique than with ultra compact point and shoot models.

The performance of the D5000 is great if you select the full automatic mode, in which you also can use the autofocus feature of the lens. But the manual control is also available and easy to handle and this mode shall help you improve your photography skills a lot. The settings of the manual control are shown during image playback.

Finally, you will find an LCD with the D5000, which you tilt and rotate away from the camera body. This is a feature. To protect the LCD when you are not using the camera, it should be rotated LCD next to the camera body. Unfortunately, the LCD’s resolution is not as high as with some other DSLR models.

 

Nikon Coolpix P520 Review

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Overview of the Nikon Coolpix P520 Camera

The Nikon Coolpix P520 has a very impressive feature that you can’t help paying attention – it has extremely large 42X optical zoom lens in which you can take advantage of the maximum telephoto setting up to 1000mm. This feature is not common for many other cameras.

The Coolpix P520 does not offer other advanced features in terms of some aspects, though. For instance, the RAW format is not supported as I expect and you may certainly encounter some considerable problems with the shutter lag with this camera. In fact, for such a camera like the Nikon Coolpix P520 in this sub-$400 price point, the shutter lag issue is not a small problem. It’s also the reason to lower the star rating of this camera.

Still, this camera is an easy-to-use model for photographers at the beginning levels. With this camera, there are a lot of manual settings that intermediate photographers can control over.

This camera is a really good model among ultra-zoom ones. If you are the one who is looking for a camera with a large zoom, the above listed drawbacks won’t be considerable. Although you can’t find big advantages of the P520 over the last year’s P510, upgrading your current model to the Coolpix P500 is still nice. And this upgrade is really worth your consideration if you really like this model.

Brief review of the Nikon Coolpix P520 Camera

Specifications

  • The resolution is 18.1 megapixels
  • Optical zoom:42X (24-1000mm)
  • The 3.2-inch LCD has the resolution of 921,000 pixels
  • The maximum image size is 4896 x 3672 pixels
  • The camera uses a Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • The dimensions are 5.0 x 3.4 x 4.0 inches
  • The camera weighs19.5 ounces (with battery and memory card included)
  • The 1/2.3 in.Image sensor uses the CMOS technology
  • A Full HD 1080p (30fps) movie mode is supported

Pros

  • Image quality is good for a 1/2.3-inch image sensor
  • Large zoom lens (42X) is a great feature
  • Coolpix P520 offers an articulated, large, and sharp LCD
  • Nice mix of automatic control and manual control features
  • Nikon included a large number of add-on features, including GPS

Cons

  • Shutter lag is a significant problem
  • Larger image sensor would be nice at this price point
  • Battery life should be better
  • There’s a bit of image softness, especially with indoor shots
  • Bulky camera body won’t appeal to some beginning photographers
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Nikon-Coolpix-P520 Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of the Nikon Coolpix P520 Camera

Image Quality

It would have been nicer if the Nikon Coolpix P520 had included an image sensor that was larger than just the current 1/2.3-inch CCD image sensor. In overall, the image quality would have been better if its image sensor had not been small as currently.

However, in comparison with the images from other cameras with a similar size of image sensor, the images produced by the P520 with the current size of image sensor are still very good.  At least, this result is partly thanks to the 18 MP resolution of its image sensor.

You may easily notice the noise issues with this camera, especially for photos that you are attempting to shoot in low light condition in which you have to select the ISO setting within the mid- to high-range.

For the autofocus mechanism, the softness also happens. For the photos with softness, you will find it hard to make large prints or view the camera’s image at large zoom on a computer screen. You will not have to concern about the image softness if you just make prints of the average sizes or share the images via social networking sites.

There is a flash unit with this camera which is centered directly over the lens. And thanks to this flash popup, the image quality of images shot with this camera is pretty nice.

Performance

The speed of the P520 in moving through its entire 42X zoom range is pretty fast for such a large telephoto range. It just takes less than 3 seconds.

Thanks to the extremely large zoom lens, you will find it easy to shoot landscape photos in a far distance without having to concern about the shutter lag.

However, the shutter lag will be pretty noticeable when you shoot photos in low light circumstances. To reduce the shutter lag problems, you should press the shutter button halfway and pre-focus on the subject. But keep in mind that you may easily miss several valuable moments when the shutter lag problems happen. Especially, the shutter lad shall be magnified when you move up to the far end of the large 42X zoom lenses.

Beyond the large zoom 42X lens, the large and bright 3.2-inch LCD screen  of the Coolpix P520 is also an advantage of this camera. The LCD screen is also articulated, and you will find it very handy in cases that you want to shoot self-portraits or photos at odd-angles. This LCD is one of the nicer ones among the current fixed-lens cameras.

There are a lot of advanced manual control features with the P520 cameras. And photographers can take more closely control over the camera’s performance.

Design

In terms of the design, the Coolpix P520 is similar to many other large zoom cameras, in which both the lens housing and the right-hand grip is really large. Not everyone will like this style of design because nowadays thin cameras have become more and more popular.

However, in comparison with some other ultra zoom models, the look of this camera is very appealing to me and it is easy to hold the camera in the hand. In addition, it is also pretty comfortable to use the large control buttons as well.

There is a viewfinder included with this camera, which isn’t common in the current camera marketplace. Although the resolution of the electronic viewfinder (EVF) is not so high, it is still very useful in cases that you find it difficult to frame a photo with a LCD.

You cannot switch between the EVF and LCD by just pressing a button. Perhaps this is the weakest point of the EVF with this camera. The LCD screen must be twisted and closed before you want to get access to the EVF.

There are plenty of buttons with the Coolpix P520, at least in comparison with other fixed-lens cameras. But you will be pleasure to see that those buttons are well designed to be used comfortably. In addition, the Function button is really nice, which can help save user-customized settings. Moreover, the inclusion of the mode dial is great, too.

With this Nikon  Coolpix P520, two extra great features are a built-in GPS unit and the capacity to use the Wi-Fi connectivity as an additional option. With many advanced design feature in one camera only, this is a nice camera and those features just well justify the high price point of the P520.

Although I did not as much as the P500 which I reviewed it a couple of years ago, the P520 is still a very nice camera. There are, of course, a few drawbacks related to the image quality as well as the battery life. However, some of the extra features of the Coolpix P520 has belonged  to the best collections of extra features for such a DSLR camera on the current market. That’s why this camera is well worth your consideration

Nikon Coolpix P500 Review

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Overview of the Nikon Coolpix P500 Camera

In the past, I have not been really interested in ultra-zoom cameras. The performance of the cameras with the large zoom lenses is common sluggish, which leads to shaky image quality and missed images when you shoot fast-moving subjects.

However, the new crop of ultra-zoom cameras, though, has changed my mind. The excellent cameras can be listed as the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 and the Panasonic Lumix FZ150. Especially, the large 30X and 24X optical zoom lenses does get the attention.

I have reviewed the newly released ultra-zoom cameras, and the Nikon Coolpix P500 may be the best model among them. An impressive point is the very large 36X zoom lens. In addition, the price is about $375, which is lower than with other two zoom cameras.

Summary of the Nikon Coolpix P500 camera

Specifications

  • The resolution is 12.1 megapixels
  • The optical zoom is 36X (22.5-810mm)
  • The camera use a 3.0-inch LCD which has the resolution of 921,000 pixels
  • The maximum image size are 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • The camera use a Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • The dimensions are 4.6 x 3.3 x 4.1 inches
  • With the battery and memory card compartment included, the camera weighs 17.5 ounces
  • The 1/2.3 in image sensor uses the CMOS technology
  • A full HD 1080p (30fps) movie mode is supported

Pros

  • Image quality is very good at all zoom levels
  • It has an extremely large lens – 36X optical zoom
  • LCD is sharp and bright, and it swivels and tilts away from camera
  • The performance is excellent, especially for an ultra-zoom camera
  • Price is extremely competitive for an ultra-zoom camera

Cons

  • You may feel the camera cheaply constructed when you first hold it, but I had no problems with sturdiness while using it
  • The camera doesn’t automatically switch between the viewfinder and the LCD when you lift the camera to your eye
  • Camera body is large, although that’s typical for an ultra-zoom model
  • Could use a few more resolution options at non-traditional aspect ratios
  • You must charge battery inside the camera
Nikon Coolpix P500 Camera Review

Nikon Coolpix P500 Camera Review

Detailed Review of the Nikon Coolpix P500 Camera

Image Quality

The images with the Nikon Coolpix P500 are of great quality even when you select the full automatic mode.

Some of the images will even surprise you thanks to the inclusion of the large zoom lens on the Coolpix P500. Although the zoom lens is large, you will just occasionally encounter the camera shake. The large zoom range is going to bring you amazing versatility with this camera.

Obviously, you can be very pleased with the overall outstanding image quality with the P500. The images are sharp with the accurate colors and proper brightness. The performance of the Coolpix P500’s autofocus is outstanding. And it’s precise within the camera’s zoom range as well.

The camera includes a popup flash unit centered over the lens. This partly contributes to bring you especially good flash photos. The size of the popup flash unit is larger than that of built-in flash units which you can find among small point and shoot cameras. This is a great advantage of the P500’s flash. Because the flash is not automatically opened as it’s needed, you have to press a button drive the flash to pop up. But don’t worry because the camera will display a message on the screen that instructs you to open the flash, when a flash is required in certain lighting conditions.

Performance

The most impressive aspect that I can’t help starting to mention about right from the beginning is its extremely large (36X) optical zoom lens, which has a measurement of 22.5mm to 810mm. With this ultra-zoom lens, you will easily obtain the best telephoto settings in the point and shoot market. Besides, the wide angle options are very nice as well.

The response times with the P500 are very fast, and you see almost no shutter lag for most of the time.

The sharpness and brightness with the 3.0-inch LCD are extremely amazing, which enables you to shoot high-resolution images. There are five brightness levels that you can select with this camera. It is also possible to tilt and swivel away this LCD screen from the camera body, allowing for odd-angle photos, although it would be nicer if the LCD could twist completely around. This would simplify self-portraits.

You can select the LCD screen or the electronic viewfinder to frame photos, although it requires you to switch between these two options by pressing a button. Actually, the camera does not automatically switch these two options each time you lifte the camera to your eye. This is a little bit disappointing.

The performance of the P500 camera is extremely great when you select the full automatic mode. In addition, there are some available options that allow partial manual control (shutter priority and aperture priority) and a full manual mode as well. For backlit, night portrait, and night landscape photos, you can use the mode dial with the included necessary settings.

Finally, the movie mode of the Coolpix P500 camera is excellent, in which both the full HD movie mode and the high-speed movie mode are supported. You can shoot at 240 fps in QVGA quality in those modes.

Design

Despite having a large camera body, the weight of the Coolpix P500 is pretty light. In fact, this lightweight make me concerned about its sturdiness when I used this camera at the beginning, as it brings almost cheap construction feel. The performance is great, though.

One other slight disappointment with the design is that it requires you to charge the battery inside the camera or you have to purchase a separate battery charger.

Without the above drawbacks, the Coolpix P500’s design will be really nice. With a design that is very similar to a DSLR with a large right handgrip, the camera looks sharp. It can be easily operated with one hand, which isn’t common for all ultra-zoom cameras.

In addition to traditionally placing the automatic zoom control near the shutter button, a zoom control has been positioned on the side of the lens. You can move the lens within the entire zoom range of the camera more quickly than the other zoom control, but it isn’t as accurate. It is a handy placement for a second zoom control, though.

There are both a USB slot and an HDMI slot with this camera. In addition, when shooting in low light, the power button (located in the middle of the mode dial) is lit. This makes it easy to find the mode dial. As you turn the mode dial, you will see each setting on the LCD screen. This means you’ll find it easy to figure out which mode you’re using, even when you are in the dark.

Nikon Coolpix P7700 Review

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Overview of the Nikon Coolpix P7700 Camera

When you are considering a high-quality camera, a variety of features and specifications may get you distracted. The Nikon Coolpix P7700 is not an exception in this case. It offers some of those advanced features, including a very high quality articulated LCD screen and a hot shoe to add an external flash. Besides, there are extra ports for adding various accessories as well.

Of course, the above mentioned features are nice, but it is ever greater to find the outstanding image quality with this Nikon camera. It is the 1/1.7-inch image sensor which partly contributes to the great image quality of photos. This sensor is larger than what you’re going to find in most other fixed-lens cameras.

Compared to other cameras in the sub-$500 price range, the Nikon Coolpix P7700 is nicer in terms of the image quality and in the number of available features and controls. If you can afford the price of the P7700 and there is no need to upgrade to an interchangeable lens camera, this Coolpix model is one of your best choices.

Summary of the Nikon Coolpix P7700 Camera

Specifications

  • The resolution is 12.2 megapixels
  • The optical zoom is 7.1X (28-200mm)
  • The camera includes a 3.0-inch LCD which has the resolution of 921,000 pixels
  • The maximum image size is 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • The camera uses a Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • The dimensions are2.9 x 4.7 x 2.0 inches
  • The camera weighs 13.9 ounces (with battery and memory card compartment included)
  • The 1/1.7 in image sensor use the CMOS technology
  • A Full HD 1080p (30fps) movie mode is supported

Pros

  • Articulated LCD is sharp and bright
  • Excellent image quality with above-average image sensor versus other fixed lens cameras
  • Fast performance in all situations
  • Various shooting modes brings you a lot of manual control
  • A hot shoe and ports are offered for you to add extra accessories

Cons

  • Camera is a little chunky
  • Optical zoom lens is a little bit small
  • Popup flash does not open automatically
  • Price point is higher than other fixed lens cameras
  • Too many dials and buttons for beginners.
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Nikon Coolpix P7700 Camera Review Buy

Detailed Review of the Nikon Coolpix P7700 Camera

Image Quality

The P7700 has an image sensor which has the size at the middle of a DSLR camera and point-and-shoot fixed-lens cameras. It’s great to find the good image quality partly thanks to the 1/1.7-inch CMOS image sensor.

Even though the resolution of the Coolpix P7700 is only 12.2 megapixels, which is quite a bit lower versus many current point-and-shoot cameras on the market, in comparison with 16MP and 18MP cameras that have smaller image sensors, the P7700’s resolution is going to be of a much higher quality.

The quality of the Nikon Coolpix P7700’s lens is high as well. With this lens, the maximum aperture of f/2.0 is at the wide angle setting. This is surprising for such a camera with the fixed lens.

The movie recording feature is nice with the P7700 when a full HD video with the resolution up to 1080p is supported.

Performance

Although there is a slight disappointment with the optical zoom lens which is just limited to 7.1X only, the P7700’s 7.1X zoom is still larger than that of many fixed lens cameras which include larger image sensors at this price point.

One nice feature that you’re going to find with this Nikon Coolpix is that the zoom lens can be set to a default magnification level. This means that each time you press the power button, the lens will automatically move to that zoom measurement. If you tend to set the maximum zoom frequently, this option is very nice.

As you’d probably expect, the performance of the Coolpix P7700 is very fast and the autofocus works very quickly. In addition, there’s almost no shutter lag in any shooting circumstances. The delays from shot to shot are minimal as well.

There are two available image formats that you can select with the P7700, including RAW or JPEG formats. This is another nice feature which will give you some flexibility in your images that is not common for a fixed lens camera. However, you just can shoot photos at only aspect ratio options, including 1:1 and 16:9 for still images with the P7700. This is a little bit disappointing.

Another extra great feature is a popup flash unit. This is nice to help you achieve a better angle to the scene than what you’d have with a flash that’s built into the camera body. It requires you to open the popup flash manually. It would be nicer if the camera turns on the flash automatically whenever the camera sensed it was needed. In cases that you want to use an external flash, the hot shoe is available.

Design

The Coolpix P7700 is not a small camera. It’s certainly not as thick or large as a DSLR model, but in comparison with most current fixed lens cameras on the market other than those that offer extremely large zoom lenses, it’s quite a bit larger. Therefore, “chunky” is the best word I think about for describing this model.

There has included plenty of features, buttons, and dials with the Nikon P7700, which may confuse some photographers at the beginning level. However, if you’re ready to spend enough time learning how to use both intermediate and advanced features that are offered on this camera, you’re going to figure out a lot about photography.

You will find a mode dial with the P7700 as well which is handy for selecting the exact shooting mode. With three customizable positions on the mode dial, it’s great to find a unique set of commands that are very useful whenever you need.

This Nikon camera includes a four-way button that is a spin dial to enable you to move quickly through menu options or through the photos stored on the memory card. You will see a Quick Menu dial, too. With this Quick menu, you can easily get quick access to some commonly used features, which is important because without this dial, the P7700’s menus with a large number of cluttered options may get you overwhelming. Until you are accustomed to all of the buttons, dials and menu options, it’s the time to spend additional time to search for the features you want.

The best part about the design of the Coolpix P7700 is the articulated 3.0-inch LCD screen. This LCD offers 921,000 pixels of resolution, and it’s a very bright and sharp screen. The articulated LCD makes it possible to shoot odd-angle photos and self-portraits. You also can connect the P7700 to a tripod and then use the articulated LCD to angle the LCD to make it easier to see without having to bend over.

The greatest point about the design of the Coolpix P7700 is the inclusion of a 3.0-inch LCD screen which is articulated and has the resolution of 921,000 pixels. And you’re going to able to shoot odd-angle photos and self-portraits with this articulated LCD. Especially, you won’t be very glad to find the great brightness and sharpness of this screen. You also can attach the P7700 to a tripod and then make use of the articulated LCD to angle the LCD to make it easier to see without having to bend over.

The LCD screen of high quality is just another amazing feature on a terrific camera. Although the price tag with the P7700 is high, if you can afford to purchase this camera and a fixed lens camera rather than a DSLR is what you’re looking for, this Coolpix model is worth your consideration.

Nikon Coolpix S9700 Review

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Overview of the Nikon Coolpix S9700

Despite having several flaws, with the strong versatility, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is still a great camera model, especially for those who like to bring it along traveling.

With the large 30X optical zoom lens, you can shoot many photos over far distances. This Nikon camera is also handy that you can bring it conveniently while traveling, because you won’t know what the closest distance you can get to landmarks ahead of time. You can easily put it in a carry-on bag, taking it along to travel by air or keep it in a pocket when are enjoying the beautiful landscapes.

The built-in Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities are two extra nice advantages. The model’s value is even more with those two features. In addition, the built-in GPS helps you identify landmark locations and with the Wi-Fi, you can upload and share your photos online automatically. This is a nice feature because it helps ensure a backup copy in case there is any problems with your memory card while you are travelling.

The photo results are nice with the good image quality. Especially, with the 30X optical zoom range, , you can achieve photos of great sharpness with the autofocus mechanism. There happen some image flaws at times, so you should not expect to print the images at extremely large sizes the Coolpix S9700.

If the bargain price can be less than $300, the Nikon S9700 is a very nice model with a really good value along with its strong versatility.

Summary of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 Camera

Specifications

  • The resolution is 16 megapixels
  • The optical zoom lens is 30X (25-750mm)
  • The 3.0-inch LCD has a  921,000-pixel resolution
  • The image size is 4608 x 3456 pixels at maximum
  • The camera use a Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • The dimensions are 2.5 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches
  • The camera weighs 8.2 ounces (with the battery and memory card compartment included)
  • The 1/2.3-in image sensor use the CMOS technology
  • A Full HD 1080p movie mode is supported

Pros

  • Good mix of automatic and manual control features
  • Impressive 30X optical zoom lens in a thin camera
  • OLED display provides bright and sharp images
  • Autofocus mechanism provides very sharp photos
  • Battery life is very good

Cons

  • Some noise in low light images
  • Some image quality flaws, such as purple fringing, in tough shooting conditions
  • On-screen interface and menus are a little confusing to use
  • Touch screen display would have been a nice feature
  • Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi features can be a little difficult to set up
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Nikon Coolpix S9700 Camera Review for Buyers

 

Detail Review of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 Camera

Image Quality

The image quality with the Nikon Coolpix S9700 camera is more than adequate for making small prints and for sharing photos over social media networks. However, for large prints, it is not really good.

In terms of image quality, there are two advantages with this camera, including: the ability to shoot photos of extreme sharpness throughout its optical zoom range and the great performance of the autofocus. The photos are also well exposed and Nikon has done a great job with the Hybrid Vibration Reduction that helps prevent the camera shake.

But there are some problems with purple fringing in scenes in which the photos are of high contrast and excessive noise in low light conditions, especially when you increase the ISO setting over 400.

The resolution with this camera is 16 megapixels. But with a pretty small image sensor which is just limited to 1/2.3 inches, you will not have the top-notch image quality or able to make large prints. And in regard of the image quality, this camera is not favorably compared to some other models in the similar price range. Still, you can have photos of more than good image quality, similar to the kind that you shoot while traveling.

In terms of movies, the image quality is good and there are some different options of video resolutions for you to make nice movies.

Performance

The 30X optical zoom lens makes the Nikon Coolpix S9700 different from most other thin cameras. The performance of this lens is nice for a thin zoom model, in which you can obtain sharp images within the zoom range.

The overall performance is also great with this camera model. You can shoot your first photo just within couple of seconds right after you press the power button. There is no need to concern about the shutter lag in good lighting conditions and the recovery of the camera after each photo shot is pretty fast. The delays from shot to shot are also minimal even when the flash is used.

There are some different continuous-shot modes that you can select. The performance of those modes is all good.

The good battery life allows you to shoot a lot of photos for most of the day without needing a recharge. However, if the built-in GPS or Wi-Fi capabilities are used with the S9700, it will drain the the battery life in a shorter duration.

Design

The biggest drawback in the design of the Nikon S9700 camera is the organization of the on-screen menus. Because, they are not well organized, you may find it difficult to look for the exact camera settings that you want to adjust. There is no shortcut popup menu that you can use to get quick access to the popularly used setting, too. This aspect is really disappointing.

Meanwhile, the OLED screen is very sharp and bright. Therefore, the performance of framing photos is very good, even in bright sunlight. The 3.0-inch screen’s anti-reflective coating works as expected. A touch screen feature would have been great to find in this price range.

The two advantages, including the Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities are the extra features of this camera over similar models. So if these two features are not what is really essential to you, you may get a better value by find another thin zoom camera to meet your needs.

Nikon D5300 DSLR Review

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Overview of the Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera

The Nikon D5300 camera is a great model among the DSLR cameras for beginning photographers. Not only the image quality is outstanding, but the performance is also very fast. In addition to basic features, there are a lot of advanced features in this interchangeable lens digital camera.

You will also be satisfied with the “extra” features with this D5300 camera. The 3.2-inch LCD screen is of high quality and an articulated screen. You can find it easy to shoot photos over odd angles but a tripod is required. The built-in Wi-Fi with the camera is a great feature, which is pretty common in the current market.

The Nikon D5300 camera includes a large sensor image which is shaped in the DX format. The resolution of this image sensor is up to 24.2 MP. This is one of the highest resolution levels among the current DSLR models. With this large image sensor, the performance is very great, even in low light conditions.

The biggest thing that you may concern is its high price, which starts from more than $1,000. To be equivalent to the very high price, the D5300 is one of the most powerful modes in the DSLR camera market. Still, if you are the one who want to find an easy-to-use camera at the beginning and then gradually improve your photography skills later, the D5300 is a great option.

As long as you can afford to purchase this camera, you will never be dissatisfied with this D5300 camera.

Summary of the Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera

Specifications

  • The resolution is 24.2 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
  • The 3.2-inch LCD has the resolution of 1.037 million pixels
  • The image size is 6000 x 4000 pixels at maximum
  • The camera use a Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • The dimensions are 4.92 x 3.9 x 3.0 inches
  • The camera weighs 16.9 ounces (camera body only)
  • The image sensor use the CMOS DX format, which is 23.5 x 15.6 mm
  • A full HD 1080p (60fps) Movie mode is supported

Pros

  • The image quality is great
  • LCD is large, bright, and articulated
  • Low light photos are good with large image sensor and high ISO settings
  • The performance is fast when Viewfinder mode is selected
  • Good mix of automatic and intermediate shooting features

Cons

  • The starting price is high
  • The performance is slow in Live View mode
  • The battery life is not good in Live View mode or when using Wi-Fi
  • It can be difficult to set up and use the Wi-Fi
  • Only three image sizes are available
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Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera Review Buy

Detail review of the Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera

Image Quality

The important factor that makes the image quality outstanding is the APS-C CMOS image sensor with the DX-format. This sensor is measured at 23.5 by 15.6 mm. In comparison with the cameras with far smaller image sensors, the large image sensor is an obvious advantage.

Especially, you will be impressed with the very high resolution with this camera. With the 24.2 MP resolution, the D5300 has the highest resolution number among the DSLR cameras. Obviously, you should not only rely on the resolution amounts to tell all about the image quality, but the APS-C sized image sensor with the 24.2MP resolution does bring you very high image quality images.

There is no optical low-pass filter with the D5300’s image sensor any more. While this low-pass filter helps reduce the risks of problems with moire, it also reduces the sharpness of the photos. Therefore, removing this filter is a way to increase the image quality as long as you can bear the risk of not having it.

The highest ISO setting can be up to 25,600 with the D5300 when you want to take photos in low light circumstances. There appears noticeable noise with those photos. However, in comparison with other cameras, the photos shot in low light condition with the D5300 are much better. At least, an image with noise is better than no image at all. There are two options of using the flash with the D5300: an external flash or the built-in popup flash. The image quality is good with both the two mentioned flash options.

Performance

The EXPEED 4 – the latest processing chip by Nikon has been included with the D5300. That’s why this DSLR camera can perform very fast in the burst mode. Therefore, both the shutter lag and the shot to shot delays are minimized. But in those cases, you need to use the Viewfinder with the camera.

If you frame your photos with the impressive LCD screen, in other words, the Live View mode, the performance of the camera shall be considerably lowered. At the time, you can feel this camera like a point and shoot model more. Commonly, most photographers will use the Viewfinder with this Nikon DLSR. Therefore, just make the best use of the above mentioned strong features.

You will need to use the Live View modes for recording movies with the D5300. You will find the viewfinder blanked when you are recording those movies. The performance of movie recording is great with this camera, other than the fact that the performance of the autofocus is a little bit slow, which can result in some problems with the blurriness of images in your movies for some seconds when the subjects have been changed.

The battery will quickly drain when you use the Live View mode for most of the time. But if you select the Viewfinder mode, the numbers of shot photos can be up to several hundred photos for each time of battery charge.

Design

About the design of the Nikon D5300, I like the articulated LCD most. This is a large LCD screen, which measures 3.2 inches diagonally and the screen is very sharp. There is not a touch screen unit included, but this LCD screens is still one of the better ones in the current market for digital cameras.

One recommendation is that you should use the optical viewfinder to frame your photos, rather than the LCD screen. This does help if you want to see the fast performance when using the Viewfinder mode. It would be great if the Viewfinder mode can be automatically shifted into whenever the the D5300 is lifted over your eye.

The built-in Wi-Fi and built-in GPS are two great extra features of this camera. You may find it not easy to set up and use the Wi-Fi, therefore, sometimes it causes certain frustration. Another problem with the Wi-Fi feature is its smallest image size which is 6 megapixels. This size is large to be sent through the Wi-Fi. In addition, the Wi-Fi also drains quickly when you use the Wi-Fi.

To reduce the size of your photos, the D5300’s photo-editing features can help. But right from the beginning, I recommend that the images should be shot at a smaller size.

To sum up, it would be nicer if the Nikon D5300’s Wi-Fi feature is useful as expected.

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