Ever since we transitioned into the age of digital photography, the two most significant players have been Nikon and Canon. Nikon can trace its roots back to 1917, when three Japanese optical companies merged to form the digital photography giant. And this is what the company is famous for: optical lenses. While there is a long line of remarkable cameras behind their name, the lenses they produce are extraordinary. The big question is: why should you choose Nikon cameras? Read on to find out.
Nikon digital cameras can be grouped into two categories, depending on their sensor size, APS-C format, or full frame. Nikon full frame cameras are known as FX models, and come with sensors that are similar in size as a 36x24mm (35mm) film frame. DX or APS-C format cameras on the other hand, have a slightly smaller sensor at 15.6×23.5mm.
The advantage of full frame cameras is that they tend to have larger photo receptors (or pixels) as compared to APS-C format sensors. This means that they have a better ability to gather light, which affects image quality positively. The larger sensors are also easier at controlling depth of field for background blur and creative effects.
Previously, full-frame DSLRs were reserved for professional photographers, but there are certain models today that are targeted at enthusiast photographers. These include the Nikon D750 and D610. While Nikon once used to produce pro-grade DX format cameras, it has not unleashed a high end model for almost five years now, after producing the D300s. However, they have recently introduced some DX format cameras
aimed at enthusiast and beginner photographers.
DX camera bodies have a lower price tag than FX cameras, but Nikon still manages to incorporate a plethora of advanced features into their standard compact design. What’s more, since an APS-C format sensor requires a smaller image circle than a full frame camera, standard zoom and wide-angle lenses also tend to come in smaller sizes for more convenient traveling.
If you are an enthusiast wildlife or sport photographer, you will like DX format cameras as their comparatively dense 70 to 300 mm zoom lenses are almost as effective as the bigger and cumbersome super telephoto lenses, for instance a 150 to 500 mm optic lens on a full frame body.
From exotic, powerful cameras to entry level, novice-friendly bodies, the current Nikon digital camera range offers some great models to pick from. As of this writing, Nikon has four cameras that will give you a great bang for your buck: the D7100, D90, D5200, and D3200