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The best way to Choose the Best Nikon DSLR for Your Needs,

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Choosing a new DSLR can be really overwhelming, particularly when you’re a first time buyer.
Do you have to determine between brands, but you must decide between models, lenses, and accessories – all of which can result in a daunting experience.
That being said, the goal of this post will be to help make that choice a bit more easy.
Why Nikon?
I’ve been shooting Nikon since I first got into DSLR photography. as soon as I bought my first camera (a D5000), the choice was a comparatively straightforward one: my dad had some Nikon lenses and I didn’t have much cash!
Now several years later I’m not as unhappy with that decision as ever. Nikon’s consistent lens mount size over the years allows you to use lenses and 80s on many of Nikon’s latest DSLR bodies – meaning you'll be able to get quality used glass, at a comparatively cheap cost.
That’s a dialog for another day, however.
The bottom line is, you’re going to get a camera that is great with a great range of lenses with either Nikon or Canon. If you have family members or friends that shoot at one or the other, and you’ll be around them frequently, that’s a good enough reason for me to select either brand.
But since I shoot Nikon, now’s post is about how to select the finest Nikon camera for you!
Get Past the Hype: Things that Don’t Matter
At the time of this writing Nikon has 4 cameras that you just may be deciding between: The D3200, D7100, D90 or D5200. These are the most up to date versions, and in some situations you may be considering one that’s a generation older in order to save money – we’ll talk about that.
Yet before we begin going into the individual versions, I’d rather start out by listing a couple things that you simply should completely stop paying attention to – by doing thus, you’ll make your decision a lot simpler.
Megapixels
Chances are if you'ven’t purchased a camera in some time, the very first thing you look at when choosing the camera is the megapixel count.
Discontinue. Please.
Any new camera will have more than enough megapixels for what you desire nowadays. Even one on the lower range that's 10-12 will have enough detail for you to blow your images up to poster size seriously, and with no important problems, how often are you doing that?
Once you hit on 24 megapixels the files sizes arehuge, although it may be fine to have the flexibility. On my D7100, I seldom, if ever, shoot at the maximum quality degree, merely because it only isn’t practical.
Total Frame Vs. Cropped Frame
New to photography? Afterward you do look at a full frame sensor. For a Nikon camera, in other words you can immediately cease paying attention to the D600, D800, or D4.
Why?
They’re enormous. They’re expensive. And unless you’re a professional shot, they’ll be overkill for what you’re looking for.
Save your money for some new lenses and stop thinking about those totally.
You should be aware of that Nikon’s cheapest DSLR the D3200 has image quality that in most shooting scenarios will be close to as good as that on their expensive camera, the D4 to help set your mind at ease even more. Most of what you’re getting with cameras that are more high-priced is more choices, on camera controls, and other things professionals desire and you probably don’t.
Video
This may matter for a select few of you, but for most of you, it should be a non-issue.
Bottom line, have you ever actually shot video on a DSLR? Most beginners haven’t. It’s not easy.
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The sound is terrible, the autofocus doesn’t operate in a manner that is usable, like using your telephone or a camcorder and it’s nothing.
Take a look at a pocket camera like the Canon S110 – which shoots superb video and is user-friendly if you want a good camera that does video.
Then a DSLR can be an excellent way to break into a more professional video set up, once you learn what you’re doing and have some additional gear. But if all you want to do is picture your children, you’d be best searching elsewhere.
Does all that make sense? Fantastic, happy we’ve got that cleared up. Now, let’s get you a camera!
Finding the Best Camera for Your Needs
I’m going to look at the various kind of users of Nikon cameras and allow you to find a camera based on what you identify with the most, as opposed to regurgitate Nikon DX-format Digital SLR Camera of each camera for you.
Greatest Picture Quality at the Cheapest Price Possible?
The quality from an entry level DSLR will match that of their more expensive counterparts, as I mentioned earlier, for most applications, in good light. So all you actually need is good image quality and aren’t desiring to break the bank if, then pick up the Nikon D3200.
You can probably locate refurbished versions, or the elderly D3100 which is still a terrific camera if you’re really concerned about price. If you go with that, you’re sacrificing quality is built by some from the higher end cameras, and the screen is a reduced resolution than the newer model.
Don’t get the D3000, there was nothing quite impressive about it.
Without Costing Too Much experienced DSLR User Desiring to Upgrade?
Let’s confront it, cost is an issue for most people. So let’s say you’re prepared to move past your D3100 or D5000 you’ve had for a couple years, to something more representative of your expertise degree. You’ve got a few lenses, but still don’t want to overspend.
Consider a D7000. It’s not the latest camera on the block, but the image quality will be comparable to the D7100, and many of the updates that were made will be trifling to the typical user.
I’ve seen body only D7000 going for as low as $649, which is nearly half the cost of a new D7100.
The D7000 is a large step up in terms of features and build quality from any one of the cameras in the 3000 or 5000 line, so don’t shy away from this merely because it’s a couple years old.
It ’s also worth noting that while it’s 5 years old, the D90 is broadly available and is a great camera for the cost. It lacks some of the characteristics of the newer D7000 line, but is a fantastic step up from Nikon’s entry level cameras when it comes to controls.
Beginning HDR Photographer?
You can do HDR with any camera which allows you to set manual controls, yet if you’re serious about it, you’re going to desire something that's bracketing assembled in.
This means your camera can automatically shoot 3 pictures at varying exposures, typically one at normal exposure, then one one over exposed, and finally underexposed.
After that you can use HDR software to create one image that is perfectly exposed.
The D3200 doesn’t do bracketing, so for the beginning HDR photographer you’ll want to pick up a D5200 or if cash is more of a concern a D5100. A few years ago I learned HDR on my D5000 while and it was a great intro camera. It had a menu system that I was used to with a point and shoot, but a customizable function button that let me easily turn on bracketing.
Seasoned HDR Photographer?
Then you certainly should only pick up the D7100, if you’re a more experienced HDR photographer.
There are a couple key characteristics which make this a better camera for HDR.
First, you can shoot 5 shot mounts. As you get better at HDR, you’ll learn that 3 brackets often is to get the range of light you need. The D7100 makes it simple to add two more pictures.
It also shoots at up to 7 frames per second, so if you’re trying to shoot mounts on the fly and don’t have a tripod – this will get you much better results (although you should still use a tripod).
The plethora of on customization abilities and camera controls will make setting up photos easier and suits itself to a more seasoned photographer.
Worth noting that the D7000 simply does 3 exposure brackets, thus in this instance I believe it’s worth checking out the D7100.
Upgrading from Point and Shoot to first DSLR?
If you shoot at your whole life and ’ve been using a point, updating to a DSLR can be a bit of a daunting task. Don’t stress though, it doesn’t need to be!
The great thing about the D3200 for beginners is that it’s very menu. The camera can do much of what it’s bigger siblings can, but much of it's still in your point and shoot just like in easy to navigate menus –. There a question button which will describe what different features of the camera do if you’re unsure.
Then the D5200 is worth taking a look at, if you’re wanting to have a little more control, but still keep the intimacy of a menu based camera. It will undoubtedly give you more room to grow than the D3200.
Have Lots Of Nikon Lenses from Your Film Days 20 Years Ago?
For instance my aunt has an old 50mm f/1.2 that I’ve been trying to get on “long duration loan” for awhile now. This lens wouldn’t have metered on either my old D5000or D90. With the D7000 or D7100 however, almost any lens autofocus and from 1977 or newer will both meter.
So if you have an array of lenses that are old, don’t sell them off just yet, you may just need a brand new camera body.
Want Professional Features, but On a Budget?
Here you have a couple alternatives. Perhaps you are tempted to snag an used D300 for less than the price of some of the newer cameras. On the surface this seems like a great thought. You’re getting incredible build quality, more manual features, and a less expensive cost – but I’d think twice about doing this.
The D300 is an old camera. You’ll get better photos, and many progress in camera technology have been made and older cameras are ’sed by many useable attributes in a D7100 than one of Nikon.
Stick with the D7100 which is still nearly half the price of they and the cheapest complete frame camera the D600 – ’re basically the same when it comes to characteristics.
Seeming to Do Photography and More Serious Video?
I hate to say this, but consider changing to Canon if you’re really serious about video. I’m a Nikon guy through and through, and I also do lots of video. The video quality on a D7100 or even D5200 is unbelievable. But there are certain features that become a bit of a deal breaker.
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