Buying the perfect Nikon camera that will fit your needs is an investment that requires careful and proper research. Different Nikon cameras offer higher megapixels, higher zooms or greater resolution as compared to others. Depending on your photo needs, whether you are a professional, hobbyist or enthusiast, comparing cameras ensures that you have the right device to meet your needs.
- Compare the megapixels of the Nikon cameras, especially if you are trying to make large prints. Higher-pixel cameras produce less pixelated images when made into large prints.
- Compare the resolutions offered by the different Nikon models. Some of the Nikon models support resolutions ranging from 640 x 480 to 3072 x 2304. Some of the Nikon models support 16:9 widescreen capture. Higher resolutions give you a better quality but larger files.
- Analyze the different lenses that Nikon offers on different camera models. The cameras that support a 5x optical zoom (38 to 190 mm) and a 4x digital zoom can be a great choice for one who loves shooting landscapes and distant objects. Other Nikon models support a 3x optical zoom (37.5 to 112.5 mm). Depending on what your shooting desires are, you may need a higher or lower zoom.
- Look for a Nikon cameras with focus-assisted functions if you intend to shoot a lot of portraits.
- Compare the different focusing modes. Look for a camera that has both manual and auto-focusing modes. When shooting extreme close-ups, manual modes allow you to gain a shallower depth of field and to blur backgrounds while maintaining focus on subjects. Compare the different macro settings if you love shooting close-ups.
- Compare the shutter speeds. Nikon cameras with higher shutter speeds will be perfect for capturing moving objects, especially sports shutter speeds, which may range from 1/30 to 1/10000.
- Check and compare the shooting modes before selecting a Nikon camera. Different models offer more than 15 shooting modes, including landscape, portrait, night scene and sports mode.
- Compare the manual settings. Check how many white balance settings there are. White balance settings give your pictures a natural look under different light settings, such as fluorescent, sunset and tungsten. Compare the D-lighting modes and blur detection modes. Check for image stabilization modes if you intend to shoot in unstable situations and environments.
- Compare the sizes and the weight of the Nikon cameras. Nikon cameras range from 4 oz. to over 8 oz. If you don't intend to shoot from tripods, heavy cameras may not be the best way to go. If you are looking for a travel camera, small but effective may be the way to go.