When it comes to brand recognition in the DSLR industry, two names are likely going to come to mind ahead of any others, that’s Nikon and Canon. There is no denying that both brands offer wonderful cameras and a similar range of options, but there is something about Nikon that just truly stands out. Like Canon, they were one of the first to get involved in the digital move away from film-SLRS, a move that helped them dominate the digital market.
There are many great camera ranges from Nikon’s DSLR line, and really saying one is better than the other is hard to do, simply because of the relative differences involved in picking out a camera. One user might want a DSLR that is really light weight comparatively, and is willing to sacrifice a few features to get it. Another user may need every feature under the sun and won’t mind lugging around a several-hundred pound backpack. With this in mind, one of the greatest beginner DSLRs is the Nikon D3100.
This little guy is similar to the D3000, but has full HD video and, like the D3000, has a unique learning system called GUIDE. Using GUIDE you get a simplified interface and tips on how to take better shots through the camera, making it sort of like a DSLR training wheel system. Once you understand the camera, you can take it off of this mode and have a fairly capable camera on your hands. The D3100 offers a 14.2MP DX-format CMOS image sensor and full 1080p HD, just to name a few of the great features. It is also worth noting that the D3100 is very affordable for a DSLR, though obviously still more expensive than traditional point-and-shoot cameras.
If you want to go beyond the entry-level, one of the greatest cameras Nikon offers right now is the D7000. This camera has tons of enthusiast-targeted features such as an impressive 16.2MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor, a Expeed 2 processor for high-speed continuous shooting at six frames per second, and sensitivities ranging from ISO 100 to 6400, even expansion options up to 25600 ISO. Full 1080p video is also found in this great DSLR. The camera is lightweight, easy to use and produces incredible images.