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In 2017, Nikon celebrated their 100th anniversary. But what is the best Nikon camera to buy in 2018?

In this article we’re looking at the best camera for all budgets and needs.

Whether you are looking for a high-end, mid-range or entry-level camera, you will find the best options here.

As well as the best Nikon DSLR camera options, we even threw in a compact camera. Nikon is yet to develop a mirrorless system.

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Professional

The Nikon D850 is one of the best professional cameras that Nikon has to offer. It has a full frame sensor with no optical low-pass filter and offers you a 45.7 Megapixel image. This image will be beaming with an outstanding dynamic range with no risk of moiré.

One of the things I love about this camera is that it is the only DSLR or mirrorless camera to have an ISO of 64. This gives you unsurpassable quality and detail.

It will capture 9 fps. And hold onto its full-resolution and auto-focus capabilities.

The other thing I love is the focus shift shooting mode. This is where the camera captures a series of images at different focal lengths. This allows you to either stack or choose from the best later on.

There is an intervalometer built in, which will make those time-lapse geeks happy.

If you can afford it, this camera is the way forward, boasting Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi connectivity.

Overall: ★★★★★

The Nikon D850 on white background

Mid-Range

As a mid-range camera, you can’t go wrong with the Nikon D500. It matches the technology and sophistication of Nikon’s FX line of DSLR cameras. The FX line gives you a full frame sensor, the equivalent of a 35mm camera.

The camera sports the powerful EXCEED 5 processor, common in the FX series. The 20.9 Megapixel CMOS sensor comes with an ISO sensitivity of 100-51,200, allowing shooting in low-light conditions.

The quality provided by this beast will surpass most other images you have seen to this date.

One of the best areas of this camera is its 153-point auto-focus with 99 cross-type points. These come together to help you create amazing images.

The XQD memory card technology provides faster read and write transfer speeds to your RAW files.

Overall: ★★★★★

The Nikon D500 DSLR on white background - best Nikon camera

Entry-Level

The Nikon D3400 is a fantastic entry-level camera, costing less than $500. The camera has a 24.2 Megapixel sensor with a no-optical low-pass filter.

This means rich and vibrant photographs that are as real as the moment in which you took them.

The EXPEED 4 Image processor and native ISO of 100-25,600 give you versatility when it comes to shooting in low light conditions.

This also brings a wide range of colours into the mix, making this a camera designed for any scenario.

It is an DX format, meaning a cropped sensor. Any lenses that aren’t DX compatible will have a magnification ratio of 1.5x, turning a 35mm into a 50mm lens.

This camera should be your go-to if you’re after your first DSLR.

Overall: ★★★★☆

The Nikon D3400 best nikon dslr camera to buy

Compact

The KeyMission 80 HD Waterproof Action Camera is the portable option that will travel with you to the ends of the world. It is durable and rugged, making it the best Nikon camera for action and adventure.

It is slim and rectangle shaped, allowing it to slide into your pocket for easy portability. It’s designed with a one-hand operation in mind, making it a breeze to use.

If for any reason you happen to drop it, it will survive a 5-foot drop, into water, at temperatures as low as 14 degrees.

Not only does it sport a 12.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor, but it also comes with Bluetooth, SnapBridge and GPS. It may seem small in stature, but its picture quality is large.

It sports a fast shooting speed and turns into a dedicated selfie camera.

Overall: ★★★★★

The KeyMission 80 HD Waterproof Action Camera - best nikon camera

Nikon users should check out our article on using the Nikon AE-L / AF-L Button next!

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Craig Hull

Craig is a photographer currently based in Budapest. His favourite photographic areas are street and documentary photography. Show him a darkroom and he'll be happy there for days. As long as there are music and snacks. Find him at craighullphotography.co.uk and Instagram/craighullphoto

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