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Full-frame cameras hit the image chất lượng sweet spot for a lot of photographers. Here"s a comparison of every one Nikon makes.

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Nikon has been making full-frame digital cameras for almost 15 years, và their overall lineup today can seem overwhelming. In this article, I’ll compare Nikon’s entire full-frame (FX) camera lineup & explain which of these cameras might be a good choice for your photography. This list includes every full-frame digital camera that Nikon has ever made, including those which are now discontinued.

The point of this article is to give sầu non-Nikon or first-time Nikon photographers a bird’s-eye view of the available FX Nikon cameras today (and those which the company used lớn make). You can also ask me in the comments section below if you have sầu any questions, because, for space constraints, I couldn’t exactly write a full review of a dozen cameras here!

If you’re not just looking for full-frame cameras, but all Nikon cameras, we have sầu a guide khổng lồ that too. This one goes into more detail, though, especially on some discontinued but still very good full-frame Nikon DSLRs.


Table of Contents


Nikon Full-Frame DSLRsNikon Full-Frame Mirrorless CamerasDiscontinued FX Cameras

What Is a Full-Frame (FX) Camera?

A full-frame camera is any camera with a sensor of similar form size to lớn 35milimet film. A full-frame sensor’s dimensions are roughly 24 × 36 mm in kích thước.

Nikon labels its full-frame cameras as “FX” cameras. This is in comparison to the company’s smaller, 1.5× crop-sensor “DX” cameras, & extremely small 2.7× crop-sensor “CX” cameras.

Currently, FX cameras have sầu the largest sensors of any Nikon camera. They are the company’s highest-kết thúc DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

The current Nikon lineup includes eleven current full-frame cameras – six DSLRs & five sầu mirrorless. However, there are also ten discontinued FX digital cameras from Nikon (not counting variations lượt thích the D800E and D810A), bringing your total options khổng lồ twenty-one if you know you want a Nikon full-frame camera.


The purpose of this article is to give an overview of all 21 full-frame Nikon cameras ever produced, especially the ones that are currently sold new.

lưu ý that this article only compares Nikon’s full-frame digital cameras. If you want khổng lồ see a similar comparison of all current Nikon cameras, go khổng lồ this page instead.

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NIKON D800e + 70-200mm f/4
140mm, ISO 500, 1/500, f/5.6 Taken with the Nikon D800e, a discontinued Nikon FX camera with excellent image quality

DSLR vs Mirrorless

Right now, Nikon is pouring a ton of energy into lớn its full-frame mirrorless lineup. However, they have sầu such a long history of making DSLRs that the DSLR lineup is arguably more refined at this point.

In terms of image quality, there is no difference between Nikon’s DSLR & mirrorless FX cameras. They’re all excellent. Instead, the mirrorless/DSLR differences are more subtle:

Mirrorless advantages: Smaller and lighter, more modern features, electronic viewfinder, and access khổng lồ an amazing lineup of Nikon Z mirrorless lenses.DSLR advantages: Better value, better autofocus tracking, optical viewfinder, tried-and-tested kiến thiết, và access to lớn a much larger lineup of native lenses.

If you’re still not sure, here’s a rough guideline: Nikon’s mirrorless cameras are better for travel photography right now, & arguably better for landscapes as well. For portraiture and sự kiện photography, there are pros and cons khổng lồ both systems, and neither is necessarily ahead. For dedicated wildlife & action photography, Nikon’s DSLRs still have sầu the advantage today, although the gap is narrowing. And if you’re completely unsure, go with mirrorless, because it’s likely to be more future-proof (because that’s where Nikon is investing the most energy in new lenses, cameras, and so on).


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NIKON Z7 + 14-30mm f/4 S
18mm, ISO 64, 3 seconds, f/11.0

Nikon Full-Frame DSLRs

Nikon D610


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The lowest-end FX DSLR in Nikon’s current lineup is the $1300 Nikon D610 (current price here).

This camera is often overlooked today. There’s a good chance that even Nikon wants you to forget it exists. After all, it was only released khổng lồ sweep the D600 dust issue under the rug.


Even worse, it currently sells for exactly the same price as the newer, higher-over Nikon D750. There is no good reason why someone would buy the D610 rather than the D750 at the same price.

Used, however, the D610 is much more reasonable. I often see it go for $700 or less at FredMirandomain authority & eBay – an excellent deal for a 24-megapixel full frame camera. For anyone on a budget, a used D610 with a good lens is really hard khổng lồ beat.

Specifications:

Sensor size: FXResolution: 24.3 megapixelsAutofocus points: 39Frame rate: 6 FPSBase ISO: 100LCD type: Fixed, non-touchscreenMax video clip specs: 1920×1080, 30pBattery life: 900 photosControl layout: AdvancedMemory cards: 2 SDWeight w/ battery and card: 850 g (30.0 oz)Dimensions (W×H×D): 141 × 113 × 82 milimet (5.6 × 4.5 × 3.2 in.)Price: $1500 (body only)Announced: October 2013

The biggest liability is autofocus. The D610 has Nikon’s old 39-point focusing system (same as the entry-màn chơi D5600).

On the flip side, the D610’s biggest selling point is its sensor. 24 megapixels is ikhuyến mãi for many requirements – more than enough detail for any reasonable prints, yet significantly smaller file sizes than you’ll get from a 45-megapixel camera.

So, who should get the Nikon D610? At the moment, if you’re buying new, no one. It’s the same price as the D750, a better camera. But if you’re buying used, it’s an excellent choice for anyone who prioritizes image quality over autofocus prowess. Specifically, landscape and portrait photographers on a budget will find the D610 hard to lớn beat.

Pros:


Advanced controls và significant customization optionsAmazing full-frame image quality24 megapx sensor is the optimal for many photographersExcellent prices on the used market

Cons:

Bought new, the same price as the D750, a more advanced camera39-point autofocus system is outdated for fast action workFew advanced features: No touchscreen, non-tilting rear LCD, shutter speed limit of 1/4000 second, flash sync limit of 1/200 secondNo 4K or 1080p 60 FPS video
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NIKON D610 + 24-70mm f/2.8
58mm, ISO 100, 1/10, f/11.0

Nikon D750


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One of Nikon’s best all-around cameras is the Nikon D750, although note that it has since been replaced by the Nikon D780. (Nikon is still selling it new for the time being, although that probably won’t last long.)

The Nikon D750 is $1500 new (kiểm tra current price), which is a bit overpriced considering some of the other Nikon full-frame cameras out there. Used, though, you can find it for around $850 – an excellent giảm giá khuyến mãi.

Here are the D750’s specs:

Sensor size: FXResolution: 24.3 megapixelsAutofocus points: 51Frame rate: 6.5 FPSBase ISO: 100LCD type: Tilting, non-touchscreenMax Clip specs: 1920×1080, 60pBattery life: 1230 photosControl layout: AdvancedMemory cards: 2 SDWeight w/ battery & card: 840 g (29.6 oz)Dimensions (W×H×D): 141 × 113 × 78 milimet (5.6 × 4.5 × 3.1 in.)Price: $1500 (body only)Announced: September 2014

Compared lớn the D610, the D750 has a more advanced autofocus system, 60 FPS video (rather than 30 FPS), a tilting LCD, và slightly better battery life. Image quality is the same.

What are the D750’s drawbacks? As good of a camera as it is, it’s definitely starting khổng lồ show its age. The 24 megapx sensor is a bit behind Nikon’s newest 24 megapixel sensors at high ISOs. It lacks features like a touchscreen, 4K đoạn phim, & some miscellaneous additions like focus-stack shooting. None of these issues are particularly big, and I’d encourage first-time Nikon shooters on a budget to lớn look seriously at a used D750.

The D750’s biggest audience is probably the portrait/wedding crowd, but it’s quite solid for landscapes và even wildlife. If you want lớn dabble in a lot of genres without breaking the bank, it could be the right choice for you.


Pros:

Advanced controls & significant customization optionsAmazing full-frame image qualityTilting screenGreat 51-point autofocus systemSolid value at $1500 new, amazing value used for around $850

Cons:

No touchscreenNo 4K videoNone of Nikon’s newest features, since it was released in 2014Given that it is a jack-of-all-trades camera, some specialized Nikon cameras are better for specific uses like sports or landscapes
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NIKON D750 + 20mm f/1.8
20milimet, ISO 7đôi mươi, 1/40, f/5.6

Nikon D780


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The camera that replaced the Nikon D750 is called the D780, và it has some fantastic features. To be specific, it fixes almost all of the Nikon D750’s issues & adds some of Nikon’s newest (mirrorless-inspired) tech. The Nikon D780 is currently selling for about $2000 new (check current price) & $1700 used. Here are the specs:

Sensor size: FXResolution: 24.5 megapixelsAutofocus points: 51Frame rate: 7 FPS mechanical shutter, 12 FPS in live view with electronic shutter và 12-bit RAWBase ISO: 100LCD type: Tilting touchscreenMax đoạn Clip specs: 4K up to lớn 30 FPS, 1080p up khổng lồ 120 FPSBattery life: 2260 photosControl layout: AdvancedMemory cards: 2 SD, UHS-II compatibleWeight w/ battery and card:840 g (29.6 oz)Dimensions (W×H×D): 143.5 × 115.5 × 76.0 mm (5.6 ×4.5 × 3.0 inches)Price: $2000 (toàn thân only)Announced: January 2020

Compared to the D750, the Nikon D780 has a touchscreen, 4K Clip, marginally better image unique at high ISOs, and many of Nikon’s newest bells & whistles. These include things like extended 900 second shutter speeds, focus stachồng shooting, and better live sầu view autofocus.

For portrait or wedding photographers who want Nikon’s best all-around camera at the moment, the Nikon D780 is the way lớn go. It’s a bit newer than most of Nikon’s cameras, so it isn’t selling as cheap as some of the others, but the price premium isn’t without good reason. The D780 is an excellent camera.

Nikon could have sầu technically bumped up some of the D780’s “top-line” specs lượt thích the sensor resolution and maximum frame rate, but other than that, there’s almost nothing khổng lồ complain about with this camera. If you want a jack-of-all-trades DSLR, the D780 is the way khổng lồ go.

Pros


Advanced controls & significant customization optionsAmazing full-frame image qualityTilting touchscreenGreat 51-point autofocus systemMost of Nikon’s newest features, borrowed from Nikon’s mirrorless lineupFixes almost all the major problems of the Nikon D750

Cons

A bit on the pricy side because it’s relatively new, at $2300 body-onlyDespite six years since the D750, the D780 still has “only” 24 megapixels & has bumped up the frame rate via the viewfinder by just 0.5 FPS (from 6.5 khổng lồ 7 FPS)
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NIKON D780 + 17-35mm f/2.8-4E
25mm, ISO 100, 1/400, f/9.0

Nikon Df


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This $2750 retro-themed DSLR is a bit of a weird one, but it has a dedicated following even today. Here are the Nikon Df’s specifications, which may remind you of the D610 more than something so expensive:

Sensor size: FXResolution: 16.2 megapixelsAutofocus points: 39Frame rate: 5.5 FPSBase ISO: 100LCD type: Fixed, non-touchscreenMax đoạn phim specs: No video clip capabilitiesBattery life: 1400 photosControl layout: Professional, retroMemory cards: 1 SDWeight w/ battery & card: 765 g (27.0 oz)Dimensions (W×H×D): 144 × 110 × 67 mm (5.7 × 4.3 × 2.6 in.)Price: $2750 (body toàn thân only)Announced: November 2013

The Nikon Df is a beautifully-designed camera with excellent manual controls. Plus, in low light, its 16-megapx sensor has slightly better high ISO performance than any other Nikon camera at the moment.

Then again, for $2750 new, it’s a tough sell (current price here). The used market clearly recognizes that, too; I’ve sầu seen it go as low as $1000, although $1200 or so is more typical.

It’s important lớn mention that Nikon doesn’t have sầu any real duds in its lineup – just a couple cameras that are more expensive sầu than they should be, when purchased new. The Df is one of them.

That said, it ticks the right boxes for certain photographers, & anyone who’s willing khổng lồ buy used can get quite a good deal on the Df. If nothing else, this camera certainly holds a chất lượng spot in Nikon’s lineup.

The Df is not really aimed at landscape photographers (because of the 16 megapx sensor) or sports photographers (because of the 39 point autofocus system). But for portraiture, weddings, và event photography, there’s a serious case lớn be made for this camera’s chất lượng. Just… don’t buy it new. The $2750 price is pretty outrageous.


Pros:

Beautiful design & pro-màn chơi retro controlsBest-in-class high ISO performance for a full frame cameraNikon’s lighchạy thử FX DSLRExposure meter coupling with pre-Ai Nikon lensesUsed prices of $1000-1200 are quite reasonable

Cons:

Old 39-point autofocus systemNo video clip capabilities at allSingle memory thẻ slotLimited khổng lồ 5.5 FPS16 megapx sensor is lowest in Nikon’s lineup (though some consider this a benefit)Few advanced features: No touchscreen, non-tilting rear LCD, shutter speed limit of 1/4000 second, flash sync limit of 1/200 secondOverpriced when sold new at $2750
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NIKON Df + 50mm f/1.8
50milimet, ISO 400, 1/25, f/2.8

Nikon D850


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Next up is one of the best cameras of all time, the Nikon D850. We ranked it #1 in our các mục of today’s top DSLR cameras, with good reason. This $3000, 45-megapixel FX camera is a quái nhân.

The specs:

Sensor size: FXResolution: 45.7 megapixelsAutofocus points: 153Frame rate: 7 FPS, or 9 FPS when using Nikon’s battery gripBase ISO: 64LCD type: Tilting touchscreenMax đoạn Clip specs: 3840×2160 (4k), 30pBattery life: 1840 photosControl layout: ProfessionalMemory cards: 1 SD, 1 XQDWeight w/ battery và card: 1005 g (35.5 oz)Dimensions (W×H×D): 146 × 124 × 79 mm (5.8 × 4.9 × 3.1 in.)Price: $3000 (body toàn thân only)Announced: July 2017

It has Nikon’s top 153-point autofocus system, the company’s highest resolution 45-megapx sensor, a surprisingly high frame rate of 7 FPS (9 FPS with the battery grip), & nearly every one of Nikon’s top features. The D850 commands a $3000 price for good reason (kiểm tra the current price here).

Then again, $3000 is a lot of money khổng lồ spover on a camera, no matter how good it is. Used, the D850 is still a hefty $2200 or so on sites like eBay. For that price, you could get two D750s & still have sầu room to lớn spare for a lens.

In general, I’d say photographers would be better off with the D750 coupled with a good lens. But if you want the best of the best, you know where khổng lồ look.


At first glance, the Nikon D850 may look like it’s targeted at landscape photographers. However, plenty of sports and wildlife photographers will find the 153-point autofocus system và 9 FPS shooting (with battery grip) to be ikhuyến mãi for their needs. Unless light weight is your top requirement, the D850 is as cđại bại to perfect as any camera today.

Pros:

Pro-level build unique, controls, and customization optionsBest-in-class image quality with 45 megapx sensor và base ISO 64Surprisingly good 7 FPS shooting (9 FPS with battery grip)Nikon’s best autofocus system, 153 pointsTilting touchscreen4K video

Cons:

Expensive at $3000 (around $2200 used), though you get what you pay forLarger và heavier than most other Nikon cameras
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NIKON D850 + 14milimet f/1.8
14mm, ISO 64, 1/160, f/16.0

Nikon D6


As amazing as the Nikon D850 is, it’s still not the flagship camera in Nikon’s lineup. That honor goes to lớn the $6500 Nikon D6 – an extreme sports & action camera with Nikon’s top autofocus system, a 14 FPS maximum frame rate, and a trăng tròn megapixel FX sensor.

The D6 is the only camera from Nikon khổng lồ have a 105-point autofocus system where all 105 points are cross-type. The result is that it’s amazing for tracking action in low light even outside the center of the frame. Not to mention the practically indestructible build unique. As expensive as it is, the D6 will still find plenty of support aao ước action photography pros.

Here are the D6’s specifications:

Sensor size: FXResolution: đôi mươi.8 megapixelsAutofocus points: 105, all cross-typeFrame rate: 14 FPSBase ISO: 100LCD type: Fixed touchscreenMax Clip specs: 3840×2160 (4k), 30pBattery life: 3580 photosControl layout: Top-tier professionalMemory cards: 2 CF ExpressWeight w/ battery và 2 cards: 1440 g (3.17 lbs)Dimensions (W×H×D): 160.0 x 163.0 x 92.0milimet (6.3 × 6.4 × 3.6 in.)Price: $6500 (body toàn thân only)Announced: February 2020

As amazing as the Nikon D6 is, it’s also so specialized that many photographers don’t even have sầu it on their radar. If you told me I had $6000 lớn spend on a Nikon camera, I’d buy a D850 or Nikon Z7 II and put the rest of the money toward lenses.


Of course, if you need it, you need it. You probably already have it, and you’ll pre-order the D7 the moment it’s announced.

Pros:

Best-in-class build chất lượng, controls, và customization optionsBest-in-class high ISO performance14 FPS shooting & 200 image bufferNikon’s best autofocus systemRear LCD is touchscreen, though non-tilting (to lớn improve sầu build quality)4K video

Cons:

Nikon’s most expensive sầu camera at $6500Extremely large, heavy, specialized DSLR

Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Nikon Z6


It took the company years to get here, but in 2018 Nikon finally released a series of full-frame mirrorless cameras to compete with the likes of Sony. Although the Z6 has been superseded by the Nikon Z6 II, Nikon is still selling it new as of 2021.

The Nikon Z6 sells for a competitive sầu $1800 new, though Nikon’s been dropping prices; check current price here. In terms of specifications, the Nikon Z6 is quite good:

Sensor size: FXResolution: 24.5 megapixelsAutofocus system: 273-point hybrid PDAFFrame rate: 12 FPS (12-bit RAW), 9 FPS (14-bit RAW)Base ISO: 100LCD type: Tilting touchscreenMax đoạn Clip specs: 3840×2160 (4k), 30pBattery life: 310 photosControl layout: ProfessionalMemory cards: 1 XQDWeight w/ battery và card: 675 g (23.8 oz)Dimensions (W×H×D): 134 × 101 × 68 milimet (5.3 × 4.0 × 2.7 in.)Price: $1800 (body toàn thân only)Announced: August 2018

Note the weight of the Z6: 675 grams (1 lb, 7.8 oz). By comparison, the Nikon D780 weighs 840 grams (1 lb 13.7 oz). Even the Df, Nikon’s lighdemo FX DSLR, is 90 grams (3.2 oz) heavier than the Z6. This is one of the big advantages of mirrorless cameras over DSLRs.

In addition, the Z6 has Nikon’s new Z lens mount, allowing you to use the camera with any of Nikon’s excellent mirrorless lenses. And you can still use Nikon’s existing DSLR lenses (the F-mount glass) on the Z6, by using Nikon’s FTZ adapter. Though, when you vày, you’ll thất bại a decent bit of the Z6’s weight savings compared to lớn DSLRs.


The Nikon Z6’s closest DSLR competitor is the Nikon D780. The two are actually extremely similar, but the Z6 has the expected benefits of a mirrorless camera, such as light weight, an excellent electronic viewfinder, và in-body toàn thân image stabilization. The D780 has dual memory thẻ slots, a better battery life, & a slightly better autofocus system. The two cameras have sầu the exact same image chất lượng. See our D780 vs Z6 comparison for more details.

What about focusing? Although the Z6’s autofocus system has a whopping 273 focusing points, it’s not as good as Nikon DSLRs for tracking moving subjects. (Interestingly, for photographing nonmoving subjects, the Z6 is actually slightly faster & more accurate to lớn focus than Nikon DSLRs.)

Overall? Travel photographers & videographers will love sầu it, while I’d stick to lớn the D780 for portrait & sự kiện photography because of the better autofocus tracking. But you can’t go wrong either way.

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The Z6 also sells for remarkably good prices on the used market – we’ve sầu seen it as low as $1150 at sites lượt thích Fred Mirandomain authority & KEH. At that price, it’s almost impossible to lớn beat.

Pros:

Pro-cấp độ build unique, controls, và customization optionsBest-in-class high ISO performanceTilting touchscreenNikon’s newest features, including in-body image stabilization4K Clip with excellent specificationsSmall and lightweightGood value new at $1800, with used prices even betterSurprisingly good 12 FPS limit in 12-bit RAW và 9 FPS in 14-bit RAWAccess to lớn Nikon’s newest mirrorless lenses

Cons:

Autofocus system, though excellent for nonmoving subjects, struggles with tracking fast actionSingle memory thẻ slotRequires an adapter lớn use F-mount lensesBattery life of just 310 photos with the EVF (though this isn’t worse than typical Nikon DSLRs, when the DSLR is used in live sầu view only)
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NIKON Z6 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
24mm, ISO 100, một nửa, f/11.0

Nikon Z6 II


Despite all the Nikon Z6’s great points, it’s still showing its age a bit given that it was part of Nikon’s first generation of Z-series mirrorless cameras. Since then, Nikon has released the Z6 II, which fixes some of the Nikon Z6’s biggest flaws (and is probably responsible for most of the Z6’s amazing used prices)!


Here are the Z6 II’s key specifications:

Sensor size: FXResolution: 24.5 megapixelsAutofocus system: 273-point hybrid PDAFFrame rate: 14 FPS (12-bit RAW), 10 FPS (14-bit RAW)Base ISO: 100LCD type: Tilting touchscreenMax đoạn phim specs: 3840×2160 (4k), 60pBattery life: 340 photosControl layout: ProfessionalMemory cards: 1 CF Express, 1 SD (UHS-II compatible)Weight w/ battery and card: 705 g (1.55 lbs)Dimensions (W×H×D): 134 × 101 × 70 mm (5.3 × 4.0 × 2.8 in.)Price: $2000 (body toàn thân only)Announced: October 2020

The Z6 II is currently selling for $2000, but you should check the current price here, because it’ll start selling for some good discounts once the newness fades away.

Compared to the Z6, the Z6 II adds some much-requested features lượt thích better autofocus tracking, dual memory thẻ slots, and 4K đoạn Clip at 60 FPS. Its autofocus still isn’t perfect at tracking fast-moving subjects, but otherwise, it’s an all-around fantastic camera.

The only issue right now is price. Given that the Nikon Z6 II was announced so recently, it’s not possible to lớn find it selling used at such competitive sầu prices. But $2000 new is not bad at all, and actually puts the Z6 II even with the Nikon D780, despite the Z6 II being the newer camera (and more advanced in some ways; see our Nikon Z6 II vs Nikon D780 comparison.)

Here are the camera’s pros and cons:

Pros:

Pro-cấp độ build quality, controls, & customization optionsBest-in-class high ISO performanceTilting touchscreenNikon’s newest features, including in-toàn thân image stabilization4K Clip with excellent specifications, including 60 FPS for slow motionSmall & lightweightGood value new at $2000Surprisingly good 14 FPS limit in 12-bit RAW & 10 FPS in 14-bit RAWAccess lớn Nikon’s newest mirrorless lensesDual memory card slots

Cons:


Autofocus system, though excellent for nonmoving subjects, could be better at tracking fast actionRequires an adapter lớn use F-mount lensesBattery life rated to just 340 photos with the EVF (though this isn’t worse than typical Nikon DSLRs, when the DSLR is used in live view only)Used prices are high at the moment because the camera is so new
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NIKON Z 6 II + NIKKOR Z 70-200milimet f/2.8 VR S
200mm, ISO 1000, 1/400, f/2.8

Nikon Z7


The high-resolution counterpart lớn the Nikon Z6 is the Nikon Z7. New, it’s currently selling for $2300, although that’s a temporary sale, & you may want khổng lồ check the current price. (Used, the Z7 is around $1750). The Nikon Z7 has since been replaced by the Z7 II, but for now, Nikon is still selling it new.

Nikon Z7 specifications:

Sensor size: FXResolution: 45.7 megapixelsAutofocus system: 493-point hybrid PDAFFrame rate: 9 FPS (12-bit RAW), 8 FPS (14-bit RAW)Base ISO: 64LCD type: Tilting touchscreenMax đoạn phim specs: 3840×2160 (4k), 30pBattery life: 330 photosControl layout: ProfessionalMemory cards: 1 XQDWeight w/ battery and card: 675 g (23.8 oz)Dimensions (W×H×D): 134 × 101 × 68 milimet (5.3 × 4.0 × 2.7 in.)Price: $3000 (body only)Announced: August 2018

Other than slight differences here và there, the Nikon Z7 is the same as the Nikon Z6, just with a 45 megapixel sensor rather than 24 MP.. They even have sầu the same camera body toàn thân & button layout. You can check our Z6 vs Z7 comparison to lớn see how similar they really are.

My recommendation – and I say this as a Nikon Z7 owner – is to lớn get the Z6. The extra megapixels are overkill for most photographers, và even a drawback for some (taking up twice the hard drive sầu space).

Still, certain specialized photographers will find the Z7 a great camera for their needs. If you’re a landscape or architectural photographer who prints large, there’s no denying that the Z7 is a svào camera. In many ways, it’s lượt thích a mirrorless D850 – albeit not as refined of a camera overall. (For the more refined version, you’ll want khổng lồ kiểm tra out the Nikon Z7 II that’s up next.)

Pros:

Pro-cấp độ build quality, controls, và customization optionsBest-in-class image unique with 45 megapx sensor and base ISO 64Tilting touchscreenNikon’s newest features, including in-toàn thân image stabilization4K đoạn phim with excellent specificationsSmall and lightweightSurprisingly good 9 FPS limit in 12-bit RAW and 8 FPS in 14-bit RAWAccess to lớn Nikon’s newest mirrorless lenses

Cons:


Autofocus system, though excellent for nonmoving subjects, struggles with tracking fast actionSingle memory thẻ slotRequires an adapter khổng lồ use F-mount lensesFairly expensive at $3000, or around $2400 used. Nikon D850 is similar in price, but with a better autofocus system & a larger native sầu lens lineupBattery life of just 330 photos (though this isn’t worse than typical Nikon DSLRs, when the DSLR is used in live sầu view only)
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NIKON Z7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

Nikon’s current top-of-the-line mirrorless camera is the Nikon Z7 II. It sells new for $3000 (kiểm tra current price) & used for… well, about $3000, thanks to lớn how new the camera is. (You can probably find it for $2800 or so if you look hard enough.)

Here are the Z7 II’s specifications:

Sensor size: FXResolution: 45.7 megapixelsAutofocus system: 493-point hybrid PDAFFrame rate: 10 FPS (12-bit RAW), 9 FPS (14-bit RAW)Base ISO: 64LCD type: Tilting touchscreenMax Clip specs: 3840×2160 (4k), 60pBattery life: 360 photosControl layout: ProfessionalMemory cards: 1 CF Express, 1 SD (UHS-II compatible)Weight w/ battery and card: 705 g (1.55 lbs)Dimensions (W×H×D): 134 × 101 × 70 milimet (5.3 × 4.0 × 2.8 in.)Price: $3000 (body toàn thân only)Announced: October 2020

As you can see, it’s very similar khổng lồ the Nikon Z6 II, although it has a higher resolution sensor of 45 rather than 24 megapixels, & a base ISO of 64 rather than 100.

If that description sounds familiar, it’s because the Z7 II is also similar to lớn the prior generation Z7. The two cameras share a sensor (& thus the same image quality) & have sầu almost identical builds. The reason khổng lồ get the Z7 II are for new features lượt thích a larger buffer, slightly better autofocus, dual memory card slots, and 4K đoạn Clip at 60 FPS.

It may seem lượt thích it’s not worth the money over the Z7, & maybe for you it’s not. But before you make that decision, you may want khổng lồ check out our Nikon Z7 vs Z7 II comparison. Nikon made a lot of behind-the-scenes improvements on the Z7 II that make it a more comprehensive camera than the Z7.

Pros:

Pro-màn chơi build chất lượng, controls, & customization optionsBest-in-class image chất lượng with 45 megapixel sensor & base ISO 64Tilting touchscreenNikon’s newest features, including in-body image stabilization4K video with excellent specifications, including 60 FPS for slow motionSmall and lightweightSurprisingly good 9 FPS limit in 12-bit RAW và 8 FPS in 14-bit RAWAccess to Nikon’s newest mirrorless lensesDual memory card slots

Cons:


Autofocus system, though excellent for nonmoving subjects, could be better at tracking fast actionRequires an adapter to use F-mount lensesUsed prices aren’t a significant discount yet, thanks khổng lồ how recent the camera isBattery life of just 360 photos (though this isn’t worse than typical Nikon DSLRs, when the DSLR is used in live view only)
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NIKON Z 7 II + NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S

The least expensive full-frame camera in Nikon’s lineup (if bought new, at least) is the Z5. Depending on the sale, we’ve sầu seen its new prices dip down as low as $1000, which is absurd for a camera that was released not that long ago in mid-20trăng tròn. (Chechồng current price here.) The Z5’s specifications are as follows:

Sensor size: FXResolution: 24.3 megapixelsAutofocus system: 273-point hybrid PDAFFrame rate: 4.5 FPSBase ISO: 100LCD type: Tilting touchscreenMax video clip specs: 3840×2160 (4k), 30p, but with a 1.7x cropBattery life: 470 photosControl layout: AdvancedMemory cards: 2 SD (UHS-II compatible)Weight w/ battery & card: 675 g (1.49 lbs)Dimensions (W×H×D): 134 × 101 × 70 milimet (5.3 × 4.0 × 2.8 in.)Price: $1400 (body toàn thân only), but frequently on sale for lessAnnounced: July 2020

This camera is an amazing value, full stop. Compared lớn the much more expensive sầu Nikon Z6 II – which is already a good value camera – the Z5 gives up some high-FPS shooting, loses the camera’s top-panel LCD, has a 1.7x crop in 4K đoạn Clip, and otherwise is basically the same.

While it does use a slightly older 24 megapixel sensor compared to the one on the Z6 II, the image quality differences are very small. Only at ultra-high ISOs will you notice any difference, & even then, only if you’re pixel-peeping.

Used, you might find the Z5 for about $800 – a great giảm giá khuyến mãi normally, although if it’s on sale for $1000 new, it’s probably better to go new. Either way, for photographers who want to lớn get a full-frame camera with modern features at a low price, it’s hard to lớn beat the Z5.

Pros:

Advanced build quality, controls, & customization optionsGreat 24 megapx sensor with full-frame image qualityTilting touchscreenNikon’s newest features, including in-body image stabilizationSmall and lightweightAccess lớn Nikon’s newest mirrorless lensesExtremely good value, especially when on sale for $1000, or used for $800

Cons:

Autofocus system, though excellent for nonmoving subjects, could be better at tracking fast actionLow maximum frame rate of 4.5 FPS4K video clip has a 1.7x crop, which can make it hard lớn film at wide angle focal lengthsRequires an adapter to use F-mount lensesBattery life of just 470 photos (though this isn’t worse than typical Nikon DSLRs, when the DSLR is used in live view only)
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NIKON Z 5 + NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR
61mm, ISO 400, 1/125, f/8.0

Discontinued FX Cameras

All the cameras above sầu are current options in Nikon’s lineup, sold new. But there is also an extensive used market for older, discontinued Nikon full-frame cameras. Many of them remain excellent choices today:


Predecessor of the D610, the D600 is probably Nikon’s most infamous DSLR. Although it was an excellent camera for the price in many ways, it had a comtháng issue of oil and dust sticking on the sensor & harming photos. Nikon eventually recalled the D600, but you can still find used copies available on sites like eBay.

Because of the dust issue, the D600 sells for excellent prices on the used market. It’s practically identical lớn the D610 in specifications – the biggest difference is that it shoots 5.5 FPS rather than 6 FPS.

Used, the D600 is about $500 or even less. This is actually an amazing giảm giá considering that most people got the oil và dust issue fixed, since Nikon offered such a service for không tính phí until January of 20đôi mươi.

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NIKON D600 + 14-24milimet f/2.8

The Nikon D700 was the first consumer-oriented FX camera in Nikon’s lineup. It has next lớn none of Nikon’s modern features (video clip, touchscreen, dual thẻ slots) but actually remains a good purchase for a certain segment of photographers.

Specifically, the D700 only shoots 12 megapx photos, but it sports Nikon’s 51-point autofocus system và 8 FPS with Nikon’s battery grip (5 FPS without). Considering that it sells used for about $400, it’s a surprisingly good deal for sports và portrait photographers on a budget even today.

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NIKON D700 + 16-35milimet f/4

Nikon created a huge splash on the market when it announced the Nikon D800 và D800e in February of 2012 – the first full-frame camera with 36 megapixels, practically a revolution for detail-hungry landscape photographers.

The D800 and D800e are slow cameras to lớn use. Although they do have sầu Nikon’s 51-point focusing system, they’re limited lớn 4 FPS shooting (6 FPS when shooting in crop-sensor DX mode with a battery grip). Even the D610 beats those numbers.


But if you’re after an ultra-high resolution sensor on a budget, the image chất lượng from the D800 & D800e is amazing even by today’s standards. Used, the D800 is about $550, while the D800e is about $650. (The only difference is that the D800e eliminates the anti-aliasing filter.)

To me, this is a better khuyến mãi than a used D610 ($700), especially for landscape photographers.

NIKON D800E + 70-200mm f/4

The successor of the Nikon D800, the Nikon D810, is also discontinued.

This full-frame DSLR is just right for a lot of people – especially landscape photographers who want a high resolution camera without spending as much as the D850. Used, you can find it around $1000, which is a seriously good khuyến mãi for what is basically a modern DSLR.

The Nikon D810 shoots 36 megapixel images at a maximum of 5 FPS (though 6 FPS with a 1.2× crop, & 7 FPS with the battery grip and a DX crop). Although it has a great 51-point autofocus system, it’s more geared toward landscapes than wildlife overall.

Although it isn’t 45 megapixels like the D850 or Z7 II, the image chất lượng on the D810 remains spectacular. The 36 megapx sensor is more than enough for most photographers, & the D810’s ability lớn shoot at base ISO 64 rather than 100 gives you some extra dynamic range in high-contrast situations. For the price used, it’s an excellent khuyễn mãi giảm giá.


The first-ever full-frame Nikon camera was the D3, announced in August of 2007. Used, it’s in the range of $550.


Like the D700, the Nikon D3 uses a 12-megapx sensor & Nikon’s 51-point autofocus system. The main benefit of the D3 by comparison is its faster frame rate (9 FPS, or 11 FPS in 5-megapixel crop mode with focusing và exposure locked). However, it is also a significantly larger, heavier camera.

Complicating matters, too, is the D3s – also a 12 megapx sensor, but one that performs better in low light than either the D3 or the D700. Still, if your budget is around $550 và you want a tough, full-frame, high-FPS beast, the D3 could still be a good buy even 14 years later.

Nikon D3s

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The Nikon D3s matches the D3 in most specifications, but it revamps the 12-megapixel sensor khổng lồ improve sầu high ISO performance by about 1.5 stops. Even today, the D3s’s high ISO performance is close lớn the best available, which is amazing considering that it was announced in October 2009.

It’s about $800 on the used market, và – lượt thích the D3 – shoots 9 FPS with Nikon’s 51-point focusing system.

Between the D3 and D3s, I’d recommover paying extra for the D3s – or going for the D700 if budget is your main concern. If you have sầu good high ISO performance, 12 megapixels can go a long way.

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NIKON D3S + 300milimet f/4

Holding the honor of the most expensive Nikon camera at the time of launch, the D3X sold initially for a whopping $8000. What vị you get for the price? Class-leading resolution – 24 megapixels. (All right, class-leading at the time.) Today, it’s about $1000 used.

The D3X maxes out at 5 FPS shooting, again with Nikon’s 51-point autofocus system. So, it’s not geared toward sports & wildlife photography very much; even the D610 shoots faster than that (though with a 39-point focusing system.)


Why would anyone get the D3X today, then? The biggest reason is build unique. Like the other D3/D4/D5 cameras, the D3X is a huge DSLR with an extremely rugged build. If that’s essential for your needs, the D3X is still the highest-resolution camera in Nikon’s lineup with such extreme build unique.

Other than that, it’s a bit of a relic these days. The Nikon D750 is a better camera in every way except build unique, and it costs less on the used market.

Nikon D4


Moving up lớn the Nikon D4, we have sầu a 16-megapixel sports camera with slightly higher FPS than the D3s (10 FPS natively, 11 FPS with focus and exposure locked).

At a price of about $1200 used, I’d probably lean toward the D4 over the D3s, but it’s a cthua Call. Image quality leans in the D4’s favor because of the higher resolution sensor (& base ISO 100 rather than 200), but high ISO performance is pretty comparable. Both cameras have a 51-point focusing system, though the D4’s is considered the “advanced” version và does trachồng focus a bit better, especially in low light.

We’re kind of spoiled these days. The D4 was announced in January of 2012 for $6000, and today we can get it for 1 tháng 5 the price. It remains an amazing camera for sports & action photography.

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NIKON D4 + 28.0 mm f/1.8

The next-to-last camera on this menu is the Nikon D4s, a surprisingly similar camera to the Nikon D4. It adds a group-area autofocus mode, though it doesn’t change the 51-point autofocus system otherwise. The D4s shoots 11 FPS with autofocus và tự động exposure (whereas the D4 shoots 10 FPS by comparison).

Also, buffer capađô thị is a bit better on the D4s – 104 14-bit compressed RAW images versus 76 – although the D4 wasn’t exactly bad in that department. High ISO performance between these two cameras is also essentially the same, with only the slighchạy thử improvement on the D4s.


Despite the similarities, it sells for significantly more used – about $1600, though prices fluctuate. For most photographers, I’d recommend sticking lớn the D4 & spending the money on lenses instead.

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NIKON D4S + Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2

While the D4s may not have sầu been a major tăng cấp to lớn the D4, the same cannot be said of Nikon’s D5. Even though the D5 is no longer selling new at sites like B&H, it’s still the camera we tend to lớn recommover for high-end sports photographers who want a Nikon camera, given that the D6 is more expensive & doesn’t add too many new features.

The D5 shoots trăng tròn.8 megapixel images at 12 FPS, but the biggest upgrade over the D4s is the new autofocus system. The D5 has Nikon’s amazing 153-point autofocus system, making it practically the ideal camera for tracking fast-moving action. It currently sells for about $4000 used, và less if you find one with more than 100,000 shutter actuations (not uncommon for such a pro camera).

It may seem expensive sầu for what you get – on paper, $1500 more than the D850 for lower resolution & just three more FPS – but pros who photograph the Olympics don’t care. The D5’s specifications are unparalleled amuốn Nikon cameras for action photography. And its near-invincible build quality holds up well in almost every environment that isn’t underwater.

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NIKON D5

Conclusion

Nikon has produced quite a number of full-frame cameras over the years, starting with the D3 in 2007 và leading lớn the current day, with both mirrorless và DSLRs.

There’s hardly a dud in the lineup. Even the D600, the most maligned FX camera Nikon has ever made, is perfectly good when the dust issue is fixed (và an excellent value on the used market as a result).

That said, each Nikon FX camera is made for a different type of photographer, so not all of them will be the optimal choice for you. The D780 is a great all-around budget choice. The D850 is a high-resolution beast. The mirrorless cameras are small, light, and super modern. And many of the discontinued cameras in Nikon’s full-frame lineup remain amazing giao dịch when purchased used today.

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This article is not about choosing the “best” Nikon FX camera. Each one could be the best for your needs, or totally unnecessary for the photos you want lớn take. That’s why Nikon makes so many cameras. Hopefully, this article gave sầu you a good idea of the form size và scope of their past và current lineup.

If you have any questions or recommendations about these cameras, please let me know in the comments section below!


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