Nikon Slr Digital Cameras

The Tokyo-based Nikon Corporation has been making Nikon SLR digital cameras for more than a decade, and there is no doubt that their current range of Nikon SLR digital cameras (also known as D-SLRs) is amongst the best in the world. The company also manufactures a range of top quality Nikkor lenses that can be used interchangeably with their Nikon SLR digital cameras.

The History of Nikon SLR Digital Cameras

The very first D-SLR the company made was the Nikon D1 SLR in 1999. This used a special light sensor that was just two thirds the size of a 35 mm film frame - which is small. But the quality of photograph the camera produced was enough to start professionals using them in place of regular single lens reflex film cameras. It is only in the past two years, since 2007, that the company has used a sensor as big as the traditional 35 mm frames that Canon has been using throughout the 2000s.

The range of available D-SLR models from the company changes all the time, but in September 2009, it consisted of three newly released models and five others.

Top of the range was the D3X, released in 2008, with an amazing 24.5 megapixels (MP). The two entry-level models were the D60, also released in 2008, and the D3000, released in 2009, both with 10.2 MP. The remaining models all offered 12.3 MP, including the two new models, D300S and the D5000, as well as the D700, the D90 and the D3, the first model produced with the larger sensor. The D90, launched in 2008, was the first model that afforded a video recording option.

Once also a leader in film single lens reflex models, by 2009 the company had decided to only manufacture a limited range, namely the professional F6 and the more entry-level FM10. They did, however, undertake to continue servicing and supplying spares for films cameras.

If you want to know more about the D-SLR models the company makes, go to their web site: www.nikon.com and you can read the specifications of each model for yourself. There are also a lot of web sites that feature both professional and consumer reviews on Nikon SLR digital cameras.

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