Nikon Digital Cameras

Nikon - The First producer of a widely accepted professional 35mm sized digital SLR camera!

Until Nikon introduced the D1 camera, digital cameras were generally perceived as producing low quality and resolution pictures, they were of little interest to most professional photographers, the Nikon D1 SLR changed this perception for ever!

Nikon uses a "D" and a series numbers to designate it's digital SLR cameras, this may be followed by a H, S or X to identify variants of the basic models. Nikon digital SLR cameras with a single number are for professional use and are built like a tank with die-cast metal bodies and substantial weather proofing. Cameras with three numbers are semi pro, they still normally have die-cast metal bodies but are lighter and less robust with less weather proofing. Nikon digital cameras with two numbers are for amateur photographers and have light plastic bodies and virtually no weatherproofing. Cameras with four numbers are primarily for amateur photographers making the transition from a compact camera to their first digital SLR, they tend to be the lightest and  least robust of the Nikon SLR cameras.


Many Nikon digital SLR cameras have a single or double letter prefix added to the end of the model number, a "H" designates a high speed variant of the basic camera, a "X" indicates a higher resolution version, when a "S" is added it means it is an improved or "second version" of the camera, the improvements will not alter the basic resolution but could add video or significant picture quality improvements often via new firmware and numerous minor improvements, Nikon is always improving it's cameras and even it's cheapest SLR will be quite impressive!


Nikon D1H

Nikon Digital SLR Camera timeline

Introduction Date

Model Number

Maximum Resolution

June 1999

Nikon D1 2.74 megapixels

February 2001

Nikon D1X 5.4 megapixels
February 2001 Nikon D1H 2.74 megapixels
February 2002 Nikon D100 6.1 megapixels
July 2003 Nikon D2H 4.1 megapixels

Nikon D200

February 2004

Nikon D70 6.1 megapixels
September 2004 Nikon D2X 12.4 megapixels
February 2005 Nikon D2Hs 4.1 megapixels
April 2005 Nikon D70s 6.1 megapixels
April 2005 Nikon D50 6.1 megapixels
November 2005 Nikon D200 10.2 megapixels
June 2006 Nikon D2Xs 12.4 megapixels
August 2006 Nikon D80 10.2 megapixels

November 2006

Nikon D40 6.1 megapixels
March 2007 Nikon D40x 10.2 megapixels
August 2007 Nikon D300 12.3 megapixels
August 2007 Nikon D3 12.1 megapixels
January 2008 Nikon D60 10.2 megapixels
July 2008 Nikon D700 12.1 megapixels
3August 2008 Nikon D90 12.3 megapixels
December 2008 Nikon D3X 24.5 megapixels

Nikon D300s

April 2009

Nikon D5000 12.3 megapixels
July 2009 Nikon D3000 10.2 megapixels
July 2009 Nikon D300s 12.3 megapixels
October 2009 Nikon D3s 12.1 megapixels
August 2010 Nikon D3100 14.2 megapixels
September 2010 Nikon D7000 16.2 megapixels
April 2011 Nikon D5100 16.2 megapixels
January 2012 Nikon D4 16.2 megapixels

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February 2012

Nikon D800 36.3 megapixels
April 2012 Nikon D800E 36.3 megapixels
April 2012 Nikon D3200 24.1 megapixels
September 2012 Nikon D600 24.3 megapixels
November 2012 Nikon D5200 24.1 megapixels
February 2013 Nikon D7100 24.1 megapixels
October 2013 Nikon D610 24.3 megapixels
October 2013 Nikon D5300 24.1 megapixels


November 2013

Nikon DF 16.2 megapixels



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