Nikon’s Best Affordable Cameras Out Right Now

Daniel Wellington

Nikon has been in business for over 100 years, and is rightly renowned for its superb range of cameras and optical devices. The choice of professional photographers the world over, Nikon has always been associated with premium products - the best of the best.

For that reason, you might think that the words “Nikon” and “affordable” don’t belong together in the same sentence. But you’d be wrong. In fact, Nikon offers a superb range of affordable cameras for everyone, from the weekend snapper to the beginner who wants to get serious about their photography, from the talented amateur right up to the full-time pro.

Here’s our selection of the best cameras from every level in the outstanding Nikon range. Camera phones are fine most of the time, but if you want to bring your photos up to the next level, look no further than the Nikon Coolpix A10. Like all cameras in the Nikon range, it’s beautifully built, perfectly balanced, and intuitive to use. We’ve become so accustomed to taking pictures with our phones that we forget how limiting they can be on occasion.

With a dedicated camera like the A10, suddenly the quality of your shots goes up in leaps and bounds, thanks to the zoom, framing, and blur-reduction technology. And with the click of a button, you can shoot HD movies too! We love the Nikon COOLPIX W150, not just for its funky colour schemes, but also for its ability to take underwater shots. The quality of the pictures is excellent, and it’s a cinch to share them, thanks to Nikon’s clever SnapBridge technology.

This camera is one tough little cookie, too. In our experience, it’s well able to withstand the odd knock or bump, which makes it perfect for family occasions or keen, young photographers! With a healthy discount that brings the price to under £200.00, we think the Nikon B500 Coolpix Digital Compact Camera is an absolute snap! Technically speaking, it features a really powerful zoom lens and also has the ability to shoot full HD movies. But we think the best thing about this camera is simply how easy it is to use. Optical stabilisation helps to reduce camera shake, the 7.5 cm monitor is a decent size, and connectivity to the internet and other devices is quick and intuitive. All in all, a great all-rounder! The Nikon D3500 is widely recognised as being the best entry-level DSLR camera on the market. Why? Because it offers an unbeatable combination of price, quality, features, and performance, making it the ideal choice for aspiring professionals.

The D3500 is one of those cameras that just does everything brilliantly. We could bamboozle you with the astounding tech spec, but we think it’s better to focus on the practical features of this photographic tour de force: it’s easy to use, offers exceptional low light performance, has a superb autofocus system, and benefits from a powerful zoom. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: unbeatable, especially at a touch over £400.00. Ask many photographers, and they’ll tell you that the aforementioned D3500 is all you need. But if you do want to take the next step up, our choice would have to be the wonderful Nikon D7500. Everything about this outstanding camera is a little bit bigger and better than its smaller brother!

The screen is bigger, the weather-proofing is better, the processor is quicker, the image quality is higher, plus the D7500 has a touchscreen. Admittedly, it’s more expensive and weighs a little more, but for the ultimate Nikon experience, this is the way to go! Available for under £1150.00, we think that’s an affordable price too, given the premium spec.

Whichever Nikon camera you decide on, you can be sure you’re choosing the best. Happy snapping!