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Used Nikon Digital SLR

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Nikon D3100 DSLR CameraNikon are a highly respected Digital SLR manufacturer that constantly jostles with Canon over the number one spot. They offer a wide range of consistently high quality Digital SLR cameras for beginners, enthusiasts and professionals.

If you are new to Digital SLR photography then a used Nikon camera is a great buy – there’s plenty of information out there to help get you started, and lenses, flash guns, and other accessories are more widely available than pretty much any other brand.

A key benefit over the Canon EOS Digital SLR range is that the Nikon F-Mount lens system has remained largely unchanged since it was introduced in 1959, which is great news for using older Nikkor lenses on your Digital SLR.

Not all F-Mount lenses have built-in autofocus (AF) motors though, so to use the full range of Nikkor lenses without having to rely on manually focusing you’ll need to choose a camera that has an autofocus motor in the camera itself.

Before you buy a used Nikon Digital SLR, we suggest you read our guide below and take your time to decide which Canon model is right for you.

Nikon Consumer Digital SLR Range

This is our recommended range for the aspiring photographer looking to grab a used Nikon Digital SLR for a bargain price. The oldest Nikon D50 and Nikon D40 may be starting to show their age with small LCD screens and lack of Live View, but they still take photos that will outclass any compact camera.

If you’re after a more modern camera with a larger screen and HD movie recording, then consider a recent used model such as the D90 or D3100.

If you need a tougher build quality, full frame image sensor, or faster continuous shooting speeds, then check out our guides to the Nikon Prosumer and Professional Digital SLR ranges.

Here’s our handy feature comparison guide, along with eBay price estimates (price estimates for these models are based on including an 18-55mm kit lens):

Image Sensor Memory Card Live View LCD FPS Released AF* Guide Price
Nikon D50 6 Mp / CCD
DX Format
SD Card No 2.0″ 2.5 2005 Yes ~£180
Nikon D40 6.1 Mp / CCD
DX Format
SD Card No 2.5″ 2.5 2006 No ~£180
Nikon D40X 10.2 Mp / CCD
DX Format
SD Card No 2.5″ 3.0 2007 No ~£200
Nikon D60 10.2 Mp / CCD
DX Format
SD Card No 2.5″ 3.0 2008 No ~£200
Nikon D3000 10.2 Mp / CCD
DX Format
SD Card No 3.0″ 3.0 2009 No ~£240
Nikon D3100 14.2 Mp / CMOS
DX Format
SD Card Yes 3.0″ 3.0 2010 No ~£350
Nikon D70 6.1 Mp / CCD
DX Format
CompactFlash No 1.8″ 3.0 2004 Yes ~£160
Nikon D70S 6.1 Mp / CCD
DX Format
CompactFlash No 2.0″ 3.0 2005 Yes ~£200
Nikon D80 10.2 Mp / CCD
DX Format
SD Card No 2.5″ 3.0 2006 Yes ~£300
Nikon D90 12.3 Mp / CMOS
DX Format
SD Card Yes 3.0″ 4.5 2008 Yes ~£450
Nikon D5000 12.3 Mp / CMOS
DX Format
SD Card Yes 2.7″ 4.0 2009 No ~£360
Nikon D5100 16.2 Mp / CMOS
DX Format
SD Card Yes 3.0″ 4.0 2011 No
Nikon D7000 16.1 Mp / CMOS
DX Format
SD Card Yes 3.0″ 6.0 2010 Yes ~£800

 

*AF denotes whether the model has a built-in autofocus motor

Digital Camera Beginner recommends…

Nikon D90The with a large LCD display, Live View, HD Movie recording, built-in autofocus motor and reasonably fast continuous shooting was a big upgrade over previous Nikon models.

There are plenty of D90′s around, so try to find one that’s been looked after by a keen amateur rather than being thrown in a kit bag as a ‘spare body’ by a professional.

Alternatives

Nikon D3100 DSLR CameraIf you’d prefer a new model, the is an excellent value and well spec’d entry-level Digital SLR that can be picked up for about the same money as a used D90.

Or if you need features that the consumer range can’t provide, check out our guides to the Nikon Prosumer and Professional Digital SLR lines.