Kodak's Steven J. Sasson with first digital camera he invented in 1975


 

Nikon Digital SLR Camera Chronological History


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Nikon Released Their First Camera in 1948

They were determined to make the very best camera (the Nikon 1).  Leica was the undisputed leader in 35mm cameras, so Nikon set about to improve upon this camera and created various Nikon models through 1959. In May of 1959, the Nikon F single-lens reflex (SLR) camera was introduced and quickly became the unconfirmed standard of photo journalists and other professional photographers.  The F had interchangeable viewfinders, focusing screens and lenses. (Many of these lenses can be used on new Nikon digital cameras being made today). With these new F cameras, Nikon bypassed Leica as the new world leader

By offering what users want -- and need -- to capture sensational pictures, Nikon cameras have continued to be the standards against which all other cameras are measured.  It has been said, "Canons are designed by engineers, Nikons are designed by photographers

Nikon Interchangeable Lens Cameras Sorted by Release Date

Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera
Nikon D3400

Announced Aug 16, 2016 24 megapixels • 3″ screen • APS-C sensor  
5 Star Rating
Nikon D500
Nikon D500

Announced Jan 5, 2016 21 megapixels • 3.2″ screen • APS-C sensor $1,997 - $3,067
Review
5 Star Rating
Nikon D5
Nikon D5

Announced Jan 5, 2016 21 megapixels • 3.2″ screen • Full frame sensor Around $6,500 
5 Star Rating
Nikon 1 J5
Nikon 1 J5

Announced Apr 2, 2015 21 megapixels • 3″ screen • 1″ sensor $497 - $897
 
Nikon D810A
Nikon D810A

Announced Feb 10, 2015
36 MP • 3.2″ screen • Full frame sensor
$2,897 - $4,527
5 Star Rating
Nikon D7200
Nikon D7200

Announced Feb 2, 2015 24 megapixels • 3.2″ screen • APS-C sensor $1,197 - $1,697
5 Star Rating
Nikon D5500
Nikon D5500

Announced Jan 5, 2015
24 megapixels • 3.2″ screen • APS-C sensor
$897 - $1,19797
5 Star Rating
Nikon D750
Nikon D750
Sep 12, 2014
24 MP•| 3.2″ screen
• Full frame sensor
$2,297 - $3,197
Nikon D810
Nikon D810
Jun 26, 2014
36 MP • 3.2″ screen
• Full frame sensor
$3,297 - $4,997
Nikon D4S
Nikon D4S 
Feb 25, 2014
16 MP • 3.2″ screen
• Full frame sensor
$6,497
Nikon D3300
Nikon D3300
Nov 7, 2013
24 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$547 - $1,165
5 Star Rating
Nikon DF
Nikon Df
Nov 5, 2013
16 MP • 3.2″ screen
• Full frame sensor
$2,747 - $2,997
5 Star Rating
Nikon D5300
Nikon D5300
Oct 17, 2013
24 MP • 3.2″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$629 - $1,681
5 Star Rating
Nikon D610
Nikon D610
Oct 8, 2013
24 MP • 3.2″ screen
• Full frame sensor
$1,597 - $2,447
5 Star Rating
Nikon 1 AW1
Nikon 1 AW1
Sep 19, 2013
14 MP • 3″ screen
• 1″ sensor
$697 - $997
5 Star Rating
Nikon D7100
Nikon D7100
Feb 21, 2013
24 MP • 3.2″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$947 - $1,497
5 Star Rating

Nikon 1 S1
Nikon 1 S1
Jan 8, 2013
10 MP • 3″ screen
• 1″ sensor
$230 - $597
5 Star Rating
Nikon 1 J3
Nikon 1 J3
Jan 8, 2013 ✓
14 MP | 3″ screen
• 1″ sensor
$315 - $1,050
5 Star Rating
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200 DX
Nov 6, 2012 
24 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$597 - $947
5 Star Rating
 
Nikon D600
Nikon D600 FX  
September 17. 2012
24.3 MP • 3.2" screen
• Full Frame Sensor
$1,300
5 Star Rating
Nikon D3200
Nikon D3200 DX
April 19, 2012
24 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$447 - $597
5 Star Rating
Nikon D800 FX Digital SLR
Nikon D800 FX  
 Feb 7, 2012
36.3 MP • 3.2" screen
• Full Frame sensor
$2,997
5 Star Rating
Nikon D800E FX Digital SLR Camera Body

Nikon D800E FX
 Feb 7, 2012 
36 MP • 3.2″ screen
• Full frame sensor
$3,267
5 Star Rating

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100 DX 
Sep 27, 2011
16 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$590 - $640
5 Star Rating
Nikon D7000 DSLR

Nikon D7000 DX
Apr 30, 2011
16 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$669 - $1,499
5 Star Rating
Nikon D4 'multi-media' DSLR
Nikon D4 FX
Jan 7, 2011
16.2 MP • 3" screen
• Full frame sensor
5 Star Rating
Nikon D3100 DX DSLR
Nikon D3100 DX
Announced Aug 19, 2010. Updated 12/22/2010
14 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$512
5 Star Rating
Nikon D3000
Nikon D3000

Announced 07/30/2009 $591 3872 x 2592 | 1936 x 1296
 

Nikon D300S DX DSLR



Nikon D300s DX
 Sep 29, 2011  
12 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
5 Star Rating

Nikon D5000
Nikon D5000
Announced Apr 14, 2009
DX 12.3 MP  

$579.99
5 Star Rating
Nikon D3X
Nikon D3X 24.5 MP FX
Announced 12/01/2008
$7,999 Flagship
6048 x 4032 3024 x 2016

Nikon D90 DX DSLR
Nikon D90 DX  
Introduced August 27, 2008  Updated Sep 26, 2011 ✓
12 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
Nikon D700 FX DSLR

Nikon D700 FX
Introduced Jul 1, 2008 
12 MP • 3″ screen
• Full frame sensor
$3,300
5 Star Rating
Nikon D60
Nikon D60
 
Introduced Jan 28, 2008
Replaced D40x
$799
3,872 x 2,592
1,936 x 1,296
Nikon D3
Nikon D3
08/23/2007
Replaced D2Xs
$5,000 in 2007
4,256 x 2,832
2,128 x 1,416
 
Nikon D300
Nikon D300
 

Introduced Aug 23, 2007
Replaced D200
$1,800
4,288x2,848
2,144x1,424
Nikon D40X
Nikon D40X
Replaced by D5000
 
Introduced Mar 5, 2007
$535
3,872 x 2,592
1,936 x 1,296
Nikon D40

Nikon D40
 
Introduced Nov 16, 2006
$599
3,008 x 2,000
1,504 x 1,000
 
Nikon D80

Nikon D80
 
Introduced Aug 9, 2006
10 MP Replaced by D90
$999

 
Nikon D2X
Nikon D2Xs 12MP DX

06/01/2006
$4,700
4,288x2,848
2,144x1,424
Rating
Nikon D200

Nikon D200
 
Replaced by Nikon D300.
Introduced Nov 1, 2005
10 mp
$1,699
Nikon D70S
Nikon D70S

 
Introduced Apr 22, 2005
6 mp
Replaced by D80
$100%
Rating
Nikon D50

Nikon D50
 
Introduced Apr 22, 2005
6 mp
 
Nikon D2HS
Nikon D2HS
Digital Camera Replaced by D3
Feb 2005
$3,500
2,464 x 1,632
Rating
Nikon D2X
Nikon D2X 12MP DX
 Replaced by D200
09/16/ 2004
$5,000
4,288 x 2,848
2,144x1,424
Rating
Nikon D70
Nikon D70  
 6 mp
Introduced Jan 28, 2004
$999
3,008 x 2,000
1,504 x 1,000
 
Nikon D2H
Nikon D2H

4.1 MP DX Digital Camera
Announced 07/22/2003
$5,000
2,464 x 1,632
Rating
Nikon D100
Nikon D100 6MP D
X
02/21/2002
$1,199
3,008 x 2,000
1,504 x 1,000
Rating
Nikon D1H
Nikon D1H 2.7 MP DX

02/05/2001
$5,350

Rating
Nikon D1X
Nikon D1X 2.7MP DX

02/05/2001
$4,350
4,024 x 1,324
Rating
Nikon D1
Nikon D1 2,7 MP DX
02/15/1999
$5,000
2,012 x 1,324
Discontinued
Nikon E3 & E3S
Nikon E3 and E3S
Fuji Body
1998 | $20,000
1,280 x 1,000
Discontinued
 
Nikon E2N & Nikon E2NS
Nikon E2N and E2NS - Fuji Body
1996 $20,000
Discontinued
 
Nikon E2 & E2S
Nikon E2 and E2S - Fuji Body | 1995
$20,000 1 fps (E2)/3 fps (E2s: up to 7 consecutive shots)
Discontinued
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Kodak with Hacked Nikon body
Kodak with Hacked Nikon Body
Nikon NASA F4
1990
$25,000
Discontinued
Kodak created first digital camera in 1973

Do you see a trend in the table above? Digital cameras like all electronics keep getting better and cheaper. The Nikon D90 is better and cheaper than the Nikon D300. The D3 is better and cheaper than the D1. And just look at all the discontinued models. Film cameras used to last for years and years. So, bottom line: Digital Cameras have become disposable, while all the old F series camera lenses continue to work on the newest D90, D3000, D5000 • All current Nikon DSLR Cameras

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Nikon Corporation was established in 1917 when three leading optical manufacturers merged to form a comprehensive, fully integrated optical company known as Nippon Kogaku Kokyo K.K. Over the next sixty years this growing company became a leading manufacturer of optical lenses (including those for the first Canon cameras).
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