The family tree of all Nikon DSLR cameras from over 20 years in a compact overview. On the basis of three criteria, it is possible to say for whom each model is suitable and a table shows who follows whom and when, and who has which larger and smaller siblings.
A few years ago, Nikon itself divided its range into two segments:
In both groups, the next distinction is according to handling. The image quality is not really suitable, neighbouring smaller and larger models are the same.
These are Nikon's terms for sensor size,
In the group with full auto mode, the smaller DX sensors dominate and there is only one model series D7x0 with a large FX sensor. Oppositely, in the group without full auto mode, the large FX sensors dominate and there is only one series with a smaller DX sensor. Until 2006 it was different, until then Nikon had brought models with smaller DX sensors only onto the market.
Highlighted are the models still available in 2021, one from each group. You can already see the trend towards mirrorless cameras in the Z-series by the rhythm at which new models were introduced and now no longer will be.
with full auto mode
without full auto mode
more menus & buttons
no pro body