For the family photographer who wants more control over their shots or for an avid SLR user looking to switch over to digital, these Nikon digital SLRs will prove to be a good buy. Keep in mind thought that they are only mid-range models, thus not what you would expect buy for use in a professional setting. (For more information on what to look for in digital cameras and to learn more about SLR cameras, read our buying guide.)
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* '''Lens:''' Like the pro models, these digital SLRs have complete compatibility with Nikon lenses, making them very versatile depending on what type of photographs you are shooting.
* '''Interface:''' For those who like simplicity while still having all the options associated with an SLR, these models are very simplistic, featuring an easy-to-use button interface that includes a help button.
* '''Scene modes:''' Because these models are mid-range, they still offer the convenience of having various semi-automatic scene shooting modes, such as portrait, sport, night, etc.
* '''Integrated pop-up flash''': This eliminates the need to tote along an external flash and it also simplifies the process for those who are looking for a simple camera with manual control.
* This camera lacks a grip that facilitates shooting vertically. Grips can be purchased as separate accessories.
* Access to compact flash cards and/or SD memory cards requires the use of two hands, slowing down the switch of media devices. This is a negative aspect for anyone wanting to quickly change options while in the field.