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Nikon Reviews: Best Nikon Compact Cameras

While Nikon is more known for their DSLRs, they have a few compact cameras often worth a look. Nikon point-and-shoots are a bit harder to judge without a full hands-on review--we've seen a few gems, but there's also a few that really didn't pan out.

Nikon offers compact cameras for nearly every budget, and it appears that Nikon's naming strategy tends to indicate price and level as well. The S-models ex. Coolpix S6500) are mid-line options. L models on the other hand are very basic with minimal features but a low price. The P tends to designate a more advanced camera with highlighting features like a larger sensor or a bigger zoom. AW designates their rough, waterproof models. The numbers following that can also indicate their level--for example the Coolpix S3300 has fewer features than the S6300. Numbers will also indicate when it was released, with the S6500 being newer than the S6300.

Be careful with the lowest budget options, they tend to be slow and snap pretty basic shots. Nikon's advanced options have recieved several decent reviews from us in the past, with the middle options being hit or miss. Here are Nikon's best compact cameras.

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Nikon COOLPIX S810c

The Nikon Coolpix S810c is only the camera giant's second model to offer an Android operating system in the growing world of smart cameras. Consumers looking for a smart camera should note though that the S810c is only equipped with Wi-Fi--whe...

Grade: B+ Price: $300.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P330

Interestingly, Nikon lowered the number of megapixels in the P330 from the previous model, yet stepped up the image sensor size. Nikon also put a f1.8 lens in front of the larger sensor, and increased the aperture range—all signs that this m...

Grade: B+ Price: $270.00

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Nikon COOLPIX A

Nikon enters into the world of compact cameras with full frame sensors with their new Coolpix A. The first in its line, the A uses the DX sensors found on Nikon's DSLRs. But that's not all the A shares with DSLRs, Nikon also offers various attachm...

Grade: B+ Price: $1,073.00

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Nikon COOLPIX S6800

Nikon's S6500 was one of our favorite compacts of 2013 and we expect the S6800 to be a top performer in the category as well. The 16 megapixel 1/2.3" sensor, 12x optical zoom and 9.4 fps burst mode are good features considering the $200 p...

Grade: A- Price: $200.00

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Nikon Coolpix S7000

At the time of it's release, the Nikon Coolpix S7000 is the lightest camera sporting a 20x zoom. Weighing in at just 5.9 ounces, the S7000 is a tiny camera that looks to still stand its ground.The highlighting feature in the S7000 is that 20x ...

Grade: A- Price: $244.00

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Nikon COOLPIX AW120

Nikon has certainly taken a step in the right direction with the all-weather AW120. When taking images underwater, lighting is much more limited, so a good lens is a must. The AW120 features an f2.8-4.9 lens, which is much brighter than the previo...

Grade: A- Price: $299.00

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Nikon COOLPIX L620

Nikon's popular compact zoom line received a nice speed upgrade with the Coolpix L620. While the older L610 took burst shots at a sluggish 1.9 fps, the L620 takes up to six photos in a row at 10 fps. Nikon has also added their high speed setti...

Grade: A- Price: $275.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P7800

Viewfinder-lovers, rejoice--Nikon has released an update to their strong low light performer, the advanced compact Coolpix P7700, with the viewfinder-equipped P7800. The P7800 still features the large, 1/1.7" backlit sensor and fast f2.0 lens whic...

Grade: A- Price: $449.00