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Nikon SLR cameras: a visual history

For more than 50 years, Nikon has led the way when it comes to SLR design and performance. From the legendary Nikon F which single-handedly started the system camera revolution, to a full-frame SLR dedicated to astrophotography, Nikon cameras have always been at the cutting edge.

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This high-resolution infographic, courtesy of the Nikon magazine, N-Photo (opens in new tab), shows the 50 Nikon SLRs that shaped the future of photography.

For some of us it will be like a trip down memory lane as we rediscover the cameras that ignited our passion for photography, while for others it will be a reminder that photography is not just about digital cameras, and that the design of the cameras we use today is driven by decades of photographic innovation and development.

We have an especially soft spot for the Nikon FM2 (opens in new tab). Why? Because Nikon has based two of its contemporary DSLRs on this iconic design. The full frame Nikon Df has now been phased out, but Nikon has now introduced the Nikon Z fc (opens in new tab), a new mirrorless model with a classic retro film camera look but thoroughly modern digital technology inside.

Click on the image below to see the high-res version.

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N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine is a monthly publication that's entirely dedicated to Nikon users. As a 100% independent magazine, you can be assured of unbiased opinion from a trustworthy team of devoted photography experts including editor Adam Waring (opens in new tab) and Technique Editor Mike Harris (opens in new tab)


Aimed at all users, from camera newcomers to working pros, every issue is packed with practical, Nikon-specific advice for taking better photos, in-depth reviews of Nikon-compatible gear, and inspiring projects and exciting video lessons for mastering camera, lens and Photoshop techniques.


Written by Nikon users for Nikon users, N-Photo is your one-stop shop for everything to do with cameras, lenses, tripods, bags, tips, tricks and techniques to get the most out of your photography.