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Nikon Pro Series DSLR Cameras Ranked Best by JD Power


Owners of DSLR cameras indicate they are highly satisfied with the picture quality of their cameras, but are notably less satisfied with durability and shutter speed/lag time, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera Online Buyer Study released today.

The study examines satisfaction among verified online buyers of digital single-lens reflex camera models. Responses were collected by PowerReviews and reflect the attitudes of actual DSLR camera owners who conducted their purchase using an e-commerce site. The study measures satisfaction among DSLR camera owners across five factors (listed in order of importance): picture quality (including picture clarity, sharpness and color); durability and reliability (including damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness); variety of features (including zoom, image stabilization and low light settings); ease of operation; and shutter speed/lag time (overall “speed” of the camera, including shutter lag time).

Overall, online DSLR buyers indicate they are well satisfied with their cameras, with satisfaction averaging 887 on a 1,000-point scale. Among the five factors, camera owners are particularly satisfied with picture quality (917), but are least satisfied with the shutter speed/lag time and durability of their cameras (866 each).

“Clearly, picture quality is crucial to online buyers of DSLR cameras,” said Larry Wu, senior director at J.D. Power and Associates. “However, owners expect no less than high-quality photos from their DSLRs, and other performance factors–such as durability and reliability, which is the second-most influential factor in overall satisfaction–have evolved as ways for DSLR camera models to differentiate themselves.”

The Nikon Pro Series ranks highest in online buyer satisfaction with a score of 914. The Nikon Pro Series performs particularly well in shutter speed/lag time, durability and reliability and ease of operation. The Canon Mark-Series follows in the rankings with a score of 909, and performs particularly well in performance and picture quality. The Canon D-Series and Nikon D-Series rank third in a tie, each with a score of 889.

Key Findings

  • Online buyers spend an average of $937 on their camera.
  • Online buyers report taking an average of 918 photos per month using their DSLR camera.
  • A vast majority of online buyers (87%) say they “definitely will” recommend their DSLR camera to friends and family.
  • One-third of online DSLR buyers use their camera for shooting video.
  • While overall performance is cited as a reason for purchasing a particular DSLR model 31 percent of the time, online buyers cite previous ownership and brand reputation nearly as often.

The 2011 Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera Online Buyer Study is based on responses provided by PowerReviews from nearly 4,500 verified buyers who purchased a DSLR camera online. The study was fielded October 2010 through April 2011. Power Circle Ratings Customer Satisfaction Index Rankings
(Based on a 1,000-point scale)

Brand Index score
(out of 1000)
For Consumers
(out of 5)
Nikon Pro Series 914 5
Canon Mark-Series 909 4
Canon D-Series 889 3
Nikon D-Series 889 3
Industry Average 887 3
Pentax K-Series 883 3
Canon Rebel 881 3
Sony A-Series 867 2


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