Nikon's Solid D5000 Entry-Level DSLR Digital Camera

At a Glance

This well-rounded model has tons of features, and a handy tilt-and swivel screen. But auto-mode images were middling.

Price when rated: $850 (with lens); $730 (body only)
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Nikon scores high for offering great image quality and terrific design--including rudimentary video recording, a DSLR first.

Price when rated: $1,000
Lowest price: $840.00 via Amazon Marketplace
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Nikon D60

3.5/5

At a Glance

This camera produces pleasing pictures, but it offers minimal improvements over the D40x for lots more cashola.

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At a Glance

The D40 is a great value: Its help system offers solid learning tools, yet the camera doesn't skimp on advanced features.

Price when rated: $599
Lowest price: $999.00 via Amazon Marketplace
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At a Glance

The D200 is fast, powerful, and beautiful. Menu navigation has improved, and you can add GPS location info to your photos.

Price when rated: $1,700 (body only); $2,000 (body and AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18mm–70mm lens)
Lowest price: $970.00 via Amazon Marketplace
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