Popular Photography has released it's top 5 Digital SLR cameras for under $1000 .
And here are the results:
1 Canon EOS Rebel XSi 23 points
2 Nikon D60 17 points
3 Pentax K200D (tie) 15 points
3 Sony Alpha 350 (tie) 15 points
5 Olympus E-520 10 points
Which one do I have? I bought the Nikon D40 about 6 months ago. It is about $300 cheaper than the D60 (but only has a 7mp sensor compared to the D60s 10mp sensor). But I rather spend the savings on an extra lens. So I bought a Nikon 55mm - 200mm VR lens for about $225. And I am really happy with my setup.
Checkout pictures taken with the Nikon D40 - http://www.flickr.com/cameras/nikon/d40/
And here is a link to my photostream - which has pictures taken from 3 different cameras, most of the newest ones are with my D40.
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