DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex camera. If you are currently using a point and shoot digital camera the DSLR is far superior as for a speed and quality of the shot. The most popular Nikons DSLR’s include the D40, D60, D80, the new D90, and the D200. The four camera’s offer different features and you can easily find the perfect fit.
If you are coming straight from a point and shoot and want something that is faster, haves bigger sensors, you can change lenses and perform much better overall. If it is your first DSLR I highly recommend the D40 or the D40x. The D40 is smaller than most DSLR’s but stills gives you the high-resolution image quality made possible by the Nikon high-performance 6.1 megapixel DX-format CCD imaging sensor. This was my first DSLR and the quality and speed difference from the basic point and shoot was remarkable. The D40 also offers the easiest controls and features for the beginners. The speed of the D40 is 2.5 frames per second, for a beginner you will be able to catch your kids or grandkids playing sports without missing any shots. The retail for the D40 is 499.99 and this includes the 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G lens. A perfect beginner’s lens. The newer d40x is basically the same camera but is equipped with a 10.2-MP DX-format CCD sensor.
If you have previously owned a DSLR or you have the D40 and are looking to upgrade you have 3 options, the D60, D80, and the new D90. You have to realize when you upgrade the size and cost of the DSLR is going to increase. The D60 is smaller than the d80 and d90 and has the 10 megapixel sensor. This cameral also shoots a little faster than the d40 at 3.0 frames per second. The biggest difference between the D60 and D80 is that the D80 has an internal autofocus motor and the D60 doesn’t. The D60 is limited to AF-S and AF-I lenses that have their own internal motor. This means if you own an older 55mm Nikon SLR the lens that you have will work on the D80. With the newer d90 out you can find the D80 heavily discounted, this is why I personally purchased the D80. The D80 also offers more professional options for the avid amateur photographer. The D90 is a newer version of the D80 but offers the first DSLR movie mode (720p HDTV quality) and HDMI output. The D90 has a 12.9 megapixel sensor. The D90 supposedly produces d300 quality output at up to ISO 6400 and offers some of the same functions the higher priced D200 and D300 offers.
If you have already owned a DSLR or want a pro level camera than the D200 is the camera for you. The D200 offers a 10.2 megapixel sensor and a leading image processing for exceptional color performance. It is also more durable with a magnesium alloy body than the d40, D60, D80, and the D90. It also is significantly faster than the lower models at 5.0 frames per second. The D200 also offers a more pro level menu for you to either grow into your camera or to take your pro level to the next level.