You have a D40, D40x, D50, D60, D3xxx, or D5xxx

  • Like what you've got: if the camera has four digits in its name and it has a 24mp sensor, stick with it; everyone else should know that the current D3400 and D5600 really are rather large steps forward from what they've got. Choose the D3400 on price, D5600 for the swivel LCD.  Indeed, choose the D3300 or D5500 (still available new as I write this) on price if you’re really trying to get the most bang for the buck. 
  • Dislike what you've got: You have three basic choices: (1) stay with the same type of model and get the current version (D3400 or D5600); (2) move down to a mirrorless camera (Canon EOS M, Nikon 1, m4/3, Sony Alpha, Fujifilm X, etc.); or (3) move up a model. The next model up is the D7500 and quite an excellent camera. You could also leave DX and move to FX, but that's a huge change, which will also impact your lens closet.

    Which should you do? Here's the simple guide:
    • Choose #1 (buy a D3400 or D5600) if you're happy with what you've got in terms of camera but want to upgrade simply to update your DSLR equipment to the latest. Be prepared for some surprises if you're moving from 6mp to 24mp, though. Things have changed a lot since you bought your camera. Some of your lenses may need replacing—the 18-200mm is one such candidate—as they just don’t resolve well enough for the new, high pixel density. 
    • Choose #2 (buy a mirrorless camera) if you're more looking to lighten up instead of  looking for a huge change in image quality. Be prepared for a possible downgrade in autofocus performance, though.
    • Choose #3 (move up to the D7500) if you've gotten more serious with photography and are starting to feel held back by the high prevalence of automation in your camera. 
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