Nikon D300s (with 18-200mm lens)
Outstanding performance for its class; excellent photo quality; solidly built; flexible custom settings architecture; video capture; onboard wireless flash controller; dual card slots.
Some annoying design and interface quirks; no significant improvements in high ISO noise performance.
The Nikon D300s is a great camera, especially if you need the burst speed or slightly improved low-light focus, but if you don't care about video you might consider looking for a really good deal on a D300 and using what you save to splurge on a good lens.
09-Sep-2009 11:12 AM PDT