There is lot of good advices in another post (help with stepping up to.....) I had D80 and it took nice pictures, then I got D7000 and it also took great pictures but I liked the controls better so started not to like D80 for this reason. Since I needed backup camera I decided on D800. First thing you notice with D800 is that images are not any better because D7000 is already so good. D800 controls are different but not for the better and the best features of D7000 are missing. Look at D7000 or D7100 instead.