My camera, a Nikon D90, was recently stolen. This didn't happen while we were on vacation but was a theft from our home while contractors were in and out for three weeks doing repair work after water damage. The next time I went to use the camera, after the work was all done, the camera bag was in the cabinet in our living room but was empty. I need to replace the camera before our upcoming trip to Scandinavia in July.
I loved my D90. The salesman at my favorite local camera store is trying to console me by informing me it was very obsolete and it was time for me to upgrade it anyway. I'm probably going to stick with Nikon because I don't have much interest in learning a whole new system after becoming so used to the Nikon buttons and dials and menus and functions, etc. The salesman thinks that the Nikon D5600 will be a nice replacement. He knows my primary use will be travel photography and he likes the fact that the D5600 small and lightweight.
I read that the D90, when introduced 11 years ago, was intended to fill the spot between entry level and professional level. The salesman at my store admitted that the D5600 is closer to "entry level" and that if I want to get something comparable to what the D90 was when introduced, that would be the D7500.
I acknowledge that the D90 was heavy, with the 18-200 mm lens that I always used for travel. Before discovering the theft of my DSLR, I'd been thinking about getting a small travel camera for those trips when I'm moving around a lot and want to travel especially light. Now, though, my focus is on replacing my DSLR. The D5600 does seems nice and lightweight, but the store where I'm shopping has a great sale right now and the D7500 is well within my budget. Is that a far better camera? Worth the extra weight for what it's going to give me? If I get that, will the kit lens, which is 18-140mm, be adequate as my only lens for the upcoming trip to Sweden, Denmark and Norway, or will I regret not having a longer lens?
I know nothing about mirrorless cameras. They're quite a bit more expensive but is now the perfect opportunity to be looking into buying one?