IF you're going to use it on a relatively small boat, I wouldn't go the DSLR route, since they're far more vulnerable to spray, salt, water, etc.... That said, for most people anything above the D40 is a bit overkill. That isn't just my opinion, but Ken Rockwell's
. Unfortunately, the D40 has been replaced by the higher resolution, but not quite as good D40x.
BTW, most of the lenses you can use on the D40 will work on a later series DX-frame Nikon DSLR. However, some of the newest from Nikon are not DX-frame, but full-size sensor (35 mm) and as such will probably vingnette a bit with the DX-series lenses, as they are not designed to cover a full 35mm frame.
If you're going the DSLR route, a KATA camera cover might also be a good investment.
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