I just bought a D5100 as the last piece of a puzzle for high quality video. Otherwise, I have the pro editing software, a great tripod, and a great mic.
Before buying I did research on the D5100, but somehow never saw a comparison to the D7000. My previous camera is the D90, and video-wise the D5100 is a great improvement. But - and this is a big but - it is annoying as can be that Nikon does not allow manual shooting with the D5100. Through convoluted methods I can set aperture and crudely adjust exposure, but I cannot change ISO or speed. This is doubly frustrating now that I find this can be done with the D7000.
The obvious thing would be to get a D7000 instead, which also includes significant photographic benefits that I would enjoy. For example, the D5100 has you plug through menu's just to change ISO, and lacks the second dial. For for photo/video I think I am more at the level of the D7000.
I see many discussions on here about what Nikon has next - would anyone mind quickly reviewing word of a new body that would include the best so far of video (full manual, audio jack, 20 mins recording, etc.) but still be within the $750-$1500 range?
I'm really stuck now on what to do. I've shot about 5 days worth of photo and video on the D5100, and don't know if I can get away with "returned items must be in new condition with original packaging and accessories."
I greatly appreciate any advice/suggestions.