I just discovered a site called Bestcovery that lists the 5 best DSLR cameras.
These five best dSLR cameras represent the best combination of performance, features and value, and are ideal for buyers stepping up from their entry-level dSLRs or enthusiasts and advanced photographers seeking an excellent all-around performer that can be carried with them anywhere they go.
The list looks spot on to me. These are all solid performers.
1. Nikon D7000
2. Canon EOS 7D
3. Canon EOS 60D
4. Canon EOS Rebel T3i
5. Nikon D5100