Would one of those be overkill for a novice?
if not, which one to pick?
(60D with 18-200 lens and D7100 with 18-105 lens, the prices are nearly the same)
Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.
timmmay: Trust what the DPReview reviews says. Ignore the number of megapixels, it's irrelevant, less is generally better. Both are good cameras, the Nikon I believe is the pro build crop body so it's higher up the Nikon range than the 60D is up the Canon range.
Jaxson: I agree with the two cameras concepts mentioned above. We have a DSLR for shots we want to be of the best quality/manipulated/printed large etc. And then we have a small handheld compact for quick use/fits in the wife's handbag/take anywhere type stuff. This takes ok photos in ideal lighting conditions and ok movies for emailing/facebook etc. I'm a fan of this concept, where you don't compromise too much trying to get something that can do everything.
The larger zooms, say 250mm and above tend to be used for specific tasks where you physically can't get close enough to your subject, such as bird/animal shots, concerts or air shows/sports etc. Often the lenses don't work too well at max zoom and you get shaking issues. Potentially it's a difficult area to work with without spending a bit of money on kit.