I am admittedly a newcomer to the DSLR. I had a D2H for a few months, and have used a D3 several times, but this is the first DSLR of my own. I do NOT feel intimidated by the D7000. It is smaller in the hand than the D2/D3, but has a SOLID feel and nice weight that doesn't tire you out. The menus and options, while plentiful, are intuitive and easy to manipulate. I have captured some great photos using Auto and Scene modes, and also been able to flip to Manual mode and manipulate the shots to get exactly what I want. One selling point that really proved to be a wise "test" for a new camera is that my wife, a point-and-shoot veteran but DSLR newcomer, can pick it up, turn it on and literally point and shoot and capture STELLAR images in Auto and Scene modes. Not too many DSLR's can offer that kind of diversity with relatively little user input. I LOVE it and will only like it better as I become more familiar with all the settings and options. The ONLY drawback, and it is a relatively minor one, is battery life. It's NOT terrible by any means, but I feel it could be better. Once I am able to buy a couple of spares, this will not matter.