Or for a newbie. It's pretty much the d200 for about a $1000 less. It doesn't have the magnesium body of the D200 or the weather seals, or a full frame CCD but controls are alike and has the same megapixel count. For beginners this camera may seem a bit daunting. There are 2 lcds that split the camera's information between them. The top LCD is the usual for an SLR but could be confusing. There are a LOT of buttons. Also confusing at first, though what that really means is that the most common adjustments can be done by the push of their own button, unlike the D40x where you have to dig through menus to get ISO and WB. This camera is a good bit heavier than the D40x but can use the full line of nikon lenses. As with most DSLRs this one uses a small sensor so the lenses' ranges should be multiplied by 1.5. So the lens that comes with it is the equivalent of 27-202mm on a regular 35mm non digital SLR. This gives you super zooms, but also makes wide angle lenses a bit tougher to find. It is an incredible camera and a bit easier to hold than the Canon XTi (it's main competitor). It costs a few hundred more and for me it is a better camera. For people with really large hands (like me) the extra battery pack extension makes it even more comfortable to hold, though it is more useable than the Canon without it. Pretty much you'll love this camera, whatever you choose. It's great for a beginning hobbyist. It does waaaay more than the average camera user needs, but will reward the dilligent. If you have Nikon lenses you'll want to stick with this one. If you have Canon lenses you'll want the XTi. For newbies, you just need to pick a brand 'cause you'll probably be sticking with it for years to come (unless you have a wad of cash to spend on identical lenses for different brands).
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