Fantastic camera Nikon D7000 I love this camera - that's the bottom line for me. I'm taking a huge step in my first digital camera, the Nikon D40, my husband wanted so he could start digital photography, and I could not be happier with my choice. However, I think it would be a waste of money for anyone not familiar with the settings normally used to film cameras 35mm SLR one. The Nikon D7000 can certainly serve as a good point and shoot. But why spend almost double that of the lightest on the D3100 if you want to aim and shoot, and maybe edited with Photoshop or something? For me, it's worth the difference, because I want the freedom to quickly and easily make adjustments such as setting aperature or shutter speed to freeze or blur action, adjust the white balance on the progress of what I want the image, adjust the autofocus and metering field to suit the particular situation in continuous trigger switch, etc. The Nikon D7000 puts everything in the menus and submenus as Nikon cheap, but it also puts the right in the camera body, available through a single button and the spin of a wheel. In addition, this ended up being almost as cheap to me as the Nikon D3100, because I had not been satisfied with the kit lens on the D3100 - and the replacement would have been more expensive than using all the wonderful Nikon lenses that have stopped thefilm Day - NOW THAT ALL WORK beautifully on the D7000. (Of course, I did get my D7000 to $ 1,199, not current prices). The Nikon cheap to reduce their weight and cost by not including a focus motor in the camera - they have to resort to one of the lens. The D7000, like other greats of the line Nikon includes its own focus motor. Nice little bonus with the D7000 is the treatment of my old lenses A1. I have some very good optical A1s, and very fast. With the Nikon D7000, which can be programmed to recognize - at the touch of a button and turn the wheel again. All I had to do was assign a number of lenses for each of the objectives and provide the focal length and maximum aperture. Now I can use without any problems, just focus, as always. And the switch to switch from autofocus to manual focus lenses age, or an auto focus lens that can actually auto focus on the particular situation (like my AF trying to collect a small hummingbird in the middle of a rose this morning) is located next to the lens in the left hand will somehow grab the focus ring for manual focus. Read more: Licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution No Derivatives his is a very sweet camera. It'll make whatever you want. The controls are simple and easy to understand if you have a background in photography - or want to learn. As I said, I think people are losing their money if they buy it just because it's the new camera is really hot when more than necessary. But if you want to be able to control camera settings, and do it quickly without having to mess around with the camera, this is great. Note, after reading other reviews. Nikon digital SLR ever have had great video, and this seems to be an exception - if you want a video camera, get something else. Regarding the complaints about the manual, I think back to my comments about the need to have some experience with SLR or willing to learn. I found the manual completely understandable - usually not even explain each function a couple of times if you read all the way through several hundred pages. The best way I found to deal with this is to sit with the manual and the camera and really work my way through all the settings button and check so I know what I have.