"Best SLR camera before D80"4.5 starson by review_monster
Pros: - Excellent sensor produces sharp and accurate results
- Little noise on high ISO
- Large LCD
- Small, compact and very light
- 6mp sensor results in more clear less noisy photos while keeping details
Cons: - Does not work with older Nikon lenses
Summary: I have owned this camera for quite some time now and it is a great backup camera along with my D90. Takes great photos and sometimes i prefer the results to the D90. The biggest downfall in this camera is its lack of internal lens motor which means only new lenses with built in motor will work on this camera. But i can say that this camera is superior to the D50, D60 and the D70 for various reasons. The D60 utilities the same sensor with more pixels punched in which results in noisy photos, specially at night. Also the D70 costs more and along with the D50 are older and feature small LCD screens. If you cannot afford the D80 then this is your choice. Forget the D60. D40, D80 and the D90 are my favorite budget Nikon cameras. Ask ken rockwell! btw nikon release a reamped D40x version, stay away from it.
Speed is key in photography, specially if you do animal photography. This camera is fast with 2.5fps so you wont lose a shot. I have to agree with cnet that the stock kit lens is slow. Let me add that the stock lens lacks VR. At night VR is crucial. Make sure you buy the 18-55mm VR instead. Overall a great, small compact and easy to use camera that delivers results.