"DIWA and DXO Lab test helped me a lot"5.0 starson by dr_ratansinghdeo
Pros: Excellent image quality at any ISO without chromatic or peripheral distortin.Easy user interface.Good for beginer as well enthusiast.Creative Options are quite good.In camera editing is just awsome,no need to PC editing.
Cons: Low resolution LCD monitor.But it helps to increase battery life to very good extent.Otherwise with high resolution LCD drain battery like monster
Summary: 1.Picture quality excellent
2.Absolutely no noise at high ISO.Great for all type of photography.
3.Fast performance.Altough live view mode is slow,but for me its effective with this price[3-D tracking and 11-point focus like high end DSLR]
4.Easy user interface and all executions are perfect.
5.Scene modes can be used as examples for manual ,A,S,P mode for beginers.Scene modes show the specifications for different situations which helped me a lot to know advanced creativity and settings
6.Picture creative mode is present for advanced user.So this camera can be used by a beginer as well as enthusiast.
7.No chromatic aberations or peripheral distortion.Optic quality of kit lens is quite good.
8.Incamera image processing,in my view its complete,no need for recomposition or editing by PC
9.D-light is quite effective
10.Colours are perfect
11.Last word--If you really need awsome image quality at this price just go for Nikon D5000.I have gone through DIWA test and other good test lab report which proved to be correct.Regarding service issue my suggestion is just you check the body number through the NIKON service advisory online before purchase.But this issue has been handled quite nicely by NIKON[rather honestly].Easy to start a DSLR,but still option packed for enthusiast.Just buy it,love to use.Picture quality in real life and lab test are both excellent.Look to DXO Lab test and DIWA test helped a lot.