Summary: In late 2009, this was a good consumer DSLR. Takes great photos. 12.3MP is more than enough for 99% of the photos most people shoot. It records 720p video, but doesn't autofocus during video capture. Also, the video file sizes are enormous because it doesn't use mpeg4 encoding. I'd get the D3300 or D5200 now (early 2014), but the big improvements are in the video mode and wireless connectivity, not in image quality.
Summary: I bought the body because I already had a 50 mm lens that I want to use. I wanted to see if my old Nikon lens would really work on the new digital bodies, it did but it only works in manual mode. So my assessment would not be fair to the new digital body. So far the photographs I have taken in the manual mode have been excellent. When I save up enough money to buy a new lens I will update this information.
Summary: I was a little disappointed that the battery charger was 110 only. All other camera battery chargers are 110/240. Becouse of this, I will need to take a converter with me when I travel. The camera itself is great. I use it as a second camera. Would have been nice to have the 18-200 lens instead of the two lenses included.
Excerpt: I used it in many extreme situations: - at -30°C ! - under the rain - dark (no flash) and every time the result is amazing. When i use the camera with a Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED the result is FANTASTIC! - silent and fast Extraordinary and impressive battery life (also when I use the VR 70-300) D90/D5000 sensor size: 23.6 x 15.8 mm D5100/D7000 sensor size: 23.6 x 15.7 mm Problems: None