I sell camera equipment and my opinion is that it's basicly the same kind of camera as a Nikon N80 or a Canon Rebel T2, just with a better price and a MUCH better viewfinder. Seriously, the photographer is such a huge variable that the camera (at this level) is almost inconsequential. As long as you like how it handles and you can get the lenses you wantr for it, it's the right one for you!