Why the disappointment? Most every dslr user I know, has or wants a 2nd (or 3rd?) walk-around camera that still offers a lot of control and great IQ. Nikon compromised on the sensor so as to not erode it's dslr sales. In doing so, they may not have satisfied anyone. Posters here may not be their intended target, but how often do novices seek our opinion on what to buy? And where's my D400?