Well, that's mostly the case. But the penalty for all that user-friendliness is a set of manual controls that's buried just slightly too deep. You can see straight away what the white balance, ISO and other settings are, but it takes just a few too many button clicks to change them. It was just the same with the D60.
What this means is that, although the D3000 is good, you could very quickly outgrow it. There's no problem at all with the picture quality, even if the D3000 does have a comparatively low-tech sensor. But, if you want your camera to be a learning tool rather than just something to grab snaps with, the D3000's control system could soon start getting on your nerves.
The Nikon D3000 is very middle-of-the-road, but its pictures are great, its technology is perfectly adequate and it's as simple to use as Nikon says it is. Even the price is alright -- it's much more than you might have paid for a starter dSLR a couple of years ago, but rivals have gone up in price too.
Edited by Charles Kloet