This is the trend today. I had an e-mail correspondence with Nikon people about suitability of modern cameras for an advanced amateur, or whichever way you call somebody that just wants a camera to perform in the most reliable and proficient way the task that he manually (read: keeping total control) asssigns to it. They admitted that they are disregarding that market niche in favour of more complex AF cameras, since that is what most people want. They even admitted, when asked about AF accuracy vs. manual, that "how to obtain the best resolution... is quite partial and extreme for the evaluation of the company". Of course, you can believe me or not. This to me seems total madness. The makers of what were the most "no - nonsense" cameras and materials on the market are now just following a trend, and disregard to "serious" features like metal bodies and esssentiality are part of that trend. These are points that concern the "advanced amateur", which requirements are of a much higher level than those of a pro. A pro just needs to get a large number of well-enough-exposed, well-enough-focused pictures. An "advanced amateur" seeks for perfection, or for art. AF and full automation are in my opinion either for pros shooting in a hurry, or for daddies shooting the kid's party. And, sirs, the fault is yours. One day you too will get to the point that AF can not be used if you want to get the best sharpness; and that, if you let the camera decide about important parameters, then you don't know the outcome in advance and the picture you get can't even honestly be called "yours". Then you will look for a camera to suit your "new" needs, and you will find nothing. Nikon people will say: "you have not been asking for such cameras since years, sorry, we did not know...". And maybe you will buy a Leica, or start looking for an used F3. Or buy a new F100xyz and convince yourself that it can be bent to suit your needs.