Entry-level Nikon shooters had to go backward with the very first upgrade/update they made. I have a D50, which was Nikon's first entry-level DSLR. I still use it for snapshots and for documentation of projects and sites for work. I like it because it's small, simple (I can hand it to anyone in the firm, and they can use it), and the files are relatively small. I would love to upgrade it to a newer body with a better sensor and more features (higher DR, bigger LCD for instance), but they took out the AF motor, and it can't use my older lenses (like the 24 f2.8 and the 18-35 ED). This isn't a big deal, and I know why they did it, but it was a step backward.
Sometimes, I guess we have to move backward to move forward.