I have been down the road you are on. And, in retrospect, I was lucky (vs. well-informed) when I went from a D-80 to the D-7000 (about 3 years ago). BUT I think the first question you should answer is: What am I going to do with this camera that a D-90 (if that's the one you currently have)cannot do? In the case of the D7000 there is a lot of stuff you can do. However, if you are not a pro, will you take advantage of all the 'new' stuff or are you a "gadget-guy" (as I must admit I am)who likes to learn about new gadgets? If the latter is the main reason, i.e. your photographic pursuits won't use the advantages of the D7000 but you just like new stuff...go for it!...IF you have the money. Good Luck!!