I'm getting the D7000 because: - I have need for an additional body in my kit. - I am a big fan of DX bodies for telephoto usage. - I am hoping Nikon is delivering some Iso advantage in this body as compared to my D300. I will be testing this aspect of the new cam fairly carefully and plan to make my own judgement. I would be ecstatic if the new cam achieves at iso1600 what my D300 achieves at iso 800, we'll see soon enough. My dealer expects a late October delivery. In the interim I'll definitely be watching all the test sites and folks like Bjorn and Bob Krist who sometimes receive new equipment in advance. - two thirds of a stop I'll even accept. One third stop noise improvement I'll be underwhelmed. - dpreview made a speculation this is a Sony sensor and this is a possible concern as I was counting on some D3S special sauce for the D7000. It will be interesting to see how this plays out! - Regardless, at this price, to get back to the OPs original question, the D7000 looks like a great wildlife camera. I will be using mine for birds and wildlife in conjunction with my D300. - edited to add I'm agnostic on the additional pixels. Hoping they at least won't hurt. Am having a small concern about nikon's emphasis on their new and improved noise reduction. I hope they don't mean at the expense of detail. Again, we'll have to see how this plays out through testing. Personally on this particular camera I'm not too worried about diffraction as I won't shoot it any more stopped down than f11.