I commend Nikon for trying to tell potential customers, that this is a very advanced camera and not a point and shoot. To get the best out of it you will have to be at the top of your game. I think at the price point (not inexpensive, but reachable) it will attract many different photographers coming from many different cameras and experience levels. I think Nikon is expecting a lot of photographers moving up , hence the "Guide" and the SD card slot. I am one who is strongly considering an upgrade to the D800.