I'm just buying a D7000 although I know the upgrade is coming soon so I know how you're feeling.
I think that visiting this forum can easily make one feel 'less than' if you aren't keeping up with those with top-end and newest gear BUT - and that is a big BUT - go to the PAD and compare pictures from NSXType-R (who is still using a D40) to the others. I think you will agree that his pics show it isn't all about the gear so don't get buyers remorse, just enjoy what you've got in the knowledge that your next upgrade is further away!
Thanks for your compliment!
It's funny that you talk about buyer's remorse- when I was buying the D40, the D40x and D60 were both out and I could have gone for a D80. I'm glad I stuck with the D40, within 5 months of buying the D80 the D90 came out. I would have been really disappointed if I knew how much better the D90 is.
I bought the D40 mainly to get the 18-135 because I couldn't spring for the 18-200.
I still wish the D3200 was available body only- I'm sure some people want to upgrade but have the kit lens already.
A 3200 with a 35mm 1.8 would be a killer starter camera.
D3200 uses the Expeed 3 - same as the D4.
Not sure how much of it has been crippled/simplified etc, but as others are saying, way too many of the sample images are done at too low an ISO to be sure about the IQ. We need some more 400 and 800 shots in moderate light - not all but one done in bright sun light.
In labeling they're the same, but the labeling usually doesn't talk about the speed of the processors right? They may not be the same chips.
I'm surprised that the D7000 is still the only camera with U1 and U2. I would assume the D800 and D4 might add that to a dial or two.
I might pick up a D7000 when the D7000 replacement comes out- I certainly won't need 24+ megapixels.
Just curious- was there a resolution bump on the screen of the D3200?- appears there is.
And there's also that 2nd IR receiver in the back too, quite handy.
That red D3200 body is really tacky though- and what were they thinking with the Wifi? The door is wide open- looks like a nice way to snap it off. Although to be fair, it was either mount it there or mount it on the hot shoe.