If this is your first dslr, (Digital SLR, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSLR), I would definitely recommend going with the Nikon D40. If you get the D40 from Amazon, it is only $450, with a 18-55mm lens (an excellent lens), and because it is so cheap, it would give you some extra cash to buy lenses, flashes, etc. You can also get it with the
I would also recommend getting the Nikon 18-200mm lens. It is pretty expensive though so maybe not.
The D40 is exactly like the D60, except less pixels, which wouldnt matter unless you are a professional and are making HUGE prints.
The D40 is a great camera to start with. Go for it!
One thing about the D40 to keep in mind, is that if you are used to the second lcd screen on top, (for aperture, shutter speed settings, etc.) than not having it on the D40 could be quite annoying, if you are not used to using that screen, than I do not believe it would be a big problem not to have it.
Secondly, Some cameras (such as the Nikon D80) have a motor built in the camera, so it can auto-focus with any lens, where as the D40 does not have a motor inside it, so it is limited to Nikon AF-S and AF-I lenses. This should not be a big problem unless you already have some lenses (that are not AF-S or AF-I) that you want to auto-focus with the D40. If you do not, than stick to buying from Nikon’s large collection of AF-S and AF-I lenses. Note that the Nikon D40 can still operate other lenses, just you will have to manual focus.
Lastly, go to a camera store, such as Best Buy or Henerys. Both of those stores will let you handle the cameras, and test them out. Note: Henery’s is much more knowledgeable about cameras, go there if you have lots of questions.
Another important thing is the Nikon D40 has a 0.18-second power-up time, and continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second allows capturing action of up to 100 JPEG images.
Any other questions, feel free to send me a message.