Well Mac, you can read what we had to say awhile back HERE, but things have changed and are changing more every day so some newer opinions will be good.
We are still very satisfied with our Nikon. The picture quality is superb and it works extremely well in the "auto" mode making it great for snaps while the numerous manual features will give you more than enough "pro" features to allow you to screw up all kinds of ways! Really it's a great little camera, but all have their drawbacks......
Most people are now looking more at the floppy system I think as opposed to the card system Nikon uses. We had to buy a card reader (an added expense) plus you can't just whip out the floppy and put it on virtually anyone's computer. However, the card system works well for us as that isn't something we do a lot.
All digital cameras are battery eaters and purchasing NIMH batteries and a charger is a must.
We bought more camera than we needed but we got a good price and have been very happy with it.