Plug warning: I don't usually do this—point out bargains—because where would you stop? And I know most of our readers are interested in higher-level cameras than this. (Although readers have been buying lots of these recently). But this seems like a notably good bargain. I recommended a D40x to my next-door neighbor—the predecessor to this camera—and she loves it. The current camera is the 10-MP D60, and in this B&H kit, on sale for $200 off right now, it comes with a decent VR (image stabilizing) normal zoom and a telephoto zoom (although the quality of the latter is unknown to me)—all for $589.
And before you scorn, consider that this camera exceeds the specification of a camera that 10 or 12 years ago would have been about the size of a phone book and cost six months to a year of the average American's salary.
Not a screaming bargain, possibly, but still talkin' loud enough to listen to.
Featured Comment by Paul De Zan: "For me, the D40/D60 cameras are really the only DSLRs, because I just won't carry anything bigger or heavier. Despite the small sensor and low-end geegaws, a D40 will turn night into day in a way I've never been able to consistently achieve with 35mm film. It's also a far better action camera than the specs would suggest. If you're not a serious print maker, you really don't need anything else."
Featured Comment by Ed Richards: "If you are looking for a second camera for family outings and carrying around when you do not feel like a pack mule, do not miss the deals on the D40 with the 18–55 [currently $450 after rebate —MJ]. I bought one and carried it on outings on a recent vacation, rather than the D700. It was great, and a $39 8 gig card gives you 1000 RAW images. Nothing like not having to mess with downloading for a whole trip, or just buy two cards and be good for weeks. :-)"