They have been hard to come by due to the floods in Thailand but I was finally able to buy a new D7000 thanks to this site:
I got a couple of lenses as well:
AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
and a refurbished Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR
and a small flash Nikon SB-400.
I pretty much confirmed Nikon has the best auto-focus system.
The controls are pretty intuitive the only gripe I had was with setting up manual white balance.
I finally figured it out without reading the manual but definitively not intuitive.
Indoor pictures in low light with the flash bouncing off the ceiling just come out great with the 35mm lens. Auto white balance trips up on the “warm fluorescent” lighting tough, skewing towards the yellowish tones. Under incandescent lighting it does a great job however.
Yesterday my wife took it for a test to the arboretum, the auto focus system kept up with the kids actions. I’m pretty impressed by it actually.