My Nikon D40 died recently. I sent it to Nikon for a repair estimate. I'm looking for any experience anyone has with having Nikon repair a camera -- and weighing that against putting the repair money toward a new camera body. If I want to go with something new, I need help with selection. More details within!
So! I've had my D40 for about 4 years, but I've used it lots. I use my camera for documenting life, vacations, blog photos, portraits, etc -- general amateur use -- as well as for (non-professional, but high quality) art projects. The repair estimate from Nikon is around $150. If I have them do the repair, there's a warranty on their work for 6 months.
I have a couple of extra lenses and accessories, so if I were to get a new camera, I would want to stick with Nikon. I need a camera that takes excellent photos, but I don't need a super fancy DSLR -- the D40 is really basic. The only thing it doesn't do that I would like is that you cannot use the LCD screen as a viewfinder. However, I could see upgrading to whatever would be the next level up from the D40 if I'm getting a new camera anyway.
I haven't shopped for cameras in many years (my husband bought the D40), so I have no idea what else is out there and what I should be looking into. Is there a newer model I should consider?
If you were in my situation, would you pay for the repair or ditch the old camera and get a new camera body, and if so, which new camera body, and where should I buy it?
(You may recall the tragic death of my camera from my previous question