Just my 2 cents
I picked up the D3000 and love it. Takes awesome pictures and the price is right. I know it's like fishing rods LOL.
Compare a Sage to a TFO or a Beulah to a Fenwick. Both will do the job and with an experienced hand the lesser
will outdo the higher end gear. Cameras or rods.
I remember 20 yrs ago casting my 4-5 wt cane rod on the Harrison killing it with the chums hos and pinks (Yeah with the cane rod)
just bare bones and outfishing the older decked out guys. Laughing as they followed me as I kept nailing fish after fish.
The same with the cameras I've been snapping pics, like most here I am sure, for a long time. Some of my best pics in the last 5 yrs were shot
with 4.3MP Nikon digital. Not to mention before that the old AE-1 SLR. Great pics.
If you dont mind not being able to shoot video or with a live view feature I say go with the D3000 put the difference towards a trip to the Upper Pitt
or a trip with a guide or a new rod or reel.
A more expensive rod reel camera will not make you a better fisherman or photographer. (Not that your saying that) Just my 2 cents of advice
after taking a few trips around the block so to speak and its 230 in the morning and I dont know why the hell I am still up LoL....
Anyways got some new pics with the new cam I will post soon check em out. Just some Steveston scenery shots.