Someone once said that there are no "stupid questions". So I'm going to ask a couple: - what does your wife currently - and actively - do with photography? - which limitations does she experience that would lead her to believe that a DSLR would expand these limitations and how exactly? - if she needs a DSLR, the assumption seems to be that it should be a Nikon, Why? My suggestion is to go back to basics. What does you wife want to photograph? Which kind of camera (mobile phone, point & shoot, compact, exchangeable lens system. mirrorless, DSLR) is most likely to cover her requirements/ambitions? There are (I assume still ) many ''compact'' cameras around that have optical zoom and manual control. They might not be the best cameras for the fastest shutter speeds (sport) or very low light but in most situations they work fine. Bottom line: discuss with your wife would she would like to be able to photograph now and maybe in the future. Only then look for a 'solution'.