The camera handles better than the D200 and D300 by far. The camera is incredibly smart when it comes to focusing. On the D200 the first thing I learned was how to move the focus area. When I bought the D300 I used the manual focus area less, but it was still used. I have had the D90 for about a week and after 3300 pictures I still could not tell you how to set the manual focus area. That's how good it is.