Since nikon has released the d5000 it has really sparked my interest. everyday at work i walk around the store taking pics, playing with all the functions, and i am really starting to enjoy using it. The main thing is i tell myself if i went nikon i would only buy a d90 (mainly bacause of the AF motor). From my comparison of the d90 vs the d5000 i cant justify the extra cost of the d90 from an image quality standpoint. The aspects of both cameras image quality seem to be the same .... on paper. is there anything im missing? as far as image quality is concerned .... ?