I, too, began with a Nikon 990 -- taking nearly 20,000 images before finally busting the hinges on the battery compartment. I upgraded to a Nikon 5700 -- which is fantastic outdoors --but less than ideal focusing at low light levels and with an external flash (despite the built-in hot shoe).
I highly recommend going to [url]www.dpreview.com[/url] before purchasing a replacement camera. Their depth of ysis is amazing!
I've been loyal to Nikon since 1965, owning many of their top-of-the-line professional cameras. But now, there's much more than fine optics and a good reputation seperating the various brands.
I carry a digital camera with me at least 90 percent of the time -- and often regret not having one when I don't. Although a bit bulky, and nowhere near as compact as my old 990, my 5700 is MUCH lighter than my professional F4.
My old 990 took so many spectacular photos, I still regret having shot thousands of images at low resolution (for e-mail distribution) before discovering Photoshop. Fortunately, CF cards have really come down in price since the 990 was introduced!