In a crowded field of sub-$1,000, ten-megapixel D-SLRs, this Nikon is easily the most self-assured. Essentially a scaled-down version of the pricier D200, the Nikon D80 delivers identical image quality in a much less expensive package. We found it to be the best-handling camera in its class; dual-command dials and numerous single-purpose buttons streamline its operation. Likewise, the D80's big (0.94X magnification), bright glass pentaprism viewfinder is tops among its peers. Its 11-point autofocus system is also the most sophisticated for the money. Framing rate is ample at about 23 Large/Normal JPEGs. Worth special mention is the 2,700-shot battery, which even tells you when it's time for a replacement. Other pro-grade features include a true spot meter, wide ISO sensitivity from 100 to 3200, a mirror lockup mode that delays the shutter to reduce vibrations, and the ability to control external Speedlights wirelessly from its pop-up flash.