I haven't traded up from my D5000 (vintage 2009) simply because it is a very satisfying camera to use. Tilting screen is very useful in many situations, and I have been pleased with IQ overall. The choice of a lens will make a big difference, however. Is there any way you could swing the 18-105? It's a great lens for the money and would increase your enjoyment of the camera. I have the 16-85 (too expensive) but I have seen equally good pix taken with the 18-105. Whatever you decide, hope you really enjoy it!