>When I used a D90, there were a few items that I always had >to dig into the menus to change. Setting to ISO to Auto, or >removing it from Auto, comes to mind. Changing AF from single >point to dynamic. Changing the flash to commander mode. >Changing the brightness of the LCD. Some of these were quie >annoying.
As far as I'm aware, all the items you list are also controlled via the menus in other Nikons like the D2, D3, D300 and D700, EXCEPT the AF-area Mode, which has a dedicated switch in those cameras.