Oct 17, 2008

Nikon D90 Review

While it may look a lot like its predecessor, the new Nikon D90 is essentially an all-new camera on the inside. The most talked-about feature on the D90 has to be its movie mode. The camera can record up to 5 minutes of continuous high definition (720p) video with sound, and longer if you use a lower resolution. Recording movies on an SLR isn't as easy as you may think, as you have to manually focus if your subject is moving around. Still, it's a fun feature, and one that I figure most SLRs will be getting in the next couple of years. PhotographyBLOG has just posted their review of the D90 here.

"The bottom line is that if you are looking for a high-performance yet affordable DSLR for taking high-resolution still photographs of varied subjects, I can highly recommend the Nikon D90 to you. If you intend to use Live View frequently, I would suggest that you look at other options as well. If your main objective is recording video as painlessly as possible, get a camcorder instead. But if you have some experience in filmmaking and want to experiment with a large-sensor camera that takes interchangeable lenses and records high-definition video, and are willing to put up with its idiosyncrasies, I'd say go for it – you're going to enjoy it!"

Nikon D90

Nikon D90 DX 12.3MP
Buy a Nikon D90 DX 12.3MP

D90 Features

  • 12.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
  • 3.0-inch 920,000 pixel (VGA x 3 colors) TFT-LCD (same as D3 and D300)
  • Live View with contrast-detect AF, face detection
  • Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
  • Illuminated focus points
  • Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound
  • IS0 200-3200 range (100-6400 expanded)
  • 4.5 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
  • Expeed image processing engine
  • 3D tracking AF (11 point)
  • Short startup time, viewfinder blackout and shutter lag
  • Slightly improved viewfinder (96% frame coverage)
  • Extensive in-camera retouching including raw development and straightening
  • Improved user interface
  • New optional compact GPS unit (fits on hot shoe)
  • Same battery and vertical grip as D80
  • Vignetting control in-camera
  • 72 thumbnail and calendar view in playback