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Nikon D90

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8.71
9.29
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Specifications:
# Newly designed Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels and Integrated Dust Reduction System
# Incredibly low-noise performance throughout a wide sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 3200; can be set to ISO 6400 equivalent
# Incorporates Nikon's comprehensive digital image-processing EXPEED concept
# The world's first D-SLR movie function: D-Movie, selectable from 320 x 216 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels or 1,280 x 720 pixels in AVI format
# Scene Recognition System, utilizing 420-pixel RGB sensor, improves autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance and is also integrated with the new Face Detection System
# Live View enables face priority AF with the 3-in., approx. 920k-dot, high-density color LCD featuring 170 ultra-wide viewing angle
# Picture Control System offers new Portrait and Landscape options for more vibrant customized colors
# Active D-Lighting for smooth tone reproduction in high-contrast lighting
# Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module featuring 11 AF points offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame
# Viewfinder with approx. 96% frame coverage and an easy-to-view 19.5 mm eyepoint (at -1.0 m-1)
# Advanced Scene Modes that automatically adjust exposure, image processing, Active D-Lighting and Picture Control settings for superior image quality
# Extensive palette of in-camera Retouch Menus including several new retouch options such as Distortion Control, Straighten and Fisheye
# 4.5 fps continuous shooting and quick response of 0.15-second start-up and 65-ms shutter release time lag (CIPA standard)
# Built-in flash with 18mm lens coverage and Nikon's original i-TTL flash control that commands Advanced Wireless Lighting
# Highly efficient energy-saving design that allows approx. 850 images on a single charge of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e (CIPA standard, with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, with 50% of pictures taken with flash)
# Versatile Pictmotion menu that creates slideshows combining five choices of both background music and image effects
# Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output
# Optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D80 extends shooting capability and enables use of six R6/AA-size batteries
# Included Nikon ViewNX software makes browsing and organizing your images easy
# Optional photo-editing software, Capture NX 2 allows users quick and easy photo editing
# Lightweight compact body


 


      
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Review Date: Mar 19, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $740.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Everything
Cons:
Menu can be a bit confusing for new photographers.

I switched over from canon to nikon and bought the d90. All I have to say is I wish I would have done it years ago! Everything is much better. The design, controls, layout etc. Everything is where I would want it to be, which makes the ease of use very high.

Mar 19, 2011
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Review Date: Nov 27, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $999.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Best in class image quality, even to ISO3200 Robust yet intuitive and approachable controls Live view w/ full VGA LCD and wireless flash control possibilities Assertive shooting in all but the worst light
Cons:
AF, (especially off-center points) while very good, is not in the same league as the IQ.

Short version: The D90 is the best camera I've ever used. The only reason to own a D300(s) or D3/s/x is superior AF, weather sealing, high frame rate, or mind boggling sensitivity. Everything else a photographer could want, the D90 delivers.

If you aren't getting images that look great at 11x17 or bigger from the D90, it isn't the camera's fault. Look at your lenses, your support, or in the mirror for better results.

When I first switched to Nikon, I started with a D40, 18-55, and 55-200VR, and a cheap video tripod. My D90 has delivered increasingly improved results as I've added a Manfrotto tripod & ballhead, 18-70 DX, a pair of SB-600s, Sigma 30mm f1.4, Sigma 70-200 2.8, and Tamron 180mm Macro. My D40 is probably jealous of all the attention my D90 gets.

I can recommend the D90 without reservation to its target market, the advanced amateur and enthusiast, especially now that it goes for $800 US.


Nov 27, 2009
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Registered: May 16, 2009
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Review Date: Nov 8, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: LCD, excellent image quality, mobility, viewfinder, AF accuracy
Cons:
af points except the center one are weak...

I came to d90 from canon 40d... I am still looking for AF speed.. But,this camera is beyond my exeptations. I cant leave it at home.. Always with me. cause it is small genius of photgraphy with his IQ and escellent image quality. Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 and d90 is a great combo of street photography.

Nov 8, 2009
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Registered: Aug 15, 2007
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Review Date: Nov 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: See below
Cons:
See below

This is one fine little cam. For it's price it is hard to beat...

Pro:
- excellent IQ - clean up to ISO1600, ISO3200 more than usable. Sharp and crisp files with nice colors and contrast right out of the cam.
- excellent DR (can also push exposure/shadows in PP considerably without any severe penalty).
- consistent and reliable metering.
- excellent handling.
- small and light but with a more than decent grip.
- long battery life (about 1000 RAW exposures + some chimping).
- excellent LCD.
- pop-up flash.
- with fast CF cards, fast write and playback speed.
- playback zoom with one touch during review image.
- LiveView.
- 4,5 FPS (enough for me).
- PRICE.
- excellent choice of "cheap" DX lenses.

Against:
- limited AF: outer AF points not as accurate/reliable as the center one. The center AF point covers a relatively large area, so very precise AF isn't possible. Tracking and low light AF also leaves something to be desired (accuracy/sharpness).
- high ISO RAW files always have some NR applied to them, even if you have deactivated NR in the camera-menu. Results are very good up to ISO1600 though. At ISO3200 you will see some loss of detail because of this.
- no focus fine tune.
- no weathersealing.
- ackward position ISO button (have to take cam from my eye to adjust).
- only 96% VF (otherwise OK for a 1.5x crop cam).
- only SD cards.
- limited Video mode.
- relatively small write buffer.
- 1/200 flash sync speed.
- 1/4000 limited.


Nov 5, 2009
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Review Date: Nov 4, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $680.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros:
Cons:

I just upgraded from a D40 I used for a year or less. I loved the D40- my first DSLR, and would reccomend it to anyone as an entry level camera into the Nikon line of products.
Having said that- the D90 feels like it is light years beyond the D40! The IQ, af, menu controls and on body controls are just So much better! Prices are coming down on these, so if you have a D40 and are wondering how big an improvement it is, and if it's worth upgrading to, the answers are- HUGE and YES!


Nov 4, 2009
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Review Date: Oct 22, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Good feature set, nice build quality, good AF layout and performance, good LCD screen, video.
Cons:
It would be great to see some manual video controls added though firmware. A external microphone input would have been good.

I had a D90 for a few months and was pretty impressed with this camera! Lots of features and a very customisable camera (In many ways better then a Canon XXD series camera).

The D90 has a good viewfinder, good AF layout and performance, nice solid build quality (For a plastic body) nice layout of the buttons and controls, good rear LCD screen (920,000 dot pixels) and nice ergonomics. The D90 also has a built in AF motor, so you can still use AF-D lenses with autofocus.

The wireless flash transmitter (Nikon's creative lighting system) works well, and it was great being able to have the freedom to use a external flash off camera!

The video quality was good, but it would be great to see some manual controls added via a firmware update.

Overall, the D90 makes a great first d/SLR or a nice upgrade from a entry level d/SLR. The D90 has enough features and picture quality to keep most photographers busy for a long time.



Oct 22, 2009
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Review Date: Oct 22, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: price, quality of files, good DR, great handling, video, size
Cons:
no weatherproofing

I used this camera with the 16-85mm VR and the 70-300mm VR and absolutely loved it. This is probably one of the best balanced cameras that won't break your bank account and delivers great color, dynamic range and responsiveness. The AF isn't quite a D3 but you also didn't pay $5,000 for it did you? Smile

Oct 22, 2009
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Review Date: Oct 21, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: D-lighting, Iso performance, fast,d-movie, cls, ergonomics, ...
Cons:
Microphone input

This was my second DSLR after my D40, and i absolutly love it.
Its high iso performance, handling and imagequality is top notch.
Also it has video though it isn't perfect it is damn cool.
I can recommend (and did) the camera to evryone.


Oct 21, 2009
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Nikon D90

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
8 27394 Mar 19, 2011
Recommended By Average Price
100% of reviewers $779.75
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.71
9.29
9.7
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