Nikon d90 12.3 mp dx format cmos digital slr camera with 18-105 mm 3.5-5.6g ed af-s vr dx nikkor zoom lensDocument Transcript
My Associates StoreShopping CartProduct DetailsNikon D90 12.3MP DX-Format CMOSDigital SLR Camera with 18-105 mmf/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX NikkorZoom LensFrom NikonListPrice:$1,199.00Price:$793.79 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shippingon orders over $25. DetailsAvailability: Usually ships in 24 hoursFulfilled by Amazon and Sold by NTWH108 new or used available from $479.99Average customer review:(711 customer reviews)Product DescriptionFusing 12.3-megapixel image quality inherited from the award-winning D300 withgroundbreaking features, the D90s breathtaking, low-noise image quality is further advancedwith EXPEED image processing. Split-second shutter response and continuous shooting at up to4.5 frames-per-second provide the power to capture fast action and precise moments perfectly,while Nikons exclusive Scene Recognition System contributes to faster 11-area autofocusperformance, finer white balance detection and more.Whats in the box: Nikon D90 SLR DigitalCamera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm VR Lens,18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NikkorAutofocus Lens,Front & Rear Lens Caps,Lens Hood,Lens Pouch,EN-EL3e RechargeableLithium-ion Battery,MH-18a Quick Charger,UC-E4 USB Cable,EG-D2 Audio/Video Cable,AN-DC1 Neck Strap,BM-10 LCD Monitor Cover,BF-1A Body Cap,DK-5 Eyepiece Cap,DK-21Rubber Eyecup,BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap,Nikon Software Suite CD-ROM, and User Guides.
Product Details Amazon Sales Rank: #268 in Camera & Photo Size: full-size Color: black Brand: Nikon Model: 25448 Number of items: 1 Dimensions: 4.06" h x 5.20" w x 3.03" l, 6.55 poundsFeatures 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor 5.8x AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens included D-Movie Mode; Cinematic 24fps HD with sound 3-inch super-density 920,000-dot color LCD monitor Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)Editorial ReviewsFrom the ManufacturerFusing 12.3-megapixel image quality inherited from the award-winning D300 withgroundbreaking features, the D90s breathtaking, low-noise image quality is further advancedwith EXPEED image processing. Split-second shutter response and continuous shooting at up to4.5 frames-per-second provide the power to capture fast action and precise moments perfectly,while Nikons exclusive Scene Recognition System contributes to faster 11-area autofocusperformance, finer white balance detection and more.
,br> The D90 delivers the control passionate photographers demand, utilizing comprehensiveexposure functions and the intelligence of 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Stunning results come tolife on a 3-inch 920,000-dot color LCD monitor, providing accurate image review, Live Viewcomposition and brilliant playback of the D90s cinematic-quality 24-fps HD D-Movie mode.Outfit includes the 5.8x AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens with VR imagestabilization and legendary Nikkor optical quality.Nikon D90 DX Digital SLR HighlightsNikon Digital SLR image qualityThe D90 incorporates a newly developed DX-format CMOS image sensor with technologydirectly inherited from the D300, Nikons DX-format flagship. With its 12.3 effective megapixelsand extraordinarily high signal-to-noise ratio, the D90 delivers low-noise images with detail andtonal gradation beyond your expectations, while Nikons Integrated Dust Reduction Systemworks to free image-degrading dust particles from the sensors optical low-pass filter.Nikons comprehensive EXPEED technology is engineered to make the most of the sensors rich,12.3-megapixel data. The result--color, detail and high-speed processing inspired by thegroundbreaking D300. The D90s image-processing engine produces high-resolution pictures atremarkable speeds, better enabling high-speed continuous shooting. EXPEED also contributes tothe outstanding performance of other powerful features, including Live View and the new FaceDetection System.The D90 captures up to 4.5 images per second. Accurate 11-point autofocus is now even fasterand more intelligent, aided by Nikons exclusive Scene Recognition System. The unique Nikon420-pixel 3D Color Matrix II Metering system, now enhanced by EXPEED image processingtechnologies, delivers extraordinary exposure accuracy -- immediately evident when reviewingimages on the D90s super-density 3-inch 920,000-dot color LCD monitor.New D-Movie Mode Features 720p HD cinematic quality
A new idea for D-SLRs, the D90 offers a movie function, allowing you to shoot movies in threedifferent motion JPEG formats: 320 x 216 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels and 1,280 x 720 pixels. Nowyou can capture lifes moving moments with added drama by using many of Nikons NIKKORlenses, including the AF DX Fisheye 10.5mm f/2.8G ED and the Micro-NIKKOR lenses. Theshallow depth of field can give your movies a more creative and emotional impact. An additionalbenefit is the D90 image sensor, which is much larger than a typical camcorder for higher imagequality and exceptional high ISO performance during low-light shooting.5.8x AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR includedFamous Nikkor optical quality in a compact, versatile design, featuring Nikon VR imagestabilization.Continuous shooting as fast as 4.5 frames-per-secondThe D90 captures crucial moments thanks to its impressive 0.15-second start-up time, 65-millisecond shutter-release time lag (CIPA standard) and ability to shoot at 4.5 frames a secondfor up to 100 shots*.Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200The D90 gives you the freedom to shoot in a remarkably wide variety of lighting conditions,including dimly lit scenes, without worrying about image-degrading noise. ISO can be raised ashigh as Hi 1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) or lowered to Lo 1 (ISO 100 equivalent).3-inch super-density 920,000-dot color LCD monitorThe D90s 3-in., approx. 920k-dot LCD monitor provides unprecedented quality of imagedisplay. A wide 170-degree viewing angle makes it easy to confirm focus after shooting orduring Live View.Built-in image sensor cleaningEffective 4-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning frees image degrading dust particles from thesensors optical low pass filter.11-point AF system with Face PriorityThanks to Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module, the D90s 11-point AF system has fast andprecise autofocus coverage across the frame with the most sensitive AF sensor operating fromthe center.In addition, the D90 has versatile AF-area modes to handle most shooting situations. The centerfocus point can be switched from normal to wide according to the movement of the subject.One-button Live ViewWith the D90s Live View function, you can shoot effectively without looking through theviewfinder. Simply press dedicated Live View button for instant access. Three contrast-detectAF modes let you focus on any point in the frame.
Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition SystemNikons renowned 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, teamed with the exclusiveScene Recognition System, evaluates images, referencing an on-board database of over 30,000photographic scenes, for unmatched exposure accuracy.Advance Scene ModesWhen youre not sure which camera settings are appropriate, simply rely on the Advanced SceneModes. Just turn the mode dial to the appropriate icon: Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports orNight Portrait. Unlike traditional scene modes, the D90 will automatically optimize the exposure,image processing, Active D-Lighting, and Picture Control to get the most out of your subjectmatter. Whats more, the D90 has exceptional low-noise performance and accurately adjusts thecamera settings whether VR (Vibration Reduction) is activated or not, so you can expectbeautiful, crisp images, even in many low-light scenes.Auto Active D-LightingDetails in the shadows and highlighted areas of your photos are often lost when strong lightingincreases the contrast between the bright and dark areas of your image. Nikons unique Active D-Lighting technology accurately restores these important details by localizing tone control whileyou shoot. Choose from four levels, including the new Extra High. Active D-Lighting can beused manually or set to Auto mode. It is also possible to bracket your pictures to get one withActive D-Lighting and one without.
Durable, high-precision shutterReliability is not a luxury--its a necessity. Thats why Nikon subjected numerous D90 shuttermechanisms to grueling 100,000-cycle shutter-release tests with the unit fully assembled in thecamera.Built-in, Pop-up FlashThe D90 is equipped with Nikons i-TTL flash control, renowned for consistently accurate andbalanced flash exposures. The built-in flash has an 18mm lens coverage and works as a wirelesscommander, controlling up to two independent groups of an unlimited number of remoteSpeedlights and providing incredible creative lighting control--on location or in the studio.In-camera image editingCreative freedom stems from exclusive in-camera image editing, featuring Fisheye effect,Straighten and Distortion Control as well as D-Lighting, Red-eye Reduction, Image Overlay,Monochrome and more.HDMI CompatibleYou can enjoy both still images and movies shot with the D90 via HDMI (High-DefinitionMultimedia Interface) with the global-standard digital A/V signal transfer. HDMI Miniconnector is employed.GPS geo-taggingThe optional GP-1 GPS unit provides automatic real-time geo-tagging.Review from dpreview.comLearn more about this cameraat DPReview.comNikon D90 Digital SLR: Highly recommended by dpreview.comAlmost exactly two years after the D80 was announced comes its replacement, the ratherpredictably named D90. The D80 has been one of Nikons quiet successes, and even today,despite being positively Methuselah-like in digital camera terms it continues to sell and oftenmakes its way into our top 10 most clicked on cameras. Because it looks so similar to the D80the D90 appears at first glance to be one of those rather subdued incremental upgrades, but dig a
little deeper and youll find theres plenty to keep Nikon fans happy.First and foremost theres a new CMOS sensor, which Nikon claim produces D300 quality outputat up to ISO 6400 and - one of several features to trickle down from higher models - the samehighly acclaimed 3.0-inch VGA screen as the D3/D300. Naturally it has Live View withcontrast-detect AF and it would have been surprising had it not sported some form of dustremoval system. More surprising is the inclusion of the worlds first DSLR movie mode (720pHDTV quality, no less) and HDMI output, though as well see later it does come with somelimitations. A lot of the core photographic spec is the same as or very similar to the D80, thoughthere is a new shutter and an implementation of the 3D tracking AF seen on the D3/D300.And its not just the high end models that have lent features and technology to the D90; the userinterface has been given the same user-friendly treatment as the D60, as have the retouchingoptions. As it was explained to us the D90 is intended to appeal to the broadest audience of anyNikon SLR, from first-time step up customers moving from a compact to serious amateurswanting comprehensive photographic control without the cost and weight of a D300. Whetherthe D90 is as capable as its feature set suggests, well see as the review unfolds.Nikon D90 Key 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 JPEGNormal) 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 playbackNikon D90 vs D80: Key DifferencesAlthough its had a bit of a design refresh with slightly sharper lines, the D90 is externally verysimilar to its predecessor (dimensions are identical, though it is heavier). Looking at thedifferences its obviously a solid incremental upgrade rather than a total reinvention of thepopular D80, with several key improvements (most importantly the sensor and screen) and a
welcome smattering of must-have 2008 features (live view, dust removal). Oh yes, and of coursetheres that one little new feature sitting at the back of the classroom with its hand waving in theair, shouting Sir! Sir!; the worlds first DSLR movie mode. 12.3 MP CMOS sensor (D80: 10.2 MP CCD) Dust removal system Bigger, better screen (as D3, D300) Live View with contrast detect AF Movie Mode Wider ISO range, upgraded AF system (3D tracking, face detection) Active D-Lighting, vignetting control and extra retouching options Automatic chromatic aberration correction Picture Control presets Faster continuous shooting and larger buffer Pictmotion slideshows Read more at dpreview.comReview from Wired.comRead more digital camera reviewsat Wired.comNikon D90 Takes World Champion DSLR Title BeltSometimes the mere notion of being "number two" can light a motivational fire under yourkeister. Look at some famous folks who, despite being considered numero dos, went on todominate their respective fields and even eclipse their predecessors: A pupil of Socrates, Platoopted not to go the hemlock-chugging route and instead helped lay down the foundations ofWestern philosophy. Tom Brady was destined to be a career second banana until Drew Bledsoesinternal bleeding set him on the path to three Super Bowl wins. Jean-Luc Picard played secondfiddle to Kirk only to become the greatest captain in Star Trek. Ever. (Watch TNGs season 3finale if you dont believe me.) And in the world of DSLR cameras, Nikon has been toiling toone day escape from the shadow of a certain photo-manufacturing giant whose name rhymeswith "Danon." And with its newest shooter it looks like that day may have finally come.Nikons latest offering, the 12-megapixel D90 is a feature-packed fistful of photo fury thats sureto help pave your way to full-fledged Flickrati status. Straight from the box and out on the streetthe D90 shows off its picture-making prowess. Our testing unit came bundled with a (borderingon) superwide 18-105mm f3.5-5.6 lens that we used for all of our evaluations.The 11-point focusing system with the face priority speedily locks onto subjects while theautomatic Active D-Lighting (a feature that optimizes details within shadows and high contrastsubjects) is a noticeable step forward in on-camera illumination. The flash images show off apleasing balance between the strobe and the ambient light even when just shooting in the fullAuto and Program modes. Nikons also got a convergence hit with the integration of a movie
mode that makes three flavors of video, the yummiest being up to five minutes of 720p HD in acinematic 16:9 aspect ratio. Owing to the size of the sensor and the higher quality optics, videoclarity and depth of field are on par with the D90s stills. And when it comes to checking yourwork, Nikons made it easy, loading the D90 with the same high-res 3-inch LCD found on its$5000 D3. If thats not big enough, just plug it straight into your HDTV with the built-in HDMIconnection. All told this camera has scads of grin-worthy features that will continue to feed yourfrenzy-filled lifestyle for some time to come. That is until another camera comes along to usurpits throne.RATING 9 out of 10WIRED Enormous image sensor blows open the door to some of the finest 12.3-megapixelimages weve produced yet. Nikons top-of-the-line high-res 3-inch LCD is prettier than lookingat a supermodel with beer goggles. In-camera dust reduction is spot on at removing spots fromthe sensor. One-touch info button and simple, descriptive help screens clarify deep, detailedmenus. Toss out your camcorder; the 720p, 24 fps video capture on the D90 will trump itsperformance — especially in low lighting. Face facts: Face-detection system works quickly,accurately, and effortlessly.TIRED Only manual focus in the video mode. Seriously, this is really the only problem we hadwith the D90 and even that was a stretch.Camera Resolution 12.3 megapixels, with 15.8 x 23.6mm CMOS sensor. Read more digital camera reviews at Wired.comCustomer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews905 of 916 people found the following review helpful.Designed for serious shooting, but fun to use! Lots of customizations.By Alan G.Several months before the D90 came out, I bought a D60 to hold me over until the D90 wasreleased. Well, Ive enjoyed using both cameras, but this one is a huge step up and more suited toan advanced enthusiast, like me. Its a real pleasure to use.ERGONOMICS - The D90 is solid, tight, and well-balanced with the 18-105 VR lens. Itsalways ready and it shoots very fast. I love all the direct access buttons; theyre easy to press,with good tactile feedback. And since youre not going into the menus as much, you can workfaster. Its heavier than the D60, but thats OK. Its still very manageable to carry around and it
fits my average-sized hand better too. The shutter sounds different than the D60 (if that mattersto you). It sounds more like a professional camera; more like a fast "whoosh" than a "click-click". And there are so many internal customizations that you can set it up exactly as you want.LENS - Biggest surprise was the 18-105 VR lens which I expected would be ho-hum, but turnedout to be pretty sharp and clear. Better results than the 18-55 VR. Weve really come a long wayfrom the days (30 years ago) when you were cautioned to ALWAYS to buy a prime lens,NEVER the kit lens because of its poor image quality. With computer-aided design and newtechnology, thats not true anymore.IMAGE QUALITY - I shoot RAW for maximum detail and the ability to adjust settingsafterward if necessary - like exposure or white balance. Image quality is very good to excellentdepending on your RAW converter. To my eye, best results are obtained with View NX/CaptureNX, but Adobe ACR/Lightroom still do a very good job (2010 UPDATE; After using Lightroomthe past year, raw conversions are beautiful and far quicker to achieve than Capture NX). Whenshooting JPGs using the Standard Picture Mode, images are sharp and colors are true, withoutover-saturation. You can always use different Picture Modes and customize any of them to getcloser to the in-camera results you want. For example, you can boost saturation and contrast andsave the setting as your default if thats what you like.LIGHT METER - Metering is fine and seems to be quite accurate in most cases. I use matrixmetering mostly. As with any camera, you have to get to know the meter. If I had to be VERYcritical, Id say when its pushed, its more likely to preserve shadows than highlights, usuallywhen Active DLighting is on. To me thats a good thing. Another website mentioned a slightly"over-enthusiatic" meter in its review. The good news is: if you really feel exposure results arenot to your liking (whether over or under exposed), the meter is fine-tuneable, so go ahead andcustomize it as you see fit. I would just work with the meter first -get to know the camera andadapt yourself to it before you start making any adjustments. That said, Ive used the D90 in avery wide range of lighting conditions and I can truly say that while exposures may varyoccasionally, theyve always made perfect sense for the situation. Ive never been shocked orpuzzled by the output.LIVE VIEW - is great for the occasional high or low shot. I didnt think would need it, but whenI had the D60, I found myself in many situations where I really could have used it. Unlike apoint-and-shoot, focus is slower in this mode and shooting seems somewhat clunky. I wouldntuse Live View if I were in a rush or trying to get an important shot. Its just a nice little extra.MOVIE MODE - this is a nice novelty and may be handy in a rare moment, but Im generally nota video camera person. Im surprised to read that some people have made movies andcommercials with the D90. I keep promising myself to use this feature more, but I dont have atripod and Im just too jittery and uncreative to get good cinema-like results. Moreover, from thelittle Ive tried it, Im not impressed - theres no autofocus during filming and the movie comesout over exposed and far from HD quality. The user manual is not very helpful either. But Ididnt purchase the camera for this feature, so Im not disappointed.ISO - I really like the new wide range of ISO settings, especially when coupled with the Auto-
ISO setting. Mine is customized to keep the camera at ISO 200, but kick in at 1/30. In thisexample, anytime lighting decreases enough for the shutter speed to drop below 1/30, the D90will automatically compensate by raising the ISO high enough (up to an ISO limit you set) tohelp keep your shutter speed at 1/30. Once the ISO maxes-out at your limit, the camera has nochoice but to start bringing down the shutter speed. Noise at high ISOs isnt an issue. In fact, youhave to zoom in pretty close for it to be even slightly noticeable. I use Auto-ISO mostly all thetime. Its an amazing feature! I only turn this feature off when I want to stick to a particular ISOat all times (if its on a monopod or Ive stabilized the camera in some way).ACTIVE D-LIGHTING - helps camera to preserve shadow and highlight detail. More importantto use when shooting JPG because the exposure has to be right at the time of shooting, when thecamera creates the JPG. RAW shooters can always adjust exposure in post processing. Eventhough I shoot RAW, I usually leave it on Auto so I can double check the exposure details on theLCD screen. Its available in various strengths from Low to Extra High. Again, another greatcustomization.CONS-At this price, Nikon should include a robust image editing software, or at least a decent discounton Capture NX2, which works great, but costs extra.-Kit lens is thick in diameter (67mm). Also, the front glass of the lens seems somewhat exposed,as if its not recessed that much (its just enough for a lens cap). I worry that itll get scratchedeasily. Good thing Nikon included the lens hood.AUTOFOCUS TIP - I customized the D90 to autofocus using the AF-L button instead of theshutter release. Now I can focus with one press of my thumb on the AF-L button and shoot withmy index finger on the shutter release. This allows me to focus first, let go, then take the shot.Since the subject is already in focus, I can take multiple shots, recompose or go vertical. Im notforced to continually re-focus for every shot or move the AF point around in the viewfinder. Thisminimizes AF mishaps on unintentional subjects. And since the VR system remains off until youhalf-press the shutter (it activates only when youre ready to take the shot, not while yourefocusing) you save on battery life as well.Also, with the D90 set to AF-C mode (continuous autofocus) you can keep a moving subject infocus by holding down the AF-L with your thumb and shooting with your index finger. If thesubject becomes still, simply let go of the AF-L button; focusing stops and is locked where youleft it. Then shoot when ready. Now your D90 can act as if its in Single or Continuous AF modewithout you having to change settings all the time. This gives you more immediate control overthe behavior of the AF system Try it and you wont go back!SUMMARY - Overall Im extremely happy with the D90! Its designed for serious shooting, butits still fun to use; noticeably heavier than the D60, but still not a burden. You do need to becommitted to carrying around a solid DSLR in the first place. Once you get used to that, youllcome to appreciate that its more substantial because itll be less shaky during shots. Nikon reallypacked it with a ton of features and customizations. Now I finally have everything I want in aDSLR, without it being overblown and overpriced. Im actually surprising myself with somereally spectacular shots.
If you have your basic photography skills down, you can make any DSLR sing, however, Ibelieve THIS camera, because of its superb sensor and spot-on feature set, can actually help youimprove your technique and get better results. Youll take more chances and push yourself fartherbecause now you have the tools (ie. features) to help capture more difficult, more creative shots.And you didnt have to spend $3,000 to get there!8-MONTH UPDATE: Still love this camera which hasnt lost any of its original excitement.Very reliable - never frustrating. Im not craving an upgrade - not contemplating a switch toCanon either - Im perfectly content. Havent discovered any hidden quirks. In fact, the longer Iuse it, the more I realize how well engineered it is. The only extras I bought so far were a lightmonopod and a 50mm 1.8 lens.544 of 554 people found the following review helpful.You can tell the D90 was designed by photographers and not just engineers! Wonderfuluser interface and image quality!By E. KimI am far from a professional photographer, but I take it as seriously as possible while stillreferring to it as a hobby. I take mostly pictures of people at events and many of my baby sonwithout flash in low light situations.I had been using a Nikon D40x for 1 year and very early reached my limitation with that camera.The Nikon D40x has very nice image quality, but the cameras interface is not suited for a moreserious shooter who wants quick single button or dial access to such shooting parameters such aswhite balance, shooting mode, metering mode, etc. I also felt very limited by the D40x nothaving an in-body focus motor that would allow me to use non AF-I/AF-S lenses (which arelenses without the focus motor built-in).The Nikon D40x limitations were severe enough that I was about to consider purchasing a Canon40D until the Nikon D90 appeared just in time.PROS:1. Fantastic set of separate buttons on the camera to control parameters like ISO, white balance,metering, autofocus, image quality, shooting mode, etc.2. Two command dials3. High resolution 920K pixel LCD screen (like the one on the Nikon D300)4. 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor5. Low noise high ISO capability (for low light shooting) I can shoot ISO 1600 with good imagequality with this camera, while on my D40x I could only shoot with ISO 400 and obtainacceptable IQ. I will even use ISO 3200 frequently with very usable results!6. Separate top-viewing LCD screen in addition to the rear high res screen, to show shootingparameters constantly7. In-body focus motor which allows the use of Nikons non AF-I/S lenses, including wonderfuland CHEAP prime lenses such as the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 (~$100 lens!)8. Continuous shooting of 4.5 frames per second
9. Small size, although larger than the D40/D40x/D60, it is still substantially smaller in the handthan the D300/D310. 720p 24fps MPEG video shooting capability with incredible ability to use depth of field thatI cannot achieve with my Sony High-Def camcorder.11. Eleven auto-focus points (not as nice as the 51 points on the D300, but substantially betterthan my D40x with its 3 points)12. GPS option13. HDMI output14. Enormous number of options to customize camera and shooting settings to fit your style ofshooting15. Fantastic image quality right out-of-box if you dont want to do any post processing16. Terrific build quality17. Top notch camera ergonomics (but this will be a very personal opinion that differs for eachshooter)CONS:1. "Rolling shutter" phenomenon while recording video: The D90 CMOS sensor has the sameproblem that other CMOS video recorders have when recording video. If you move the camera,especially horizontally, you get a "jelly" or "rubberbanding" effect where the image wobblessignificantly. It is nice to have the video features, which looks very sharp at 720p, but it is NOT asubstitute for a video camera. If you use a tripod, and do not do quick zooms/pans, the videoquality is excellent. Without a tripod, however, you may get nauseous watching a wobbly video.The sound is also in monoaural.2. 1/200 flash synch: Not a problem for me, but it might be for you.3. No weather sealing: This is found on the Nikon D300/D3 and even on similarly priced modelsfrom other camera companies4. The buffer will fill up after about 8 continuous RAW + JPG (FINE) shots. This number differsdepending on the shooting parameters that you will choose. If you shoot primarily JPG, thebuffer seems to allow a very large number of continuous shots, but I have not quantified this forJPG only.TIPS:1. Get the FREE Nikon ViewNX software from Nikons site as your 1st step in your workflow.This will let you examine your RAW images that you can process for either Nikon CaptureNX2to do further RAW processing or just export to JPG or TIFF for a JPG/TIFF editor such asPhotoShop.2. Recommend buying the Nikon CaptureNX2. It is a RAW converter (if you shoot in RAW)that will read the camera settings properly for export to JPG or TIFF. Capture NX2, however, isnot as slick as the Adobe products and Capture NX2 requires a fairly powerful computer,otherwise it can run pretty slowly on a PC > 3 years old.3. If you use JPEGs out-of-camera, consider increasing the sharpness above the default 3 or 4.Nikon uses a very conservative sharpening default setting. Nikon has also decided to change thedefault JPEG images to match the higher end D3/D700/D300 cameras which produce moreneutral images. Consequently, the D90 images that are less punchy than the D40/D40x/D60/D80,
so you may also want to turn up the in-camera saturation and contrast.The Nikon D90 has all of the interface features that serious and even professional photographersneed with wonderful image quality.413 of 420 people found the following review helpful.Wow! is all I can say....By Earl E. A. DopterThere are plenty of reviews out there, and I dont want to be redundant. So here are some helpfulpoints that I had a hard time ferreting out when doing my research before pulling the trigger onthis purchase, given that I was upgrading from a D60 and that I am, like many who are readingreviews on this product, not a professional:1. I owned the D40, then the D60. So this is my third Nikon. I had trouble deciphering how mylenses, purchased for the D40/D60, would behave when used in this new model. The answer isthat the D90 handles all of them perfectly. This includes lenses that have the HSM built in (theHyper Sonic Motor is packaged in the lens, because the D40/D60 range doesnt have a built inauto-focus motor) as well as those with no internal motor. The D90 has an internal focus motor,so all lenses built for Nikon cameras will auto-focus, including the Nikon 50mm f1.8 lens that Ihad to manually focus in the D60.2. The D90 is heavier, but certainly not uncomfortable to hold or carry. Weight will not be adiscouraging factor in purchasing this camera.3. The D90 takes different batteries, so any spares you have for the earlier models will not workon it. Battery life is truly outstanding. I am not even going to buy a spare battery.4. The user interface is completely different from the D40/D60. I found it intuitive however. Thefunctionality is just superb, much easier and more flexible. This is a pro level camera with theease of use of a high end amateur camera.5. Live view is a great enhancement. Really.Overall, there is nothing I can say negative about the D90. Its everything I was hoping it wouldbe, and its so worth the money to upgrade. Im selling the D60 for half what I paid - and doing itgladly - because the D90 is worth more than its being sold for. I absolutely highly recommend it.I also thought I would offer some lens advice, because I had trouble finding a reviewer that justcut to the chase and said "look, just do this." So, look, just do this: I do NOT recommend the kitlenses that you can obtain bundled with the D90. Get the body only, and buy yourself that Nikon50mm f1.8 (Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras). Its a no-brainer at the price point, and the images I have already achieved have been just excellent. Forthe rest of your lenses, I highly recommend Sigma. I own the 18-200 (Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras), the 10-20 (Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSMLens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras), and the 150-500 (Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DGOS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras). I cannot say enough positive
things about the quality of the lenses or the images. Pack the 50mm and the 18-200 superlens fornormal occasions. If you can stand the extra weight, you absolutely cannot go wrong with the 10-20 for landscapes, it just pulls in everything and the quality is shocking. The 150-500 isenormous, you are not going to want to carry that thing around, but when you need it, you reallyneed it. I captured images of my son playing in a soccer game that blew me away; could not havegotten the shots without the big lens. Get the lenses in the order I have specified if you cannotafford them all.I have just learned all this over the past 2 years. I am no expert but I have discovered the joy ofcapturing great images that you just cannot get from a point-and-shoot. I think once you see thequality you can achieve with a better camera, you will be thrilled with the decision to spend themoney and the energy. And Nikon has truly produced the best camera at this price point in theworld. Its a pro camera with an amateur price and its very easy to use. Words really dont do itjustice; you need to experience it to understand.Any questions, please send me a comment. Happy to help!Update - 16 Jul 2009:I have now taken well over 4,000 images with the D90 and can confirm that its still all I hadhoped it would be. Every time I think of something I wish I could adjust, I find that the D90 hasthe adjustment capability in the menu somewhere. The active D-lighting is spectacular. Thenoiseless photos in low-light conditions have blown me away. I dont see myself upgrading fromthis camera for a very long time. My technique for most situations has become as follows: snap afew images using the Auto settings. Then switch to full manual and start playing with the depthof field by adjusting ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to fit the situation. Half the time, the Autophotos are so good that I cant do much to top them in manual mode!Update - 20 Jan 2010:Over 10,000 photos taken with my D90. No new lenses purchased since last update. I have yet tofind a situation the D90 cannot handle deftly. Over Christmas, I took a family photo of my wifesentire extended family, over 40 people involved. It was indoors, at night, with only weakoverhead lights and the lights from the Christmas tree behind the group. I used an ISO of 3500,my small Nikon 50mm lens at 1.8 aperture, and my remote control (so I could be in the phototoo!) Under these low light conditions, with no flash, I was able to capture 50 images in a veryshort time, and miraculously got several with everyone smiling and no one blinking, and out ofthese one was perfect! The group included several young kids who hate standing still, to nameone challenge! The output was startling; in the natural light, its almost ethereal. Im the newfamily hero. The reality is that this single photo is irreplaceable and worth more than the cameraand lens. It could not have been accomplished with a lesser camera/lens combination, includingthe previous Nikons I have owned. I would venture to say that no other camera in the price rangecould touch what I did with the D90 in this situation. Over and over, the camera proves its worthto me. In the end, what is one fabulous photograph of your child, your vacation, or your lifesimportant events worth?
Update - 27 April 2010:I noticed that I forgot to mention another very useful addition to the D90 - the remote control.This device allows you to remotely trigger the shutter and I find I use it for group shots muchmore often than the timer, especially because I can trigger multiple shots without returning to thecamera. Its very inexpensive and small (I keep it in the little pouch that it comes with, threadedinto the strap, so its always there when I need it.) Here is the item: Nikon ML-L3 WirelessRemote Control for Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D80 & D90 Digital SLR Cameras. Highlyrecommended!Update - 13 May 2010:My D90 was stolen two weeks ago. What a bummer. Anyhow, I decided to upgrade to the D700,but not because theres anything wrong with the D90. I loved it. The D700 has the FX sizesensor, whereas the D90 has the DX size sensor, which is smaller. The real benefit of the FXsensor is better sensitivity, meaning higher shutter speeds at a given aperture. Of course, theD700 is more sophisticated in nearly every way, but its also heavier and more complex tooperate. Its also over $2,000 for the body only. I sprang for it. But even so, after consideringcarefully all the current offerings, my conclusion is that for the money, there is still no bettercamera than the D90.Update - 15 Feb 2011:I highly recommend Thom Hogans "Complete Guide" series for the Nikon D90 (and for anyother Nikons). I bought the one for the D700 and its just incredibly useful, way more easy tounderstand and more thorough than the Nikon documentation. Its really essential reading; youget the why, not just the how, and practical advice on settings you should use for differentsituations. Thom really helped me understand why its worth shooting in RAW (I now onluyshoot in RAW), and what tradeoffs are worth making and when (ISO vs shutter speed vsaperture). You can only get them off his website so google it. bythom dot com is the addressBTW. (I dont know the guy and am not getting a kickback, I swear!!!!)Also, Im really enjoying having a good quality wide angle zoom, anyone who hasnt obtainedone yet for their setup, I think you ought to look into it closely. I find myself using it more andmore.See all 711 customer reviews...My Associates Store | Shopping Cart Browse by Category
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