Nikon D90

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Nikon has launched the D90 (27 August’08), the world’s first DSLR camera with movie function allowing you to shoot HD720p (1,280 x 720 pixels), 640 x 424 pixels or 320 x 216 pixels movies at the professional smoothness of 24 frames per second in motion JPEG format. This 12.3 effective Megapixels DSLR also features 12.3 effective megapixels newly designed Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor, Live View mode, IS0 200-3200, 4.5 frames per second continuous shooting, 11-point AF system, Image sensor cleaning, and a 3.0-inch 920,000 pixel (VGA x 3 colors) TFT-LCD. (Download Nikon D90 Brochure)

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Nikon D90 Reviews

DigitalReview compares Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D to Nikon D90 and writes;
“If you do not already have an investment in lenses or a predetermined brand preference, we do not hesitate to recommend the Nikon D90 as a better solution compared to the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D. “
Rating: N/A

NeutralDay reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“Finally the included software is a bit lackluster, providing the bare minimum for editing images and video. Other than that, the D90 proved to be a powerful, but simple to use DSLR camera. Given it’s price, feature set, and superb results, I highly recommend the Nikon D90. In short, it’s everything the enthusiast needs. “
Rating: ★★★★½

MacWorld reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“the D90 is a still-image SLR, and a very good one. With its very good feature set, excellent image quality, and reasonable price, the D90 is a camera you should absolutely consider if you’re shopping for a mid-range SLR.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCAdvisor reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“All things considered, the Nikon D90 is a very capable camera. At its present asking price it offers fair value for the consumer interested in aiming their image-making sights higher.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoxels reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“the D90 is perfect in size, weight and handling the moment you pick it up in your hands. The body is rugged high impact plastic draped over a solid metal chassis, with the unmistakable feel of quality that permeates all Nikon digital SLRs…”
Rating: Editor’s Choice

NeoCamera reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“Image quality is great, with a 12 megapixels sensor capable of large prints up to ISO 1600 and even small prints at ISO 6400. The Nikon D90 always remains responsive with a very short shutter lag, perfect for candid and street photography.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“The Nikon D90 provides definitively “All you need to fuel your passion for photography” and a little bit more… it represents an exceptionally sound package all-in-all. Highly recommended! “
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Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“D90 is an amazing model… it’s sure to set the tone for this category with excellent image quality, underrated burst performance, and plenty of Custom Settings…. I have no problem giving this little beauty our highest recommendation. “
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PCAuthority reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“Image quality is great, there are features aplenty and the stock lens is a cut above the rest. It isn’t cheap, but you’re getting an awfully capable camera for your money.

Rating: ★★★★½

RegHardware reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“if you’re not bothered about using video too much, then don’t hang about – take a good look at the D90 today, because it’s a superb model for the serious photographer. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PaulStamatiou reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“the core still photography utility is fantastic and makes the D90 a great platform for any amateur photographer. Pick up a nice lens and filter and you’ll be very happy. That being said, I recommend you buy the D90 body alone and pick out your own lens “
Rating: ★★★★½

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TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“In terms of image quality the results were generally very good. The level of overall detail is very close to matching the performance of the D300… “
Rating: ★★★★½

TheTechLounge reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“The D90 is a camera that bridges the gap between an SLR and HD video camera. Unfortunately, this is a bridge no one asked to have built. In video mode, the D90 simply cannot adapt. It’s this rigidity that makes it an inferior choice for shooting quality video and that’s the bottom line. “
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LetsGoDigital reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“The image quality is steady as a rock. Excellent color reproduction and superb dynamic range combined with Nikon’s 3D Matrix metering ensure an outstanding DSLR…The D90 is definitely worth its money and well worth stepping over to from the D80. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikon D90 VS Nikon D300 comparison video;

CNET reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“In the two-party race that will never end, D90 selected D-Movie as its running mate. Upon close examination though, D-Movie was found to be severely underdone. Good thing then that D90′s photo taking base is so strong and competent.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCR reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
Both cameras seem pretty close in noise performance through ISO 800, and then the D300 seems to be a bit better at 1600 and up …the D90 is targeting folks looking for something just a bit above an entry-level body, not the high end of the performance spectrum.”
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CamcorderInfo reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“… disappointed us with most of its video performance. While it did capture wonderful colors in low light, it couldn’t compete against dedicated HD camcorders in most shooting conditions. That doesn’t mean the images didn’t look good—they did… The glaring lack of an autofocus and confusing manual controls made the D90′s video mode very difficult to deal with overall.”
Rating: N/A

DigitalJournalist reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“There’s no doubt that it can produce high-quality video and the built-in microphone isn’t too shabby either under normal circumstances. But video storytelling is often complex and highly demanding and the D90 is not a video camera. It’s a still camera with video capability.”
Rating: N/A

LaptopMag reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“the quality itself is excellent. And even if you consider movie-recording a bonus, the D90 produces stunning photos, including in low light, and it has fast all-around speeds. For $999 ($1,299 for the lens kit), it’s a compelling choice for people in the market for a DSLR that’s a step above the entry level.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“the D90 felt extremely responsive, could lock focus quickly and confidently on virtually anything.. 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.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigitalTrends reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
” D90 as a camera is terrific. It focuses quickly, has zippy 4.5 fps burst mode, has more adjustments than you could possible handle in a lifetime plus it takes fine photos with barely a hint of noise. As a camcorder, the D90 doesn’t make it.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCI reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“with consistently excellent lab test results and a solidly built, professional-feeling body….there’s an awful lot to like about this camera, from its fast burst mode to its fine low-light performance for flash-free photos and a Live View mode…. For $1000 plus lens, you’re getting a camera you’re unlikely to outgrow or tire of, and we’d call that a pretty good deal.”
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ImagingResource reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“It’s smaller and lighter than the D300, but still has a good grip, with a good dent inside the grip for the tips of your fingers…Nikon D90 seems to be a really excellent camera for the intermediate photographer, and a great choice as a full-featured, light weight body for those who own a Nikon D200 or D300..”
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CNET reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
” The good: First-rate performance; solid, well-constructed body with nice viewfinder; video capture capability; great photo quality. The bad: Middling kit lens; poor HDMI output implementation. The bottom line: Like the D80 before it, the Nikon D90 delivers an excellent dSLR for the money.”


Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
” Nikon D90 is an excellent DSLR that easily earns our Highly Recommended rating, but it’s not the same slam-dunk of its predecessor. Back then if you wanted a classier mid-range DSLR, you’d get the D80.”


Rating: ★★★★½

LuminousLandscape reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“The combination of 24 FPS and a slightly diffused look have an almost filmic quality that many will find appealing. Indeed compared to 30 FPS video shot with a medium to high-end camcorder at higher bit rates and with superior codecs, there are folks in the video world that may find the D90′s video quality quite appealing. “
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KenRockwell reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“for use in daylight, the D90 renders images identical to the $5,000 Nikon D3. Of course the D3 shoots faster for sports, but the images are as good, the rear LCD is identical, and the D90 has a few new convenience features that weren’t invented back when the D3 came out.”
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PopPhoto reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“If you shoot frequently at ISO 3200, you’ll like the D90′s excellent image quality, with low noise at that high sensitivity. And if you plan on shooting your child’s soccer game, the D90′s fast burst and zippy AF should help you achieve your goal..”
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PhotoReview.au reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
” close-up flash shots showed consistent exposures from ISO 200 right up to ISO 3200 and only slight under- and over-exposure outside of the normal sensitivity range. Noise became visible at ISO 3200 and shots taken at ISO 6400 without noise reduction showed some colour noise.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCRP reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“Photo quality was excellent. The D90 took well-exposed photos with pleasing, accurate colors… In good light, ISO 3200 is shockingly clean, with even the “high” ISO 6400 being very usable. I didn’t find purple fringing to be a problem with the lenses I tested, and redeye was not an issue either.”
Rating: N/A

ThinkCamera reviews the Nikon D90 and writes;
“the Nikon D90 has superb image quality – ISO200-800 provide excellent low noise images, with an essence of moiré around the ISO1600-3200 mark. ISO6400 takes a notable jump in image noise; best left for rare occasions…720p video from the D90 is of a good quality.”
Rating: ★★★★½

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User Opinions

Soon to be a great Legacy camera, making it a great value toaday
“Overall image quality and balance is great. I find myself more involved in composition than worrying about the D90 unlike my other Nikons. My Olympus E10 though a relic today, still gives me that confidence as long as I am not in a hurry.” – By VINCENT CHEN
Rating: ★★★★★

A classic
“I consider this camera a classic. It lets you take control over the parameters and then it gets out of your way. Ergonomics is great. The 12M sensor is large enough for most people’s needs. The AF is fast and accurate (most of the time). Images have a certain vibrancy and class built-in. It makes ugly and messy objects look nice, what can I say.” – By NCHammer
Rating: ★★★★★

First DSLR and it’s great
“This was my first DSLR. That being said, this camera, as with any DSLR, had a learning curve. My first 3 months of using this, my pictures I took with it looked as good a ones I took with my point and shoot. After getting some experience and doing some reading, I finally got the hang of it, and I was producing pictures that I’ve always wanted.” – By Austin B.
Rating: ★★★★★

My favorite camera of all time
“This is a near perfect camera for me and the results are always outstanding. I’m not at all tempted to spend thousands of dollars to purchase a fixed range camera with additional memory card slot, more megapixels or video functions I will never use. I have around 15,000 shots on the camera and it’s never gives me any issues and works just as good as when I purchased it.” – By Oleg Basov
Rating: ★★★★★

A truly great camera
“Much lighter than the D300, yet equally capable, equally durable. I have bounced my D90 off the sidewalk twice, in Sydney and Wellington (don’t ask)…No matter, it just keeps giving me fantastic images. I have nothing negative to say about, it just works, and works very well indeed.” – By Waikiki
Rating: ★★★★★

What perfect DX format DSLR
“The wide angle lens provides opportunities for some amazing landscape shots. The camera is full of features, one better than the other. Every button is where it should be. The continuous shooting mode on this camera is amazing.” – By akas
Rating: ★★★★★

Still going strong after 3 years
“I can set everything myself or just let the camera do the work on AUTO. My pictures come out crisp and clean. My daughter tells me my pictures are TOO good. She can see every bit of dirt on the grand kids faces and every little blemish on the adults faces. The price has come down. Grab this at a bargain price and start snapping away.” – By Jule Kijek
Rating: ★★★★★

Nikon D90 User Opinion by Jennette
I have the d-90 abd I love the camera except for onr thing…When I press the button to take a picture, there is a delay before the pic is actually taken and it drives me mad! It clicks TWICE. The second click is when the pic is actually rtaken. People here the first click and start to walk away but it’s the second click that takes the PICTURE! Can anyone hep me!!!

Nikon D90 User Opinion by Stan
This camera is MAGIC !!!!!!!!! The best camera I have owned (Nikon Film, Canon Film,Pentax Film cameras). The kit lens is great for fast shooting. I recently took some shots of a friends cat which were pin sharp. I used to do my own D&P including colour, but I must say that I never ever got results like now with the D90.
Superb.

Nikon D90 User Opinion by Phillip
my d90 is everything that it is advertised to be and more. i have taken 500 pictures in a parade.(small town) to night pictures to action pictues, etc. i have had not one problem with my camera. i will take pictues with 2-5 other parents at kids events. i have to always email to other parents my pictures. they never get the shot. i do with the d90, especially at outdoor events, long range. buy it it is worth it.

Nikon D90 User Opinion by Sheila Shepherd
For the money spend I have to say I’m not doing cartwheels over this camera. I too have to jiggle the lens to get the lens not attached error message to go off even though the lens is on. And I’m having big problems with the brightness of the AF-assist illuminator. It is so bright and my kids keep squinting in all my pictures. I don’t know how to fix it and I’m about ready to return the thing.

Nikon D90 User Opinion by Bob
I really like the D90, but it did die on me a month and 3 days after I bought it. The LCD screen went gray during a photo shoot. Not something I would expect from a $1000 camera. I also have a D50 which was taken with me to the Philippines, and it wasnt handled with care. we were in jungles, jeepneys, cities, and it was on my neck almost the whole time. It never failed me, and we all know how luggage is treated, as it traveled on the plane in me check in baggage. The D90’s video is not that great. The camera will over heat and turn off if you try to shoot too much HD video. The camera also would tell me my lens was not connected, but it clearly was. I sent it back, at first Nikon told me they would not cover it, and then they said they would. 7-10 business days was more like a month. I checked the website daily, and it said “shop” as its status, but discovered it on my front sitting out all day in tempatures near single digits. They did not send back the cover that goes where the lens would go, even though you have to itemize everything you send to them. Hopefully this is the last of the problems. After the camera thawed out, I did find it to be fixed, and it does take nice pictures.

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Samples

Nikon D90 Sample Images & Videos

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- Nikon D90 vs D3 vs D300 vs D200 Sharpness Comparison @ KenRockwell
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Guides

Nikon D90 User Manual (PDF)

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- Download Nikon D90 User’s Manual (English PDF – 11.5 MB)
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Nikon D90 Guides, Tips & Tricks

Nikon D90 Guide Video;

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Features

Nikon D90 Press Release

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 27 August 2008 – Nikon Europe today announces another great step forward in its mid-class DX-format D-SLR range: the D90. As the world’s first D-SLR with movie function, this remarkable camera offers truly cinematic results, stunning image quality and innovative high-performance features inherited from Nikon’s new-generation DX-format flagship D300. The D90 will open new doors for photography enthusiasts of any level.

With 12.3 megapixels, the newly-designed DX-format CMOS image sensor and Nikon’s proprietary EXPEED image processing concept, the D90 is a quality-guarantee. Advanced features such as Live View, Scene Recognition, Active D-Lighting, Picture Control and an ISO sensitivity range of 200-3200 (ISO 6400 equivalent on Hi1 and ISO 100 equivalent on Lo1), allows creativity in almost any setting. And to ensure all these features are easy to use, they are packed in an ergonomic body with an intuitive operational layout.

Toru Uematsu, Senior Manager Product Planning at Nikon Europe B.V says: “The D90’s combines imaging technology inherited directly from our D300 and innovative features like Live View, D-Movie, Scene Recognition and Picture Control – once again confirming Nikon’s leadership in cutting edge imaging technology. Add its innovative, high-performance features such as the CMOS image sensor, and the extremely wide ISO sensitivity range, we are convinced that this new camera will appeal to all passionate photographers looking for the next step in creativity.”

Stunning image quality

The D90’s EXPEED technology has been optimised to realise the high-quality, high-speed image processing capability for which Nikon’s professional D-SLRs are renowned. The D90 delivers images with extraordinary detail and expanded enlargement capacity, thanks to its improved DX-format CMOS image sensor and an effective 12.3 megapixels. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 200-3200 (ISO 6400 equivalent on Hi1 and ISO 100 equivalent on Lo1) providing low-noise images that are rich in detail and offer tonal gradation beyond expectation. It also enhances the performance of other powerful features such as Live View and the new Face Detection System. To address the issue of lost detail in high-contrast lighting situations, Active D-Lighting adjusts the contrast between images’ light and dark areas by localising tone control as an image is captured. And for extra creativity, Picture Control allows you to customise the look and mood of your images by choosing from six settings, including new Portrait and Landscape modes.

A helping hand

First introduced on Nikon’s D3 and D300 flagship cameras, the D90’s Scene Recognition System uses a 420-pixel RGB sensor to analyse scene and colour information of the subject being photographed. Based on these readings, the camera optimises its focus, exposure and white balance just before the shutter is released. The D90 also recognises human faces to render up to five faces with newfound sharpness and accuracy and more natural skin tones in your images. In the camera’s 11-point AutoFocus mode, it uses the subject’s colour information to maintain a sharp focus as the subject moves in the frame.

Once you’ve got the composition you want, the D90 incorporates image-editing functions that make it easy to enhance images within the camera. There are several new retouch options: ‘Distortion Control’ adjusts lens aberration, ‘Straighten’ corrects the inclination of the image, whilst ‘Fisheye’ produces optical effects similar to that of a fisheye lens. There are also ample options for viewing and selecting the right shot, including 72-frame playback, calendar playback and histogram display for a magnified portion of the image.

Live and living
The D90 is the first mid-class D-SLR to offer a movie function, allowing you to capture creative movie clips in motion JPEG at superb quality levels. Compared to the average camcorder, the far larger image sensor on the D90 offers higher image quality, a shallow depth of field and exceptional ISO performance while recording in low-light conditions. NIKKOR’s wide range of lenses offers great variety from fisheye to wide-angle to super-telephoto, adding more scope for creativity and emotional impact to your movies. Movies can even be played on the camera with sound, thanks to its uniquely powerful speaker / microphone system.

The D90 has been designed with an eye-level pentaprism viewfinder, offering some 96% frame coverage. However, when looking through the viewfinder isn’t practical, simply press the D90’s Live View button and the 3-inch LCD with 170? viewing angle and approx. 920k-dot LCD support your Live View shooting with three contrast-detect AF modes: Face Priority, Wide Area and Normal Area. When you’re not sure which camera settings are appropriate, try the advanced scene modes like Active D-Lighting and Picture Control for beautiful, crisp images every time.

Get every shot
There are few things more annoying than a flat battery as you’re about to capture that winning shot, so Nikon has made the D90’s extremely efficient, allowing you to capture approximately 850 images on a single charge of the camera’s battery. Accurate exposures rely on precise shutter release, so the D90’s electronically timed shutter mechanism has been specifically engineered for long, accurate service and has undergone exhaustive 100,000 shutter-release cycle testing. For ever-ready shooting, the impressive 0.15-seconds start-up time, 65-millisecond shutter release time and its 4.5 fps means you won’t lose that crucial shot. And with a thumbnail display of up to 72 images, Pictmotion slideshows with soundtrack, the option of image tagging through geotags with GPS, instant online upload to ‘my Picturetown’ and HDMI-compatibility, sharing and organising your images has never been easier.

The D90 will go on sale end September.

Nikon D90 Feature Highlights

Newly designed Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with wide ISO sensitivity range
The D90’s 12.3 effective megapixels provides outstanding resolution, delivering images with extraordinarily defined detail. The extremely wide sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 3200 delivers incredibly low-noise throughout which can be increased to Hi 1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) and decreased to Lo 1 (ISO 100 equivalent) to expand shooting versatility. The camera also employs an Image Sensor Cleaning function that works to free image-degrading dust particles from the sensor’s optical low-pass filter.

EXPEED for smooth tones, rich colours and fine details
Nikon’s comprehensive digital image-processing EXPEED technology is optimised for the D90 to realise the high-quality, high-speed image processing capability EXPEED also contributes to the outstanding performance of other powerful features such as Live View and the new Face Detection System.

D-Movie: the world’s first D-SLR movie mode
In a world first for D-SLRs, the D90 offers a movie function, allowing you to shoot HD720p (1,280 x 720 pixels), 640 x 424 pixels or 320 x 216 pixels movies at the professional smoothness of 24 frames per second in motion JPEG format. The D90’s sensor, which is much larger than the sensor of a typical camcorder, ensures higher image quality and exceptional low-noise, high ISO sensitivity performance, even during movie shooting. Capturing creative movie clips or the drama of life’s moving moments is further enhanced by the wide selection of incredibly sharp NIKKOR interchangeable lenses that are available, from fisheye to wide-angle to super-telephoto. And Micro NIKKOR lenses bring the magic of extreme close-up imagery to movie making.

Scene Recognition System integrated with Face Detection System
The D90 precisely reads the colours and brightness information of each scene from the 420-pixel RGB sensor, and applies this to auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance. The D90 also recognises human faces using the new Face Detection System, data which is incorporated during calculation, resulting in faces with newfound definition and accuracy as well as enabling face priority AF in Live View mode and immediate zoom into people’s faces in playback zoom.

Easy-to-use Live View mode
One press of the Live View button activates the D90’s Live View mode, delivering a bright, crisp image to the 3-in., approx. 920k-dot colour LCD and allowing comfortable shooting without looking through the viewfinder. There are three contrast-detect AF modes that let you focus on any point in the frame: Face priority AF automatically detects up to five faces and focuses on that calculated to be the closest. Wide area AF offers a large AF area suitable for handheld shooting, and normal area AF provides focus with pinpoint accuracy when using a tripod. And when Nikon VR image stabilisation lenses are in use, photographers will enjoy the benefit of a VR-smoothed image, even in Live View mode.

Picture Control System: Customize the visual style of your images
Nikon’s Picture Control System enables users to customise the look and mood of images. Six original setting options are available — Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape — for easy customisation of image preferences.

Active D-Lighting for smooth tone reproduction in high-contrast lighting
The D90’s Active D-Lighting accurately restores details in the shadows and highlighted areas, which are often lost in high-contrast lighting situations, by localizing tone control while shooting. There are four levels, including the new “Extra High.” Active D-Lighting can be used manually or set to Auto mode. It is also possible to bracket your pictures, allowing the capture of one image with Active D-Lighting and one without.

Versatile, practical 11-point AF system
Thanks to the Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module, the D90’s 11-point AF system offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame with the most sensitive AF sensor operating from the centre. In addition, the D90 features versatile AF-area modes to handle most shooting situations: Single-point AF is recommended for stationary subjects, dynamic-area AF for moving subjects, auto-area AF for spontaneous shooting and 3D-tracking (11 points) AF for when you want to change the composition after focusing on your subject.

Bright pentaprism viewfinder featuring frame coverage of approx. 96%
The D90 has a precise eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with approximately 96% (centered) frame coverage and an easy-to-view 19.5 mm eyepoint (at -1.0 m-1). The built-in 16-frame superimposed grid display can be activated to assist in the creation of better-balanced compositions.

Advanced Scene Modes for superior image quality
The D90 features Advanced Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports and Night Portrait. These modes not only adjust exposure and image processing, but also judge the optimum Active D-Lighting and Picture Control settings to obtain the best results. The D90 also recognises if VR (Vibration Reduction) is on or off and minimises noise even in dimly lit scenes.

Extensive palette of in-camera Retouch Menus

The D90’s designers incorporated a wide variety of image editing functions, making it easy for users to enhance images within the camera. The D90 introduces several new retouch options: Distortion Control adjusts lens aberration, Straighten corrects inclination of the image, while Fisheye produces optical effects similar to a fisheye lens. Engineered for precision and durability Accurate exposures rely on precise shutters and the D90’s electronically timed shutter mechanism was specifically engineered for long, accurate service. To ensure this, D90 shutters, assembled in D90 bodies, underwent exhaustive 100,000 shutter-release cycle testing.

Nikon D90 Other Features

* Gives you quick response, with 0.15-second start-up, 65 ms shutter release time lag and 4.5 fps continuous shooting.
* 3-in., approx. 920-k dot high-resolution LCD monitor with wide viewing angle that lets you change composition of the frame during shooting from various angles and easily confirm your image during playback.
* Built-in flash with 18mm lens coverage, Guide Number of approx. 18/59 (ISO 200, m/ft., 20°C/68°F) and Nikon’s original i-TTL flash control; works as a commander; controlling up to two groups of remote Speedlights.
* Highly efficient energy-saving design 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)
* Extensive playback functions offer ample options for viewing and selecting the right shot, including 72-frame playback, calendar playback and histogram display for magnified portion of the image. ? Versatile Pictmotion menu creates slideshows combining five choices of both background music and image effects.
* Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output.
* Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System when using the SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 Speedlight, or Wireless Close-up Speedlight System R1C1; ensures accurate exposures via i-TTL flash control.
* Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D80 (Optional, in common with the D80) gives you the choice of using one or two Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries EN-EL3e or six R6/AA-size batteries to extend battery life.
* New optional Remote Cord MC-DC2 enables shutter release and long time exposures (bulb) remotely.
* With the new optional GPS Unit GP-1, location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and time is automatically recorded to each image’s EXIF data.
* Included Nikon ViewNX image browsing and editing software lets you organize, label and select images as well as perform RAW image editing adjustments and conversions.
* Optional Capture NX 2 photo-editing software features patented U-Point® technology and powerful tools for quick and easy photo editing including enhanced RAW (NEF) Editing.

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Comment by Bob Subscribed to comments via email
2009-01-20 21:07:40

I really like the D90, but it did die on me a month and 3 days after I bought it. The LCD screen went gray during a photo shoot. Not something I would expect from a $1000 camera. I also have a D50 which was taken with me to the Philippines, and it wasnt handled with care. we were in jungles, jeepneys, cities, and it was on my neck almost the whole time. It never failed me, and we all know how luggage is treated, as it traveled on the plane in me check in baggage. The D90′s video is not that great. The camera will over heat and turn off if you try to shoot too much HD video. The camera also would tell me my lens was not connected, but it clearly was. I sent it back, at first Nikon told me they would not cover it, and then they said they would. 7-10 business days was more like a month. I checked the website daily, and it said “shop” as its status, but discovered it on my front sitting out all day in tempatures near single digits. They did not send back the cover that goes where the lens would go, even though you have to itemize everything you send to them. Hopefully this is the last of the problems. After the camera thawed out, I did find it to be fixed, and it does take nice pictures.

Comment by martha Subscribed to comments via email
2009-10-12 22:32:43

Tell me about the screen going grey. My camera is 1 month old and has done the same thing. Is there a simple fix?

Comment by Bob Subscribed to comments via email
2009-10-17 08:02:22

Hello Martha,
My camera was a month and a day old when it did the same thing during a shoot. I sent it back to Nikon, and it was under warranty. They told me at first it was not. I had issues with the lense they sent too, the 18 to 105 that came with it. It took atleast 1.5 months to fix and they dont update their progress if you are trying to follow it. The repair itself was said to be around $400. I have another D90, and so far so good with the screen, but agian my 18 to 105 lense is having issues. It like its not attached sometimes, or like the camera is turned off. Hopefully you are not having the same, but if you are send it back too, it was free as well. Best of luck.

 
 
 
Comment by Sheila Shepherd Subscribed to comments via email
2009-01-22 14:54:30

For the money spend I have to say I’m not doing cartwheels over this camera. I too have to jiggle the lens to get the lens not attached error message to go off even though the lens is on. And I’m having big problems with the brightness of the AF-assist illuminator. It is so bright and my kids keep squinting in all my pictures. I don’t know how to fix it and I’m about ready to return the thing.

Comment by Bob Subscribed to comments via email
2009-01-24 08:11:51

Hi Sheila,
My lens was doing the same thing. If you send it back, they should fix it for nothing. It was supposed to be a recall or something. I agree that the light is really bright, I have had a lot of people complain about it, infact some think it was the flash. Good Luck. Bob

 
Comment by samgarp
2009-05-19 00:00:07

Sheila, the af assist is too bright for young children. I disabled it the first hour I had the camera. Now I have the sb-900 and the af assist is not as bright. I suggest disabling the af assist for young children in most situations and turning it back on for low lit or night time functions.
Samgarp

 
 
Comment by phillip
2009-03-14 17:24:37

my d90 is everything that it is advertised to be and more. i have taken 500 pictures in a parade.(small town) to night pictures to action pictues, etc. i have had not one problem with my camera. i will take pictues with 2-5 other parents at kids events. i have to always email to other parents my pictures. they never get the shot. i do with the d90, especially at outdoor events, long range. buy it it is worth it.

 
Comment by jeniffer
2009-05-11 13:51:03

Hi my name is Jeniffer

im in high school and this camera is very good i love it!!!!!!! It takes amazing pictuers and its just a very good camera although my camera was about 1,900 well idk i think this camera is worth every penny
Good luck bob

 
Comment by Stan
2009-05-21 18:10:59

This camera is MAGIC !!!!!!!!! The best camera I have owned (Nikon Film, Canon Film,Pentax Film cameras). The kit lens is great for fast shooting. I recently took some shots of a friends cat which were pin sharp. I used to do my own D&P including colour, but I must say that I never ever got results like now with the D90.
Superb.

 
Comment by Jennette
2009-06-14 22:32:23

I have the d-90 abd I love the camera except for onr thing…When I press the button to take a picture, there is a delay before the pic is actually taken and it drives me mad! It clicks TWICE. The second click is when the pic is actually rtaken. People here the first click and start to walk away but it’s the second click that takes the PICTURE! Can anyone hep me!!!

Comment by Kenneth
2009-07-08 13:48:15

Hey, Jennete! Go into Custom Settings where Exposure Delay Mode #10 is and set to off. I hope that helps

 
Comment by Rebecca
2009-08-23 21:17:55

Are you in Live View mode? In live view mode the shutter, for whatever reason,goes up, then down, and then up again.

 
Comment by Ivan
2010-01-08 10:22:14

That problem is easy to solve, just go to your custom settings menue, scroll down to
(D)Shoting/display then push OK then scroll down to d10 and turn off that will solve your problem.

 
 
Comment by Charley Subscribed to comments via email
2009-08-02 11:23:36

Please help…

When I review/playback my pictures on my new Nikon D90′s 3″ LCD, it always has this weird habit – (1) the pictures being playback always “not in sharp focus” at first (2) after approximately 0.1 to 0.3 seconds (pictures jiggle a little), then the pictures become sharp focus.

This never happen in my Nikon D60 (it always in sharp focus “immediately” when playback). I wonder this weird habit happens on all Nikon D90 or I got a lemon?

Thanks for your kind help.

Comment by jess
2009-08-06 01:06:50

Charley… You may have your photos set to the highest resolution. Try switching to a lower resolution. if that doesn’t help, you might have a slow memory card that takes a while to load. Just a few guesses!

Comment by charley Subscribed to comments via email
2009-08-13 13:27:47

Thank you Jess for your kind response. I did use Jpeg-Large-Fine with Sandisk 2G SD cards (slow) at first.

After reading your email, I rushed out to order 3 Sandisk Ultra II 4G SDHC and received it today.

Now I changed to Jpeg-Small-Basic (lowest resolution) using the new faster and larger Ultra II Class 4 4G SDHC card.

Unfortunately, the playback on D90 3″ LCD monitor still went through this “Not Sharp
- Jiggle 0.1 to 0.2 seconds – Then Sharpen” steps.

Since I’m rather inexperienced, I would like to ask other Nikon D90 owners if they also experienced these steps in their D90?

Thanks…

Comment by Rebecca
2009-08-23 21:16:13

My camera does the same thing. As far as I know, it’s just loading the picture. It is a 12 MP image, after all and the camera does load them faster than my computer generally can. Also, not sure what you mean by jiggling; I just wait while it loads.

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Comment by Stefanie
2010-06-22 13:31:13

You need a card that is a class 6 or 10 then that should solve the problem. That is one thing that I do know about a camera of this type. You said you had a class 4 and you were still having that problem, that could be part of the issue. I am going to pick mine up today hopefully. Good luck.
~Stef

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Comment by Charley Subscribed to comments via email
2009-08-25 15:37:46

Thanks Rebecca and Jess:

Today I got answers from Nikon, Here is what they said:

“…The images should look sharp as soon as they are set…in some cases the camera will take a quick moment in order for it to adjust/load the image (I interpret this as 0.1 to 0.3 seconds jiggle)…This does not only apply to the D90 but to all of our digital SLR camera.”

I guess every D90 have this and I did not get a lemon.

 
Comment by Tisha Subscribed to comments via email
2010-02-09 12:46:30

Hello~
I am new at photography and just bought a Nikon d-90- not very good at using it, but am learning. I also bought a set of external light to start practicing with on black and white backgrounds. Wanted to see if anyone could help me as far as what setting should i have my camera on when shooting on a black and white background. How can i figure out how to make my pictures not come out so bright. I am very inexperienced here so any advice, books, sites you could give me to help figure out lighting and my camera would be great!

Thanks, Tisha

Comment by nikhil Subscribed to comments via email
2010-03-01 05:54:19

well tisha why dont you try going to youtube and watching the video titled “ikon training (part one)” i have mentioned only (part one) but there are 5 parts of this training and it covers every aspect of this camera in a very interactive way ,…..hope you like it and enjoy it….thanks

 
 
Comment by Daniel Subscribed to comments via email
2010-03-14 01:34:28

Hi, I just bought a D90 and compared to D70, I find D90 is out of focused most of the time when I take portraits. The face is always out of focused and it seems the camera focused more towards the back of the face like the ears etc resulting in the nose, eyes, mouth is not in focus.
My settings is Auto focus mode at AF-A, 18-200mm lens, mode selection is “P”.
Must the “Center Focus Point” in the view finder always light up when I depress the shutter button to indicate that the middle of the picture is in focus? Or is it due to the rest of the 11 focus points lighted up except the “Center Focus Point” resulting that the face/portrait is not in focus?
Does that mean I can only fully depress the shutter button when the “Center Focus Point” lights up? Hope to hear your advice soon…Thanks

 
Comment by patrick Subscribed to comments via email
2010-03-29 08:47:35

hi guys.im new in photography too.im planning to buy a nikon d90 or a cannon 550d.which one is better.tnx!

 
Comment by mehboob Subscribed to comments via email
2010-03-30 08:18:44

hey my nikon d90 does not detect on computer via usb cable even i installed pc suit but it does not detect as a usb. plz quick assist me

 
Comment by nawi Subscribed to comments via email
2010-04-05 11:07:26

hi patrick.. i’m also plan to buy nikon d90 or canon 550d. but i think canon 550d is better cause it just launched (2010) with 18mp compare to nikon d90 launched oct 2008 with 12.1 mp. so, we are in same the situation! i’ll chose 550d

 
Comment by riaz Subscribed to comments via email
2010-04-05 14:56:35

hi guys,
I just bought my nikon d90 a few months and am not able to get flawless portrait images with the right light. The pictures on this camera look exactly like a regular camera.

I’m wondering what settings I should use if I’m shooting in natural light and what settings should be used indoors.

I’ve seen some great images with canon slr but not sure what they do to get those results.

 
Comment by Jay Subscribed to comments via email
2010-05-24 13:37:18

Ok, so I am very frusterated cuz I bought the D90 and most of the time when I go to take a picture it will not take the picture, I will push the button down and it just wont react. Is it something I am doing or is it the camera? I am always in Auto mode so it should auto focus and everything. Please Help Me figure this out. Thanks

Comment by SPS Subscribed to comments via email
2010-08-09 21:59:15

Jay, what do you mean when you press down the shutter release completely nothing happens?

1) First RESET the camera.

2) Make sure you have ample batter life left.

3) To begin with, start shooting in broad daylight outdoor.

4) Put in camera in full-auto mode (BTW, a person who owns something like D90 should never use this mode, it defeats the whole point of getting such an expensive camera)

5) When you half-press the shutter, do you see the AF in the vewfinder focusing?

6) Make sure you have M/A – M set the “M/A”. Otherwise chances are your lens might be in the “manual mode” and might not focus at all.

7) If your camera is still not responding, I hope for your sake its still under warranty. Get it the Nikon folks right away!

Hope this helps

 
Comment by Chetan
2011-04-07 06:25:40

Hi,

You will need to press shutter release button half way to set the focus..and then press the release button it will take picture…

 
 
Comment by Kubf Subscribed to comments via email
2010-07-18 04:23:18

Hallo.
Has anybody the same experience with D90 as me? I had been having D80 for 3 years and I was absolutely satisfied so that I decided to buy the D90 + Nikkor 18-200 VR model (2GB SD cards Extreme III). But I am slightly disappointed.
1. Focusing – I use the Single point mode: many times it failed (it seems to me as it focused using different point – especially in case of the upper point). Focused area was significantly behind the intended one. It doesn’t depend on light conditions.
2. There are some compositions when the camera doesn’t shoot – necessary to move “window” in different position. It doesn’t depend on light conditions.
3. Camera is not functional from time to time. And you have to pull out the battery. They say on the Internet that it is cased by wrong SD card. I do not think so. I used these cards with D80.
4. Camera tries to expose with higher ISO (namely in face mode) even if there is great amount of light (for example on see site). It is possible to manage it, but not very practical.
I do not want to say that D90 is bad camera. I like it. But it is finally significantly less reliable comparing with D80.
Kubf

Comment by Jay Subscribed to comments via email
2010-08-10 09:39:44

I have had the same problem, I have taken it in when it was under warrenty and it came back the same. if you have found out what the problem is please let me know. I hate it cuz I miss so many good shots.

 
 
Comment by Leila
2010-08-11 15:24:59

I bought my D90 less than a month ago. With in a week I got my first Err message which disapeared after removing the battey. Since then every few photos it comes again and now it is almost all the time, each time requiring the battery to be removed to reset it. I also more often than not get a F– message when trying to shoot photo. And now tonight the lcd screen has gone grey. I love the camera but this is unbelievable. Any suggestions anyone?

Comment by Kubf Subscribed to comments via email
2010-08-16 16:10:08

Hi Leila,
I have the same problem, too. I bought a new SD card and I am waiting if it helps. Try reset, too. Which lens do you have? F– is a message of the camera that there are problems with lens CPU or bad coonection camera – lens.
Kubf

 
 
Comment by Czareena Subscribed to comments via email
2010-08-15 04:16:55

Hi everyone :) im czareena and im planning to buy a dslr. Can anyone here help me wat to buy canon 7d, t2i or nikon d90… I hv to decide coz my dad’s offer wil just last dis month, if not he wudnt buy me anymor… :(((

Comment by nawi Subscribed to comments via email
2010-08-16 06:01:13

hi czareana. first that i want to tell you that canon 7D is the most PROFESSIONAL DSLR compared to the two… if you are want to be a profesional, choose 7D. the two are medium and just OK…

 
Comment by Jay Subscribed to comments via email
2010-08-16 08:59:26

What ever you do, DO NOT get the D90 I am very dissapointed in that camera, it was a BIG waist of money. Good Luck

 
Comment by Jhong Subscribed to comments via email
2010-08-17 00:24:49

Hello,
I think 7d is better than the rest because it belongs to professional consumer camera while t2i and d90 are in the mid range. try to check for the reviews and see the difference between the 3.

 
 
Comment by jThiele
2010-08-25 05:57:05

I’ve had the D-90 for 4 months and couldn’t be happier. As a relative novice to photography that wants to get better, I have found the D90 easy to use and learn with. The features and quality are more than adequate! Love it!!

 
Comment by Jay Subscribed to comments via email
2010-09-09 14:44:12

why, when it is in auto mode my pictures come out all washed out and white? Does anyone know how to fix this?

 
Comment by Digital Camcorder Reviews
2010-10-07 04:01:54

I just bought my Nikon d90 a few months and am not able to get flawless portrait images with the right light.
I’ve seen some great images with canon SLR but not sure what they do to get those results.
thanks.

 
Comment by Nikhil Subscribed to comments via email
2010-10-09 01:31:17

hey the nikon d-90 is an awesome camera i have the camera since 5 months and have faced issues like the washed out image try resetting your settings in the menu and you may have it right ,………!! mine was ok once i got it resetm,…!! enjoy shooting and there is no such thing that you will get good portraits in canon and less in nikon and all all the cams are good only what matters is how the photographr takes it in such a way that it appears awesome,…lighting is a key there.

 
Comment by Top Rated Cameras
2010-11-03 06:17:21

This is such a wonderful post. Who won’t be longing for this wonderful and awesome camera?! Every body would absolutely love to have one of these.

I am thinking of getting an entry level DSLR this week and my choice is between the Nikon D5000 and Canon EOS 550D T2i. I still can’t decide what to get but they are both one of the best in their class of DSLR cameras. Maybe after I learned how to use a DSLR and to make some beautiful shots, that’s the time that i’ll get something like the Nikon D90 or the Canon 50D.

 
Comment by Bob Subscribed to comments via email
2010-12-28 08:39:00

Can someone tell me what is the largest memory card that can be used for the Nikon D90? Also how do I get information on how full the card is and/or how much capicity is left.
Thanks for your help
Bob

 
Comment by suman
2011-03-15 15:37:23

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Comment by Vlad
2011-03-31 12:54:42

Hi guys! I just bought my D90 and I was expecting better pictures than my old D50. Surprise ! ; D50 is much better , doing better pictures quality on the same subject with the same settings. So, I’m very disspointed about NIKON. D90 doesn’t worth the money.

 
Comment by Nikhil Subscribed to comments via email
2011-04-09 01:55:46

well , Vlad there have been lot of D50 users who are much satisfied with the D90 than the later , so according to me D90 is a very powerful camera for a semi pro Photographer. and with its HD video recording and the great pictures it renders there is no doubt that one would prefer the D90 although its a little expensive. but now since the D7000 is out D90 is loosing its sales but the popularity is still there among the users.The only thing D90 lacks is an autofocus uring video recording.
For me D90 is a THUMBS UP camera.

 
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2011-05-14 07:15:00

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