14 reviews

Nikon D90

$1,000.00 Released August, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Uses standard SD cards. HDMI output. Large display of high quality (920,000-dot color LCD monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing).

The Cons:No continuous autofocus for video recording. Restricted to record only 5 minutes of HD video and 20 minutes of regular video. Video recording suffers from "jelly-vision".

The Nikon D90 is a digital SLR camera made to replace the D 80. But the D 90 is more than just an upgrade. It has been given some of the new features found in the top of the line Nikon D series, one of them the highly acclaimed 3 in.

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VGA viewscreen. Equipped with Life View with contrast-detect AF that includes Face Detection Technology, the big surprise to some reviewers is that it has the first DSLR Movie mode with HDTV quality. The D90 was built for two markets: as a transition from a compact and as a camera for serious amateurs wanting expert photographic control at a lower cost and less weight than the top of the line, professional cameras.


  • 12.3 megapixel DX-Format CMOS sensor
  • Nikon's exclusive EXPEED digital imaging processing
  • 3 in. super density VGA color monitor
  • 4.5 frames-per-second continuous shooting
  • In camera pictire editing
  • D-Movie Mode—Cinematic 24fps HD with sound: Record cinematic-q uality movie clips at up to 720p HD (1280 x 720 pixels) in Motion JPEG
  • One button Live View-easy to use with Face Priority mode
  • Auto Active D-lighting: capture previously lost details while maintaining normal contrast.
  • Comprehensive exposure control - Five advanced scene modes and more.
  • Nikon F Bayonet type lens mount - compatible with most NIKKOR optics
  • Supplied accessories-EN-EL3e Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-18a Quick Charger, UC-E4 USB Cable, EG-D100 Video Cable, AN-D700 Camera Strap, BF-1A Body Cap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover, BM-9 LCD Monitor Cover, Software Suite CD-ROM

User Reviews (21)

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  • 12

    uses standard SD cards

  • 12

    HDMI output

  • 11

    large display of high quality (920,000-dot color LCD monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing)

  • 11

    very fast (0.15ms start-up, 65ms shooting lag, up to 4.5 frames per second)

  • 9

    Built-in image sensor cleaning

  • 9

    Live View mode (use large display instead of optical viewfinder) with dedicated button

  • 9

    has a nice calendar view for an easy overview of stored photos

  • 8

    Backlit Status LCD panel on top of the camera

  • 7

    supports image comments

  • 7

    separate LCD display for most camera settings

  • 6

    720p video is better than nothing

  • 6

    can be extended with GPS-sensor for geotagging (Nikon GP-1)

  • 5

    supports easy time zone switch via graphical world time zone map

  • 4

    Extremely good performance in low light

  • 4

    Solid body construction

  • 3

    Built in Commander mode to remotely fire flashes (SB-600, SB-800, SB-900)

  • 2

    good upgrade over the previous generation D80

  • 1

    improved professional level controls and viewfinder over lower-end consumer models

  • 0

    good shelf life compared to the competition - when you get a Nikon you know it will be the only option for at least 2 full years

  • 9

    no continuous autofocus for video recording

  • 5

    Restricted to record only 5 minutes of HD video and 20 minutes of regular video

  • 1

    video recording suffers from "jelly-vision"

  • 0

    Video Recording is 24 fps for all resolutions

  • 0

    Bundled Software very limited compared to what one gets with a Canon

  • -1

    12MP sensor is long in the tooth towards the end of its life compared to the competition

  • -2

    lens which is included in kit has a plastic mount (the parts that lock into the body, those should be metal as such a good lens deserves)

  • -8

    Articulting Screen at only 230,000 dots

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Yale: #panasonic_lumix_dmc_gf2 In love with these micro four thirds and four thirds options. Was interested in getting the larger #panasonic_lumix_dmc_g10 before setting eventually on an even larger full dSLR, the #Nikon_D90
Just can't justify the comparable cost for a smaller body at the expense of image quality. Highly suggest it for individuals for whom size and weight plays a much more important role in buying a camera, though! Know there are many more of those types of people out there these days. Just too bad it won't make it to market for Christmas. Nov 9, 10
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  • Amanie

    Amanie: Thanks for all the camera info. I've been really wanting to get a DSLR, any recommendations? You mentioned the #nikon_d3100, would that be your pick for a mid-range camera? Nov 10, 10

  • Yale

    Yale: Yeah, I'd hold off until some professionals review it - but that shouldn't be long. Looks like a real winner to me, but you never know. Nov 10, 10

dom: #nikon_d90 Yale, cool, you bought a D90 for yourself? Sep 13, 10
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dom: #nikon_d90 Have a look at this firmware update petition (thePetitionSite.com) and sign it! Apr 15, 10
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