Nikon D90

Announced Aug 27, 2008 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced Aug 27, 2008

The first DSLR capable of shooting HD movies (720p at 24fps), the D90 was Nikon's core enthusiast-level offering until the arrival of the D7000. It is built around a 12MP sensor very closely related to that used in the D300S, and - one of several features to 'trickle down' from higher models - it also offers the same highly acclaimed 3.0-inch VGA screen as the D3/D300. Naturally it has Live View with contrast-detect AF and in-camera dust removal. A lot of the D90's core photographic spec is the same as or very similar to the D80, though there is a new shutter and an implementation of the 3D tracking AF seen on the D3/D300. The early talk about the D90 was all about its video capability and indeed it does record HD videos - good ones by digital stills camera standards. But don't let that distract you, this is a camera which lets nothing get in the way of taking photos.

Its degree of configurability results in long menus but they're generally well arranged and color-coded to minimize the likelihood you getting lost in them. There's also the option to create a menu of your most used settings (or list the most recently used ones, if you don't want to spend time setting it up), and a status screen that gives fairly fast access to those key parameters that don't have their own buttons. The image quality, whether at base ISO or the higher settings, is excellent even if it can need a bit of tweaking of the internal settings to tailor the output to specific needs.

Product timeline
Review, Oct 13, 2008
News story, Aug 27, 2008
Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 4288 x 2848
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 200 - 3200 (plus 6400 with boost)
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 703 g (1.55 lb / 24.80 oz)
Dimensions 132 x 103 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.06 x 3.03)
GPS Optional

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