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The Nikon D90 is a digital SLR camera made to replace the D 80.

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Pros

HDMI output

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uses standard SD cards

12 agree

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

11 agree

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

11 agree

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

9 agree

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

9 agree

Built-in image sensor cleaning

9 agree

Backlit Status LCD panel on top of the camera

8 agree

supports image comments

7 agree

separate LCD display for most camera settings

7 agree

720p video is better than nothing

7 agree

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

6 agree

supports easy time zone switch via graphical world time zone map

5 agree

Solid body construction

4 agree

Extremely good performance in low light

4 agree

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

3 agree

good upgrade over the previous generation D80

2 agree

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

1 agrees

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

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Cons

no continuous autofocus for video recording

10 agree

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

7 agree

Video Recording is 24 fps for all resolutions

2 agree

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

2 agree

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)

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video recording suffers from "jelly-vision"

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Articulting Screen at only 230,000 dots

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

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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. 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.

Features
  • 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
Post Review
Yale
11/09/2010 08:23

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.

Erik

Erik

11/09/2010 08:52

So what are the relative scales that you're talking about. Are the 4/3 options half the size/weight, and 80% of the quality? The DMC-GF2 looks pretty bad ass.

Yale

Yale

11/09/2010 09:11

slight correction: I thought the G1/G2/G10 etc were four thirds whereas the GF1 and GF2 were micro four thirds - simply based on the fact that the cameras are considerably smaller. I knew the G10 etc didn't have mirrors, but it turns out the four thirds design is used with mirrors, like any SLR, and is all but extinct.

A comparison based on weight (body only - no lenses):

Canon G12 (professional P&S w/ lens): 351g
Panasonic GF1 (slightly larger than the GF2): 285g
Panasonic G1: 385g
Nikon D3100 (latest, lower-end full dSLR offering - smaller than other models in the line): 455g
Nikon D7000 (prosumer upgrade to the D90): 690g
Nikon D3s (professional full frame camera): 1,240g

Yale

Yale

11/09/2010 11:47

As for comparing image quality - that's probably very difficult even for an expert on optical electronics / optics to make. Personally I would say 80-90% is a fair assessment. The photographer's knowledge and ability to photograph properly, the specific subject / environment they shoot most often (eg/ portrait, landscape, low light, etc...), and how well their lens is suited to said type of photography, play much larger roles in the quality of the image, bigger than any technical differences by far.

Here are some direct technical comparisons which should have some meaning, if all else is equal:

DxOMark (which some believe is an arbitrary measurement) gives the GF1 a score of 53 overall - with the ability to capture 21.2bits of colour data with a dynamic range of 10.3EVs. The D3100 has an overall score of 67, 22.5 bits and 11.3EVs. It also almost doubles the GF1's score for low light sensitivity - most likely due to the larger sensors ability to soak up more light.

For interest and comparison to more expensive cameras: the brand new D7000 gets a score of 80 (second highest to date for a APS-C sensor), 23.5bits, 13.9EVs, and the slightly older, professional full frame D3s - used primarily for low light / fast sports photography - gets an 82, 23.5bits, 12EVs, but a low light sensitivity almost 3x that of both the D7000 and D3100 - again not only due to the fact that it generates the image with a full frame sensor much larger than both of those cameras - but a lower resolution one (12MP vs ~14-16MP).

While there are no full reviews of the D3100 out right now, I'd probably point an interested amateur photographer in that direction first.

Amanie

Amanie

11/10/2010 02:42

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?

Yale

Yale

11/10/2010 02:50

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.

Dom
09/13/2010 01:36

Yale, cool, you bought a D90 for yourself?

Dom
04/15/2010 12:05

Have a look at this firmware update petition (thePetitionSite.com) and sign it!

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