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Nikon Announces D90 DSLR


Nikon Announces D90 DSLR

It’s Nikon’s turn to make a pre-Photokina launch announcement, with the unveiling of its new D90 digital SLR. The new camera bears a close resemblance to it predecessor the excellent 10-megapixel D80 launched two years ago, but shares more recent technology with the DX-sensor flagship D300 launched at about this time last year.

The camera sports a newly-designed 12.3 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with a self-cleaning system, the latest EXPEED processor and the same ultra-high-resolution, high angle 920k-dot 3.0-inch LCD monitor as the D3 and D300, complete with a Live View mode with contrast-detection autofocus and face detection.

The D90’s standout feature is a video recording mode, and it is the first DSLR in the world to include this ability, although I’ve no doubt that other manufacturers will be quick to follow suit. It can shoot at resolutions up to 1280 x 720 pixels at 24 frames a second with mono audio, saving the results in the Motion-JPEG AVI compression format. The video mode utilises full matrix metering for accurate exposure, and of course the zoom abilities of the lens can be used while filming.

Another useful feature inherited from Nikon’s more advanced DSLRs is the Scene Recognition system that has proved popular on the D3 and D300. It uses a special 420-pivel 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.

Other features include a Multi-CAM100 11-point autofocus system which includes 3D subject tracking, a sensitivity range of 200-3200 ISO (with 100 and 6400 also available in Lo and Hi modes), 4.5fps continuous shooting, picture controls that include six pre-set tone balance settings, and in-camera image re-touching tools. Nikon claims a battery duration of 850 shots on a single charge, a start-up time of 0.15 seconds and a 65-millisecond shutter response time.

The D90 will be available from September 2008, priced at £699.99 body-only or £849.99 with the impressive-looking new 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, which is also being launched at the same time.


August 27, 2008, 9:19 pm

Atleast $300 more expensive than competition (e.g. Canon XSi), but with a better kit lens, high density LCD monitor, video, face detection, and live view with autofocus at last. A winning formula - BRAVO, Nokon.


August 27, 2008, 10:33 pm

'Nikon' I mean.


August 28, 2008, 2:16 am

Jimmy, I would say that Nikon's D90 compares best to Canon's 50D as illustrated here: http://a.img-dpreview.com/prev... . It out-classes Canon's 450D (or XSi for some), that one would compare best to Nikon's (imo underwhelming) D60.


August 28, 2008, 11:56 am

Face Detection and movie mode... (sigh!) A sign of things to come...


August 28, 2008, 2:09 pm

Don't be so elitist, Spider. Face it, in terms of quality there's little more these cameras can offer so they have to differentiate themselves with other features. I for one certainly welcome the ability to shoot video on an SLR - saves me carrying around two devices - I just wish they'd included stereo audio. Face detection is also quite useful if you just want to grab some quick shots. Versatility it the aim of the game.


August 28, 2008, 7:52 pm

I do think spider has a point to an extent, especially on the movie mode. I have a compact camera for snaps and videos. If I take out my SLR it's to use as a camera. I'd much rather every penny of the cost of the camera was spent on ensuring the camera takes the best still photos possible (I guess I'd agree that face detection does that).


August 29, 2008, 4:53 pm

Fantastic lens. I've got the old 18-70 which they bundled with the D70s. But with VR as well... sold.

Charles Stephens

August 29, 2008, 8:53 pm

I agree with spider and purephase but if the camera lives up to expectations then when the prices drop a bit, as they surely will,then I,m having one! I,ll down grade my D80 to back up camera.


August 30, 2008, 4:00 am

This series, at it's top end, is aimed at a market sector that wants 'the best' without straying into Pro (bulkier,heavier) territory.

The 3D focus tracking on it's own vindicates an upgrade for many consumers, other atributes can be ignored, if not liked or needed.

It will probably succeed in it's true purpose, to nullify Sony/Canons' growth, , , ,this month.

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