|Nikon D90 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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Fusing 12.3-megapixel image quality inherited from the award-winning D300 with groundbreaking features, the D90s breathtaking, low-noise image quality is further advanced with EXPEED image processing. Split-second shutter response and continuous shooting at up to 4.5 frames-per-second provide the power to capture fast action and precise moments perfectly, while Nikons exclusive Scene Recognition System contributes to faster 11-area autofocus performance, finer white balance detection and more. The D90 delivers the control passionate photographers demand, utilizing comprehensive exposure functions and the intelligence of 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Stunning results come to life on a 3-inch 920,000-dot color LCD monitor, providing accurate image review, Live View composition and brilliant playback of the D90s cinematic-quality 24-fps HD D-Movie mode.
- 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor
- Body only; lenses sold separately
- D-Movie Mode; Cinematic 24fps HD with sound
- 3-inch super-density 920,000-dot color LCD monitor
- Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
- Great bargain, great camera!
I got this camera as a backup for my Nikon D300, and I find myself using it even more than I expected. It's more compact than the D300, has the same great low noise sensor, shoots at about the same frame rate in burst mode (although you can't attach the MB-D10, which upgrades my D300 to 8 frames per second) and has most of the same menu options as the D300. Plus it has movie-making capabilities!
Unfortunately, the moviemaking is not as good as it should be, so don't buy this camera just for that. But for less than $1000, it's a great bargain for what you get. Image quality is wonderful, and it's easy to use. This is a perfect camera for ambitious beginners or anyone who already has a D300 or who wants to upgrade from an older Nikon digital SLR camera....more info
- wildlife shooter
Great supplier - delivered on time.
This was an upgrade from the D 80. I am totally happy with the D90. Extra megs make cropping a breeze....more info
- I Can't Feel as Pumped as I Want :o(
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R13Y9UP057MSLW This was shot on a whim in the streets of Baltimore, after 10 P.M., using only the Nikon D90 camera, plus a 17-35mm Nikkor zoom and an 80-200 one-touch Nikkor lens. No tripod or monopod were used. Watch for the venetian effect of the lamp post, I think is caused by the rolling shutter (which is the culprit in the jello effect of objects bending side to side when the camera shifts back and forth)
The video can't display the image quality since they only allow 100MB or less.
Good tweaking of white balance
SDHC cards getting cheaper
Setting so ISO adjusts in-camera
Run and gun between video and still shooting
Camera compresses video too much
Low-quality audio recording
Lack of microphone jack
Lack of manual control in D-Movie
Jello effect when panning; Venetian effect when shooting bright objects
Only 5 minute maximum clips per recording
I wanted to try this camera to see whether it can record on-the-fly even though it has only a built-in microphone and no input jack. I wrote Nikon and talked with two reps before they unveiled the D90 about those concerns but they seem not to have a plan to upgrade any time soon. Yet other cameras like the Canon 5D and Lumix GH1 have mic jacks. It's clear that video needs sound, which is the most important thing; if your sound stinks, it can make video unwatchable. So I now want to sell the D90 and try the Lumix GH1....more info
- Great value in midrange DSLR cameras
I am assuming many reading this do not have an investment in SLR lenses from a particular brand and are looking at their first camera in the current DSLR world, or are upgrading their D40/50/60. I was starting from scratch was upgrading to an SLR for the speed, indoor/low light shooting options, and an improved external flash.
I was torn between the Canon XSI, T1i, the Nikon D200 and the D90. I wanted the body to be less than $1000.
The D200 is the grandpa camera to the D90 and passes on many features: the Pentaprism viewfinder, Multi-CAM1000 AF system, wireless flash operation, EN-EL3e battery, basic menu system and awsome Nikon build quality. Most of these features are enhanced for the D90, especially the CMOS censor (instead of CCD), color depth, movie mode, battery life, higher res screen, controls, high ISO performance and censor dust removal (to name a few). I was considering the D200 because of the weather seals, magnesium alloy body and the price on a recent BBY sale, $600 w/free shipping.
Rebel XSI is a great value right now with live view good overall performance. The T1i has a higher res screen, digic 4 processing, movie mode and a few other features. Both have almost all the features that someone entering the DSLR field will be looking for. I would say the smart auto/preset modes really make these cameras easy to take good pictures.
I really wanted 2 things in my new SLR, built in wireless flash commander for creative lighting of portraits with minimal extra equipment (like extra strobes, portable lights, etc), and the overall "feel" of the camera. If you handle the D90 and any Rebel, you will find there is an obvious feel difference. It is mostly weight, but also the feel of the plastic used is very different. Those interested in manual controls will like the D90/40D/50D/D200. There is nothing I can say "bad" about the Rebel series because the lighter weight will mean less fatigue if carrying the camera for an extended period of time. If this is important go to dpreview.com and compare the cameras you are interested in side-by-side and see the weight difference. After carrying the D90 around, I can say it is something you have to want to carry.
Those familiar with these cameras will be quick to point out that the better comparison would be the Canon 40D/50D. However, I found the D90 for $700 body only and hence are unfairly comparing the "entry" level Rebel series to the Nikon D90. Price was important for my decision, so I went with the most camera for the buck, and I found that to be the D90.
Compared to the 40D/50D the superior weather seals on the Canons and megapixel advantage on the 50D make it quite a good deal. If you have the money for the 40D/50D, then there is no blatant reason to get the D90 over the 40/50D besides needing an $200+ accessory for wireless flash, or the purchase of the 580EX flash. If the 40D had this built in, I probably would have that camera.
More of my friends have a Canon than Nikon, so if lens sharing is a factor, then go with what your friends/family have. Also, if on a budget, be sure to save for quality lenses, flashes, and filters. An important point to remember is that your eye for composition will be the #1 instrument at your disposal.
Many of the features showing up on modern DSLR cameras can be performed in photoshop or other software, like distortion correction, active D-lighting, color balancing, and adding a flash after the picture was taken. In camera abilities are simply a choice and for some, a preference. Many of the mentioned cameras offer some all, or even more software features. ...more info
- Worth every penny!!! Thanks Nikon
I always thought people who bought these type of cameras were geeks, and wasted their money. I recently had a newborn and couldn't get a good picture with my $300 camera, because she is always moving. This camera is worth every penny with so many good pictures. The 18-200 vr lense is a must with this camera. Thanks Nikon...more info
- Best Camera Yet
Even though I have had other digital cameras before ,this is the first d-slr I have owned. I am happy with the camera so far.Even though it is a little inconvenient with the size, I find that it is worth the inconvenince to make good photos.
Low light situations I recommend going to manual focus. The auto focus in these situations will leave you missing the shot. Still shots in low light are no problem if on manual .
Multiple fps in good light will amaze you at what you can capture. I have tried the video feature and the quality is very good ,however using the zoom while videoing is a little cumbersome.
I am presently using 2 sdhd memory cards / 6 write speeds and I have no problem capturing photos even using 4 fps setting.
- Wow is all I can say
There are plenty of reviews out there, and I don't want to be redundant. So here are some helpful points that I had a hard time ferreting out when doing my research before pulling the trigger on this purchase, given that I was upgrading from a D60 and that I am, like many who are reading reviews on this product, not a professional:
1. I owned the D40, then the D60. So this is my third Nikon. I had trouble deciphering how my lenses, purchased for the D40/D60, would behave when used in this new model. The answer is that the D90 handles all of them perfectly. This includes lenses that have the HSM built in (the Hyper Sonic Motor is packaged in the lens, because the D40/D60 range doesn't have a built in auto-focus motor) as well as those with no internal motor. The D90 has an internal focus motor, so all lenses built for Nikon cameras will auto-focus, including the Nikon 50mm f1.8 lens that I had to manually focus in the D60.
2. The D90 is heavier, but certainly not uncomfortable to hold or carry. Weight will not be a discouraging factor in purchasing this camera.
3. The D90 takes different batteries, so any spares you have for the earlier models will not work on it. Battery life is truly outstanding. I am not even going to buy a spare battery.
4. The user interface is completely different from the D40/D60. I found it intuitive however. The functionality is just superb, much easier and more flexible. This is a pro level camera with the ease of use of a high end amateur camera.
5. Live view is a great enhancement. Really.
Overall, there is nothing I can say negative about the D90. It's everything I was hoping it would be, and it's so worth the money to upgrade. I'm selling the D60 for half what I paid - and doing it gladly - because the D90 is worth more than it's being sold for. I absolutely highly recommend it.
I also thought I would offer some lens advice, because I had trouble finding a reviewer that just cut to the chase and said "look, just do this." So, look, just do this: I do NOT recommend the kit lenses that you can obtain bundled with the D90. Get the body only, and buy yourself that Nikon 50mm f1.8 (Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras). It's a no-brainer at the price point, and the images I have already achieved have been just excellent. For the rest of your lenses, I highly recommend Sigma. I own the 18-200 (Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras), the 10-20 (Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras), and the 150-500 (Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras). I cannot say enough positive things about the quality of the lenses or the images. Pack the 50mm and the 18-200 superlens for normal occasions. If you can stand the extra weight, you absolutely cannot go wrong with the 10-20 for landscapes, it just pulls in everything and the quality is shocking. The 150-500 is enormous, you are not going to want to carry that thing around, but when you need it, you really need it. I captured images of my son playing in a soccer game that blew me away; could not have gotten the shots without the big lens. Get the lenses in the order I have specified if you cannot afford them all.
I have just learned all this over the past 2 years. I am no expert but I have discovered the joy of capturing great images that you just cannot get from a point-and-shoot. I think once you see the quality you can achieve with a better camera, you will be thrilled with the decision to spend the money and the energy. And Nikon has truly produced the best camera at this price point in the world. It's a pro camera with an amateur price and it's very easy to use. Words really don't do it justice; you need to experience it to understand.
Any questions, please send me a comment. Happy to help!...more info
- Best Nikon for the dollar
I own the D80 and D40 and love them both. The D90 is just an outstanding camera in so many ways. What I like the most about this camera is the ease of use. It is by far the easiest camera in the Nikon line yet. The large LCD screen allows me to see exactly what I am doing at all times. For me, over 40 years old, I have a hard time seeing the small top mounted LCD so I love this large one in back. The navigation is so well done and you can navigate all your important settings with a few simple clicks. As for the actual photos....it's a Nikon - so they are great! My only word of caution is to beware of the high ISO capability of this camera. At 3200 ISO I personally do not like the quality of my indoor low light photos of people. The colors are very harsh. So I set it to a max of 1600 when I'm shooting people and I get much better looking images. Other than that it is a great camera. In all honesty the D40 takes just as good of pictures, but the D90 is more fun to use. So if you love your gadgets get this camera you won't be sorry. If money is a primary concern, then go with the D40; it's a great low cost camera -for $550 with two kitted lenses you can't go wrong. If you are eying a D80, then get the D90 instead as it is well worth the extra money....more info
- Excellent DSLR for the Photo Enthusiast
Nikon D90 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
This is a really good digital SLR camera for someone who is serious about the pictures they take (want much better quality than a point-and-shoot camera can give), but who wants the camera to be able to take most pictures automatically. There are lots of bells and whistles on this camera to help control the picture quality both before and after you take the picture, but you really can set this camera on one of its automatic settings and click away -- and, you'll be amazed at the quality of the pictures. Wow! I would recommend this camera for photographers that used high end film cameras many years ago, and are not satisfied with today's point and shoot cameras. I take mostly family pictures at gatherings, and landscape pictures (mountains and sunsets), but I think one could use this camera for portrait photography, sports photography, and wedding photography with good to very good results. This is the best camera I have used in 15 years or more.......more info
- Continuous DSLR Improvement
I upgraded from the D80, which was an upgrade from the D50. Not surprisingly, the D90 is miles ahead of both cameras. The image quality is superb. For some reason I never fell in love with my D80. It seemed to struggle with proper exposure. Strangely, my D50 didn't have that problem. But the D90 appears to get the exposure correct, most of the time. I really like the ability to adjust color saturation in-camera. The auto focus is excellent and the very fast frame rate in burst mode is great for sports shooting. The LCD screen is one of the main improvements. It is very large and bright. I'm not going to review the video mode - I didn't buy the camera for that reason. I liked the D50, tolerated the D80, but love the D90. Isn't technology progress great?...more info
- It's really really great, but not quite quite perfect.
Look, this is an outstanding camera. It really is. I think others have probably already expounded on its greatness better than I can so I will keep this review (reasonably) short.
Here are the three things that jump out at me, and I will be comparing this camera to the Canon 5D (full frame) which I used previously to this.
Sharpness: Good god this camera is sharp. To me it is noticeably better than the 5D in terms of definition, detail and sharpness. I have gone back and pulled out similar pictures taken with the 5D (5D with L series lenses) and they are not as sharp. I am a sharpness whore and a pixel peeper so trust me on this. It's amazingly sharp.
Auto Exposure: very good; but not blow me away great. It will take some getting used to and I think perhaps I will have to fine tune it more than I thought I would have to. I'm really just nitpicking here; it's not a big deal and it's not bad; again just not blow me away great right out of the box.
Low-light performance: I'm sorry, but the 3-year old 5D has it beat big time here. I know it's unfair in a certain sense since the 5D is full frame, but as I said I think this camera has it beat in sharpness which is not supposed to happen when comparing a cropped sensor to a full frame. The fact that it wins sharpness is huge. Unfortunately, the low-light performance is nothing to write home about here. It is certainly better than the D200/D80/D70/D60/D50 (all previous Nikons I have used) but noticeably worse than the 5D. I'm not sure if Nikon was marketing this camera as a good low-light performer like the D3 and the D700 (I don't pay much attention to the marketing stuff) so this might not be a detraction but I just thought I would mention it since people care about low-light performance more and more these days. Of course also I am speaking from the standpoint of someone who has to market/sell most of my pictures. I rarely take pictures for fun unfortunately. I am quite sure that for anyone not using the low-light feature for professional work intending to be sold, it will be more than fine. Frankly it will even be fine for some professional work at ISO 400-800 but nowhere near the level of competence of the D700/D3.
Bottom line, in most situations this camera is superior to the 5D which really is saying a lot since the price is half and the sensor is cropped. At the end of the day, however, if low-light performance is key to you then I would recommend the Nikon FF D700/D3 or the Canon full frame offerings such as the 5D.
I haven't used the video feature yet (and probably won't for a while since I bought this to take pictures) so I don't have anything to report there.
Ergonomics are great and battery life is awesome.
Overall after shooting a few thousand pictures with it my rating would be 92-95/100. Again please take any of my seemingly negative opinions as what they are--my attempt to be thorough because I know some people want to know the finer points of some of these issues and I don't like writing reviews that just say "I love this camera" or "this camera is great" and that's all.
I do not have a negative opinion of this awesome camera by any means at all and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone looking for a pro-sumer DLSR around this price range. Definitely superior to the 40D in my experience and from what I read it is probably superior to the 50D also, but I have not personally used the 50D yet (and don't plan to) so I can't say that for sure. But anyway yeah, if you are comparing this to the 40D then get the D90 unless you have a bunch of nice Canon lenses and don't want to switch them all over to Nikon....more info
- The perfect camera?
Just wow. This is my second Nikon DSLR and a big step up from my fine D-70s. The D-90 is about the same size and weight which is important if you're holding this camera throughout a busy day. The focus is fast and accurate in most cases. The d-lighting is a nice feature for compressing highly dynamic lighting. Shooting 4.5 frames per second is wonderful. The rear screen is sharp and bright. The ability to shoot 720P video is nice but is limited by a lack of automatic focus. The resulting video is very sharp as the DSLR's lens are bigger than anything short of a professional video camera. Nice for an occasional video but not a full replacement. ...more info
This is a brilliant camera. I am only an amateur, but in my opinion, this is the best value DSLR out there. I chose it over the D300, Canon EOS40D and Olympus E3 (I played with all of them before deciding). Very easy to get great images. It's low light performance is worth it's weight in gold too. No more nasty brightly lit, squinty faces! Sure it takes videos, which is a fun diversion, but it's the image quality that is expecially outstanding. Lots of choices for lenses too, but one I'd definitely recommend is the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens($110 BARGAIN of the century).
- A Camera for Soccer Mom and Taekwondo Dad
I think most of us buying D90 would be someone like me. Goto review website for technical review and skip the rest. Read mine if you use it like I do. Here you go. Enjoy!
I have a D50 and just bot a D90. I shoot primary my daughters' school events usually indoor in a gym or threater. I have some of Nikon better F2.8 glasses. With indoor lighting and action such as TKD. The results are sometimes less than satisfactory. When using flash, the subject is well lit but the background would be dim. (you could solve this placing multiple flashes in the GYM like the professionals) when not using flash, you get hand shakes and motion blur. I shot my daughter's TKD blackbelt test yesterday, the D90 blew me away. Here is what it does, on Sport mode with Flash, it selected ISO 1100, F4 and 1/60. subject is well lit, the back kick is frozen to show the form, the foreground and background of the GYM were well lit. The white balance is perfect. I could not have done a matter job myself in manual mode! At the same sport mode, D50 chose ISO 500, F5.6 and 1/60. The subject is well lit, the gym background faded into darkness. When not using flash, D50 just can't get the white balance correct no matter how i set it. D90 white balance was perfect.
The D90 giant colorful LCD really tells instantlly if I have got the shot. I would buy D90 again just for catching the highlights of my daughter's belt test.
D90 is actually the same size of D50. D50 felt more comfortable in my hands initially, but after 3 hrs, the D90 felt just better. It could be a weight issue. I don't know why.
So bye bye to my wonderful D50. Hello to D90.
After a few weeks, it is clear Active D lighting works wonder. It lights up details which are lost when using a Canon 5D without post-processing. I would buy it again just for that. The custom FUNC is also a welcome addition. I set it to open my favorite menus making everything fast. I used to use flash whenever indoor. You don't need to do that in most cases anymore. I shot Halloween at Hollywood Blvd, pictures have good color and exposure using available light. It was unimageable with the D50.
- Expensive, but worth the wait, NOTE: DEAD PIXELS!
Addendum 11/4/08: I'm in the process of exchanging my original D90 for a replacement. I noticed a dead pixel, which I'm reading is common, but I feel that for $1000, the sensor should perform at least as well as my 3-yr old Canon 8MP S80, which has yet to reveal any issues whatsoever... and that's after being dropped and brutalized by our toddler. Only time will tell if the replacement D90 performs any better.
To be honest, the D90 is a bit expensive compared its competition, and had I started from scratch I might have opted for the Canon 450D or perhaps the 40D, both of which have slightly better image quality (the 450D being much cheaper). But as I determined 18 years ago when I purchased my fist 35mm SLR after high-school, I found that Nikons just seem engineered for those who desire function over form. In this regard you could compare Nikon and Canon to the PC and Mac. Canon's seem a bit too plastic and lightweight, with default image settings built to "wow" the customer right out of the box. That's great, but I sense Nikon has a bit more respect for their customers who want to do more than simply point-n-shoot, especially with a D-SLR.
In addition to fit/finish/features, there's an important technical issue I considered. The crop factor is 1.6 on all amateur Canons DSLRs whereas it's 1.5 on all DX Nikons. At 1.5, my favorite wide zoom lens, the Nikkor 16-85 DX, equates to 24-127mm. Very wide with decent telephoto. Canon's closest lens is the 17-85mm zoom, which at first seems practically identical, but it has an equivalent wide-angle focal length of 27mm. Those missing 3mm are VERY noticeable (which is why you pay dearly for incremental millimeters of wide angle improvement on either platform). The D90 was a no-brainer (not mention I already had two good lenses and a flash unit).
- Fabulous upgrade!
I received the D40 last year, and while I enjoyed it immensely I was ready to upgrade for more creative control. I ordered the D90 as soon as it was available, and I cannot say enough good things about it! The pictures are incredibly sharp, clear, and Nikon colorful. I have gone as high as ISO 2000 with no recognizable noise (unless zoomed in). Even at ISO 3200, it was comparable to my D40 at ISO >800. I loved my D40 and still think it is a great camera for someone who is just starting out, or for use as a 2nd lightweight camera, or who wants something a little nicer than a point and shoot but still really simple. However, once you are ready for more, this is the camera to buy. I have already used the video recorder several times, and while it isn't going to replace your video camera altogether it is wonderful to have. It is great for the quick video shots, such as at little league baseball -- I don't want to film an entire ball game, but it's nice to have video of my son when he is batting. (The sound of the crack of the bat just can't be captured on a still!) So I have been getting great stills at games as well as fun batting videos and end of game celebrations. Also, I have used it at school programs, at the moment when my son is reeling in a fish, at special moments at the zoo and park, etc. Some people may think it's just a gimmick for a serious shooter, and I probably won't use it when I am out seriously shooting. But it's great to have for the user who also has a family and wants to use it to capture memories in their everyday lives. And that's why I think it's brilliant. I can't think of any other purchase that I have made in recent years that has as much versatility and opportunity for use as this camera. Plus, as previously mentioned, I am absolutely thrilled with the photographs that it is producing, and that's what really matters at the end of the day. If you're thinking about getting it, just do it! You won't be disappointed!...more info
- You can tell the D90 was designed by photographers and not just engineers! Wonderful user interface and image quality!
I am far from a professional photographer, but I take it as seriously as possible while still referring to it as a hobby. I take mostly pictures of people at events and many of my baby son without flash in low light situations.
I had been using a Nikon D40x for 1 year and very early reached my limitation with that camera. The Nikon D40x has very nice image quality, but the camera's interface is not suited for a more serious shooter who wants quick single button or dial access to such shooting parameters such as white balance, shooting mode, metering mode, etc. I also felt very limited by the D40x not having an in-body focus motor that would allow me to use non AF-I/AF-S lenses (which are lenses without the focus motor built-in).
The Nikon D40x limitations were severe enough that I was about to consider purchasing a Canon 40D until the Nikon D90 appeared just in time.
1. Fantastic set of separate buttons on the camera to control parameters like ISO, white balance, metering, autofocus, image quality, shooting mode, etc.
2. Two command dials
3. High resolution 920K pixel LCD screen (like the one on the Nikon D300)
4. 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor
5. Low noise high ISO capability (for low light shooting) I can shoot ISO 1600 with good image quality with this camera, while on my D40x I could only shoot with ISO 400 and obtain acceptable IQ. I will even use ISO 3200 frequently with very usable results!
6. Separate top-viewing LCD screen in addition to the rear high res screen, to show shooting parameters constantly
7. In-body focus motor which allows the use of Nikon's non AF-I/S lenses, including wonderful and CHEAP prime lenses such as the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 (~$100 lens!)
8. Continuous shooting of 4.5 frames per second
9. Small size, although larger than the D40/D40x/D60, it is still substantially smaller in the hand than the D300/D3
10. 720p 24fps MPEG video shooting capability with incredible ability to use depth of field that I cannot achieve with my Sony High-Def camcorder.
11. Eleven auto-focus points (not as nice as the 51 points on the D300, but substantially better than my D40x with its 3 points)
12. GPS option
13. HDMI output
14. Enormous number of options to customize camera and shooting settings to fit your style of shooting
15. Fantastic image quality right out-of-box if you don't want to do any post processing
16. Terrific build quality
17. Top notch camera ergonomics (but this will be a very personal opinion that differs for each shooter)
1. "Rolling shutter" phenomenon while recording video: The D90 CMOS sensor has the same problem that other CMOS video recorders have when recording video. If you move the camera, especially horizontally, you get a "jelly" or "rubberbanding" effect where the image wobbles significantly. It is nice to have the video features, which looks very sharp at 720p, but it is NOT a substitute for a video camera. If you use a tripod, and do not do quick zooms/pans, the video quality is excellent. Without a tripod, however, you may get nauseous watching a wobbly video. The sound is also in monoaural.
2. 1/200 flash synch: Not a problem for me, but it might be for you.
3. No weather sealing: This is found on the Nikon D300/D3 and even on similarly priced models from other camera companies
4. The buffer will fill up after about 8 continuous RAW + JPG (FINE) shots. This number differs depending on the shooting parameters that you will choose. If you shoot primarily JPG, the buffer seems to allow a very large number of continuous shots, but I have not quantified this for JPG only.
1. Get the FREE Nikon ViewNX software from Nikon's site as your 1st step in your workflow. This will let you examine your RAW images that you can process for either Nikon CaptureNX2 to do further RAW processing or just export to JPG or TIFF for a JPG/TIFF editor such as PhotoShop.
2. Recommend buying the Nikon CaptureNX2. It is a RAW converter (if you shoot in RAW) that will read the camera settings properly for export to JPG or TIFF. Capture NX2, however, is not as slick as the Adobe products and Capture NX2 requires a fairly powerful computer, otherwise it can run pretty slowly on a PC > 3 years old.
3. If you use JPEGs out-of-camera, consider increasing the sharpness above the default 3 or 4. Nikon uses a very conservative sharpening default setting. Nikon has also decided to change the default JPEG images to match the higher end D3/D700/D300 cameras which produce more neutral images. Consequently, the D90 images that are less punchy than the D40/D40x/D60/D80, so you may also want to turn up the in-camera saturation and contrast.
The Nikon D90 has all of the interface features that serious and even professional photographers need with wonderful image quality....more info
I bought the D80 a couple months ago and was having major noise issues. My Nikon D50 (a lesser model) took better quality photos. After exchanging the D80 several times and even sending it in for service, the issue still remained. I was so fortunate that the D90 was released this week....I have already exchanged the D80 for the D90. After using it for just one day, I am amazed at the quality. I took photos at ISO 3200, and they are nearly the same quality as the D50 at ISO 400. Nikon has finally solved their noise issues!!...more info
- I am glad I bought it
This is my first Nikon. I mainly use this camera for photographing my artwork. Previously I have been using a Minolta Maxxum 7D. I decided to switch to Nikon rather than getting a Sony, which uses the Minolta lenses because I was not impressed with the Sony DSLRs. Also because I have heard nothing but good things about Nikon. Overall I really like this camera. I would rate it 4 1/2 stars, but since we can't use half stars I will round up to 5.
A couple things I want to mention that I am really impressed with:
-Matrix metering is really good. This camera really gets exposure right.
-Flash exposure is really good too. Pop up flash or hot shoe flash. I am using the SB-600. I am really impressed. My Minolta DSLR wasn't so good with flash exposure.
-Almost every function you need has a button. You don't always have to go through menus to change what you want. Although there are a few things that I wish had their own button.
My small complaints about it are:
-No custom modes, only the scene modes. This one is a bigger problem than I anticipated since I do my serious shooting in my studio with tungsten lights, aperture priority, iso 200, bracketing. It was much easier with a camera with custom modes to be able to turn all these things on of off at once.
-Auto bracketing only brackets 3 shots.
-No auto focus with movie mode. I didn't buy this camera for movie mode, but if they are going to put it in, it should have auto focus like any other camera or camcorder.
-Slow focus during live view.
I was aware of these things when I bought the camera, none of these were serious enough for me not to get the camera because of them. I am really glad I went with Nikon. ...more info
- Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Now that the reports are coming in about the quality of Nikon's DSLR's, I have to warn consumers against buying these cameras. The most frightening thing about the D90 is also the most exciting: video at 24fps! Unfortunately this camera may have been rushed to market in the same way as many other Nikon cameras: at the expense of the consumer. Nikon's corporate philosophy is one of cavalier features and its very sad that they do this by sacrificing build-quality. Nikon: you cannot have your cake and eat it too. Slow down a little but and put some love into these builds. After owning a Nikon DSLR that began to fail right after the warranty expired I offer this piece of wisdom: go Canon....more info
- Great DSLR Camera
The camera is great, it arrived as expected with all the Nikon paperwork and accessories and on time. The camera works great and was sold at an excellent price. The photos are phenomenal....more info
- Perfect overall...
D90 is a huge improvement over D80. Almost same specs with D300. I recommend anyone who really wants a great semi-pro....more info
- Great replacment for my D70
I bought this to replace my D70, the shots I got was alot better. I did not get the kit lens but got it with the Nikon 35mm F2.0. They work great because I use it to take photos of my 10 month old son. We tend to stay indoors. I also got this with SB 400 flash, together they take great indoor shots....more info