Summary: Our top reviews come from Imaging-Resource.com, PopPhoto.com -- and its U.K. counterpart, What Digital Camera -- DPReview.com and DCResource.com. DxOMark.com puts the Nikon D90's sensor through rigorous lab tests, and ConsumerReports.org ranks the D90 in comparison with more than 20 other digital SLRs based on four crucial factors. CNET's review includes useful criticism too.
Pros: 720p HD movie mode, 3-inch extra sharp LCD, Excellent image quality, Low-light performance, Image-stabilized lens
Cons: Video limitations, Live view limitations, Slower than Nikon D300, Extra software needed for editing RAW files
Summary: I admire Nikon for their work on the D90, which is as powerful as a 40D or 50D, and if I didn’t already own many Canon mount lenses I would REALLY consider moving to the D90 for its photo capabilities. Fast, light, well made… the D90 a great camera for anyone wishing to jump into the serious DSLR shooting world.
Summary: There are two ways to look at the Nikon D90. It is either a Nikon mid-range DSLR or a DSLR with movie recording capability. The good news is that, whichever way we look at it, this is an excellent DSLR. On the still photography side, the D90 is fast, responsive and produces high-quality images with little noise, great dynamic range and reliable exposure.
Pros: Lower image noise than most competing DSLRs, Fast except for live-view focusing, Better than average dynamic range, Reliable metering, Limited movie mode in a DSLR, Good ergonomics with comprehensive controls, Top-notch LCD display, Great Battery-Life, Solid build quality, In-camera RAW conversion
Cons: Noticeable NR softness starting at ISO 800, Poor white-balance under artificial light, ISO only selectable in 1/3 stops, Focus misses in low-light, Auto ISO deep in menu, remains active in M mode, Some control oddities, see
Excerpt: The Good Compact, totable design. Image quality nearly as good as D300. Effective pop-up flash. ISO 6,400 limit with low noise up to ISO 1,600. Video capability a nice bonus. Good 18-105mm kit lens option. The Bad On the verge of being too small; battery grip helps. No autofocus in video mode; "Jell-O" effect in fast pans. Still uses SDHC cards in place of faster CF. Awkward video start/stop controls. 18-105mm lens uses a plastic mount.
Pros: Compact, totable design., Image quality nearly as good as D300., Effective pop-up flash., ISO 6,400 limit with low noise up to ISO 1,600., Video capability a nice bonus., Good 18-105mm kit lens option.
Cons: On the verge of being too small; battery grip helps., No autofocus in video mode; "Jell-O" effect in fast pans., Still uses SDHC cards in place of faster CF., Awkward video start/stop controls., 18-105mm lens uses a plastic mount.
Summary: Even if we ignore the camera's movie function, Nikon has done a mighty fine job in delivering such a camera as the D90. The D80 proved to be a successful model for Nikon, and inheriting the finer points of its more advanced models has allowed Nikon to expand and improve the camera's feature set.
Summary: Whether you’re just making the move to a digital SLR or trading up from a budget shooter, the D90 holds your hand where it’s useful and gives you a kick up the arse when you need it. Competent, classy and well worth the money, almost for the movies alone.
Excerpt: The Nikon D90 is a digital SLR camera with a 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. It has an ISO setting of 200-3,200, a three-inch LCD on the rear of the camera, and features a D-Movie mode that captures 24fps, 720p HD clips. It also features Live View, which activates three contrast detection focus modes.
Excerpt: Normally, we wouldn’t bring you a post every other Tom, Dick and Harry site or blog have published but there’s no doubt the Nikon D90 warrants your attention. Or at least this editor wants it to. If you haven’t noticed, we (I?) tend to obsess over great images. The fact that the above image is obnoxiously large may attest to that. Admittedly, the Nikon D90 is a bit of an attainable wet dream for me. It is, for lack of better words… a photo-f$#king-graphic marvel.
Summary: The D90 represents is a brilliant upgrade on the D80, worries over dynamic range need addressing but this is a new Nikon certainly capable of stunning results. In terms of pricing, looking at the body only price, it also represents stunning value for money too.
Pros: Build and handling, Superb image quality, Ease of use, Screen size, AF performance (non-Live View), White Balance control, EXPEED image processing and noise control, HD movies.
Cons: Live View AF, SD card port, VR kit lens barrel and pincushion distortion, Loss of shadow detail (dynamic range issues), SD cards held very tightly making safe removal awkward.