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.
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
Summary: The Nikon D90 is a mid-range DSLR that is aimed at the enthusiast photographer. It sits comfortably in between the entry-level cameras, and the pro-level cameras. The D90 would be ideal for photographers who are looking to move up from an entry-level DSLR like the D3000, D3100 or D5000.
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.
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.
Excerpt: It would seem logical for the first DSLR with video capture to come from a company that also makes camcorders. Nikon defied that logic, though, by creating the D90 ($1,000, estimated street, body only; $1,300 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens).
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.
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.
Conclusion: We described the D80 as a photographer's camera and, despite the addition of video, the D90 appears to share that same ethos. On a purely specification level, it's a highly competitive piece of kit, but it's the way the features have been chosen and put together that make it the camera that it is.
Pros: Image quality comparable with its peers, Excellent viewfinder, Superb high resolution LCD monitor, Automatic chromatic aberration correction improves performance from all lenses, Punchy but not un-natural colors (and plenty of control if you want to change them), Good dynamic range - and Active D...
Cons: Over-enthusiastic metering a little prone to blown highlights, Very soft (default) JPEG output compared to its peers, We believe more of the captured dynamic range could be incorporated into Jpegs, Menus getting long and complex (though well organized and differentiated), Bundled software pretty ...
Summary: We described the D80 as a photographer's digital camera and, despite the inclusion of movie, the D90 seems to discuss that same ethos. On a simply requirements stage, it's a very aggressive part of kit, but it's the way the functions have been selected and put together that create it the digital...
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.