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. 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.
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. The D90 viewfinder is amongst the best you'll find on any APS-C camera and it sits above the highest-resolution screen we've yet seen on a camera of this class.
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-Lighting to help make the most of it, Useful in-camera RAW processing option, Excellent degree of customization (reversible dials and meter ease transition from other systems...
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 limited, Arbitrary 100-shot limit on continuous shooting, Disappointing automatic white balance performance in incandescent light, In-camera RAW conversion could provide more ...
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 camera that it is.
Conclusion: The D90 is a genuinely well-crafted DSLR from Nikon that covers all of the bases that a mid-range unit should, as well as providing a host of additional features and controls that are well and truly pushing the D90 towards semi-professional territory.
Conclusion: Nikon D90 digital SLR camera Nikon is treading the war path at least that is what it is starting to look like. One after the other DSLR is being introduced, all of them equipped with the many renewed features or innovative image solutions. It's a tough struggle to conquer a much desired market share in the DSLR market.
Summary: As the first DSLR to deliver movie recording, the D90 takes an impressive first step; although it can be difficult to wield the camera while fiming, the quality itself is excellent. And even if you consider movie-recording a bonus, the D90 produces stunning photos, including in low light, and it has fast all-around speeds. For $999 ($1,299 for the lens kit), it's a compelling choice for people in the market for a DSLR that's a step above the entry level.
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: The Nikon D90 is a feature-packed mid-range DSLR which inherits a number of aspects from the semi-pro D300, while adding some unique capabilities to deliver a highly compelling proposition. As the long-awaited successor to the popular D80, it brings that model bang up-to-date with the latest features and gadgetry.
Nikon’s sensibly not messed too much with the excellent body, viewfinder and AF system of the earlier D80.
Pros: Great handling and ergonomics., Big viewfinder and detailed screen., First DSLR with movie mode., 4.5fps shooting & 11-point AF.
Cons: Motion artefacts in movie mode., Tough rival in Canon EOS 40D., Resolution not a big step from D80., Remote & RAW software costs extra.