Nikon D90 DSLR

Nikon D90 DSLR

Nikon-D90Nikon have just announced their newest DSLR – the Nikon D90.

The Nikon D90 builds on the success of previous Nikon DSLRs and breaks a little ground of its own as the first DSLR to incorporate shooting HD movie clips.

Using Auto Exposure and Auto Focus that is featured in Nikon’s pro model DSLRs the Nikon D90 has a 12.3 megapixel sensor, ISO range of between 100 to 6400, 3 inch LCD screen (920,000 pixels with 170 degree viewing), Live View mode (for framing shots with the LCD) and a lot of other great features.

The Nikon D90 shoots movies (a first for DSLRs) at 24 frames per second and at a resolution of 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 640×424 (3:2), and 320×216 (3:2).

The Nikon is already available for ordering at Amazon – check out the prices at:

You can read more about the Nikon D90 DSLR in the news release announcing it from Nikon below.


Check out this cool video of a pro photographer and his team who got to check out and review the Nikon D90 DSLR before it was released:

Nikon D90 DSLR News Release


It’s All You Need: The 12.3 Megapixel Nikon D90 D-SLR Premieres with the New 18-105mm VR Lens to Give Photographers Superb Image Quality, Live View Shooting, Nikon’s Scene Recognition System, and HD Movie Clip Recording

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Aug. 27, 2008) — Nikon Inc. today announced the D90, a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera that redefines the creative boundaries of digital photography allowing photographers to easily create stunning still images and High Definition (HD) movie clips with sound — with the same camera. A host of Nikon core technologies were leveraged to develop the D90’s scope of versatility, calling on years of photographic and optical expertise. Whether consumers are graduating from an advanced compact digital camera or are a seasoned D-SLR enthusiast, the Nikon D90 emphasizes brilliant image quality and versatility with its exclusive advanced Scene Recognition System, intuitive creative controls, blazing fast performance and the industry-first ability to create HD movie clips at 720p in the new D-Movie mode.

Inspired by Nikon’s acclaimed flagship DX-format digital SLR camera, the D300 and building on the success of the wildly popular D80, the D90 delivers stunning image quality. The CMOS image sensor and 12.3 effective megapixels combined with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED image processing system deliver outstanding images with fine details, smooth tones, brilliant colors and low noise across a broad ISO range.

Photographers are able to easily compose stunning images using the Live View Mode on the large 3-inch 920-k dot high-resolution LCD screen. The 11-point auto focus (AF) system utilizes Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System and Face Detection to help make the best shot in a variety of environments. Matched with the new versatile AF-S NIKKOR 18-105mm Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization lens, and a burst rate of up to 4.5 frames per second, photographers can confidently capture fast action and precise moments as they unfold. Also helping to ensure no missed memories, the D90 offers fast handling with a power-up time of a mere 0.15ms and split-second shutter response measuring just 65ms, eliminating the frustration of pictures lost to shutter lag.

“The D90 delivers incredible imaging performance and control, setting a new standard for its class. This marriage of outstanding still image performance and HD movie clip capacity represents the dawn of a new age for D-SLR cameras. The D90’s handling characteristics and long list of features are sure to deliver the photographic experience that Nikon photographers have come to expect from Nikon engineering,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR System Products at Nikon Inc. “Everyone at Nikon is especially eager to see the myriad of ways that imaginative D90 photographers will explore the world of cinematic 24fps HD video through the eyes of NIKKOR optics.”

Legendary Image Quality

For shooting in a variety of lighting conditions, the D90 has a wide sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 3200 (expandable to Lo 1 ISO 100 and Hi 1 ISO 6400) to deliver incredible low-noise images. The camera also employs an Image Sensor Cleaning function that works to free image-degrading dust particles from the sensor’s optical low-pass filter, helping to ensure spot-free images.

The new D90 companion lens, the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR provides a versatile focal length, and the benefits of Nikon Vibration Reduction (VR) imaging stabilization technology. Nikon VR reduces the image blurring effects of camera shake allowing photographers to shoot hand-held at as many as 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible*, assuring dramatically sharper images, even in challenging lighting conditions.

Borrowed from Nikon’s professional line of digital cameras, the D90 is the most affordable camera to include Nikon’s Scene Recognition System and adds newly-developed advanced Face Detection technology. The intelligent Scene Recognition System interprets color and brightness information of each individual shot from the 420-pixel RGB sensor, and applies changes to AF, auto exposure and auto white balance. The D90 can also detect up to five faces using the new Face Detection system, producing flattering portraits with astounding definition and accuracy. While in playback mode, simply press the zoom button and portraits captured with Face Detection can be immediately magnified to ensure proper focus on the subject and faces are displayed on the LCD screen within brackets for easy reference and subject tracking.

The D90 benefits from Nikon’s comprehensive digital image processing engine, EXPEED, which provides smooth tones, rich colors and defined image details, as well as enhanced processing performance. Additionally, Nikon’s exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II helps to ensure accurate exposures, even in the most challenging lighting conditions. Evaluating each scene, input data from the system’s sensor is automatically referenced against an internal database of over 30,000 scenes derived from actual photographs to calculate correct exposure values. To push the creative boundaries even further, Variable Center-Weighted metering and Spot metering centered on the active focus area are also available, as are exposure compensation and auto exposure bracketing.

The Next Big Blockbuster

For the first time in digital SLR photography, Nikon introduces the addition of the D-Movie mode, allowing consumers to create their own HD movie clips (1280 x 720) with sound from their D-SLR camera. Photographers will appreciate the cinematic qualities that come from the 24fps frame rate, which matches theatrical film, whether producing vacation clips or creatively melding stills with video. Additionally, the large size of the D90’s DX-format sensor, combined with the optical superiority and broad selection of NIKKOR lenses, provides shooters with the ability to capture amazing perspectives not possible with typical camcorders. D-movie clips also benefit from Nikon VR image stabilization, which is automatically activated during recording to aid the low-light capability that trumps many other hybrid devices. Users can record movie clips onto an inserted SD / SDHC card, created as Motion JPEG AVI files that are easily edited with widely available video editing software. The D90 also features an HDMI terminal, allowing viewing of both pictures and movies on High Definition televisions.

D90 Delivers Peak Performance

The D90’s unprecedented start up time and imperceptible shutter lag derives from the same standards as the professional sports photographer choice, the Nikon D3. JPEG bursts can be shot as rapidly as 4.5 frames per second, allowing photographers to capture detailed action sequences or catch fleeting expressions that might otherwise be missed. Images are also processed and previewed rapidly at 120 ms, which is less time it takes to move an eye from the viewfinder to the screen. Users are also able to creatively stop the action with a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 second or create long-time exposures down to 30 seconds.

Nikon’s 11-point AF also offers best-in-class speed and performance, helping to ensure sharp focus at any focal length. Adopting a refined version of Nikon’s advanced Multi-CAM 1000 AF Module, the AF system’s center area wide-frame operation adds inherent focusing options that will instill greater confidence in getting the desired shot. Single-point AF is suggested for static subjects, dynamic-area AF for moving subjects, auto-area AF for spontaneous shooting and 3D-tracking (11 points) AF for when changing the composition after focusing on a subject.

Push Creative Boundaries to the Limit

No matter the level of experience, the D90 makes high-quality photography fun and easier for a remarkably broad range of picture-takers. Users can enjoy complete control over all manual features or let the camera optimize settings automatically. For the camera novice and photography enthusiasts, the D90 puts all of the tools to explore new creative possibilities at their fingertips through the simple menu driven interface. For those looking to enjoy the added performance and versatility of digital SLR photography, creative shooting is as simple as rotating the Mode dial with Advanced Scene modes on the camera. There are many options when it comes to realizing creative vision, such as Picture Control settings to provide an assorted palette of color effects that optimize color, saturation and hue through user-selected choices of Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, and Landscape. Popular editing tools such as Nikon’s exclusive D-Lighting and image trimming, image overlay, and a wide assortment of color filters can also be applied to images after capture. The D90 also provides new options for in-camera image enhancement, including:

* Distortion Control: Adjusts lens aberration

* Straighten: This feature helps to correct linear inclination of an image for straight horizons and landscapes

* Fisheye Effect: In camera filter produces optical effects similar to a fisheye lens

Skillfully Capture Inspiring Images

The D90 has been engineered with the photographer in mind with an intuitive interface that places a variety of automatic and advanced features at the hands of the user. The camera is built to withstand the rigors of an urban excursion or backcountry safari while boasting an impressive shutter mechanism that is tested to 100,000 cycles for durability. Whether upgrading from a compact digital camera or already a seasoned hobbyist, the D90 D-SLR will help anyone take great pictures, thanks in part to the following new features:

* Battery life – new circuitry enhances power consumption, affording up to 850 shots in typical conditions on a single charge of the Lithium Ion battery (CIPA standard)

* Viewfinder – The bright viewfinder offers a luminous 0.94x magnification to more accurately compose images

* LCD screen – the high resolution 920,000-dot, 3-inch LCD screen gives a 170-degree angle of view to make both composing and sharing easy and fun

* New playback function – Users can show their images in either four, nine or 72 thumbnail images, or use a new calendar format to easily find photos; Users can also show their photos via Nikons pictmotion slideshow, including background music

* Built-in Flash – The built in Speedlight offers a guide number of approximately 18/56 (ISO 200) and can wireless control up to two groups of Speedlights in full iTTL mode

Nikon System Legacy

The Nikon 90D also offers unprecedented compatibility with Nikon’s extensive selection of NIKKOR lenses, including DX NIKKOR lenses, which are designed for optimum performance with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras. NIKKOR lenses offer legendary optical superiority and add to the D90’s ability to deliver outstanding images. Paired with the D90 is the new AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, which provides a versatile 5.8x optical zoom and VR image stabilization, for even sharper handheld picture taking. This lens offers a 27-157.5mm focal length in 35mm equivalent, a one-lens solution that offers a broad focal range to let photographers get up close and personal to their subjects from a distance, or wide for breathtaking landscapes. The built-in Silent Wave Motor ensures quick and quiet AF operation, while an aspherical element and ED glass deliver high resolution, high contrast images with minimal chromatic aberration and distortion.

Photographers will also enjoy advanced functionality anywhere in the world with system accessories designed for the adventurous globe trekker. When used with the Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit (available separately beginning November 2008), the D90 provides geotagging to images with latitude, longitude and altitude data imprinted on the images’ metadata. Users can also prolong their adventure with the MB-D80 battery pack that accepts two EN-EL3e or six widely available AA-size batteries. Additionally, photographers can share and upload their images with a wireless interface optimized for the Eye-Fi ™ wireless enabled SD card wherever there is a wireless network.

The Nikon 90D is also fully compatible with Capture NX2 software (available for purchase separately), Nikon’s highly versatile and elegantly simple new photo editing solution designed to help photographers tap into the full potential of NEF (RAW) images. Featuring an innovative user interface that provides easier access to powerful and visually intuitive enhancement tools, Capture NX2 affords photographers the ability to use revolutionary control points.

Price and Availability

The D90 will be available throughout the United States beginning September 2008 at an MSRP of $999.95* for body only and $1299.95** for body and lens outfit that includes the new AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. The GP-1 GPS unit will be available in November 2008, and pricing will be announced near the time of its delivery to the marketplace. For more information, please visit

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • PMorel April 29, 2010 08:01 am

    Just received my Nikon D90 and concerned that the flash card amount of space displays on the control panel even when the cameral is turned off. Won't this drain the battery life? Or is this a malfunction in this particular camera?

  • Jon February 22, 2010 08:13 am

    Nikon cameras are fantastic. The D3S is quite a camera. Simon Carter really knows how to use it to its full potential

  • jo smith February 18, 2010 09:52 am

    I found this amazing clip. The video and stills were captured using a Nikon D3S!

  • Anne May 28, 2009 09:24 am

    Hi, can anyone tell me of a good program that I can use to put my d90's photos on a video with music? I've used Windows Movie Maker and Windows Photo Story 3, and Photo Story is ok, but I'd like one that had better resolution of my photos. I'd prefer a program that is free, but if there is one I can buy that is awesome, I'd go for it. Also, Photo Story let me burn a dvd, but I could only view it on my computer, not my tv. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • jules April 23, 2009 12:28 pm

    hai, i bought myself D90 recently and i wanted to buy a speedligt. but i dont know which speedlight is best for D90. pls advice..

  • FriedChicken March 5, 2009 09:38 pm

    ... an excellent review.

  • FriedChicken March 5, 2009 08:55 pm


    The HD movie is a plus. Agreed, it makes it more expensive, and it's (the video taking) not fantastic: it can't auto-focus during recording, and it doesn't have great cinematography capabilities, but it does beat colour quality on a normal camcorder.

    It's just handy if you happen to need one. And hey, it's HD.

    The CMOS sensor is a definite plus, giving it low noise, which I have checked out and it's proven to be true. Image quality is better than even the K20D (Pentax), in my opinion.

    Live View can get a bit slow to open, but starting time and shutter lag are low.

    Only let down is price, and most commonly offered lens. I'd rather get the 18-55mm and 55-200mm (both VR) twin kit lens... and thankfully, it's offered.

    In Australia, D90 twin lens VR kit is (at cheapest) $1700. But I daresay it's worth it.

  • Mark Grottano November 14, 2008 09:05 am

    Have the Nikon D90. Love the quality I am getting. Find some of the buttons a little cumbersome for my hands, including the movie record button( OK )but, as you stated, being able to take movies is convenient. My wife is a teacher and we take lots of Pic's of the kids performing, as well as our grandkids,...example the choris singing & or, kids playing sports. If you create slide shows,the stills are beautiful, with a movie in between actually seeing and hearing the kids is out of sight!Love the camera, being new to DSLR's, and coming from very advanced point and shoot camers, with lot's of features. Tried them all....this one is a keeper!

  • Beholder November 8, 2008 12:44 pm

    On the video capability of this camera;
    I think it is better to have it when you don't need it,
    than not to have it when you need it!
    I think it is a good camera/lens combination for a hobbyist.

  • Faisal September 22, 2008 07:41 pm

    thanks Darren,,
    Darren, NIKON D300 or D90?? Why??
    I am Sorry Darren, I just can little speak English cause I am from Indonesian.

  • bogart September 3, 2008 09:37 am

    I think for the video is not a plus factor but it is for amateur. Becuase if your a photographer you will only focus on still photos. It seems that nikon has no innovation that they can add in their D90 that is why they included the video. Of course, if you want to be a videographer you would buy a good video camera and not a DSLR. I'm just doubtful on the quality of the video since it would be stored on an sd card, i believe that DV tapes would show better videos.This makes D90 as a consumer camera rather than for serious hobbyist camera.

  • Cheryl Kiss September 2, 2008 06:05 am

    I want one!! I love my D80 but have wished at times that I had the option to switch to video during some real exciting
    situations while on a shoot! Thank you Nikon!!

  • Tony August 31, 2008 04:43 pm

    That's really pretty cool
    a lot of people had always asked me if it shot video
    I'd love to say Hell yeah it does
    awesome, go Nikon

  • Trevor Sowers August 30, 2008 08:32 am

    I am very interested in this camera. I think adding video is a no brainer. Even though I will use the camera for still photography it will be nice to know I can shoot some video any time I like without the burden and cost of another piece of equipment.

  • Daniel August 30, 2008 02:11 am

    I would buy this just to uses as a video camera and occasionally use it for still like on a trip.

  • John August 29, 2008 11:45 pm

    I understand the negative reactions to the video. DSLR users I think tend to be purists. On the other hand, David Pogue in the NYT review yesterday really raved about the video feature and the increased versatility from a P and S that it offers: the ability, for example, to manually and therefore quickly zoom in or out. Use of interchangeable lenses. I'll wait to see the comments after it comes out but, yes, I'm now salivating to upgrade my D50.

    The review also looks at the low light abilities of the D90 with the bigger sensor. See the accompanying example photos with the article.

    See the review here:

  • Markus Jais August 28, 2008 05:06 pm


    the lenses that work with your D50 will also work with your D90.
    All DX lenses from Nikon should work will all new cameras with a DX sensor, including D60, D90 and D300.


  • Sheila August 28, 2008 03:11 pm

    @ Horia

    I totally agree, when I read the video recording I thought to myself, "what? you must be kidding me!" How would you even look hauling around a DSLR shooting videos? It definitely takes something away. CANON, DO NOT FOLLOW SUIT!

    Great camera, great specs.

    For all newbies, get the D80 and a 50mm f/1.8 and a few accessories for the same price as a body only. If you have money to burn, knock yourself out. Remember, no matter what new upgrade/feature.. it is you, not your equipment.

    Cheerio mate!

  • Andrionni August 28, 2008 02:51 pm

    The fact that they added video to this body caught my eye... It'd be sweet to utilize the different lenses to make videos. Wide apertures.. manual focus... different angles... man... it'd be much more dynamic than point & shoot recording.

    I'd be able to try to do videos similar to Philip Bloom with his gorgeous cinematography strapping 35mm lenses to his Sony camera.


    This kinda makes me wish I went Nikon when I started up in photography. But I wonder how long the battery will last and what the restrictions are for a DSLR gone video recorder. I can imagine it getting pretty hot, too.

  • Kristopher August 28, 2008 12:15 pm

    Yes! Body-only for 999! I was hoping to see that price(or lower, hehe) for just the body. That lens doesn't seem that good to me.

  • stephen August 28, 2008 08:23 am

    I preordered mine on this morning.

  • Sandman August 28, 2008 07:32 am

    I'm with Pete Langlois. Time to upgrade my D50.

  • bschnack August 28, 2008 04:02 am

    I have a Nikon D50 with several nikon lenses. Would all of these lenses be fully compatible with the new DX-format Nikons...or do you have to buy all new DX lenses?

  • Markus Jais August 28, 2008 01:12 am


    In some cameras (like Nikon D700) the pop up flash lets you controll other flashed via infrared. Don't know abou the D90.
    With Canon you hava to buy an extra transmitter.

    Pop up flahses have their advantages. No extra cost, small and light.

    That said, I prefer to use an external flash (Canon 580 EX II). More power, more flexibility and less red eyes (because the flash is higher above the lens than the pop up).

    Also, an external flash allows you to direct the flash in different directions and when shooting macro, the lens will get in the way of the pop up flash.

    If you do a lot of flash work, I highly recommend an external flash like the Nikon SB 900 or Canon 580 EX II.

  • mainfr4me August 28, 2008 01:01 am

    My question is the sensor: it's a CMOS, 12.3MP unit, so is it the same sensor out of the D300? If they already put the D3's sensor in the D700, it would sorta make sense to me then to also do the same with the D300's. If it is the same sensor, that's awesome, I love my D300, this might be my backup camera then.

  • Pete Langlois August 28, 2008 12:53 am

    I believe the feeling is if my 100.00 10mp P&S can take movies than how come my 1300.00 dSLR can't?

    Granted you don't have to use it if you don't want to. I think Nikon is just thinking ahead and trying to grab more marketshare.


  • Rosh August 27, 2008 11:01 pm

    I'm conflicted about the video. Kinda like the pop up flash. Once you get into advanced amateur or pro, it's just not a good feature. or is it?


  • Robert August 27, 2008 10:33 pm

    thanks Darren, I'm going to check it out. This is an exciting news.

  • Horia August 27, 2008 10:23 pm

    Now this is just wrong I think. Why would you need video on a DSLR? I'm pretty disappointed about this. I was afraid that this would be the next step from Live View. I hope Canon will not include this video feature in their DSLR's.
    Both cameras sound simply great. I would really like a 50D but a 40D would be enough :).
    The 18-200mm Canon lens sounds interesting...I don't like the big zooms but they can really come in hand when you do not want to change lens all the time.

  • Darren August 27, 2008 10:06 pm

    yeah - would feel a bit weird Robert - but could be handy.

    If you're a Canon guy - check out the new Canon 50D.

  • Robert August 27, 2008 09:50 pm

    I am more of a Canon guy but this D90 seems to be an interesting piece. I am not sure about the video, though. It just sounds weird to shoot videos with DSLR camera, don't you think?

  • Pete Langlois August 27, 2008 09:14 pm

    Ok now we just have to wait until they arrive to test them out! Looks like it's finally time to upgrade my D50!