A Professional Camera
With An Amateur Camera Price
Nikon D90 12 megapixel
And it's extremely easy to
use. No amount of words can describe it; you have to get out and experience it
to fully grasp it. The big colorful LCD screen on the Nikon D90 instantly tells
the story "Did I get the shot". There are a incredible set of individual buttons
right on the D90 to control functions like white balance, ISO, autofocus,
metering, shooting mode, image quality, etc.
The starting point for the D90 was the D300 they equally share the same 12.3MP sensor, the identical 920,000 pixel 3" LCD screen, the exact same Picture Control system and EXPEED image processor. The D90, in the vein of the other professional models that were there before it, creates images that a lot of people see as somewhat flat and soft who are acclimatize to to point and shoot pictures. The D90 images resemble the D300 images and the resulting
JPEG images do not have the intensity and sharpness those shot using an entry-level D40 camera. Nikon purposely did this and placed the D90 to appeal to professionals, advanced amateurs and other photography enthusiasts and searching for a lighter weight second camera to go along with their existing D300 or D3. These photographers are more likely than not to run their images through post processing and no way do they want a camera doing it before they even get a look at the image.
When Nikon decided to modify the resulting default JPEG pictures to correspond
more with those shot from the higher end D3, D300, D700 cameras that create a
more neutral image thus resulting in the D90 images being less punchy than those
shot from the D50, D40, D40x, D60 and D80 cameras many photographers (particularly
amateurs) started whining about having to crank up the in-camera contrast and
There three things about the D90 that jump out a way above all the others
Sharpness: O. M. G. this camera is sharp. being a pixel peeper and a sharpness nut and trust me
here. It's astonishing sharp.
very good; although not blown away good. For those accustomed to Point and Shoots and lower entry level DSLRs
auto exposure may take some initial getting used to and many will want to retune
it to more resemble their entry level cameras. No big deal and not all that bad;
it's just not punchy or vivid enough to knock your socks off right out of the
Low-light performance: Somewhat unfortunate, but the
low-light implementation is not anything to text or email home about. It certainly is better than the previous Nikon D50, D60, D70, D80, and D200 cameras, but this D90 does not perform as good in low-light as the D3 or the D700 (And you can't pay a lot of attention to the camera makers marketing hype) so this might be a
deterrent to those that do care about poor-light performance (being more of a big deal in today's world). Frankly it is fine for certain professional efforts at ISO 400 to 800 although nowhere near the competence level of the D3 or the D700. The old "What you pay for is what you get thing popping up again", keep in mind it is better than the Nikon D50, D60, D70, D80 and D200 cameras.
A successor to the D80 • The D90 is a 12.3-mp
DSLR camera. The D90 is compatible with all traditional Nikkor
AF-S lenses in fact it's
great with every
AF lens made since 1986.
The D90 CMOS image sensor has the identical rolling shutter issue as other CMOS video image recorders when capturing video. When moving the camera, in
particular, horizontally, there's a or "rubber-banding or "jelly:" effect and the image significantly wobbles. The video feature are nice, which looks very cool at 720p, but it's no substitute for a real video camera. By using a tripod, and avoid quick zooms and pans, then video is excellent quality. However, without a tripod, you may become nauseous viewing a wobbly video. Also the sound is mono, not
The flash synch of 1/200 is extremely slow. There is not a stitch of weather sealing: Although it's on the Nikon D3, D300 and even on
competitor's similarly priced cameras
The camera buffer fills up after around 8 continuous JPG (FINE) + RAW photos. This number varies dependent upon the shooting functions that you select. If you primarily shoot JPG, the buffer appears to allow a huge number of continuous shots
In The Field: 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 Nikon's 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 D90's cinematic-quality 24-fps HD D-Movie mode.
Introduced August 27, 2008
Sep 26, 2011 ✓
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- The first
DSLR with high definition movie capability demands new skills and techniques, and this is the only guide that can help the advanced amateur master them
- Written by best-selling author and Nikon technical expert Simon Stafford.
- The DVD allows new owners to learn from the experts
Magic Lantern Guides: Nikon D90
Tutorial DVD, over 80 minutes. Play on any DVD player worldwide (recommended) or CD-ROM Drive (may require additional software). Take full advantage of your camera's impressive features by following this authoritative DVD guide. The experts at Magic Lantern go far beyond the camera instruction book to show you exactly what you need to know to get great pictures. Created by
photographers for photographers, this over 80 minute, in-depth, instructional DVD is like having a personal workshop on the
camera. You can learn at your own pace and easily
navigate between different topics and review specific chapters at anytime. Whether this is your first
digital SLR or you are an experienced
digital photographer, you'll soon be taking great pictures and expanding your creative boundaries with your Nikon D90. You'll learn about: - Features & Controls - Image Quality & Formats - Shooting Modes - Menu Navigation & Custom Settings - Choosing the Best Focus Mode - Flash Photography - Getting Exposure & White Balance Right - 24 fps D-Movie mode and much more!
Nikon D90 Magic Lantern DVD Guides - TUTORIAL DVD
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