Updated: Oct. 5, 2010 – The Nikon D90 is still a great camera but with time and new technology it will soon be replaced by Nikon’s new D7000 which has not yet been released. I would recommend the D5000 or D3100 or even the D3000 at the low end, as entry level cameras for those new to DSLR’s and D7000 or D300s for the Advanced Photographer. Look for deep discounts for the Nikon D90 in the near future.
Post Update: Oct. 12, 2010 – New article – Compare the Nikon D300s, D3100 and D7000 the replacement for D90.
Nikon D90 Review
Nikon D90 is the new replacement for the D80. Some of the high-end Nikons are staples of quality digital photography. One model in particular, though a little pricey for casual picture-takers, is a favorite among advanced amateurs and industry insiders: the Nikon D90.
The Nikon D90 is a 12.3 mega pixel digital camera with continuous shooting up to 4.5 frames per second. Pictures are taken in JPEG or 12-bit NEF (RAW) format. The camera has a low noise ISO sensitivity range from 200 to 3200. It has 5 scene modes, programmed, manual, aperture priority, shutter priority and automatic exposure mode settings. It has manual and auto focus modes to ensure the full control of the photograph regardless of distance or lighting. There is a 3 inch LCD monitor, one button live view, image editing, and an automatic image sensor cleaner. The hot new feature on this camera is that it shoots 720p HD movies at 24fps in motion JPEG format (first of its kind).
The Nikon D90 uses the full line of Nikon DX lenses along with many other Nikon and aftermarket lenses. I recommend you buy the best lenses you can afford. The lens is one the most important factors when it comes to image quality. Lenses have a life cycle of 10 years or more. Cameras have a shorter life cycle of between 3 to 5 years because of the fast moving technology. Because the lens life is so much longer than the camera, I recommend you put more emphasis on the lens quality than the camera. One more thing this is a very hi-tech camera and you should have the latest hi-tech lenses. The DX (APS-C) format sensor used on this camera, and most other D-SLR cameras, is smaller than the 35mm film or full frame FX sensor used on the Nikon D700, D3s and D3X. Therefore, quality ED (Extra Low Distortion) glass and VR (image stabilization) is very important to get the best images from D-SLR cameras with DX (APS-C) format sensor. There is one great advantage of the DX format. You can multiply the focal length by 1.5x making a 200mm lens equivalent to a 300mm lens in full frame 35mm or FX format.
The lenses I use and recommend for outdoor photography:
And one on my wish list:
The Nikon D90 uses SDHC SecureDigital High Capacity and SecureDigital (SD) memory cards not included. I recommend 2GB to 8GB class 6, high speed cards. The camera comes with A/V and USB cables, as well as an EN-EL3e Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, battery charger, strap, eyepiece cap, dust cap, body cap, LCD cover, CD-ROMs with Nikon software suite and manual. All of this hardware makes the camera sound like serious business, and it is. This is no child’s toy. The Nikon D90 stands at the point where digital cameras start to get expensive. Its users would pay a higher price still for such crisp, clear photographs and easy-to-use extra features. This is one camera that’s worth the cost.
The rechargeable battery used in this camera is the EN-EL3e Lithium-ion proprietary battery, which for travel I recommend you buy 1 or 2 spares. The good news is the battery life is great with as many as 800 shots per charge. The price for the Nikon brand is about $50.00 US. The other option is after market batteries at a price of around $20.00 US at Batteries.com And B&H Photo video. I personally have used these batters and they work very well. For about $20.00 US they also have compact charger with flip out plug and automobile cigarette lighter adapter that is perfect for travel. See right side bar to link to these advertisers.
I recommend DVD video training for the Nikon D90 to get you up to speed fast with the operation of the camera. You can watch the video all the way through and then go back to view the areas where you need additional assistance. The training I recommend is Blue Crane Digital Nikon D90 Vol 1 & 2 .
A sturdy camera, the Nikon D90 weighs in at approx. 22oz. Its physical dimensions are 4.1in. x 5.2in. x 3in. (HxWxD), Users like the Nikon D90‘s natural feel. It fits right into the photographer’s hands and doesn’t feel clumsy or bulky.
Other Optional Accessories:
SB-600 AF speedlight unit: Flash Replaced with SB-700 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash
After Market Accessories:
Nikon EN-EL3e Li-Ion Replacement Digital Camera Battery
User sentiments are overwhelmingly positive. This camera is touted as the next step to the advance to pro photographer. When the serious advance Photographer sets out to take great pictures the Nikon D90 will be waiting for them. Customers insist that the camera is easy to use, even with all the extra features. You certainly don’t have to be a professional to take professional-quality photographs with the Nikon D90 digital camera.
The Nikon D90 sells for about $869US for the body only. It can be found online at B&H Photo Video Digital Camera and retailers or anywhere digital cameras are sold.