Nikon D90 - Review / Test Report
DSLR Reviews - DSLRs

by Sebastian Milczanowski

Introduction

"All you need to fuel your passion for photography" - it’s time for the fourth version of Nikon’s most popular high end consumer DSLR (after the D70, D70s, D80) and our chance to check how the "technology from Nikon’s flagship digital SLRs" interacts with Nikon's D90.

The "prosumer" Nikon D90 features a 12.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with a built-in self-cleaning sensor unit, an eye-catching 3-inch high-resolution LCD monitor and one of the first DSLR movie functions. Furthermore, an extensive retouch menu with various image post processing functions - including RAW development - is available.

The Nikon D90 sells for around ~800€ (body only) or ~1000€ with the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm VR lens, a very attractive lens with good optical quality at good value. (Lens review)


Let's start with Nikon's key features:

  • 12.3 megapixel DX format CMOS image sensor
  • EXPEED image processing system
  • High ISO (200-3200)
  • Active D-Lighting
  • Picture Controls
  • Scene Recognition System with Face Detection System
  • Advanced autofocus performance with versatile Multi-CAM100 11-point AF system
  • Live View mode with Autofocus
  • Innovative D-Movie function
  • 3-inch, 920k-dot, high-resolution LCD monitor
  • Advanced Scene Modes
  • Bright pentaprism viewfinder
  • Quick response
  • Extensive Retouch Menu
  • Extensive playback functions

... and this is actually the thing that we'll talk about in this report ...




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