Tuesday, January 6, 2009


With a 12.3-megapixel sensor, the Nikon D90 rises to the resolution of the more professional D300. It also shares the same sensitivity as the D300, ranging from ISO 200 to 3,200, plus L1 (100) and H1 (6,400).

It's not just the high end models that have lent features and technology to the D90; the user interface has been given the same user-friendly treatment as the D60, as have the retouching options. As it was explained to us the D90 is intended to appeal to the broadest audience of any Nikon SLR, from first-time 'step up' customers moving from a compact to serious amateurs wanting comprehensive photographic control without the cost and weight of a D300. Whether the D90 is as capable as its feature set suggests, we'll see as the review unfolds.


Image Sensor Format
CMOSImage Sensor Type
15.8 x 23.6mmSensor Size 
12.9 millionTotal Pixels
12.3 millionEffective Pixels

(L) 4288x2848
(S)2144x1424Image Area (L) DX Format
4.5 frames per secondTop Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution

CH: Up to 4.5 frames per second
CL: Up to 4 frames per secondContinuous Shooting Options (CH) 
3 in. diagonalLCD Monitor Size
Super DensityLCD Monitor Type
920,000 DotsLCD Monitor Resolution
170-degree wide-viewing angleLCD Monitor Angle of View
Brightness,7 levelsLCD Monitor Adjustments
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-planeShutter type
30 sec. in steps of 1
1/3 EVSlowest Shutter Speed
1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3
1/2 EVFastest Shutter Speed
YesBulb Shutter Setting
200 in steps of 1/3
1/2 EVLowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
3200 in steps of 1
1/2 EVHighest Standard ISO Sensitivity
Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent)Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent)Highest Expanded ISO Sensitvity
Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent) in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV

Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
SDHCStorage Media
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal Quality
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)Storage System
Compliant with DCF 2.0
EXIF 2.21
DPOFFile System
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Programmed Auto (P) with Flexible Program
Manual (M)
Auto (flash off) Advanced Scene ModesExposure Modes
Night Portrait
LandscapeAdvanced Scene Modes
420 pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
SpotExposure Metering System
1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)Metering Range
CPUExposure Meter Coupling
±5EVExposure Compensation
YesExposure Lock
2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EVExposure Bracketing
Live View [LV] mode
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-4 frames-per-second
Single-frame [S] mode
Self-timer mode
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode: 4.5 Shutter Release Modes
Movie with sound
HD 1280 x 720/24 fps VGA 640 x 424/24 fps QVGA 320 x 216/24 fpsMovie Modes
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting
Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor) Seven manual modes with fine-tuning; Sun Shade Fluorescent Incandescent Flash Preset Fine Tune by Kelvin Color temperature settingWhite Balance
Yes, 2 or 3 exposures, in increments of 1, 2 or 3White Balance Bracketing
2 exposuresD-Lighting Bracketing
yesLive View Shooting
Auto image rotation
Shooting data
Highlight point display
Full frame
Sound playback
D-Movie playback Thumbnail (4, 9, 72 segments) Calendar Playback Functions
Hi-speed USBInterface
Nikon F bayonet mountLens Mount
1) DX AF NIKKOR: All functions possible
2) D-/G-type AF NIKKOR (excluding IX NIKKORlenses): All functions possible (excluding PC Micro- NIKKOR)
3) AF NIKKOR other than D-/G-type (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible
4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions except Autofocus, 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible
5) Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure modes A and M but exposure meter does not function. Electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is 5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user providesCompatible Lenses
1.5Picture Angle
-2.0 to +1.0 m-1Viewfinder
Approx. 96%Viewfinder Frame Coverage
(-2.0 to +1.0 m-1)Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
19.5Viewfinder Eyepoint
Quick-return typeReflex Mirror
Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines
Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid linesFocusing Screen
NoInterchangeable Focusing Screens
Approx. 0.94Viewfinder Magnification
YesDepth-of-field Control
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including 1 cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft. 8 in.-9ft.10 in.) Autofocus System
11Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
-1 - +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°FAutofocus Sensitivity
Continuous-servo (C)
Single-servo AF (S)
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Live View autofocus; Face-priority, wide area, normal areaFocus Modes
YesSingle-point AF Mode
YesDynamic AF Mode
YesAuto-area AF Mode
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
AE-L/AF-L buttonFocus Lock
Nine User-customizable settings
NeutralPicture Control
Filter Effects
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Distortion Control
NEF (RAW) processing
Color Balance
Quick retouch
StraightenIn-Camera Image Editing
YesBuilt-in Flash
56 at ISO 200 ft.17 at ISO 200mBuilt-in Flash Distance
YesDust-Off Reference Photo
YesSave/Load Camera settings
Built-in Commander Mode 2 Groups: A/B 4 Channels: 1-4 TTL, Non-TTL Auto and Manual modeNikon Creative Lighting System Compatibility
up to 1/200Flash Sync Speed
up to 1/4000FP High Speed Sync
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Slow syncFlash Sync Modes
1) i-TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-900 and SB-800 used with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-900 and SB-800Flash Control
YesAccessory Shoe
2, 5, 10, 20 seconds durationSelf-timer
YesWorld Time Setting
YesDate, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings
RechargeableBattery Type
EN-EL3e Lithium-ion BatteryBattery / Batteries
EH-5a AC AdapterAC Adaptor
MH-18a Quick ChargerBattery Charger
YesImage Comment
850 shots (CIPA)
EN-EL3e Battery Life (shots per charge) 
¼-20Tripod Socket
Width 5.2 in. (132mm)
Height 4.1 in. (103mm)
Depth 3.0 in. (77mm)
Approx. Dimensions
22 oz. (620g)Approx. Weight
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, SwedishSupported Languages
Software Suite CD-ROMSupplied Software
MB-D80 Multi-Power Battery Pack, ML-L3 wireless remote control, DK-21M Magnifying Eyepiece, EH-5a AC Adapter, Capture NX2 Software, Camera Control Pro 2Optional Accessories
Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.Other
EN-EL3e Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-18a Quick Charger, DK-5 Eyepiece Cap, DK-21 Rubber Eyecup, UC-E4 USB Cable, EG-D2 Audio Video Cable, AN-DC1 Camera Strap, BM-10 LCD Monitor Cover, Body Cap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover, Software Suite CD-ROM Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area

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