DSLR Wars Intensify – Nikon Debuts D90

One day after Canon launched its new EOS 50D, Nikon introduced its new D90 digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR).

Besides taking still pictures, the 12.3 megapixel D90 can also take 24fps HD movie clips with sound, first for an SLR camera.

The various controls for the camera can be used for shooting HD video as well. But the catch is you can shoot video for a maximum of up to five minutes.

The D90 is the successor to the 10 megapixel Nikon D80 that we own to much pleasure.

Nikon D90 Digital SLR


Other highlights of the D90:

* 3-inch 920,000-dot high-resolution LCD screen
* 11-point auto focus (AF) system based on Nikon’s Scene Recognition System and Face Detection technology
* Burst rate of up to 4.5 frames per second
* Wide range of ISO 200 to 3200 (expandable to Lo 1 ISO 100 and Hi 1 ISO 6400)
* Image Sensor Cleaning to free dust particles from the sensor’s optical low-pass filter
* Maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 second
* New playback function lets users show images in either four, nine or 72 thumbnail images, or use a calendar format to find photos
* Built-in Flash
* Provides geotagging when used with the Nikon GP-1 GPS unit (available separately in November 2008) with latitude, longitude and altitude data imprinted on the images’ metadata

The D90 will ship in September 2008 and cost $1,000 for body only and $1300 for body plus the new AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

In his review of the Nikon D90, this is what David Pogue of the New York Times had to say:

Even with its 1.0 limitations, the D90 is an outstanding still camera and an eyebrow-raising video camera. Check it out, people: the era of the video S.L.R. has begun.

2 Responses to "DSLR Wars Intensify – Nikon Debuts D90"

  1. vjcool   June 9, 2010 at 2:47 am

    nice camera reviews, would like to see some recent ones. got a DSC H7 some 3 yrs back without researching much. It sure is a nice camera for basic photography, has a nice zoom and decent quality pictures, But its when I started to fiddle with the camera did I realize that I could have got an entry level DSLR for a little higher price.

    I still maynot immediately replace the camera, but would like to know the recent options, Nikon D3000 seems good, anyway would like to know more. maybe a midrange DSLR. reviews tend to point to D5000.. Havent seen the price, may make me freeze and take a detour to come back to thinking of DSLRs.

    Please review more cameras

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    The new Canon T2i is getting good reviews too.

    For a good outdoor point and shoot digital camera, Canon S80 is very good. Compact 8-megapixel.camera. It’s a shame Canon stopped making it soon after launch. But like most point and shoot digital cameras, it’s not good for indoor and low-lighting conditions. For outdoors, the camera (28-100mm f2.8-5.3 (3.6x) optical zoom lens) is great.

    The S80 may be available on auction sites like eBay.

    • முனிAndy   June 9, 2010 at 10:55 am

      SI, s90 is the latest version of s80..

      @vjcool – it boils down to whether you want a big zoom (quite unaffordable in DSLR) or high speed.. if we are rich like SI, we can get http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=216&modelid=8178
      or we need to have juggle with a ultrazoom and a DSLR

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      We’ve seen and played with the S90 at Best Buy and other stores.

      It’s supposed to be better than S80 for low-light conditions and has optical image stabilization too but it just didn’t have the same build quality as the S80. Is it any surprise then that new S80s are still going for over $380 on eBay, Amazon et al.

      That said, as a S80 fan we just might buy the S90 (or the G11) one of these days, primarily for its low-light improvements.

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