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Nikon D90 (no lens included)

12.3-megapixel digital SLR camera body with HD movie mode

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Our take on the Nikon D90 (no lens included)

by Dave Bar
Nikon

Develop your photography hobby

You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR — they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.

Nikon's innovative D90 digital SLR lets you capture brilliant 12.3-megapixel photos or record widescreen video clips in high definition. The cam's high-resolution 3" LCD screen makes composing and reviewing your photos or movies a breeze. Plus, you can connect the camera directly to your compatible HDTV with an optional Mini HDMI cable to play them back in gorgeous detail.

Options for pros and beginners alike
Nikon designed the D90 for serious photo enthusiasts who need fast, responsive handling and complete photographic control. But even SLR newcomers will find this camera easy to use. Fully automatic and preset shooting modes make it simple to capture vivid, accurately exposed photographs. Built-in editing functions let you enhance and fine-tune your images, remove red-eye, or even add cool fish-eye lens effects.

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Self-cleaning 12.3-megapixel image sensor
The D90's powerful 12.3-megapixel image sensor provides beautiful high-resolution photos you can crop heavily and still use to make big, crisp prints. Advanced CMOS technology delivers vibrant images with exceptionally wide dynamic range, allowing you to accurately capture subtle photographic detail on both strongly lit and deeply shadowed areas of your picture at the same time. And this sensor is self-cleaning — it vibrates to efficiently remove dust from its surface, ensuring that your images remain spot-free.

3" high-resolution LCD with live view
This camera's bright LCD screen provides a crystal-clear window for reviewing your pics and movie clips. It also boasts three live view modes that let you compose photos and video on-screen in real time — just like you would with a point-and-shoot cam. Wide Area AF (autofocus) mode works great for shooting active subjects from tricky high or low angles that make it difficult to use the viewfinder. The Normal Area AF mode gives you ultra-precise focusing for still subjects when using a tripod. Nikon even included a Face Priority AF mode that makes it easy to take sharp, in-focus portraits.

Shoot up to 4.5 frames per second
Nikon's advanced image processor provides near-instant camera startup and shutter response. It also makes it possible to shoot images continuously at up to 4.5 frames per second. All that speed is great for capturing high-quality photo sequences, like your young basketball star making a game-winning layup or a horse and rider clearing the fence at a steeplechase.

The D90 saves images on optional SD™ memory cards (no memory included).

Highlights:

  • 12.3-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
  • D-Movie mode (up to 1280 x 720 resolution at 24 frames per second with mono sound, manual focus only)
  • 3" high-resolution (920,000 dot) LCD screen with brightness adjustment
  • top-mounted LCD panel with backlighting displays camera and exposure settings
  • three Live View modes (face priority AF, wide area AF, and normal area AF) for composing shots with the LCD screen
  • Integrated Dust Reduction System to keep image sensor clean
  • 11-area autofocus and 3D Focus Tracking for accurate, high-speed focusing
  • bright, eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with diopter adjustment
  • Nikon EXPEED image processor for fast, accurate shooting and longer battery life
  • Active D-Lighting (with auto setting mode) for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • compatible with most Nikon lenses (see Hands-on Research for details)
  • records images as RAW, JPEG or RAW+JPEG
  • records movie clips as AVI Motion-JPEG
  • image size options (pixels): 4,288 x 2,848; 3,216 x 2,136; 2,144 x 1,424
  • movie size options (pixels): 1,280 x 720/24fps; 640 x 424/24fps; 320 x 216/24fps
  • built-in i-TTL flash
  • shutter speed range: 1/4000 to 30 seconds (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps), bulb
  • flash sync at 1/200 second
  • continuous high-speed shooting at 4.5 frames per second for up to 100 frames in JPEG Basic/Large
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent): 200-3200
  • extended high and low ISO settings to 100 or 6400
  • depth of field preview
  • custom white balance settings
  • accepts standard Secure Digital® memory cards and SD High Capacity (SDHC™) cards 4GB and greater
  • mini HDMI output (type C connector, cable not included)
  • audio,video output (selectable NTSC/PAL)
  • high-speed USB interface
  • compatible with Nikon's optional infrared wireless remote
  • 5-1/2"W x 4-1/4"H x 6-3/16"D (with lens attached)
  • weight (with lens and battery): 39.6 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable EN-EL3e lithium ion battery
  • AC battery charger
  • protective plastic LCD cover (to prevent scratching)
  • video and USB cables
  • neck strap
  • body cap
  • eyepiece cap
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi No
GPS-enabled Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent N/A
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count 12.3
Total Megapixels 12.9
Image Stabilization None
Highest Resolution 4288 x 2848
HD Video Recording 1280 x 720
Dimensions
Width (inches) 5-1/2
Height (inches) 4-1/4
Depth (inches) 3-1/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 24.8
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • D90 Camera body
  • Body cap (already on the camera)
  • Viewfinder piece (already on the camera)
  • Eyepiece cap
  • Accessory shoe cover (already on the camera)
  • NiMH-18a Quick charger (8.4V/0.9A)
  • 6.625' Power cord
  • EN-EL3e Li-ion battery (7.4V/1500mAh) with plastic terminal cover
  • LCD monitor cover (already on the camera)
  • 59.5" Audio/Video output cable with ferrite core noise filter (has a standard mini-jack connector on one end and an RCA composite video and mono RCA audio connector on the other end)
  • 59.5" USB cable (has a mini USB version 2.0 connector on one end and USB Type A connector on the other end)
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • PictureProject 1.7 CD-ROM (Mac/Windows)
  • Nikon Software Suite CD-ROM
  • D90 Instruction guide (English)
  • D90 Instruction guide (Spanish)
  • Quick Start guide (English)
  • Quick Start guide (Spanish)
  • Limited warranty sheet
  • Manual corrections
  • Software Installation Guide
  • Online registration sheet
  • AC cord requirements note

Our Product Research Team

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Overview: The Nikon D90 (body only) includes the Nikon D90 digital SLR camera body and a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack with an AC quick charger adapter and a USB cable to connect the camera to your PC. The camera does not include a lens (lenses sold separately).

Recording Features
Play, Edit, and Print Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software
Image Capacity

Recording Features

SLR: The Nikon D90 is a SLR digital camera that combines fast start up time with super-fast shutter response and rapid-action shooting at up to 4.5 frames per second up to 100 shots. Images will be recorded in a 3:2 aspect ratio similar to a 35mm film camera.

Fast Start-Up: The D90 features a fast 0.15-second startup for split-second shooting so you can be confident you will never miss a photo opportunity.

Live View LCD Monitor: The Nikon D90's 3.0-inch super density 920,000-dot VGA, low-temperature polysilicon color TFT LCD monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection features 100% frame coverage with adjustable brightness control. You can set the LCD monitor to turn off after 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 10 minutes of no use to prolong battery life. The D90 features a Live View LCD monitor that lets you use the 3-inch high-resolution LCD monitor in place of the camera's viewfinder to confirm your subject and composition while shooting. The camera offers the following Live View autofocus modes.

  • Face Priority: camera automatically detects and focuses on portrait subject facing the camera; the camera can recognize up to 5 faces
  • Wide Area: use for hand-held shots of landscapes and other no-portrait subjects; the focus point can be selected
  • Normal: use for pin-point focus on a select spot in the frame; a tripod is recommended

Optical Viewfinder: The D90 uses a fixed eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with a diopter adjustment knob. The diopter allows you to adjust the focus in the viewfinder to suit your eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). The bright and sharp viewfinder makes focusing in low-light situations possible. The viewfinder offers approximately 0.94x magnification with a 96% vertical and horizontal frame coverage.

Grid Display: On-demand grid lines can be displayed in the viewfinder for reference when composing photographs, taking landscape shots, or shifting or tilting a PC Nikkor lens.

Control Panel: The camera features a small LCD control panel, located on the top of the camera, which shows the status of numerous camera settings, such as sensitivity, battery level, image quality and size, exposure mode, shutter speed, and flash mode.

CMOS Image Sensor: The D90 features a 23.6 mm x 15.8 mm Nikon SLR DX CMOS format image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 12.9 million pixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 12.3 million. Nikon SLR DX format image sensors incorporate individual micro-optics on each of the sensors pixels. Micro Optics construction ensures that the image from the camera's lens will be precisely aligned with each pixel's sensor and that performance will be optimized.

Active Dust Reduction System: Nikon's Active Dust Reduction System activates automatically, along with Airflow Control technology to reduce the amount of dust that reaches the sensor.

EXPEED Digital Image Processing: Nikon's comprehensive new EXPEED Digital Image Processing developed for the D90 applies optimized technologies based on the EXPEED concept, with custom-tuned algorithms delivering processing power that greatly improves system performance while extending the achievable levels of image quality and tone reproduction. The exceptional image quality in the DX-format SLR digital camera also benefits from lateral chromatic aberration reduction, which effectively controls color bleeding around the image periphery, high-precision color reproduction, smooth tones and advanced noise reduction. Also engineered to maximize speed, EXPEED contributes to improved system performance, including quicker response, faster memory card access and faster data transfer.

Recording Media And Image Size: The camera records photographs and movies on Secure Digital (SD) and SDHC memory cards up to 32GB (sold separately). The D90 records still images in JPEG or NEF (RAW) formats and records video in motion-JPEG with monaural sound. You can choose from the following Image Quality and Image Size settings.

  • Still Image Quality/Size:

Quality Option
(Compression ratio)
Available Image Sizes File Format Description
NEF (Raw) 4288 x 2848 NEF Raw CCD data is saved directly to the memory card in compressed Nikon Electronic format (NEF), only available in 4288 x 2848 image size
NEF + JPEG Fine 4288 x 2848
3216 x 2136
2144 x 1424
NEF + Fine Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one fine-quality JPEG image
NEF + JPEG Normal 4288 x 2848
3216 x 2136
2144 x 1424
NEF + Normal Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one normal-quality JPEG image
NEF + JPEG Basic 4288 x 2848
3216 x 2136
2144 x 1424
NEF + Basic Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one basic-quality JPEG image
Fine
(1:4)
L: 4288 x 2848
M: 3216 x 2136
S: 2144 x 1424
JPEG Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints
Normal
(1:8)
JPEG Normal image quality, suited to most applications
Basic
(1:16)
JPEG Basic image quality, suitable for pictures that will be distributed by e-mail or used in web pages
  • Movie Quality/Size:

    Frame Size Frame Rate File Format Description
    1280 x 720 (16:9) 24 fps motion-JPEG record 16:9 aspect ratio movies at a frame rate of 24 fps with each frame at 1280 x 720
    640 x 424 (3:2) 24 fps motion-JPEG record 3:2 aspect ratio movies at a frame rate of 24 fps with each frame at 640 x424
    320 x 216 (3:2) 24 fps motion-JPEG record 3:2 aspect ratio movies at a frame rate of 24 fps with each frame at 320 x 216

Shooting Modes: The shooting mode determines how the camera takes photographs. You can choose from the following shooting modes:

  • Single Frame: takes one photograph each time the shutter release button is pressed
  • Continuous Low Speed: camera records 1-4 frames per second while shutter-release button is held down; frame rate can be chosen by user
  • Continuous High Speed: camera records up to 4.5 frames per second while shutter-release button is held down
  • Self-timer: used to reduce camera shake or for self-portraits, choose from the following shutter release delay times: 2, 5, 10, or 20 seconds
  • Delayed Remote: shutter release is controlled using the optional ML-L3 remote; there is a 2-second delay
  • Quick Response Remote: shutter release is controlled using the optional ML-L3 remote; the picture is taken immediately after focusing is complete
  • Movie Mode: movies up to 2GB in size can be recorded in live view mode

Memory Buffer: The camera is equipped with a memory buffer for temporary storage, allowing shooting to continue while photographs are being saved to the memory card. The number of images that can be stored in the memory buffer at current settings is shown in the exposure count displays in the viewfinder and control panel while the shutter-release button is pressed. This number is updated as photographs are transferred to the memory card and more memory becomes available in the buffer. If 0 is displayed, the buffer is full and shooting will slow down. Shooting can continue up to a maximum of 100 shots.

11 Area Autofocus (AF):Nikon's Multi-CAM 1000 system provides maximum flexibility and optimum performance under varied shooting situations. The 11-area autofocus system features a cross-type sensor in the center, broad frame coverage, as well as class-leading low light detection and convenient AF-assist illuminator to aid in low-light conditions.

  • AF-A: automatically selects single-servo autofocus when subject is stationary and continuous servo autofocus when subject is moving, the shutter can only be released when in-focus indicator is displayed
  • Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): used with stationary subjects, focus locks when shutter-release button is pressed halfway, the shutter can only be released when in-focus indication is displayed
  • Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): the camera focuses continuously while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway, photographs can be taken whether or not the camera is in focus
  • Manual (M): manual focus is also available for lenses that do not support autofocus (non-AF Nikkor lenses) or when autofocus does not produce the desired results

AF-Area Modes: The D90 offers a choice of various focus areas that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:

  • Auto-Area: Camera automatically detects subject and select focus point.
  • Single Point: You select the focus area manually and the camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only. The selection can be made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors.
  • Dynamic Area: The camera focuses on subject in the selected area, but follows the subject if it moves from its original position, shifting instantly and automatically to the focus area into which the subject has moved.
  • 3D Tracking: User selects focus. if user changes composition after focusing the camera uses 3D-tracking to select new focus point and keep focus locked on original subject while shutter-release button is pressed halfway.

AF Point illumination: This option controls whether or not the active focus point is highlighted in the viewfinder. You can turn the illumination on or off.

AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. This feature will light automatically to assist the autofocus operation when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. It has an operating range of 1'8" to 9'10".

Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in one of the five focus areas in the final composition.

Exposure Shooting Modes: The Nikon Digital SLR Camera includes the following Scene Modes: Auto, Auto Flash-OFF, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Close Up and Night Portrait. Each of which adjusts automatically for optimal results for everyday shooting situations. Each mode considers lighting conditions and possibilities, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, hue, tone, sharpening and more to make creative photography as simple as rotating the mode dial. The camera also features three additional semi-auto modes and one manual mode.

  • Manual: Choose both the shutter speed and the aperture on your own. You can refer to the electronic analog exposure display of the camera for help with appropriate exposures.
  • Programmed Auto: Choose from one of the automatically selected shutter speed/aperture combinations and allows control over exposure compensation, metering and other features.
  • Shutter-Priority Auto: You determine the shutter speed to freeze or blur motion, while the camera decides the ideal aperture.
  • Aperture-Priority Auto: Simply select the aperture to control the depth-of-field and the camera determines the ideal shutter speed.
  • Auto: The camera handles exposure, shutter-speed, ISO sensitivity and White balance so you can just point and shoot.
  • Auto Flash Off: Captures scenes using only available lighting. Ideal for museums, weddings or any situation where a flash is prohibited or inappropriate.
  • Portrait: Keeps your main subject in sharp focus with a soft background for more pleasing portraits.
  • Landscape: Ideal for beautiful scenery with great perspectives and optimized greens and blues.
  • Sports: Freezes fast-moving subjects easily.
  • Close Up: Find beauty in small details by focusing sharply on a small area with a softly blurred background. Ideal for flowers and coins or other small treasures.
  • Night Portrait: Capture your main subject in low light while retaining a natural looking background exposure.

Long Exposure NR: This option controls whether photographs taken at shutter speeds slower than 8 second are processed to reduce noise.

AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture.

Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -3.0 to +3.0 EV either in 1/3 incremental steps.

Nikon Picture Controls: The camera offers six preset Nikon Picture Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of scene.

  • Standard: standard processing for balanced results
  • Neutral: minimal processing for natural results
  • Vivid: pictures are enhanced for a vivid, photo-print effect
  • Monochrome: takes monochrome photographs
  • Portrait: lends a natural texture and rounded feel to the skin of portrait subjects
  • Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes

Picture Control Settings: Existing picture Controls can be modified to suit the scene or the photographer's creative intent. You can make the following picture setting adjustments.

  • Quick Adjust: used to reduce or exaggerate the effect of the selected Nikon Picture Control
  • Sharpening: controls the sharpness of outlines
  • Contrast: adjusts contrast automatically according to the type of scene or choose from values between -3 and +3 to preserve detail or lower contrast
  • Brightness: used to reduce or enhance brightness
  • Saturation: controls the vividness of colors
  • Hue: controls the hue of colors
  • Filter Effects: simulate the effect of color filters on monochrome photographs from Yellow, Orange Red, Green or Off
  • Toning: select tint used in monochrome photographs from B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue Green, Blue, Purple Blue or Red Purple

Sensitivity: When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 3200. Using the ISO button and main command dial, you can manually select from ISO settings 200 to 3200, with incremental steps of 1/3EV. For specials situations, the camera's ISO sensitivity can be lowered to ISO125 or ISO100 and raised to ISO4000, ISO5000, or ISO6000.

High ISO NR: Photographs that are taken at a high sensitivity of ISO 800 and higher can be processed to reduce noise.

Metering: When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following metering modes:

  • 3D Color Matrix/Color Matrix II: metering is performed by a 420 segment RGB sensor, which meters a wide area of the frame and sets exposure according to the distribution of brightness, color, distance and composition for natural results, with the results referenced against the expansive onboard database of exposure data from over 30,000 actual photographic scenes
  • Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight to center area.
  • Spot: the camera meters a circle that is 3.5mm (0.14") in diameter. The circle is centered on current focus area, making it possible to meter off-center subjects, this mode ensures that the subject will be correctly exposed, even when background is much brighter or darker.

White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following white balance options:

  • Auto: white balance is automatically adjusted to suit the lighting conditions
  • Incandescent: used under incandescent lighting situations
  • Fluorescent: used for most fluorescent lighting conditions
  • Direct Sunlight: for use with subjects that are under direct sunlight
  • Flash: for use with built-in Speedlight or optional Nikon Speedlights are used
  • Cloudy: used when taking pictures under overcast skies
  • Shade: used under sunny skies when subject is in shade
  • Choose Color Temp: this is an objective measure of the color of a light source, defined with reference to the temperature to which an object would have to be heated to radiate light in the same wavelength, choose color temperature from 2500 to 9900 Kelvin
  • Preset: a white object is used as reference to set white balance under unusual lighting conditions

Fine Tuning White Balance: At settings other than Choose Color Temp and Preset, the white balance can be further "fine tuned" in a range from -3 to +3 in increments of 1.

Bracketing: When using this feature, the camera automatically varies selected settings slightly with each shot, bracketing the current value. You can choose either 2 or 3 shots as well as what value you want to bracket. You can choose the following bracketing modes:

  • Exposure Bracketing (AE & flash or AE only): with each shot, the camera varies exposure by a maximum of +/- 2 EV, you can choose the incremental steps from 0.3 EV to 2 EV, one photograph is produced each time the shutter is released
  • Flash Bracketing (AE & flash or Flash only): the camera varies flash level with each shot, you can choose the incremental steps of the flash level from 0.3 EV to 2 EV, one photograph is produced each time the shutter is released
  • White Balance Bracketing: the camera creates up to three images each time the shutter is released, bracketing the current white balance setting

Multiple Exposure: This feature records a series of two to three exposures in a single photograph using RAW data from the camera image sensor to produce color noticeably superior to photographs combined in an imaging application.

Active D-Lighting: Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast.

Built-in Flash: The camera features a built-in flash which supports a variety of flash modes for photographing poorly lit or backlit subjects.

  • Off: flash does not fire even when lighting is poor or subject is backlit
  • On: flash will fire whenever a picture is taken
  • Auto: when lighting is poor or the subject is back lit, flash pops up automatically when shutter-release button is pressed halfway
  • Red-eye Reduction: reduces the red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash
  • Slow Sync: flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim light
  • Slow Sync with Red-eye Reduction: combines red-eye reduction with slow sync
  • Rear-curtain Sync/Slow Rear-curtain Sync: the flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects, in P and A modes slow rear-curtain sync is used to capture both subject and background

Flash Exposure Compensation: The flash exposure compensation can be used to increase or reduce flash output from the level chosen by the camera's flash control system. The flash exposure compensation can be set to values between -3 EV and +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV. You can also change the incremental steps from 1/3 EV.

FV Lock: This feature is used to lock flash output, allowing photographs to be recomposed without changing the flash level. This ensures that flash output is appropriate to the subject even when the subject is not positioned in the center of the frame.

Accessory Shoe:Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided on top of the optical viewfinder.

Optional Flash Compatibility: The D90 is equipped with an accessory shoe that allows SB-series Speedlights, including the SB-900, SB800, SB-600, SB-400, and SB-R200 to be mounted directly to the camera's accessory shoe without a sync cable.

Optional Lens Compatibility: The D90 is compatible with the following Nikon lenses - DX AF NIKKOR (all functions possible), D-/G-type AF NIKKOR excluding IX Nikkor lenses (all functions possible excluding PC Micro-NIKKOR), AF NIKKOR other than D-/G-type excluding lenses for F3AF (all functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible), AI-P NIKKOR (all functions except Autofocus/3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible), Non-CPU AI NIKKOR (can be used in exposure modes A and M/electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is 5.6 or faster/Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides).

Play, Edit, and Print Functions

Playback Information:Photo information is superimposed on images displayer in full-frame playback. The information that will be displayed are: file information, overview data, shooting data, highlights, and RGB histogram (a graph showing the distribution of tones in the image).

Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken.

Auto Image Rotation: Images are automatically oriented to fit the camera's LCD screen. This function can be turned off.

Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.

Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view four, nine, or 72 thumbnail images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Calendar Playback: Calendar Playback is used to view images taken on a selected date.

Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image up to 27x (large images), 20x (medium images), and 13x (small images). You can then move the enlarged image around on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.

Built-in Slideshow function with Pictmotion: Select a range of images, pick a style and add music for beautiful picture presentations delivered from the D90 to a television or simply view on the camera's 3.0 inch LCD.

Movie Playback: Movies can be played back on the camera's LCD monitor. The camera offers playback functions such as Play, Stop, Pause, Fast Forward and Rewind.

TV Playback: The supplied audio/video cable can be used to connect the camera to a television or VCR for playback or recording in 480i. A type C mini-pin HDMI cable (sold separately) can be used to connect the camera to high-definition video devices for playback in 480p, 576p, 720p, or 1080i.

In-Camera Image Editing with Retouching Menu: These options can be used to create, trim, resize, or retouch existing copies of the photographs on the memory card. You can choose from the following options:

  • D-Lighting: brightens dark or back-lit subjects or produces effects similar to a flash
  • Red-Eye Correction: corrects "red-eye" caused by the flash
  • Trim: creates cropped copies of existing images
  • Monochrome: copies photographs in black/white, sepia or cyanotype color tones
  • Filter Effects: creates copies with color filter effects; you can choose from Sky Light, Warm filter, Red/Green/Blue intensifier, or Cross screen
  • Color Balance: creates a copy of your recorded image with modified color balance
  • Image Overlay: combines two RAW images into a single image
  • NEF (RAW) Processing: creates JPEG copies of NEF (RAW) photographs
  • Side-By-Side Comparison: allows you to compare retouched copies to the original photographs
  • Small Picture: creates a small copy of the select picture (540 x 480, 320 x 240, or 160 x 120)
  • Quick Retouch: create copies with enhanced saturation and contrast
  • Distortion Control: create copies with reduced peripheral distortion
  • Straighten: create a straightened copy for the selected image; you can rotate the image clockwise or counterclockwise up to 5 degrees in increments of approximately 0.25 degrees

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The D90 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

Battery Information

EN-EL3a Battery: The D90 outfit comes with a Nikon EN-EL3e rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (7.4 Volts/1500 mAh), and a MH-18a Quick Charger. When the supplied battery is fully charged, you would be able to shoot up to 850 images on a single charge. The battery can be recharged at any time, and it now features an accurate real-time fuel gauge system that displays the percentage of remaining charge, number of shots since last charge and overall status of battery service life. The battery takes two hours and 15 minutes to fully recharge.

Optional AC Adapter/Power Sources: Use of an optional EH-5 AC adapter is recommended for extended playback. You can also use the MB-D80 battery pack (optional) with one or two rechargeable Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries or six AA alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese (ZR6) AA batteries, EH-5 AC Adapter (optional).

Supplied Software

USB Connection: The Nikon D90 utilizes a mini-USB high-speed 2.0 connection and come supplied with a USB cable to connect to your PC.

Software Suite CD-ROM: The supplied Software Suite CD-ROM contains Nikon Transfer, ViewNX and related software. Nikon Transfer is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform such other transfer-related functions as making backups and embedding information in pictures as they are transferred. ViewNX is used to view pictures after transfer; among the other tasks it can perform are grouping pictures, restoring and making simple adjustments to NEF (RAW) images and converting the file format.

System Requirements: The supplied software will work with Windows and Macintosh. You computer will need to meet the following system requirements.

Windows: Macintosh
OS: Pre-Installed versions of Windows Vista (32-bit), Windows XP, or Windows 2000 Professional (Service Pack 4) OS: MAC OS X version 10.3.9, 10.4.10
RAM: Windows Vista = 1 GB or more, Other versions of Windows = 512 MB or more (1 GB or more recommended) RAM: 512 MB or more (1 GB or more recommended)
Hard-Disk Space: A minimum of 1 GB free hard disk space required when Software Suite applications are running
Video Resolution: 1,024 x 768 (XGA) or greater with 24-bit color (True Color/millions of colors) or more

Image Capacity

Estimated Image Capacity of an Optional 2GB SD Flash Card:

Image Quality Image Size File Size (MB) Number of Images Buffer Capacity
NEF (Raw) 4288 x 2848 10.81 133 9
NEF + JPEG Fine 4288 x 2848 16.9 89 7
3216 x 2136 14.4 104 7
2114 x 1424 12.4 118 7
NEF + JPEG Normal 4288 x 2848 13.9 106 7
3216 x 2136 12.6 116 7
2144 x 1424 11.6 124 7
NEF + JPEG Basic 4288 x 2848 12.3 118 7
3216 x 2136 11.7 123 7
2144 x 1424 11.2 128 7
JPEG Fine 4288 x 2848 6.0 271 25
3216 x 2136 3.4 480 100
2144 x 1424 1.6 1000 100
JPEG Normal 4288 x 2848 3.0 539 100
3216 x 2136 1.7 931 100
2144 x 1424 0.8 2000 100
JPEG Basic 4288 x 2848 1.5 1000 100
3216 x 2136 0.9 1800 100
2144 x 1424 0.4 3800 100

Storage System: Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant

 
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5 out of 5

Great camera at great price

Written By reayx5, Apple Valley CA USA on Monday, February 07, 2011
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Just a quick review; because I'm having too much fun with my camera to put it down. This
is a step-up from my Nikon D60.

I like having the majority of controls I need readily available without hunting through
menus. There is much less noise at higher ISO than the D60. I can control my SB-
600 Speedlight wirelessly off the camera body.

I paired this up with the 18-200mm VR lens. So much more convenient than having to
swap between two separate lens.

Chris
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5 out of 5

Outstanding Camera

Written By PictureMan, Catskill Mts, NY on Sunday, January 30, 2011
 
You cannot go wrong buying this camera. I've been using SLRs for over forty years,
including several Nikons, and this D90 is by far the best I have used. If I want to
get a picture, this camera will do the job. Adverse lighting conditions don't slow it down
a bit.

I can use it in full auto mode or choose from a wide variety of adjustments.
There are various preset modes in addition to total manual control. I can make one
scene look a dozen different ways just through camera adjustments. It is not the
cheapest camera out there, but cheap doesn't do what this camera can do.

If you are looking for a durable, top quality digital SLR, the Nikon D90 is an excellent
choice.
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5 out of 5

kper

Written By kper, new jersey on Thursday, September 23, 2010
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Great camera
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5 out of 5

Nikon D90 (no lens included)

Written By Anne C, Medway, MA on Friday, September 03, 2010
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I have a D-80 which I really like, but after trying my sister's D-90, with the video mode, I
decided I would also purchase one. We have European cruise coming up and I wanted to
have it for then, with the D-80 as our back up. Our D-80 died on the first day of our last
cruise and we were left with our little Cool pix, which did a good job, but I don't want to go
through that again....so...two cameras are better than one...I hope!
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5 out of 5

Excellent choice

Written By Dean, Fredericksburg, VA on Friday, November 20, 2009
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First of all, when Crutchfield says fast shipping, they mean it. I ordered my camera after 6:00 PM on a Wednesday and had it delivered the very next day. All I can say is awesome service!

After extensive research, I ordered my camera body with the 18-200 MM zoom lens so that I would not be constantly changing lenses, but still have versatility. The camera is what could be considered standard for Nikon - excellent quality construction and feel. The instructions are complete and easy to follow. The camera is extremely easy to set up and use. The menus are easy to read and understand (intuitive) unlike some other manufacturers. The photo quality is awesome.

Depending upon the cameras that you are looking at purchasing, it may be a few dollars more, but in this case, it is worth spending a little extra. Highly recommended!
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5 out of 5

Great Non-Pro DSLR

Written By Mark, Hilo, HI on Tuesday, October 13, 2009
 
I am the only "Nikon" owner out of a my friends that all shoot Canon 30D, 40D
and 5Dmk2. When they first heard I was getting the D90, they told me to stop and
get a 50D. I got such a good deal on the D90, I went with it anyway. For my
brain, the Nikon menu system makes more sense. I find the controls easy and only
needed to manual for turning off all the automatic software touch ups like
Active D Lighting (since they only touch up the jpg and not the raw image, I
still have to touch up the original later anyway). The "base" kit lens,
18-55mmVR works great with this body, and even my Canon friends comment that it
can do a whole lot more than their kit lenses. They have all upgraded to f/2.8
or "L" glass, so their lenses are quite superior to mine, but they still note
the quality. Also, they spent hundreds of dollars extra for pocket wizards for
wireless flash abilities. I can control my flashes on external stands from the
camera without walking anywhere or running wires with this body. I cannot
however, use the flashes behind objects, but this will be a great start while I
get used to the technique and saving money. I currently have two SB-600's and
would very much like to get a taste for the Nikon "Pro" level glass.

Overall, if you are interested in photography and want to take advantage of the
current technology, this is a great buy. The picture quality is above the
previous generation, you just have to practice and get your own artistic style.
A great buy for the money!
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5 out of 5

Nikon D90

Written By John, Coxs Creek, KY on Thursday, June 11, 2009
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I purchased the Nikon D90 to replace my aging Nikon 995. I'm still exploring the feature rich camera and impressed with each. The battery life is phenomenal! I was use to my 995's battery that died over night. This battery is two weeks into picture taking and still going strong. The camera box was lighter than I expected, and that's good. Teamed with the 18-200mm lens it gets a little hefty for a walk-around. I can now take low light shots that were impossible before. Pictures of a birthday lit by only the cake candles. So far, I'm very impressed
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5 out of 5

What a camera... Wow!!!

Written By BadBoi, Stone Mountain, Georgia on Sunday, February 22, 2009
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My purchase was a Nikon D90 DSLR. It is great!!! It arrived quickly and using it is a joy. I purchased two lenses. 1) Nikon AF-DX VR 18-55mm and 2) Nikon AF-DX G 70-300mm. Wow!!! What nice photos it produces. I upgraded from a Nikon CoolPix 5200 and a Sony Mavica N-95. This camera is light years ahead of my others. I can't think of any other camera that would better suit you for an upgrade to digital SLR.

Thanks
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