The Nikon D90 is a 12.3- model announced by on August 27, 2008. It is a model that replaces the , fitting between the company's entry-level and professional DSLR models. Nikon gives the D90's Estimated Selling Price in the United States as 899.95 for the body alone and as 99.99 with the , which by itself sells for 9.95. Street prices are generally lower.

The D90 was the first DSLR with video recording capabilities. In May 2009, the D90 won the TIPA European Photo & Imaging Award, in the "Best D-SLR Advanced" category.



Some of the improvements the D90 offers over the D80 include 12.3 megapixel resolution, extended light sensitivity capabilities, and automatic correction of lateral . The D90 is the first DSLR to offer video recording, with the ability to record HD videos, with mono sound, at 24 frames per second.

Unlike less expensive models such as the , , and , the D90 has a built in motor, which means that all autofocus- (the only exceptions being the AF-80mm f/2.8 Nikkor and the AF-200mm f/3.5 Nikkor, designed for the rare ) can be used in autofocus mode.

The Nikon D90 is the first Nikon camera to include a third firmware module, labeled "L," which provides an updateable lens distance integration database that improves autoexposure functions. Some of its accessories, such as the MB-D80 battery grip and ML-L3 wireless remote, are also compatible with its predecessor the D80. It supports integration for automatic location tagging of photographs, using a GPS receiver sold separately.

Feature list[]

  • Nikon's 12.3 .
  • Nikon image/video processor.
  • D-Movie mode (, with mono 22 sound).
  • Active D-Lighting (4 levels and Auto).
  • Automatic correction of lateral for . Correction-data is additionally stored in RAW-files and used by Nikon , View NX and some other RAW tools.
  • correction as well as image rotation ("Straighten") via playback ("Retouch") menu
  • 3-inch TFT with 920,000-dot resolution (640x480 ) and 170-degree ultra-wide viewing angle.
  • shooting mode (activated with a dedicated button).
  • Continuous Drive up to 4.5 frames per second.
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System.
  • 3D Tracking Multi-CAM 1000 sensor module with 11 AF points.
  • autofocus in mode.
  • sensitivity 200 to 3200 (100–6400 with boost).
  • lenses
  • exposure system with built-in wireless control (Commander-mode). Compatibility: SB-400, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, R1C1 and third party manufacturers
  • Built-in Sensor cleaning system (vibrating low-pass filter).
  • HD video output
  • Support for unit direct connect.
  • File formats: , NEF (Nikon's , 12-bit compressed), ().
  • EN-EL3e Lithium-ion Battery, Battery Life (shots per charge) approx. 850 shots (CIPA).
  • Weight: Approx. 620 g (1.37 lb) without battery, 703 g (1.550 lb) with battery.

Video recording[]

A D90 in Liveview mode

The D90 is the first with video recording capabilities; it can record 720p with sound. However, it does not auto-focus while filming video; to keep a subject in focus, the user must . Soon after the D90's introduction, many new DSLRs from Nikon and other manufacturers began including video recording as a standard feature.

As with other DSLRs, the D90's sensor captures video frames using a , which may cause skewing artifacts during rapid camera or subject motion. Recorded videos are limited to a 2 GB file size and a duration of 5–20 minutes for each continuous clip, depending on resolution.

The first feature film shot with a D90 was Reverie. Ray Mist, the film's cinematographer, praised the camera for its dynamic range, its ability to support 35 mm optics offering greater choices of and , and large sensor in comparison to standard video cameras within and beyond the D90's price range.

Optional accessories[]

The Nikon D90 has dozens of available accessories such as:

  • Nikon ML-L3 () , MC-DC2 Remote Cord or third party solutions.
  • Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit for direct . Third party solutions partly with 3-axis , , and support for indoor use are available from Solmeta, Dawn, Easytag, Foolography (Unleashed D90), Gisteq and Phottix. See comparisons/reviews.
  • MB-D80 Multi Power or third party solutions.
  • Third party solutions for transmitter are available.
  • Nikon CF-D80 Semi-Soft Case.
  • Various Nikon or third party flash units. Also working as commander for Nikon Creative Lighting System wireless (slave) flash.
Third party radio (wireless) flash control triggers are partly supporting , but do not support the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS). See reviews.
  • Tethered shooting with Nikon Camera Control Pro 2, Adobe LightRoom 3 or other partly free products, including .
  • Other accessories from Nikon and third parties, including protective cases and bags, eyepiece adapters and correction lenses, and underwater housings.


Nikon D90 interface

From the camera's rear, the Nikon D90 interface has the following features which are annotated in the image.

  1. Playback button
  2. Menu dial
  3. Help/protect button. Use in conjunction with the main command dial to change the white balance setting in certain modes.
  4. Thumbnail/playback zoom out button. Use in conjunction with the main command dial to change the equivalent ISO sensitivity setting in certain modes.
  5. Playback zoom in button. Use in conjunction with the main command dial to change the picture quality and size setting.
  6. Live view button.
  7. Multi selector and OK button: Navigate through images and menus
  8. Focus selector lock switch
  9. Information display/quick settings display button. Show the information of the camera on the rear LCD screen (shutter speed, the remaining exposures, AF-area mode, etc.).
  10. eyepiece
  11. Mode dial (P, S, A and M modes, Auto Modes and Scene Modes)
  12. Control panel. Main display for information (see #9).
  13. Delete button. Can be used to delete photos or format the memory card.
  14. Power switch and shutter release button


The Nikon D90 has been tested by many independent reviewers since its introduction. Most reviews of the D90 have been positive, assessing the D90 as a notable improvement over its predecessor, the . The camera received 4 stars out of 5 in 's editor review and Photocrati's Nikon D90 review labeled the D90 a "best value" DSLR. also published a highly positive assessment, but noted that the only weakness seemed to be that matrix metering on the D90 is tied too strongly to individual focus points, and therefore allows highlights to be clipped in other areas of an image. In 's camera sensor ratings, the D90 achieved a score of 72.6, placing it above its competitors and more expensive cameras such as the (71), (70.9) and (69.8). Statistics from Photo sharing website Flickr also show that the D90 is ranked as the most used Nikon system in terms of picture uploads.

As noted above, one of the most notable features of the Nikon D90 is that it is the first digital SLR camera to include high definition video capabilities. While most reviewers gave the D90's HD video high marks, Nikon expert Thom Hogan noted that the HD video capability, while novel, was not yet refined, providing only mono sound, and being subject to video flaws such as apparent distorted motion of stationary objects when panning.


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