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Admittedly, this is my first DSLR. I was hesitant to spend the money to start with but I have a friend who owns the D80 who totally recommends Nikon and another friend who actually owns a D90 who let me had a shot at it to get the feel, I decided to buy one. I have owned it for over two years now and I am loving it. I am no professional but with this camera, you don't need to be a pro to take great photos. It does almost everything for you. Of course a real good lens will help too depending on what you are shooting.
I took this on a holiday to Turkey in 2011. As much as I found it too heavy carrying it around, it was worth the hassle. The photos were crisps and clear.
I use this to take photos of my baby too and it is fast that you never miss a moment. You can catch every frown and smile with very little effort. I am not a professional photographer, I point and shoot and this surely does it for me. And, it has a great battery life too. I had a spare battery but one week of holiday shooting only required one.
It is just under £600 to buy with an 18-105mm lens though I prefer the 18-200mm (which is the one I use) to with it as it is more of an all around lens, you don't need any other unless you need one for shooting in limited light and not wanting to use a flash.
It has a 12.3 megapixels DX format sensor. It is fairly easy for novices, absolutely. I for one is not a big fan of reading a user's manual back to back. I point and shoot and come up with magnificent photos. I totally recommend it, well worth the money!!!! I think it is a great investment if you have the cash for it. I can see me keeping this for a very long time and will only get rid of it if and when I can afford to upgrade on Nikon Pro kit!
I have owned pretty much every single Nikon DSLR at some point in time, and the D90 is my favourite by far. It has the build-quality and functionality similar to the much more expensive professional cameras in the Nikon DSLR range, while still being relatively light, compact and easy to use.
The D90 comes with a built-in focus motor which means it's compatible with a much wider range of Nikon lenses than some of the older DSLRs and newer entry-level ones such as the D3XXX and D5XXX series of cameras.
Its 12.3 MP sensor should produces stunning images of a very high quality. Even though 12.3 MP might not sound like a lot by today's standards. it's more than enough for the average photographer unless you're looking to make huge prints or do a lot of cropping.
The other thing that sets it apart from the D3XXX and D5XXX series is the amount of dedicated buttons available. Not having to delve into menus to change settings such as ISO, exposure et is a huge time saver and makes the photography experience much smoother.
The D90 truly blurs the line between amateur and professional and at a very affordable price it is, to me, the obvious choice for any photography enthusiast.
I was given the D90 as an upgrade from the D80. I have used this camera for all my photographic work and it has given me fantastic results every time. The auto mode is great if you are a novice to DSLR cameras and works very well as a fairly accurate comparison to what you view in the view finder. The only negative I would say is that the hot shoe can be a little tight (nothing that a little push with a knife hasnt sorted out). The camera also has video function which I have not used, so can not comment. I think this would be a great starter camera for someone wanting to take professional looking images but not spending huge amounts of money. The body itself is lightweight and easy to hold. All buttons are in easy reach of each other and the main view screen is a great size.
I purchased this camera around a year and a half ago in order to upgrade to something more than just a "point and shoot", and to that end, it has certainly fulfilled everything that I've asked of it. It's well made, which for someone as clumsy as myself is always a handy benefit. Quick to turn on and shoot, thus for any fleeting moments, I am normally able to capture them with little difficulty.
The screen on the back of the camera is superb; a bright screen with good resolution - far better than any camera screen I've seen. The viewfinder is good, I can have few quibbles.
My only problems with this camera are that in low light, it occasionally struggles to focus. This isn't a massive issue, but if I'm trying to take a quick photo, it's hardly ideal. Also, the flash is a little harsh, although this of course could be rectified by using a flash gun - but still, an additional cost.
Finally, the video recording function is good; a little jittery, so it helps to use a tripod if shooting something that you want to look professional(ish)
So, for someone who's certainly not a professional, but a keen photo enthusiast, this camera is superb. Any issues that I have with it are only noticeable to the pedantic and fussy, so I'd have few regrets in recommending this camera.
Im a Photography student at the end of my first year Ive been using the D90 for about 12 months now and it is a really great camera! In fact if Im honest I doubt Id ever need more in a pro-sumer SLR for general use. Coupled with good quality lenses this body will see you right in almost all situations. Its not a new camera by any means and newer models will have whatever bells and whistles technology the camera companies are pushing this year but honestly, If you cant get great results on this camera then more expensive bodies are not going to help.
The D90 has been a real work horse for me this year and gets daily use. I can honestly say I've never had any problems with it and its never complained even after being jostled about in my bag all day or trekked through the jungles of Borneo! I have access to much more expensive Canon bodies but I always find myself turning to the D90 for most work.
Being Nikon mount there are a great range of quality lenses and accessories available. As with all cameras I would advise you buy the best lenses you can afford. Maybe even spending less on a body and using the saving towards better glass. (Lenses unlike cameras hold their values pretty well and can be used on new cameras if you upgrade)
My only gripe is with some of the menus and button functions. I often accidently activate features when trying to 'playback' images and get a bit lost for a few moments getting things back to normal. This is more of a problem with me however as I have dyspraxia and menus can sometimes confuse me.
Overall if your ready to move into Digital SLR photography this is a great starting point for the serious hobbyist/student and beyond.
The Nikon D90 is an excellent DSLR camera that is sturdy in build and offers excellent photographic capabilities.The menus on the D90 can be a bit confusing if this is your first DSLR (or you are stepping up from entry level DSLR) and this is why this is very much a camera that grows with you. Photos are fine (if a little soft) straight from the camera at JPG but like all DSLR models you really are advised to use the RAW settings. I also find that the exposure compensation is often needed as it does tend to overexpose on occasions.
I've had a D90 for 6 months now. I first bought it to go on safari, and it hasn't let me down since. It's a great SLR - much better than my last, and takes genuinely good photos.From a bad perspective, I do find some of the features / functionality a bit confusing to use. For example, I keep getting the info stuck on screen meaning I see photos - with all the info, which is kinda annoying.I also find the lenses quite expensive - but I suppose that's life owning an SLR.
When trying to choose a digital camera there are hundreds of options, DSLRs are becoming increasingly popular as one of those options above the traditional compact sized cameras.
The D90 is a great camera. It's not the lowest range or priced camera by a long way, but it does have a lot of extra features for the price over cheaper DSLRs, and still comes in at a somewhat affordable cost for what you get. Affordable being relative - it's going to be years before any are knocking around for the £100 you can buy a usable compact for.
This is a fairly standard camera to look at - like most modern DSLR cameras (and indeed,some "point and shoot" cameras, the style is a fairly standardised one - only a few things such as control positions seem to vary between cameras, or indeed between brands. It comes in a normal black colour only, it says Nikon and D90 on the front and contains all of the usual items - an inbuilt flash, dials for adjusting settings, various buttons to control it, a shutter with half-press for focus, a viewfinder and an LCD screen - either to take pictures on or review them afterwards, as well as for the purpose of changing settings within the camera
To use this is a superb camera - it has the options of automatic modes for almost any situation if you're just starting out in the world of cameras, but still has a fully manual mode at the other end of the scale for those wishing to advance their photography skills. It's light enough to hold all day and comes with a neck strap which you can choose whether to attach - or of course attach a strap of a different make.
It's reasonably resistant to dust, light rain and such keeping it versatile for everyday use, although it must be said this is a consumer (or sometimes referred to as prosumer- part way between professional use and consumer) camera, not designed for the abuse of a seasoned professional, so you may want to avoid heavy rain for hours on end or dropping it too often.
The controls are easy to reach with your hands, your right hand controlling most of it, although you either need long thumbs or your left hand to hold a button and change ISO. However for most operating of it, provided you don't need to keep adjusting controls, you should be able to manage perfectly well with one hand.
A point well worth making I feel - this is one place this camera really wins, it will work with any Nikon lenses made, and nearly all it will autofocus with, making it a perfect option for those with lenses already in their kit, or wishing to pick up some of the cheaper lenses available.
The only potential bad points for some people about this camera may be the lack of a full-frame sensor, however most people won't notice any difference in everyday use, and this comes in a lot cheaper and lighter than any full-frame camera will.
It also doesn't take CF cards, which whilst not a major issue, many people prefer them to using SD cards. It will take the popular (and often standard now) High Capacity SD cards - these being 32GB, sometimes 64GB and beyond - all these are compatible, meaning you have to change cards less often.
Overall though, a beautiful camera, and well worth the price tag!
(On ciao under the same name)
I updated parts of the review above several months after writing this back in august, I also wish to add a few more points;
This camera is 12.3 megapixels - average for a Nikon camera at the point of initial writing, however the newer models appear to be following Canon to go for higher megapixels. Whether this will matter depends on the use of the images - for most people, the only thing you'll notice is your cards getting full quicker with larger file sizes, however is you need really large prints (and I don't mean A3 here!) more megapixels may be useful!
After several months of use (and at times, abuse - I'm careful with my camera, but I tend to be clumsy so it gets a fair few knocks) there are no scratches I can find on the body - it' stood up to the use it's been given better than I expected. I've to date had no errors, freezes or anything of the sort on the camera.
Battery life was hard for me to determine so early on, however now I'm comfortable saying it's very, very long. I have the original Nikon battery and 2 x 3rd party (although not small brand) batteries, all last for a long time- a recent zoo trip the camera was on for around 6 hours in total (excluding my meal and another occasion of around 30 minutes it wasn't in use, although I probably neglected to turn it off..), in that time my battery went from full to 2 bars only. In that day I took around 1000 shots, so not light use either. Obviously I'd always recommend a spare, but certainly this camera doesn't drain batteries!
So I hope if anyone happens to read this the updates help you too make up your mind easier. Thanks for reading!
This camera has been around for a while now but it is a great choice for those who want to get a little more serious about photography. To my mind it is a great little camera. It is very similar to the d5000 appart from the fact that it has a built in focus motor, meaning that the range of lenses that you can use autofocus with are greatly increased. It also feels slightly more sturdy in the hand than the d5000. Picture quality is great and the images procduced are very clear and crisp with negligable chrmoatic abberation or distortion. The one thing that does let this camera down in my opinion is the movie function. It is fine for a muck about but nothing like good enough for taking serious movies. Its fine for youtube but not really anythign else. This is a great camera if you intent to take just photos. If your looking for a camera that will take movies and take great pictures i would probably steer clear. The one thing that I do urge people to consider is that this camera is quite a lot more expensive than the d500 which takes almost identical images and has very similar features. Built in drive motor aside, they are almost identical. Food for thought I guess.
The Nikon D90 is a feature-packed mid-range DSLR which is excellent and easy to use and very easy to. It is capable of producing some very high quality photos and and the high speed function enables you to take several photos of moving objects without losing any
Quality and the effect of the picture. This was purchased as a
Replacement for the D80 as this previously broke. Electronically though, the D90 enjoys a number of upgrades from the D80 including a new sensor with live view capabilities, a larger and more detailed 3in VGA screen, quicker 4.5fps continuous shooting, HDMI output, a GPS option and of course movie recording - a first for DSLRs. The HD video function is excellent and the quality is very good, but you are unable to video for to more than 20 minutes due to the quality of the
Film. Nikon's sensibly not messed too much with the excellent body, viewfinder and AF system of the earlier D80. These were already a cut above entry-level DSLRs, so there's no reason to make any changes here.
The D90 is one of many cameras I have owned, and whilst its not the best, its certainly well up there.
I downgraded to a D90 from a D700, which is quite a drop in price, but the quality of the D90 is really not far behind its much bigger brother. The D90 is currently being phased out, and as such prices are starting to fall, with the body only coming in at just £589. This will drop more in the coming months as the D7000 and the next generation of Nikon prosumer cameras emerge.
The D90 shares the same DX sensor as the D300, and its 12.3 Mpix chip produces noise free, quality images throught the ISO range. ISO 1600 is easilly useable in the camera. Something in previous generations was always avoided.
The camera sits nicely in the hand. Its neither too heavy, or too light. All the buttons fall right into place, and as usual Nikon's menu system makes changing any setting so easy. The 3 inch LCD screen is bright and clear, making it easy to review your images after taking them. It also doubles up as an info screen, showing you all the current settings of the camera.
The D90 is seen as a mid range camera, but in my view its much more than that. It does most things the bigger D300 can do, but it does it at a price much more affordable. Of course the D90 isnt as robust or weathersealed as the D300, but for most, this isnt much of an issue. It is a lot lighter than the more expensive cameras and as such means its more likely you will take it out with you.
The D90 features HD video, a first in a DSLR when it was introduced. I have seen some stunning examples of movies from this camera, but in reality its fiddly to use, and the lack of auto focus means trying to film anything but stationary objects is difficult. Thankfully most people buy a DSLR for the still pictures, and this where the D90 excells.
The colours are bright and vivid, it picks detail out of shadows and contains the highlights. Aswell as the usal M, A, S and P settings, you also have a choice of pre set settings like Portrait, Night shot and Sports. This sets the camera up for the optimum settings and lets you concentrate on getting the shot.
The D90 can use any Nikon or third party lens with or without a focus motor, which means there is a huge choice of lenses out there. This feature itself, sells the camera for me, asd I woulnt want to be restricted to HSM or AF-s lenses when there are other such quality lenses out there.
Overall, the D90 is a quality camera at a budget price. I'd recommend this over any of the lower models and in some cases over the bigger D300 where the bulk, price and weight may be an issue.
I really cant fault anything with this camera except the slightly fiddly video, but as I didnt buy the camera for that feature, I cant deduct anything for it, as its an added extra. Another thing that some may overlook, but for many is a deal maker is the fact that the D90 unlike some of the lower models can be used as a commander for Nikon Speedlights. This means I can use my Nikon Speedlight remotley off the camera and use the D90's built in flash to trigger the speedlight. This is invaluable for macro and product photography and also very usefull in a studio set up.
With prices falling, the D90 is a very credible choice for the first time, or the upgrading user and should not be overlooked in favour of the newer and more expensive models.
This camera is the upgraded version of the D80 with lots of updated features. It provides an optimum number of megapixels (12.3) for the DX sensor size and has a large ISO range (100 - 6400). I don't find the high end ISO noise to be as good as the hype but is a vast improvement on previous models.
Shooting speed is better an suits most shooting situations (4.5fps). Built in flash gun is poor as an on-camera flash but work well as a controller for other Nikon flashguns (CLS system). This camera works will non-motor lenses such as the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8.
Extra features include the Live View which is useful for odd angles or tripod work and camera info on the rear screen - nice, not sure whether it's useful.
The 3D focus tracking on this camera is brilliant and is definitely something that isn't talked about enough!
Then of course there's the video. I found this to be lacking and not very good quality. There is a very noticeable slant to the video as the camera is panned left and right - something which is apparently possible to remove in post production but is a problem nevertheless.
This is my first venture in using a Nikon digital camera after many years of upgrading various Sony models and being incredible happy with them. My reason for moving trying the Nikon was purely through constant recommendation by industry professionals. The Nikon D90 is the closest step you can get towards a professional camera without having to take out a loan. I bought mine from Currys digital 12 months ago in a lit form with a 35 - 80 mm lens for £595. I was very nicely given a heavy discount by the manager. The picture quality has been fantastic and the scope for creativity is definitely there is you turn off all the automatic features. The weight of the camera is also something that I like. Too many plastic shells are too lightweight and delicate. The one thing that does really fall short is the focusing whilst in movie mode. It will not auto focus and it not easy to adjust with any success. I use a Mac and have had not compatibility issues with either the device or the software.
The Nikon D90 is the best camera currentlynon the market for non professional photographers.
The quality of raw files and jpegs is outstanding, although there are some issues with uing raw files on older nikon softare such as picture project.
The iso performance is the best avaialble on cameras in this price range, very little noise is visible and the excellent noise reduction system on the camera handles most situations well.
Sizewise the d90 is similar to the d80, although for anyone upgrading from a d40 or d60 it is considerably larger and heavier.
As for new features, there are two new ones that really catch the eye.The first is Live view with HD video recording. Live view is useful although the focus mechanism is different to using the eye piece.
The HD video function is a bold new area for dslr cameras. The only problem is that it doesnt refocus during the recording. It is best used for static recording were a tripod is available.
Another new function is active d lighting which in use has really brightened up some highlichts in very dark areas of my photos.
would i recommend the d90, yes to anybody who owns a d40, d60 or similiar camera and wants the next step up without spending big on a more professional camera.
I bought this camera June 5th 2009, it cost me close to £900 but so far has been worth every penny!. im sure if you have got to the point of reading this review you are well aware of the specs if not thats the best place to start. while looking for a DSLR I looked at this and the 2 other price range competitors the Canon EOS 500D and the other Nikon D5000. this was a very hard choice I found that while playing around with all 3 in shops the D90 had the best video, and more vibrant pictures than the Canon. but that still left me with the two nikons the only thing that separated them in my books was the screens the larger screen on this D90 or the smaller lower resolution on the D5000. and as i like to take lots of photos and look at them i went for the D90. I have never looked back. I use the Camera for taking the normal photos holiday snaps walks general purpose and it never fails to deliver even for me who has never read a photography book had a lesson. i find that it is able to deliver pictures of great quality and clarity even when a novice like me moves from the standard modes into the manual modes. the lens that comes with it is great. just what you want with a camera of this budget. it covers a good range and focuses quickly but when in dark conditions this is slower as the use of the focusing light comes into play. one of my favorite features of the camera that i did not look into before buying is the battery life. it last for ever! I take a lot of photos at night with the flash blazing and the focus light going the screen brightness on full and reviewing and deleting photos previewing them to the subjects and i am still able to fill up an 8gb card and transfer them to p.c. in one battery life. thats normally around the 1300 photo mark on the lowest compression setting (highest resolution) so if you are torn between these 3 cameras the D90 is yet to let me down even in the varied and tough conditions I throw it into.
(that review is posted on ciao in my name.)
Fusing 12.3-megapixel image quality and a cinematic 24fps D-Movie Mode, the Nikon D90 exceeds the demands of passionate photographers.