Nikon D90 DSLR Camera

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The D90 is a highly competitive piece of kit, but it's the way the features have been chosen and put together that make it the 'photographer's camera'.”

Key Features

  • 12.9MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  • 11-point AF system with 3D tracking
  • ISO 200-3200 expandable up to 6400
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dots
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 4.5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 420-pixel RGB metering system
  • SD/SDHC card slot

Product Description

The 12.9MP DX-format Nikon D90 is the crop-frame DSLR that brought HD video recording to masses of still photographers. Equipped with 720p video, an 11-point AF system and a fixed 3.0 inch LCD, the D90 is well suited for enthusiast shooters. It offers a high level of customizability and useful in-camera Raw processing options. The D90's dynamic range is good as-is, and with Active D-Lighting enabled users can get a little more range out of the camera as they see fit. Since its 2008 introduction, it has enjoyed a long life in the market thanks to its popularity among amateur and working photographers who prize its reliability and consistently good image quality.


Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 4288 x 2848
Other resolutions 3216 x 2136, 2144 x 1424
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 13 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 200 - 3200 (plus 6400 with boost)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (5)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 11
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 96%
Viewfinder magnification 0.96×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 17.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive 4.5 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (2, 3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2 or 3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps), 320 x 216 (24 fps)
Format Motion JPEG
Microphone Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (Optional ML-L3 or MC-DC2)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 850
Weight (inc. batteries) 703 g (1.55 lb / 24.80 oz)
Dimensions 132 x 103 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.06 x 3.03)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by USB cable and PC)
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1


User Reviews

4.42909 out of 5 stars
  • kokuwana, Sep 7, 2012 GMT:
    Nikon D90

    Always used Nikon cameras. Nikon F 65, Nikon D 40 and upgraded to Nikon D 90. Very pleased with the camera and results. Joined nikonistas club from Spain and found many real positive opinions about features, specs, IQ...Concerning the video, can´t expect much from the world's first DSLR too shoot video!!Globally rate the camera with 5* after shooting in several conditions and locations.Still look to Nikon D 90 as a photo camera...that´s all for now thanks DP! Problems: Never found one.

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  • squajackyl, Jun 18, 2012 GMT:
    Good for start!

    Ottimo corpo macchina soprattutto per iniziare ad avere a che fare con le Reflex. Ha tutto quello che serve e con un po' di pratica si possono fare foto anche a livello di professionista. Certamente però serve tempo e pazienza. Corpo macchina robusto e di dimensioni ottime, tutti i comandi al posto giusto, carica batteria fenomenale! Unica pecca è l'incompatibilità con i vecchi obiettivi, ovvero se si montano obiettivi senza autofocus questi non comunicano nemmeno l'apertura del diaframma. ...

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  • lmtfa, Apr 7, 2012 GMT:
    Very nice camera.

    I get to use my DX lenses

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  • Rolo King, Mar 20, 2012 GMT:
    Worth the wait

    I eyed the D90 as soon as it came out. But I already had Canon and Pentax gear. After having left Canon for good, waiting for Pentax to come out with something like the K-7 but with the same sensor, and trying out my friend's D90, it was about the right time to go back to a dual system. Pictures from this camera still hold up well when compared to current offerings. Despite having waited two years after its release (can you believe this model will soon be four years old?), it still felt like ...

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Questions & Answers


Tamron 70-300 VC- is it a safe buy?

Hello all, new to DP Review here.  Want to thank anyone in advance for any insight or responses regarding my questions- Backstory:  My father and I want to buy a new lens to share.  We are torn between the Nikkor 70-300 VR lens, and the Tamron 70-300 VC.  My dad is from the old school and does not want to put anything on his camera (D90) that is not a Nikkor lens.  I'm a very open to trying a 3rd party lens because I have put in the research in to it and see that a handful of lenses have gotten excellent reviews (this Tamron too, mostly). My father is shooting a D90 and I'm shooting a D7000. From all the reviews we've read and videos we've seen, my father can't believe it.  The reviews for the Tamron 70-300VC seem to generally be better across the board than its similarly priced Nikkor counterpart. They seem to be basically equal from 70-200, but the Tamron seems to be better from 200-300, which is important to us because we shoot a lot of birds. My questions: 1.)  Has anyone here ...

King Gooner asked
6 months ago


Hi, Here is lot of samples: A truly great lens. Can't comment on the Nikon. I compared it with the Canon and beside a slightly slower AF the lens is much better. Continue Reading

Joachim Gerstl answered
6 months ago

I used the Tamron VC for a few years, from D90 to D7000 and now D7100. I have excellent keeper rate using this lens. Definitely a cheaper alternative, with at least as good AF and IQ. Go for it, my friend. Continue Reading

Lawrence W answered
6 months ago

I got the Tamron version over three years ago and have been happily shooting it on my D90 ever since. I went in the store to get the Nikon version having never heard of this at the time brand new Tamron lens. I came out with the vc. Lots of examples in my gallery here and on my stream linked below. The stabilization is excellent and the six year warranty is nothing to sneeze at. Good luck. -- Continue Reading

Brev00 answered
6 months ago


Fujifilm X-E1 or Sony A6000

Hi guys ... I'm new on the field and I would highly appreciate everybody opinions. I'm about to buy a mirror less camera and my doubt is between the Fujifilm X-E1 vs. Sony A6000. I use to have a Nikon D90. Now I'm looking for something easy to career as I do travel quite often and also good image quality in which I'm able to do some professional work. Thanks a lot everybody.

rafalima asked
5 months ago


Depends a lot on your experience level, your needs and what you want, in general. The Sony has a much better video function and is probably better when it comes to auto focus tracking of a moving subject. The Sony has more features geared towards the average consumer (face detection, scene modes, etc.) Both cameras will produce an outstanding image and both are good at higher ISO settings. The Fuji is a great camera with a much better menu system, better white balance, beautiful JPEG images and lenses that are hard to beat. It's really a matter of personal preference when deciding which camera is best for you. Right now, the price of an X-E1 along with the unusually good 18-55mm lens is unbelievably low so it would be very tempting, but it may not be the right camera for you. Just the same, I don't think you could go too far wrong with either camera. Continue Reading

Ed B answered
5 months ago


Any Advantage to Full Frame?

I use a D90 and am considering a D7100 or D5300 or D610. If I understand things correctly, there is no advantage at all, for my use (noise in low light is not a concern to me), of a D610 over the two DX choices. The disadvantages of the D610 include a narrower depth of field (all things being equal), higher cost for camera, higher cost for lenses, more weight and larger size. Surely, I must be overlooking or wrong about something given the increasing popularity of full frame. Where am I wrong in my thinking?

5th street asked
1 month ago


You may not be wrong at all. Much of the drive toward 'upgrading to full frame' is marketing driven, as if it is an upgrade at all.   It's more a 'sidegrade'.   You give up some things (cost, weight, lighter wide angle lenses) for other things (mainly 1 stop better high ISO). But the ability of a full frame camera to give better results in low light than DX is real.  And that opens up more shooting opportunities. Continue Reading

1 month ago

The blur disk may be the same size on the sensor but it takes up a larger portion of the image (more pixels) in the smaller format. Smaller format lenses need to be relatively better to make up for their sensor's size penalty. In DX vs FX they typically aren't because they are often the same lens design repackaged (in mFT vs DX they sometime are because mFT designers, aware of the problem, redesigned their lenses from the ground up). And the larger format's pixels are larger, resulting in better noise performance. That's why the larger format will normally be measurably and perceivably better than the smaller one in terms of IQ in most typical situations when viewed at the same output size, as you can easily confirm at a quick glance at the top ten lenses on the D610 show an average of 21.3MP while the same top ten on the D7100 average out at 17.4MP, despite its lack of an AA filter (which is a bit of a mixed bag). Similar benefits in noise and DR. Of course this ... Continue Reading

Jack Hogan answered
1 month ago

and as I noted higher up in the thread, they are basically the same as with film. Digital has blurred the lines of comparison for some people, and in some cases. Some have pointed out that you have to look at the blur circles produced by lenses at common apertures to understand why 24MP on one format may not be exactly the same as 24MP on another. There's a good tutorial here Surface area matters because a lens can only focus a point down to a certain diameter for any given aperture. The optical limits of the system come into play.* There is another side to this too. A smaller sensor can use a wider focal length lens to achieve the same field of view, and this will allow it to use a larger aperture to achieve the same depth of field. So, in theory, you could use a 1.3 stop faster aperture on DX, with a lens of equivalent field of view, to get the same depth in a scene while using a lower sensitivity, all else ... Continue Reading

Matsu answered
1 month ago

Warranty Information

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