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 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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