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Nikon D90

Nikon D90

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Fusing 12.3 megapixel image quality and a cinematic 24fps D-Movie Mode, the Nikon D90 exceeds the demands of passionate photographers. Coupled with Nikon's EXPEED image processing technologies and NIKKOR optics, breathtaking image fidelity is assured. Combined with fast 0.15ms power-up and split-second 65ms shooting lag, dramatic action and decisive moments are captured easily. Effective 4-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning frees image degrading dust particles from the sensor's optical low pass filter.

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August 27, 2008—Today, Nikon announced details of their latest DSLR, the D90, the successor to the D80. Pixel count has increased from 10MP to 12MP, continuous capturing is now faster at 4.5 fps (vs. 3 fps for the D80) and the LCD has gone from a low resolution (230,000 pixel) 2.5” unit to a high resolution (920,000 pixel) 3” unit.

The Nikon D90 also adds a Movie mode capable of capturing 1280×720 pixel images at 24 fps HD with sound. This is a first for a DSLR and it’s a feature I expect to see a lot more since Live View is now a pretty standard feature (and Live View is required to shoot movies). The D90 also adds face recognition technology.

At $999, the D90 is very competitively priced. The Canon EOS 50D, which was announced yesterday, is $1399 for the camera body alone, though the EOS 50D has a higher pixel count (15MP vs. 12MP), faster continuous shooting (6.3 fps vs. 4.5 fps) and a faster shutter (1/8000s vs. 1/4000s). On the other hand the EOS 50D lacks a movie mode and in-camera editing capability.

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Nikon D90 - A workhorse, Jul 13, 2012
By John Massengill

I am an hobbyist photographer, I purchased my Nikon D90 in Feb. ,09 and have been impressed with the intuitive layout. The D90 fits comfortably in my hand and makes very impressive images with 12.3 megapixels, I quickly fell in love with the ease of use. From macro to portrait to wildlife to candid photos and even movies with the 24 fps in D-movie mode it will serve you well, and there is the flash which works very well for an on camera flash and I have a Nikon SB-600 flash that works flawlessly with the D90 and can be used off camera with the D90 as well. The 3 in. LCD monitor is beautiful and makes image review or setting up a breeze and easy on the eyes. There certainly is no shortage of options and features on this camera.
In my experience with the Nikon D90 I have used kit lenses such as Nikkor 18-55 vr and 55-200 vr, Prime lenses Nikkor nifty 50mm, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G, Sigma 50mm f/1.4, the Tokina 100 macro pro these lenses have worked perfectly for me on the D90. All in all, if I lost it today I would want another one tomorrow.



a great workhorse in the Nikon F tradition, May 10, 2012
By Jerry M

I have been using Nikons for over 30 years and went digital about 5 years ago starting with the D50. I was quite happy with that camera (and still use it at times,) but 2 years ago I moved up to the D90. All I could say was "WOW"---a marked increase in my happiness of use. It took a while to get used to the upgraded menu features and different settings and I am still learning new things every time I use the camera. I am especially happy that it uses all my AF lenses. I really like the larger screen than the one on the D50. Like my old F2 and FE series of bodies, the controls are well placed and easy to use. Naturally I am very happy with the quality of images I am getting. The exposures are right on and require very little post processing. Like the D50, battery life is excellent and I can use larger size memory cards which helps a great deal. To tell you a secret, I got a D7000 a few months ago, and find the learning curve a bit steep and the controls a little complicated, so I still feel more comfortable with my trust D90. This, like my old F2 and FE2 is going to get a lot of use and be around for some time.



Comments From Review (35)

Hans de Moor , March 30, 2010; 03:03 P.M.

I just got my D90 with the 16-85mm Nikon zoom. I've been using a D50 with the 18-70mm Nikon zoom for the past few years and have passed this on to my daughter. I really enjoyed the D50. But the physical controls, view screen, and the additional features were too much to resist on the D90. So far it's great! I think I'm at my dream set now - I also have Nikon's 12-24mm and 70-300mm VR. The down side is now I have no excuse for lousy pictures!

Klemen J , March 21, 2010; 01:23 P.M.

I'm interested in d90 and I'm wondering if I can use AF lens

Terry L Townsend Berry , February 22, 2010; 08:43 P.M.

I have a D70 and the D90. I have shot thousands of pictures with the D70 and still shooting with it. While also shooting with the D90. Which is the better camera probably the D90 in many ways. Yet have no reason to or even thinking about retiring my D70 no way.

As far as constantly upgrading to the next high level say into the pro models won't do it. For one I am not a pro. Two there is no sense in spending a ton of money on a camera with a bunch of features you will never use. Not one of the big buck cameras will make you a better photographer. I have seen amateurs with big buck cameras shoot bad pictures and have seen pros shoot with the cheapest digital point and shoot take great photos.

Don't get caught up in the hype of as they say keeping up with the Jones or technology unless you have a ton of money and can afford to spend it like water you will never be able to keep up. For by the time you buy the latest one on the market you already buying a camera that is out dated. That is how fast technology is changing.

If your an amateur or an advanced amateur then get a camera that offers you the best you can afford for the type of shooting you plan on doing. All the little whistles and bells will not make a bad shot better. After all it is the person standing behind the camera that makes the shot good or bad.

Chase Jarvis a high end commercial photographer said it best: "The Best camera is the one that's in your hand."

Terry L Townsend Berry , February 22, 2010; 08:43 P.M.

I have a D70 and the D90. I have shot thousands of pictures with the D70 and still shooting with it. While also shooting with the D90. Which is the better camera probably the D90 in many ways. Yet have no reason to or even thinking about retiring my D70 no way.

As far as constantly upgrading to the next high level say into the pro models won't do it. For one I am not a pro. Two there is no sense in spending a ton of money on a camera with a bunch of features you will never use. Not one of the big buck cameras will make you a better photographer. I have seen amateurs with big buck cameras shoot bad pictures and have seen pros shoot with the cheapest digital point and shoot take great photos.

Don't get caught up in the hype of as they say keeping up with the Jones or technology unless you have a ton of money and can afford to spend it like water you will never be able to keep up. For by the time you buy the latest one on the market you already buying a camera that is out dated. That is how fast technology is changing.

If your an amateur or an advanced amateur then get a camera that offers you the best you can afford for the type of shooting you plan on doing. All the little whistles and bells will not make a bad shot better. After all it is the person standing behind the camera that makes the shot good or bad.

Chase Jarvis a high end commercial photographer said it best: "The Best camera is the one that's in your hand."

Tom Sheridan , January 05, 2010; 01:48 P.M.

Today, I walked out on my Nikkormat of 30 years and her family of pre-AI lenses, and into the arms of a bright young D90. Who says you can't be young again.

Johnathan Aulabaugh , November 17, 2009; 07:42 P.M.

I bought a D90 fairly quickly when they were released. I had been using a canon rebel xti for about a year and a half when the on board flash stopped working. the camera. that was not the only issues I had with it built. anyways I jumped ship and bought the Niikon. I have never looked back although some of Nikons practices tick me off. I see no reason to raise prices on glass that has been out for a year or 2. I have thought about upgrading but the camera still works as new so i have no complaints. better to master the camera you have than to constantly upgrade for no reason.

Andrew Campbell , April 18, 2009; 02:47 A.M.

I have used my trusty old D50 for four years, and just today I purchased a D90. In fact, I'm charging the battery for the first time right now.

To people who complain about the speed at which cameras change, just have a look at my page--all done with a 6.1 megapixel D50.

People who feel they must have the most recent and high-tech camera are missing the whole point IMO. Photography should be a creative endeavor. It's what you do with what you have that counts.

Allan Jamieson , April 03, 2009; 07:00 P.M.

Just bought one of these a few weeks ago to replace my D80, whilst I await another year or so in progress in the full frame model range.

First impressions are that it is very like the D80, rear screen is nicer, live view feature interesting too, have tried out the movie mode by accident and it seemed okay. What I don't like is that I find the metering very erratic compared to the D80. I know that people always complained that the D80 clipped highlights, but mine gave me good results 99.9% of the time. However, the D90 is very inconsistent with its metering. I took some macro pics the other night, simple subjects, yellow daffodils and some pink alpine flowers in good light, yet some of the images were very over exposed, whilst others were perfect. I kept watch on the histogram and had to reduce exposure by approx 2/3 of a stop on some of the images to get a result with a balanced histogram that looked to have good colour on the rear screen.

I've been taking pictures like this for years, originally with an Olympus OM4ti before the D80 and never had any issue with this sort of exposure issue before now. So, in some ways the D90 might be better than the D80, but metering isn't one of them. But, if you know what you are doing you can work around that, although you really shouldn't have to.

Craig Jenkins , March 18, 2009; 04:59 A.M.

I just got my D90, upgraded from a D70. WOW! I am still learning the fine differences in operation between the two. But for my first impressions, here is what stands out for me.

* Working with files double the size I am use to does tax my CPU noticeably. The computer is still waiting for me most of the time. I have gotten use to it waiting for me ALL the time, but no long with the D90 RAW NEF files. This is not an inconvenience, but just something different worth pointing out. My PC is a HP laptop with a Intel Centrino Duo processor & 3MB RAM.

* Also, presently I am using several 1GB SD cards - as in the 1st generation of SD cards. These are extremely slow. I will be getting a few 2GB or 4GB SDIII cards soon. However, the price is falling as I am typing, so I want to hold off for as long as I can tolerate the slow cards I already have on hand.

I am thrilled with my D90! As I learn more about it, I will follow up if something else is worth mentioning or repeating.

Louis Despres , February 21, 2009; 09:31 P.M.

I debated between the D300 and D90 for months... Finally pulling the trigger on the D90 Kit. Retailing at 1299 there is no better camera for the money right now. Excellent Low light shooting. High ISO's with low noise! Unless you absolutely need the high (6fps) frame rate, 51 auto focus points and bulky more durable build the D300 offers, save yourself some money and get the more affordable D90. It is worth every cent. The 18-105VR kits lens is a steal as well!

Pradeep Raghunathan , February 18, 2009; 01:52 P.M.

That is true, it does not sound like a Bob Atkins review. Having said that, I am a Canon shooter too, but I have noticed that Nikon has come a long way from where they were. Given a choice today, I would pick up a Nikon over a Canon. Nikon is designing their cameras more from the perspective of the Photographer.

Chris Winpenny , January 28, 2009; 07:18 A.M.

RE: Karl Feltig , November 13, 2008; 05:38 A.M.

>The "on-board" microphone, is crap, the sound is terrible. Too bad that there is not an input for an externel one.

My sentiments exactly. I only echo what's already been mentioned because I gave a brief review on a different site that said the same but haven't seen a similar comment elsewhere. As such I was beginning to wonder whether my camera had a faulty microphone, at least I now know there's at least one other out there.

Personally I wouldn't go as far as to call it a problem as I look upon the video functionality as more of a gimmick. I only picked up on it as I was trying every possible feature and it was the only negative point I could find, but them I'm no pro and maybe I'm easily impressed

The only really important point is that the quality of the images is absolutely incredible.

Stephen Asprey , January 11, 2009; 04:35 P.M.

I'm going with the D90 / 18-200VR combo for about what I would have to pay for a D300. The main reason for considering the D300 was the robust and sealed body. Everything else on the D90 is as good if not better than the D300. the firmware seems to be better than the D300 so the sharpness and noise control is better than the D300. I'll trade up when I can afford the D700 (or its successor).

Stephen Asprey , January 05, 2009; 01:42 A.M.

I am also wrestling with the D90 v D300. There is not so much of a difference here...maybe 20%. I can't afford a D700. I need a robust and better sealed body than a consumer version, but would not need something the size of the D3. Any comments would be appreciated.

John Hodge , December 30, 2008; 05:39 P.M.

"Florin Sgondea , December 10, 2008; 06:20 P.M.

I am a Canon guy. I own a Rebel Xt and I plan on changing it with a 50 D. Reading your comments about Nikon it seems to me that you work for Nikon. Your review of Canon 50D is matter of fact, but you are praising so much the Nikon.. Please explain. I'm assuming that you should be objective. Thank you very much. Florin Sgondea"

I'm pretty sure that this is a press-release from Nikon, and not an actual photo.net review...

Florin Sgondea , December 10, 2008; 06:20 P.M.

I am a Canon guy. I own a Rebel Xt and I plan on changing it with a 50 D. Reading your comments about Nikon it seems to me that you work for Nikon. Your review of Canon 50D is matter of fact, but you are praising so much the Nikon.. Please explain. I'm assuming that you should be objective. Thank you very much. Florin Sgondea

Florin Sgondea , December 10, 2008; 06:19 P.M.

I am a Canon guy. I own a Rebel Xt and I plan on changing it with a 50 D. Reading your comments about Nikon it seems to me that you work for Nikon. Your review of Canon 50D is matter of fact, but you are praising so much the Nikon.. Please explain. I'm assuming that you should be objective. Thank you very much. Florin Sgondea

Steve Hovland , November 27, 2008; 02:10 P.M.

I'm thinking the video could be cool during wedding ceremonies.

Even though I do some video for other purposes, I don't think it adds much to wedding coverage except during the ceremony and a few other key events.

If you can easily shift between still and video then you can pick up some bucks that might otherwise go to a videographer.

Add a decent field recorder and microphone set up somewhere close to the couple, and you could get good sound. It takes a bit of fiddling to get the sync right, but you would have the audio track from the camera to help with that.

Prosumer camcorders cost about $3-5,000, so this would be a cheaper way in.

Here's one link to "field recorders."

http://emusician.com/mag/emusic_playing_field/

And a google search:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=field+recorders&aq=f&oq=

Will Quinnell , November 20, 2008; 03:07 P.M.

I'm still shooting with a D70 (no 's') and haven't seen a body that made enough of a difference to warrant an upgrade. I am checking out the D90 now and very tempted. A D70 with good glass still takes great shots

Karl Feltig , November 13, 2008; 05:38 A.M.

Excellent camera, with very little noice at high ISO. Compared with my previous D40x is a step ahead to functions, handling, Ease of use and performance. Also, light sensor is far more relieble and trustful. Though, i Dare to say that at ISO 100 (and only), D40x had better results. Video is the fun side of the camera (check it here: Nikon D90 videos), but i believe it comsumes a lot of battery.

Problems:

The "on-board" microphone, is crap, the sound is terrible. Too bad that there is not an input for an externel one.

Maybe on the next firmware update :P:P:P:P (The "transformers" button will take care of that) :P:P

Martin Puster , October 22, 2008; 03:59 A.M.

To Vincent: I have made quite good experiences with my D100 and the Sigma 180/3,5 Macro. I did some photos of little reptiles last summer and could manage to keep out of their flight distance with an 1,4 converter and a monopod. The original Nikon is surely the better optics, but those macros are top anyway, and the Nikon lacks SWM as well as the ability to attach a converter. Maybe you should look out for the Sigma 180/3,5 or the (just small format) 150/2,8 macros.

Martin

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William Israelson , October 08, 2008; 01:18 P.M.

Bob, you are absolutely correct. It is interesting how we as photogs might worry about missing out on a certain aspect, or feature of the next generation or incarnation of a camera, when more often than not, we have yet to master the camera that we currently own, and the potential it offers. What is now state of the art in camera technology was indeed pure science fiction just a few years ago -- and most of us enjoy this incredible technology as a hobby. Life is good!

Vincent von Frese , October 07, 2008; 02:58 P.M.

I bought my D90 on September 30th. It seems easy to learn however I have not learned how to delete unwanted shots. I need to photograph close ups of reptiles for research but need help finding the cheapest and best close up attachment . Can anyone advise me?

Matthew Roberts , October 05, 2008; 06:47 P.M.

I have had my D90 for a week now and give it the big thumbs up! Was going to get a D300 but has the same spec as D90 but dearer. I also read kenrockwell.com D90 review to help me decide.

Steve Morris , September 30, 2008; 01:26 P.M.

Well said, Bob! You are right on the button!

Bob Slater , September 27, 2008; 04:44 P.M.

Is the D80 that you just recently bought suddenly no longer producing quality images? Does it's obsoleteness now HOLD YOU BACK from producing the beautiful images you were producing yesterday, before they announced this new model? I suggest it is ONLY obsolete when it no longer serves the purpose for which it was purchased --OR--if it is no longer capable of keeping up with YOUR attained photographic skill level, artestry and/or genius! THEN...you need to buy the newer, bigger, better and/or faster one (...and ONLY then!)

Michael Shelton , September 25, 2008; 03:29 P.M.

With this release of the D90, the price of the D80 just went down to $599 at BandH which prompted me to get one. Add the extended service warranty for an additional 2 years and I do not have much to worry about.

The D80 is still a great camera and completely capable of taking great pictures for the next few years.

When the D90 drops down in price to the $700s, then it would be a great deal. You will most likely have the battery grip that works with both and the SDHC cards, which should ease the transition.

tim higgins , September 24, 2008; 05:56 A.M.

While waiting for my D90 kit to arrive I was kindly given a D60 to play with, and can I just say while the D60 is a nice little camera I was VERY IMPRESSED when I got my hands on my D90. If you are tossing up between the two cameras, GET THE D90!! It's worth every cent.

Dave Horner , September 21, 2008; 01:11 P.M.

Does this camera body take my old Nikon manual focus lenses? Dave

Einar Landre , September 09, 2008; 03:32 P.M.

D90 come with the same sensor as D300, while D80 has the same you found in D200. Comparing D200 with D300 is not a fair competition. The same will be said about comparing D80 with D90. It's just a different leage.

RL Potts , September 08, 2008; 06:17 P.M.

Do you or not have to buy an adjusted eyepiece to make the viewfinder suitable for your eyes?

Victor Wei , August 27, 2008; 10:22 P.M.

This is sure exciting - the D90 is everything I expected and more. I was going to upgrade to a D300 but now the D90 looks pretty appealing given it's $500 cheaper and have HD movie mode. Looks like the D90 would be on my Santa's list, unless someone can think of what the D300 can offer that the D90 can't.

Morten Nielsen , August 27, 2008; 05:45 P.M.

Interesting that Nikon explicitly tags the "professional sports photographer choice" on the D3. I, at least, have not seen that before in Nikon's communication. Something is definetely cooking :)

/Morten

Michael Kuhne , August 27, 2008; 02:27 P.M.

The D80 is certainly not wiped out by the D90. It remains to be seen if the D90's JPEG images are as crisp, and if it achieves low noise with as little loss of detail as the D80. As far as resolution, you are not going to actually see a difference between 10 and 12 mp!

Nichole Holden , August 27, 2008; 04:05 A.M.

i dont know what to take of this new camera. i just bought my nikon d80 like 2 months ago... used at a pro photo supply... should i of just waited... one thing i hate about technology and love about it at the same time is the need to be better. its like it is worthless real fast. everything becomes outdated you can never keep up.

makes me wonder if i should sell my nikon d80 battery grip and lens for the price of the new one?!