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Nikon D90 DSLR Review

Review Date: Mar 16, 2009

Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

Nikon D90 Top View (with 18-135mm lens)
Photoxels Editor's Choice Award - Serious Enthusiast DSLR
Photoxels Editor's Choice Award - Serious Enthusiast DSLR


Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - Here's what should be in the box:

  • Nikon D90 DSLR w/Body Cap
  • No memory card [though I received a 4GB SanDisk Extreme III (30 MB/s) SDHC Card]
  • BM-10 LCD cover
  • Eyepiece Cup DK-21
  • Eyepiece Cap DK-5
  • Shoulder Strap AN-DC1
  • Li-Ion Battery EN-EL3e 7.4V 1500 mAh
  • MH-18a Quick Charger & power cord
  • Interface Cables: A/V EG-D2; USB UC-E4
  • Instruction Manuals (English and French): Quick Start Guide, Guide to Digital Photography
  • Software CDs: Software Solution, 1-2-3 of Digital Imaging 5.0 Extended Edition
  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens w/lens hood, lens cap, rear cap, and travelling bag

The Nikon D90 DSLR is positioned between the Family DSLR D60 and the Advanced DSLR D300. Each of the three Nikon digital cameras mentioned above addresses a different audience: the D300 mainly targets the pro who wants a cheaper second body as a backup camera; the D60 is a "Family DSLR" used mostly in point-and-shoot situations; and the D90 has absolutely everything an enthusiast needs. Not that a pro cannot use a D60 or an enthusiast a D300, etc. It's also not just marketing: the D300 is simply overkill for an enthusiast, the D90 is way overkill for a P&S photographer, and the D60 is lacking a couple of features important to the enthusiast.

There seems to be just the right amount of control buttons on the D90 with the right tactile feel. There is also free space for your thumb and index finger to rest on so you do not inadvertently rotate the Main command dial and/or the Sub-command dial.

Just like the D80 before it, I like the D90 very much. From the superb handling to the large and bright viewfinder, from the fast response to the excellent image quality, it is very easy to fall in love with this camera. That about sums it nicely up for the D90. Instead of waxing on at length about its features, the best thing if you are interested in this DSLR is to handle one and try it out yourself. "All you gotta do is pick it up....™" should be the D90's slogan ;o).

Nikon ViewNX v1.1.1
Nikon ViewNX v1.1.1

Use TransferNX to transfer your pictures from the D90 to your PC. Use ViewNX to view your pictures. You can rotate, tag, add info and show the focus point(s). To edit your picture, you need to purchase Capture NX, which you'll also need to process RAW (unless you already have another software to do that).

The Nikon D90 DSLR has lots of exposure flexibility and gives excellent image quality up to ISO 800. Higer ISO images are also relatively quite low in noise and very usuable. An advanced and knowledgeable photographer will be able to use RAW file format and noise reduction software to tweak out the best of higher ISO images. The Nikon D90 is a dream come true for the enthusiast: excellent image quality with low noise at high ISOs, instant response, and excellent handling -- at an affordable price. Live View and HD movie thrown in at no extra cost.

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