Sep 26 2008
Posted by: Sierra Monica B. in Gadgets
Here is another camera dedicated to professional amateurs, same as the Canon EOS 50D we wrote about several days ago. Nikon D90 comes from one of the best brands when it comes to high-quality photo cameras and at a good price of $999 for a 12.3MP, compared to the $1,399 retail for the 15.1MP Canon model.
Released as an improvement for the Nikon D80 and inspired by Nikon D300, the latest camera uses a DX-format CMOS sensor, the Nikon EXPEED image processing technology and the NIKKOR optics for high-fidelity pictures.
The worldâ€™s first DSLR camera with video recording capability shoots continuously at a speed of 4.5 frames per second working with the 0.15ms power-up and split-second 65ms lag, while in D-Movie Mode it captures High Definition videos at 24 frames per second. It can go up to 720p High Definition in the Motion JPEG format helped by the NIKKOR interchangeable lens, which increase quality.
The model was introduced on August 27 as the first photo camera with SLR video recording to provide videos with reduced noise in low light environments compared to the other camcorders. It shoots at 320 x 216 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels or 1,280 x 720 pixels, using a larger sensor than those encountered at standard camcorders, and offering modes like fisheye, wide-angle and super-telephoto.
To make this enhancement, Nikon sacrificed some functionalities during video recording, including the autofocus.
It doesnâ€™t matter where you are shooting, and you can obtain the best images, thanks to the Nikon Scene Recognition System, which is in charge with adjusting several elements reaching a high-quality level, and these include autofocus, auto exposure and the white balance.
You can focus on any point in the frame using the Live View mode on the 3-inch LCD display of 920K colors, with 3 contrast-detect AF modes.
Nikon D90 has 12.3 effective megapixels for clear pictures with vivid colors, and in addition it features a wide sensitivity range of ISO 200 to ISO 3,200, which can be increased up to 6,400 or decreased up to 100, depending on the light level in the respective environment.
Similar with the other high-end cameras, the Nikon model comes with the Image Sensor Cleaning system to remove dust particles from the optical filter on the sensor.
Among other cool characteristics are Face Detection, the Picture Color System with 6 image settings like Monochrome and Landscape, Active D-Lighting for restoring details in shadows and highlighted areas, AF modes like single-point, dynamic-area, auto-area, and 3D tracking, as well as Advanced Scene Modes, Vibration Reduction, new retouch options, and the built-in flash with i-TTL flash control, which controls 2 groups of remote Speedlights.
Powering from a rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e battery, Nikon D90 enables 850 photos taken on a single charge. You can find out more about it and read some expert reviews on TestFreaks.