Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Photo enthusiasts will appreciate the 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, 3″ high-resolution LCD display, Scene Recognition System, Picture Control, Active D-Lighting, and one-button Live View of the Nikon D90 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only), which provides them with the image quality and performance they need to pursue their own vision while remaining intuitive enough to be used as a daily carry-around camera.

It is equipped with Nikon’s EXPEED image-processing engine, which produces superb photos with fine details, smooth tones, rich colors, and low noise throughout a wide ISO sensitivity range, as well as dramatically accelerating camera performance on all fronts.

A start-up time of only 0.15 seconds and a shutter release lag time of around 65 milliseconds enable the D90 to give a quick reaction when shooting continuously at a rate of up to 4 images per second (4.5 frames per second). In addition, the D90 debuts the D-Video mode, which allows an interchangeable lens SLR camera to capture 720p HD movie clips for the first time on an interchangeable lens SLR camera.

In addition to taking advantage of the superior optical quality and wide range of available NIKKOR lenses, the Nikon D90’s finely tuned 11-area AF System (based on Nikon’s advanced Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module) ensures consistently fast and precise focus lock in a variety of shooting conditions. Additionally, Nikon’s exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II ensures accurate automatic exposure control, even in the most challenging lighting conditions.

In addition to Nikon’s proprietary Scene Recognition System, which enhances precision in autofocus, auto exposure, and auto white balance in a variety of shooting conditions – so you’ll obtain gorgeous shots with point-and-shoot ease – the D90 also has a large touchscreen for easy navigation.

Using the Live View mode, users can frame their photographs on the big 3″ high definition color LCD screen, making it simple to compose images even while shooting from awkward angles. Three contrast-detect autofocus settings allow photographers to focus on any place in the picture, allowing for a broader range of compositions to be used with the camera.

Aside from that, the D90 offers a face priority autofocus option that can be used in Live View mode to capture even crisper images of individuals.

Resolution of 12.3 Megapixels

With the 12.3 megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor and Nikon’s industry-leading 12-bit advanced EXPEED image processing technologies, users can capture natural-looking images that benefit from faithful color and tone reproduction as well as a wide dynamic range.

The sensor and Nikon’s industry-leading 12-bit advanced EXPEED image processing technologies work in harmony with high-precision digital image processing algorithms to produce natural-looking images that benefit from faithful color and tone reproduction as well as a wide dynamic range.

Sensor with Self-Cleaning Capability

D90 has a self-cleaning sensor unit that vibrates at high frequencies using four distinct resonance frequencies to remove any loose dust from the sensor’s optical low pass filter surface, which is achieved by vibrating at high frequencies and utilizing four different resonance frequencies.

Instantaneous startup and high-speed performance

A near-instantaneous power-up time of 0.15 seconds and a shutter latency of only 65 milliseconds make the Nikon D90 an excellent choice for photographers who want to respond quickly to photography possibilities as they occur.

Additionally, the camera’s rapid continuous shooting capability at 4.5 frames per second allows for performance photography of sports and other high-speed situations, while shutter settings ranging from 1/4000 to 30 seconds or a bulb option offer complete creative control over the image.

D-Movie Mode is an exclusive feature.

720p HD (1280 x 720 pixels) or lower-quality video clips (320 x 216 pixels & 640 x 424 pixels) in Motion JPEG format with the smoothness of a professional 24 frames per second are possible when recording in Motion JPEG format.

The camera’s sensor, which is far bigger than that of a standard camcorder, provides superior picture quality and low noise performance, as well as high ISO sensitivity performance, even when recording movies. Making creative movie clips or capturing life’s most dramatic moments is made even easier with the vast range of wonderfully crisp NIKKOR interchangeable lenses available, which range from fisheye to wide-angle and ultra-telephoto.

Micro NIKKOR lenses, on the other hand, bring the enchantment of extreme close-up images to the world of filmmaking.

High Sensitivity with Noise Reduction is a great combination.

When shooting with the Nikon D90, you may choose between ISO 200 and 3200 to make the most of available light and create the best possible exposure. The sensitivity may also be increased to as low as ISO 100 when using the Lo-1 mode, or as high as ISO 6400 when using the Hi-1 mode.

In addition, while shooting at high ISO settings, three different degrees of High ISO Noise Reduction are accessible to you. When shooting at shutter speeds of 8 seconds or slower, the Long Exposure Noise Reduction feature is also accessible to you.

AF System with 11-area coverage

Using Nikon’s Multi-CAM 1000 AF System, you may get the greatest amount of versatility and the best performance in a variety of shooting conditions. Its 11-area autofocus system is equipped with a cross-type sensor in the center, which provides wide frame coverage, as well as class-leading low light detection and an AF-assist illuminator for added convenience while shooting in low light.

Apart from that, the D90 offers a variety of AF-area modes, including Single-point AF for stationary subjects, Dynamic Area AF for moving subjects, auto-area AF for spontaneity photography as well as 3D-tracking (11 points) AF for when you want to change the composition after focusing on your subject.

D-Lighting Mode with Auto-Active Dimmer

If you use the Active D-Lighting mode, you can correct highlights and shadows in real time while also optimizing image contrast. This mode produces broader tone reproduction in both shadows and highlights while also employing localized tone control technology to achieve a more pleasing level of contrast across the entire image, and it can be used on an image-by-image basis or set to function automatically.

Additionally, because Active D-Lighting is applied as photographs are collected, the amount of time spent editing images is decreased. In addition to the four degrees of Active D-Lighting that are accessible, it is also possible to bracket your photographs, enabling you to take one image with Active D-Lighting and another without it.

Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System is a color metering system developed by Nikon.

Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II, which is significantly more sophisticated than traditional multi-pattern metering systems, instantly and accurately evaluates brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area, and subject-to-camera distance information, referencing the results against an onboard database of 30,000 scenes captured during real-world photography.

Spot metering readings correlate to 11 different focusing sites when the center-weighted area reading is varied.

Viewfinder with a bright pentaprism

There is an easy-to-view 19.5 mm eyepoint and a precise eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with about 96 percent (centered) frame coverage on the D90’s viewfinder (at -1.0 m-1). An integrated 16-frame overlay grid display is also included in the viewfinder, which may be used to aid in the production of more balanced compositions.

Color LCD Display with High Density (3-inch)

With a resolution of 920,000 pixels, the camera’s 3″ high-resolution LCD monitor provides sharp and clear rendering of images and text. The camera’s wide viewing angle allows users to view the display at odd angles while still being able to clearly see all of the display information, which is a significant advantage when using the Live View mode or when reviewing your images while playing back your footage.

Live Viewing Capability

The Nikon D90 is equipped with the Live View feature, which provides photographers with a live image on the LCD screen in two modes, one for hand-held photography and the other for tripod shooting. The Live View technology is particularly beneficial while shooting in a studio, when using remote shooting, or when shooting from difficult angles, among other situations. In addition, the Live View enables access to three contrast detection focus settings, including Face Priority AF, which is particularly useful for portrait photography.

Scene Modes with a Higher Level of Detail

The D90 is equipped with Advanced Scene Modes, which include Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, and Night Portrait modes, among others. These modes not only modify exposure and picture processing, but also determine the appropriate Active D-Lighting and Picture Control settings to use in order to get the best possible results with the camera. Aside from that, the D90 can detect if VR (Vibration Reduction) is on or off, and it lowers noise even in dimly light scenes.

A Scene Recognition System that is integrated with a Face Recognition System

Because of the 420-pixel RGB sensor, the D90 is able to precisely scan the color and brightness information of each scene and use this information to autofocus, autoexposure, and auto white balance. The D90 also identifies human faces utilizing the Face Detection System, which incorporates data into the calculation process, resulting in faces with improved definition and accuracy, as well as face priority autofocus in Live View mode and quick zoom into people’s faces while recording video.

Image editing and effects are performed in-camera.

Creative in-camera effects and editing tools are accessible under the Retouch menu, allowing for greater creative freedom without the need for a computer or other external device. In automated mode, Nikon D-lighting pulls out detail to enhance outcomes and give a creative flair, while also improving overall exposure balance and exposure balance.

Red-eye Correction automatically identifies and adjusts for the annoyance of red-eye that might be produced by flash when shooting in manual mode. Image trimming can be used to reduce the size of files for easier sharing or to increase the efficiency of files for certain end uses such as printing.

Using Image Overlay, you may combine a pair of chosen RAW (NEF) files captured with the D90 to generate a composite image that can be saved in either RAW or JPEG format. Monochrome black and white, sepia, and cyanotype effects, as well as Skylight, Warm Tone, and Custom Color filter effects, are all available to use.

Multiple Exposure is a technique that uses up to three sequential exposures to form a single image within the camera, resulting in innovative and sometimes bizarre outcomes.

Geo-tagging with a GPS device (with optional accessory)

When used in conjunction with the optional GP-1 GPS device, automated real-time geotagging is performed, offering another option for organizing your photographs.

Alternatively, users may explore a variety of locales for a given subject by grouping photographs together by location. The possibilities for location reconnaissance and monitoring are virtually limitless.

Pictmotion is integrated into the slide show function.

Advanced Pictmotion transitions include slide-in, slide-out, and fade-in/fade-out transitions, as well as slide-in and fade-out transitions. Select a range of photos, choose a style, and add music for stunning picture presentations.

Through the use of an AV connection, users may see the photographs and slide shows on a conventional television set, or they can just view them on the camera’s 3.0-inch LCD screen. An HDMI interface is also included, allowing users to watch photos and slide shows on a high-definition television compatible with HDMI.

Design that is both ergonomic and long-lasting

With a small and compact design, the Nikon D90 is easy to use, thanks to the size, placement, and function of all of the camera’s buttons and controls, which are all intended for intuitive use.

The camera’s components are also extremely robust, thanks to a shutter mechanism that has been particularly designed to provide long and precise service. In order to do this, the D90 shutter has undergone extensive testing and has been certified to survive for more than 100,000 shutter-release cycles.

Battery Life is Exceptional

Because of the High-Efficiency power technology, the battery life is exceptionally long. Consequently, the Nikon EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery has enough power to permit the shooting of up to 850 photographs on a single charge (according to CIPA Standards) and may be refilled at any time without experiencing battery memory difficulties.

Integration with Nikon’s Total Imaging System is a piece of cake.

In terms of lens compatibility, the Nikon D90 offers unparalleled versatility with Nikon’s portfolio of AF Nikkor lenses as well as Nikon’s digital-exclusive DX Nikkor lenses. MB-D80 battery pack, available as an option, provides extended shooting capability in an ergonomic design that improves shooting stability.

The pack, which can be powered by one or two EN-EL3e batteries or six AA-size batteries, also has an additional command dial as well as alternate buttons for shutter release, AE-Lock/AF-Lock, and AE-Lock/AF-Lock, which makes vertical shooting more comfortable and convenient.

In landscape and macro photography, the Wireless ML-L3 (IR) Remote Control and the MC-DC2 Remote Cord choices give the essential camera steadiness when employing long exposures, which is very important.

Exceptional Software

PictureProject software, which comes bundled with the Nikon D90, has a straightforward user interface that allows for quick and easy access to sophisticated tools for organizing, editing, and sharing photographs.

The program is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. Auto Enhance and other creative capabilities, as well as the ability to send emails, view slideshows, and burn CDs and DVDs, are all accessible via convenient buttons. Pictures may be arranged with a simple drag-and-drop procedure, and they can be readily found by searching for them by name, keyword, or creation date.

Even design templates that make it simple to manufacture prints, customize photographs for e-mail, or arrange numerous images on a page to create unique album layouts are available. Nikon ViewNX picture browsing and editing software is also included with the camera, allowing you to organize, label, and pick photographs, as well as execute RAW (NEF) image editing tweaks and conversions, among other things.

Nikkor’s Capture NX2 software, available as an option, is a highly flexible and stunningly easy photo editing tool designed to help photographers unlock the full potential of Nikon’s NEF (RAW) photos. Capture NX’s powerful photo image processing and editing tools can also be applied to JPEG and TIFF files, allowing it to meet a broader range of photofinishing requirements and applications.

Capture NX’s innovative user interface provides easier access to powerful and visually intuitive enhancement tools.

Nikon D90 Specs

Body typeMid-size SLR
Max resolution4288 x 2848
Other resolutions3216 x 2136, 2144 x 1424
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors13 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ISOAuto, 200 – 3200 (plus 6400 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)6400
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (5)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaSelective single-pointSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points11
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeSuper Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage96%
Viewfinder magnification0.96× (0.64× 35mm equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (pop-up)
Flash range17.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive4.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
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 BracketingYes (2 or 3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Resolutions1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps), 320 x 216 (24 fps)
FormatMotion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC
Storage includedNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Optional ML-L3 or MC-DC2)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL3e rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)850
Weight (inc. batteries)703 g (1.55 lb / 24.80 oz)
Dimensions132 x 103 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.06 x 3.03″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by USB cable and PC)
GPS notesGP-1

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