Best Nikon D90 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2020:

In line with the D80, the Nikon D90 remains a reflex intended for experienced amateurs and so-called expert users, with a video function. A first for an SLR.

Best Nikon D90 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2020

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The Nikon D90 is not a successor to the D80 , since the latter is still in the manufacturer’s catalog of SLRs . Is it to sell off large stocks, or to leave an alternative to those whose main novelty of the D90 (the video) leaves marble? Aesthetically, the D90 looks a lot like the D80. It takes up its design and size, with a volume of 13.2 x 10.3 x 7.7 cm. In terms of weight, with its 620 g the D90 wins against the D80 (585 g)

The latest expert camera from Nikon is far from being a featherweight. A weight that hides, among other things, a first. The D90 lets you film! Nikon blew the whistle on Canon, which announced shortly after the 5D Mark II(second reflex to make videos). But the two devices do not play in the same category. To offer this functionality, Nikon first equipped the D90 with a live view via screen. 

This feature takes full advantage of the D90’s LCD screen. A screen inherited from the D300 and D3 with a diagonal of 3 inches (7.6 cm), a definition of 920,000 pixels, and a very good vision angle (announced at 170 ° by the manufacturer). Live View is very easy to activate, via a button located above the navigation pad. The user can then frame at will as if he were using a compact device or a bridge. The live view has an autofocus with contrast detection which is much slower than that with phase detection used during optical sighting. 

The Live View

Once Live View is active, pressing the OK button on the navigation pad triggers the recording of a video. A video mode called D-Movie which loses autofocus. You can change the focal length via the lens ring but be careful with the focus! You will need to do this by manipulating the lens mounted on the body again. The whole process is conducive to camera shake, especially since the ergonomics of an SLR are far from that of a camcorder specifically studied for making videos. The use of a foot is highly recommended. 

The D90 offers three video modes, two standard and one in high definition720 (HD): 320 x216, 640 x 424 and 1280 x 720 pixels. All modes film in 24 frames per second, a rate that produces dropouts during too fast panoramas. Limitations exist. The D90 can only film consecutively for 5 minutes in HD, and 20 minutes for standard definitions. It is already more than enough to make beautiful video sequences. At any time it is possible to take a picture, but the video recording stops. For audio, the D90 has a mono microphone on the front of the device. 

This is far from being a powerful solution, especially since it is impossible to connect an external microphone. Capable of making films on video, Nikon has not omitted to equip the D90 with an HDMI socket to connect it to a TV.

In use

What does video bring to an SLR? The D90 is not a camcorder. It will help out to make short sequences for those who do not want to invest in a camera or do not want to multiply the devices to be transported. The D90 video is based on the very status of the product. It is an expert SLR. It therefore allows you to change the lens and take advantage of it to film. Telephoto, wide angle … the video possibilities are immense. The other advantage, and the main in our eyes, of the photo lenses lies in their openings and the depth of fields they bring. The videos thus made find relief, and lose the flatness of those of camcorders. The videos from the D90 have a little something akin to film.

The D90 remains primarily a camera. It takes many specifications from the D80, of which it is ultimately the designated successor. We find the control screen on the top of the camera, the 11-point Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus system, the ergonomics with the two navigation wheels on the front and back of the camera.


In addition to the LCD screen which goes from 2.5 (6.3 cm) inches on the D80 to 3 inches (7.6 cm) on the D90, many of the new features appeared on Nikon SLR cameras launched after the D80 ( D60 , D300 , D3 ) add to the D90. This is the case with Expeed image processing, the anti-dust vibration system or high sensitivity modes (ISO 3200 and 6400 in high sensitivity mode). The D90 also extends the on-board processing and correction functions. Alongside the now traditional D-Lightning which manages exposures of light or dark areas, there is support for NEF format (RAW format from Nikon) and a distortion correction.

The grip remains as pleasant as ever with a large handle and a non-slip coating. The autofocus with the lens of the kit at 18-105 mm (27-157.5 mm in 24×36 eq) is fast and precise. No (bad) surprises in terms of image quality. The D90 with its 12.3 million pixel sensor remains faithful to the well-deserved reputation of Nikon SLRs. The manufacturer manages, and this is undoubtedly one of its strengths, to control noise whatever the sensitivity chosen. The D90 aligns with the performance of the D80 better.

With the features and performance offered, the D90 is a benchmark in its niche, with a price below 1000 euros for the bare case. The camera is also offered as a kit with an 18-105mm lens stabilized at less than 1,200 euros.


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