The New Nikon D90
Written by: Tiffany Joyce
Yup, they’re all ganging up on us in effort to drain our bank accounts right before Christmas. The blogosphere has been going nuts about these recent press releases. As if the D700 wasn’t big enough news this year, Nikon has announced the Nikon D90, the long awaited replacement of the D80. Here’s a quick rundown of the D90′s new features.
Nikon DX-Format CMOS Sensor with 12.3 megapixels
The DX-format sensor is the same one used in the D300. The DX sensor has a crop factor of about 1.5x which means it’s a little bigger than the standard Canon APS-C sensor. With the DX-format sensor you can expect excellent signal to noise ratio. The 12.3 megapixels is also becoming the new standard in entry-level DSLRs.
Also stripped from the D300, the EXPEED image processor gives the D90 the ability to shoot at 4.5 frames per second in continuous high speed mode. The new image processor also give the D90 better color and detail reproduction from the older models.
Improved Active D-Lighting
Active D-Lighting is much like Canon’s Highlight Priority mode with one important difference, active D-Lighting also tries to save shadow details. This feature analyzes the subject and tries to extract as much detail as possible from the highlights and shadows that would otherwise be lost.
This is one feature I never thought would catch on in DSLRs. Like what you would find on most point and shoots, face detection will automatically search for human faces and lock both exposure and focus on it.
This feature also seems to be becoming a staple. I was never a fan of live view on the 40D for the simple fact that the LCD did not swivel. If the LCD stayed put then why not just look through the viewfinder? This seems to be the case with the D90.
This is the feature I’m most excited to try out. If you’re thinking that this is same as your point and shoot’s movie mode then you’re wrong. This feature can shoot at 720p. That means full HD movie clips! Crazy, huh? Add being able to use any Nikkor lens while shooting your movie then you’ve got it made. We’re waiting for Canon to do the same. Is it safe to say this is going to be the new thing with digital SLRs? We would think so.
The D90 is now available at Amazon.com for $1,198.95, body only. You can purchase it with the 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens as a bundled kit for $1,278.75. You can read the D90′s 16-page brochure or go straight to the press release.
Lisa’s note: If you haven’t yet, dude, you have got to see this. Chase Jarvis and his crew take the D90 out for a spin. How badly do you want to work for him right now?