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Nikon D90

Nikon D90
alaScore 94

5393 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5393 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the lens and value for money. The usability and screen are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the software.

image quality, screen, usability, value for money, lens

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D90 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Excellent product


Good Image Quality, Fast shutter speed, Quiet, Easy to use, Good image stabilization, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Design, Control panel, Battery, Build quality, Black level, Color

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Nikon D90 SLR Review


MELVILLE, N.Y. (Aug. 27, 2008) - Nikon Inc. today announced the D90, a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera that redefines the creative boundaries of digital photography allowing photographers to easily create stunning still images and High...

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Nikon D90


Nikon rocked the DSLR world when it announced the D90, the first digital SLR camera to incorporate video recording. That feature needs refinement, but purely as a photographer's tool, the D90 stacks up as a worthy successor to the Nikon D80 on several...

Ease of use and handling ; High-quality images

No audio recording for stills ; Live View not good for stills shooting

Nikon scores high for offering great image quality and terrific design--including rudimentary video recording, a DSLR first.


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A Nikon DSLR That's Smarter Than You Are


Problem: DSLRs take the best pictures, but you don't. No offense, but you need a camera that's smarter than its user. The 12.3-megapixel D90 is a Mensa-worthy

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Nikon D90


Budding shutterbugs looking into buying their first D-SLR are often surprised to discover that, despite the digital SLR's many admirable qualities, it lacks one feature that most simple point-and-shoot models these days have: the ability to shoot...

Solid image quality. Excellent color fidelity. Low noise, even at high ISOs. Shoots HD video

Controls aren't very intuitive. Relatively low still-image resolution. Video features are limited

The Nikon D90 is notable for being the first digital SLR to shoot video (in HD, no less), a nice extra for an already quite capable shooter.

Editor's Choice!

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Nikon D90


In addition to delivering lightning speeds and stunning photos, this DSLR is the world's first to record video.

First DSLR with movie recording ability ; Can use optical zoom during filming and apply other settings ; Excellent image quality ; Good low-light performance ; Fast speeds

No autofocus in movie mode

The D90 has Live View, a standard feature in point-and-shoot cameras but, ironically, a premium one in DSLRs. This feature allows you to see the action in the LCD as you frame it and adjust settings. Unlike earlier DSLRs, we were able to focus just as...


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Nikon D90


Who would've thought? Nikon, a decidedly still image capture company, was the first to design a D-SLR that takes high-definition video. Until now, no D-SLR could capture video of any type unlike point-and-shoot digicams which have taken clips for...

Wonderful quality stills; minimal noise at high ISOs: great burst mode; excellent kit lens

No AF in video mode

We can easily recommend the D90 as a top-shelf 2008 D-SLR. Just don't expect it to be the ultimate two-in-one device.

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News coverage of the Nikon D90 introduction focused on the fact that this is the first SLR to shoot video, a feature long available on even low-cost point-and-shoots. After working with the camera for several weeks, though, we're less excited about the...

Impressive lab test results ; Beautiful LCD display ; Reasonably practical Live View mode ; Video capture mode

Relatively expensive ; Somewhat bulky ; Movie performance not very impressive

With so much activity in the lower end of the digital SLR market, we're especially pleased to see the D90 combine accessibility to a wide range of photographers, regardless of their photographic skills or background, with consistently excellent lab...

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Nikon D90


Almost exactly two years after the D80 was announced comes its replacement, the rather predictably named D90. The D80 has been one of Nikon's quiet successes, and even today, despite being positively Methuselah-like in digital camera terms it continues...

Image quality comparable with its peers ; Excellent viewfinder ; Superb high resolution LCD monitor ; Automatic chromatic aberration correction improves performance from all lenses ; Punchy but not un-natural colors (and plenty of control if you want...

Over-enthusiastic metering a little prone to blown highlights ; Very soft (default) JPEG output compared to its peers ; We believe more of the captured dynamic range could be incorporated into Jpegs ; Menus getting long and complex (though well...

We described the D80 as a photographer's camera and, despite the addition of video, the D90 appears to share that same ethos. On a purely specification level, it's a highly competitive piece of kit, but it's the way the features have been chosen and...

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Nikon D90 With 18-105mm and 55-200mm lenses


The much-rumored and even more longed-for update to the Nikon D80 has done its predecessor proud. The 12.3-megapixel Nikon D90 doesn't replace the popular 10-megapixel D80, which moves down Nikon's dSLR product line, and unsurprisingly, provides some...

First-rate performance; solid, well-constructed body with nice viewfinder; video capture capability; great photo quality

Middling kit lens; poor HDMI output implementation

Like the D80 before it, the Nikon D90 delivers an excellent dSLR for the money.

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Nikon D90 Takes World Champion DSLR Title Belt


Sometimes the mere notion of being number two can light a motivational fire under your keister. Look at some famous folks who, despite being considered numero

Enormous image sensor blows open the door to some of the finest 12.3-megapixel images we’ve produced yet. Nikon's top-of-the-line high-res 3-inch LCD is prettier than looking at a supermodel with beer goggles. In-camera dust reduction is spot on at...

Only manual focus in the video mode. Seriously, this is really the only problem we had with the D90 and even that was a stretch

Product Specifications

Now is the time for new creativity, and to rethink what a digital SLR camera can achieve. It's time for the D90, a camera with everything you would expect from Nikon's next-generation D-SLRs, and some unexpected surprises, as well. The stunning image quality is inherited from the D300, Nikon's DX-format flagship. The D90 also has Nikon's unmatched ergonomics and high performance, and now takes high-quality movies with beautiful results. The world of photography has changed, and with the D90 in your hands, it's time to make your own rules. The D90 incorporates a newly developed DX-format CMOS image sensor with technology directly inherited from the D300, Nikon's DX-format flagship. With its 12.3 effective megapixels and extraordinarily high signal-to-noise ratio, the D90 delivers low-noise images with detail and tonal gradation beyond your expectations, while Nikon's Integrated Dust Reduction System works to free image-degrading dust particles from the sensor's optical low-pass filter. Nikon's comprehensive EXPEED technology is engineered to make the most of the sensor's rich, 12.3-megapixel data. The result - color, detail and high-speed processing inspired by the groundbreaking D300. The D90's image-processing engine produces high-resolution pictures at remarkable speeds, better enabling high-speed continuous shooting. EXPEED also contributes to the outstanding performance of other powerful features, including Live View and the new Face Detection System. The D90 gives you the freedom to shoot in a remarkably wide variety of lighting conditions, including dimly lit scenes, without worrying about image-degrading noise. ISO can be raised as high as Hi 1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) or lowered to Lo 1 (ISO 100 equivalent). Details in the shadows and highlighted areas of your photos are often lost when strong lighting increases the contrast between the bright and dark areas of your image. Nikon's unique Active D-Lighting technology accurately restores these important details by localizing tone control while you shoot. Choose from four levels, including the new Extra High. Active D-Lighting can be used manually or set to Auto mode. It is also possible to bracket your pictures to get one with Active D-Lighting and one without. First introduced on the D3 and D300 flagship cameras, Nikon's breakthrough Scene Recognition System is also featured in the D90. This unique technology utilizes a 420-pixel RGB sensor to analyze immense amounts of scene and color information in order to understand what the camera is about to shoot. Milliseconds before the shutter is released, the camera optimizes the autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL control and white balance. The D90 also uses Nikon's new Face Detection System to render human faces with a newfound sharpness and accuracy. The D90 demonstrates amazing autofocus accuracy by utilizing color and brightness information from its 420-pixel RGB sensor. When shooting in Auto-area AF mode, the camera quickly focuses on the main subject by detecting foreground, background and subject position. When using 3D-tracking (11 points) mode, the camera uses your subject's color and brightness information to keep it in sharp focus as you change the composition. Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Metering II became one of the most highly acclaimed metering systems by delivering consistently well-balanced exposures - even in lighting conditions that confuse other systems. Further extending its exposure capability, Nikon's Scene Recognition System evaluates each scene's highlights, delivering even more light metering precision. Moreover, the D90 detects faces when using face priority AF, giving you ideal exposures of your human subjects.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL3e

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Close-up / Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode/Night portrait / Close-up / Portrait mode / Landscape


Model:Business Topload Case/D90
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad/Nikon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6/F/4.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm lens/Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm lens/Nikon G AF-S 70-300mm VR lens
Max Focal Length:105mm/200mm/300mm
Min Focal Length:18mm/70mm
Optical Zoom:11.1/4.3/5.8
Type:Zoom lens


Category of Accessory:Carrying cases / Notebook and tablet PC accessories
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Product Material:Nylon
Product Type:Notebook carrying case
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Notebook Compatibility Dimensions

Notebook Compatibility:17in
Notebook Compatibility (metric):43.2cm

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.8 x 23.6mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.8 x 23.6 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:12.3Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Service & Support

Type:Limited lifetime warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-6400
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Custom Effect / Landscape / Monochrome / Neutral / Portrait / Vivid/Portrait / Landscape / Monochrome / Custom Effect / Vivid / Neutral
Still Image Format:JPEG / NEF (RAW) / RAW + JPEG/NEF (RAW) / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical