Nikon D90 Released

Posted 27 August 2008 19:16
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Nikon D90

12 MP DX, 720p/24 Video, 4.5 FPS, 3" LCD

$999 USA (€ 899), late September 2008

Nikon D90 with 18-105mm VR.

The Nikon D90 replaces the D80 from 2006 as Nikon's mid-line DSLR.

It's essentially a D80 with Live View, ADR, an almost 3-D 3" LCD and can shoot movies.

The D90 shoots 720p/24 for theatrical release! Just call Ascent Media in Burbank to strike your prints. Nikon claims, probably correctly, that you'll be getting much better results than an old-style camcorder because the sensor of the D90 is so much bigger.

What Nikon's still camera division probably doesn't realize yet is that the DX sensor is very close to the size of Hollywood 35mm movie film, which is a half of the frame that still photographers call "full-frame." In the roughest terms, Hollywood shoots 18 x 24mm frames all day.

You Hollywood folks just need to hack your Zeiss and Panavision lenses and go, but if you use Nikon's VR lenses, maybe your Steadicam rig can stay in its case.

In simple English for everyone else, unlike camcorders, you can throw backgrounds way out of focus for movies shot on the D90. The slow zoom kit lenses aren't good for this, but pop on a 135mm f/2 DC or 300mm f/2.8 and see what happens. Heck, you now can steal back your Hollywood neighbor's 300mm f/2 AI-s that he had converted to Arri mount and recombobulate it back to use on your Nikon!

24 FPS means movies will look like movies, presuming you shoot at 1/50 shutter speed. In bright light, shorter exposures will make things look a bit jumpy, and movies at 24 PFS are never as smooth as real video, which is shot at 60 fields per second. The video of the D90 can look like movies, but will never have the smooth fluid motion of regular camcorders.

Unlike a $250,000 Arriflex movie camera, the D90 records sound and has its own microphone.

Believe it or not, the jumpiness of theatrical movies is something for which professional video shooters pay FilmLook in Burbank (Hollywood) a lot of money to add back in!

If I were Nikon, I'd shoot any TV commercials advertising the D90 on the D90. Hand this to someone in the ASC and he'll get great results.


Lens Compatibility

The D90 works perfectly with all traditional AF, AF-I, AF-D and AF-S lenses.

No metering or EXIF data with manual focus lenses, you need at least a D300 to use these well.

The D90 has the same lens compatibility as the D80, D70, D100 and D50, which is better than the D40/D60, but worse than the D300.

Details at Nikon Lens Compatibility.

Nikon D90.



Finder: Pentaprism, 96% coverage, 0.94x magnification with 50mm lens, 19.5 mm eyepoint. Settable 16-frame grid. Still a crappy, small finder compared to any film or FX camera: remember, the 96% coverage is of a frame only 0.65x the size of FX.

AF: 11 points. Multi-CAM 1000 AF module. Annoying AF assist illuminator.

Light Meter: 420 segment RGB Color Matrix with face detection. Center-weighted and spot for old-timers, too.

Depth-of-field Preview: Yes.

Shutter: 1/4,000 ~ 30 seconds and Bulb. Full, half and third stops.

Shutter Death: Tested to 100,000 cycles during design, Nikon doesn't share how many of them passed or failed that test. No big deal, Nikon's warrantees have never had a mileage (shutter count) limitation.

Fastest Shutter Speed with Flash (sync speed): 1/200. No mention of the trick FP mode.

Built-in flash: 18mm lens coverage, Guide Number 17/56 (ISO 200, m/ft.), 12/40 (ISO 100). i-TTL flash control: works as commander controlling up to two groups of remote flashes.

Flash Compatibility: i-TTL (SB-400, SB-600, SB-800, SB-900 and R1C1).

Sensor: 12.3 MP CMOS DX (15.8 x 23.6 mm). Sensor cleaner.

ISO: 100-6,400. ISO 200 ~ 3,200 come up the usual way, while ISO 100 is 'cyrpted as "Lo 1" and ISO 6,400 as "Hi 1."

Still Image Sizes: 4,288 x 2,848 (L), 3,216 x 2,136 (M) and 2,144 x 1,424 (S).

Still Image Formats: JPG, NEF, or both.

Motion Picture Formats: 1,280x720p/24, motion JPG .AVI for great frame-to-frame editing. Also 640x424 and 320 x 216 pixels. No word yet about variable frame rates, 23.98, genlock or variable shutter angles, probably not.

Longest Movie Scene: Not specified.

Storage: SD and SDHC cards.

Video out: Also HDMI.

LCD: 3," 640 x 480.

Power: Standard EN-EL3e battery (D80, D200, D300, D700, etc.). Rated 850 shots with 50% flash.

Size: 5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in. (132 x 103 x 77 mm).

Weight: 1 lb. 6 oz. (620 g), stripped naked like abandoned cars in the Bronx (no battery, no card, no lens, no cap, no strap and no monitor cover).

Included (can vary by area, especially if you order from any store in Brooklyn):

   EN-EL3e battery

   MH-18a charger

   DK-5 eyepiece cap

   DK-21 Rubber Eyecup

   UC-E4 USB cable,

   EG-D2 AV cable,

   AN-DC1 Strap

   BM-10 LCD Monitor Cover

   Body Cap

   BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover (don't you love these Japanese designations; the shoe cover is BS!)

   Software CD

   Nikon ViewNX browsing and editing software, which also does raw (NEF) image adjustments and conversions. This is good; Nikon View is one of the very few decent pieces of software from Nikon.

Announced: 27 August 2008.

Available: Late September 2008.

Price: $999 USA (€ 899), add $300 for 18-105mm kit lens.

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