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Featured Review: Nikon D90
by Nikonman2 (Professional)
Price Paid: $1000.00 from Teds camera Brisbane
Review Date: December 8, 2008
Used product for: 1 to 3 months
Overall Rating: 4 of 5
This new Nikon is “BRILLIANT” what a step up into a new generation of digital imaging!.The improvements over previous models at this level and above are numerous and at a price point well below what you’d expect for this calibre of camera.
A lot has been said regards the video function of the camera and I believe there is a fundamental misunderstanding of it’s intended purpose in this camera.The video function is perfect for making ‘artistic’ fine art(if you like) videos and not the semi-photojournalistic type of vids normally associated with video cams.
Using the video function is not a quick and easy matter of press the button and ‘go’,it requires time and thought and artistic intention(same as hollywood movie making styles),but if you use the focus pulling abilities of your Nikkor ‘fast’ lenses and careful consideration it can give you the ability to make amazing video grabs.If you are after a handycam this won’t do the job especially where fast movement is concerned but I don’t believe it was designed with that style of filming in mind.
Overall an outstanding piece of equipment!. Thanks again to Nikon for coming up with the goods yet again.
Where do I start?.
Build quality is superb and well suited for this level of camera.
Usual intuitive Nikon ergonomics make it an uncomplicated pleasure to use.
Lithium battery lasts “forever” even when using live view and video occasionally.
3″ lcd screen is almost ‘too good’ to be true,fine detail can be seen at all zoom ratios.
New CMOS sensor has the lowest noise levels I’ve seen since the D3/700.
High ISO performance is incredible compared to earlier models(ie D200 etc).
New autofocus-A function works well-nice addition.
Live view included great for macro work.
Lightweight is a blessing for wedding photographers and extreme sports junkies alike making this the camera of choice for a large range of photographers and it’s size favors a smaller bag/backpack.
Increased frame rate(4.5/FPS) is more useable for sports/high speed photography and now the AF system is capable of enabling this speed too.
Price is low for this level of features/functionality/quality.
Plastic body chassis.
(an aluminium alloy chassis would have been nice).
Contrast/phase detection AF in live view is slow.
No autofocus in video mode.(again I believe the intended use for video is artistic and not photojournalistic therefore an acceptable omission here-D90x?).
Exposure settings in video mode must be done BEFORE selecting video mode and can’t be changed on the run.(see above).
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Never needed it in over 20 years of using Nikon equipment.
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