Nikon D90 Price in USA

Nikon D90 Price in US

The D90, which is a successor for the D80 and was introduced almost precisely two years after the D80, has a name that is pretty predictable. The D80 has been one of Nikon’s more understated achievements, and even today, despite being positively Methuselah-like in terms of digital camera terms, it continues to sell and frequently makes its way into our top 10 most clicked on cameras. This is despite the fact that it has been around for a very long time. However, if you dig a little further, you’ll discover that there’s plenty to keep Nikon enthusiasts satisfied with the D90, despite the fact that it appears to be one of those very modest incremental updates at first sight owing to the fact that it looks so identical to the D80.

Nikon D90 Price in USA

First and foremost, there is a new CMOS sensor, which Nikon claims is capable of producing output of D300 quality at up to ISO 6400. Additionally, there is the same highly regarded 3.0-inch VGA screen as the D3/D300, which is one of several innovations that have “trickled down” from higher models. It is not unexpected that it includes Live View with contrast-detect AF, but the absence of some sort of dust cleaning mechanism would have been unusual. More unexpected is the presence of the world’s first DSLR movie mode (with 720p HDTV resolution, no less) and HDMI output; but, as we will see in the next section, this feature does come with certain restrictions. Although there is a new shutter and an implementation of the 3D tracking AF found in the D3/D300, many of the key photographic specifications are the same as or very close to those of the D80.

And it’s not just the high-end models that have contributed features and technology to the D90; the user interface has been made as user-friendly as the D60’s, and so have the possibilities for editing photos. According to what we were told, the Nikon D90 is designed to appeal to the widest possible demographic out of all of Nikon’s single-lens reflex cameras (SLRs). This ranges from first-time “step up” customers who are transitioning from a compact to serious amateurs who want comprehensive photographic control without the expense and bulk of a D300. As the evaluation progresses, we will find out whether or not the D90 is as capable as its feature list indicates it is.

Nikon D90 Specification

Price (body only)• US: $ 999.95
• UK: £ 699.99
• EU: € 959.00
Price (with 18-105)• US: $ 1299.95
• UK: £ 849.99
• EU: € 1164.00
Body materialCombination of aluminum alloy and plastic.
Sensor• 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
• 12.9 million total pixels
• 12.3 million effective pixels
• Supports high ISO sensitivities
• High-speed data readout
• Nikon DX-format sized CMOS sensor
• Power-saving design
Dust Reduction System• Image Sensor Cleaning
• Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Image processorNikon EXPEED
A/D conversion12 bit
Image sizes• 4,288 x 2,848 (L)
• 3,216 x 2,136 (M)
• 2,144 x 1,424 (S)
File formats• NEF (compressed RAW)
• JPEG: Fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
• Up to 36 alphanumeric characters can be input using the camera monitor and multi selector (contained in Exif header)
Lens mount• Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
• Approx. 1.5x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
Usable lenses• DX AF Nikkor: All functions supported
• Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported (PC Micro-Nikkors do not support some functions)
• Other AF Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported.
• AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
• Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function. Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
Auto Focus• 11 focus points (1 cross-type sensors)
• Multi-CAM 1000
• AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
• Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
Lens Servo• Single Servo AF [S]
• Continuous Servo AF [C]
• Manual focus [M], Electronic range finding supported
• Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject’s status in AF [A]
Focus Point• Single point from 11 focus points
• Center point narrow or wide zone
• Liveview (Tripod mode): Contrast AF on a desired point anywhere within frame
AF Area Mode• Single point AF
• Dynamic Area AF
• Automatic-area AF
• 3D Tracking AF (11 points)
Focus LockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AF assistAF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1.6-9.8 ft.)
Exposure modes• Program Auto [P] with flexible program
• Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
• Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
• Manual [M]
• Auto
• Advanced Scene Modes (portrait, landscape, close-up, sports, night portrait)
MeteringTTL full-aperture exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
• 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses);
• Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, or 10 mm dia. circle in center of frame
• Spot: Meters approx. 2 mm dia. circle (about 2.0 % of frame) centered on selected focus point
Metering range• 3D Color Matrix Metering: 0 to 20 EV
• Center-Weighted Metering: 0 to 20 EV
• Spot Metering: 2 to 20 EV
• At normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens
Meter couplingCPU (not AI)
Exposure lockLocked using AE-L/AF-L button
Exposure bracketing• 2 or 3 frames
• 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV steps
• ADL (Active D-Lighting) bracketing: 2 frames (one with ADL, one without)
Exposure compen.• +/-5.0 EV
• 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Sensitivity• Default: ISO 200 – 3200 in 1/3 EV steps
• Boost: 100 – 6400 in 1/3 EV steps
Shutter• Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
• 30 to 1/4000 sec (1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
• Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
• Bulb
• Time (optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 required)
• Release time lag Approx. 65 ms
• Viewfinder blackout 120 ms
• Tested to 100,000 exposures
DOF Preview• Stop-down lens aperture by pressing button
Active D-LightingCan be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
White balance• Auto (420-pixel CCD, image sensor)
• Presets (12) with fine tuning
• Manual presets (five)
• Color temperature in Kelvin (2500 – 10000 K)
• White balance bracketing (2 or 3 frames in increments of 1, 2 or 3)
Picture Control• Standard
• Neutral
• Vivid
• Monochrome
• Landscape
• Portrait
• Storage for up to nine custom Picture Controls
Image parameters• Sharpening: Auto, 10 levels
• Contrast: Auto, 7 levels
• Brightness: 3 levels
• Saturation: Auto, 7 levels
• Hue: 7 levels
• Quick Adjust: 5 levels (A multi-parameter adjustment)
• High ISO Noise Reduction (High, Normal, Low, Off)
Color space• sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Viewfinder• Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
• Frame coverage Approx. 96% horizontal and 96% vertical
• Magnification Approx. 0.94x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m-1)
• Eyepoint 19.5 mm (–1.0 m-1)
• Diopter adjustment –2 to +1
Focusing screen• Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II screen with focus frame
• Superimposed on-demand grid lines over the viewfinder display.
• “Vari-Brite” focus area display built in (The color used to highlight the active focus area (focus brackets) in the viewfinder display changes automatically in response to lighting conditions).
LCD monitor• 3.0 ” TFT LCD
• Approx. 920,000 dots (VGA; 640 x 480 x 3 colors)
• 170° viewing angle
• 100% frame coverage
• Brightness adjustment
Movie• File format AVI (Motion-JPEG)
• Image size (pixels) 640 x 424; 24 fps 320 x 216; 24 fps 1280 x 720; 24 fps
• Compression: Motion-JPEG Audio Monaural on/off selection
• Exposure: Determined with matrix metering utilizing output from the image sensor
• Exposure lock available
• Exposure compensation available in P, S, A, M modes
• Maximum single clip length: 1280×720/ 5 minutes, others 20 minutes
LCD Liveview• Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face priority is selected)
• Face priority, wide area, normal area
Shooting modes• Single frame
• Continuous Low [CL]: 1 – 4 fps
• Continuous High [CH]: 4.5 fps
• Self-Timer
• Delayed remote, quick response remote (optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 required for remote shooting)
Self-timer• 2, 5, 10, and 20 s
Flash• Auto pop-up type (auto pop up in Auto, portrait, close-up, night portrait modes)
• Guide no. 12/39 (ISO 100, m/ft.) or 13/43 with manual flash (ISO 100, m/ft.)
• Guide no. 17/56 (ISO 200, m/ft.) or 18/59 with manual flash (ISO 200, m/ft.)
• Sufficient to illuminate the picture angle of an 18mm lens
Flash control• TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400
• Auto aperture: Available with SB-900, SB-800 and CPU lens
• Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22s
• Range-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash Modes• Auto, portrait, close-up – Auto and auto with red-eye reduction available with built-in flash – Fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional flash units
• Night portrait – Auto slow sync and auto slow sync with red-eye reduction available with built-in flash – Slow sync and slow sync with red-eye reduction available with optional flash units
• Landscape, sports – Fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional flash units
• P, A- Fill-flash, rear-curtain with slow sync, auto slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction
• S, M – Fill-flash, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction
Flash Accessory ShoeISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided
Flash Sync TerminalNo
Flash compensation• -3 to +1 EV
• 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Creative Lighting System• Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 as commander and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-R200 as remotes
• Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400
• Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Playback mode• Full-frame playback
• Movie playback
• Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback
• Playback zoom (image size L up to approx. 27x, M up to approx. 20x, S up to approx. 13x) When one or more faces (up to 10) were detected with shooting, the faces are enclosed in white borders. When playback zoom is applied, different faces can be displayed by rotating the sub-command dial.
• Slide show playback
• Pictmotion
• Histogram display
• Highlights display
• Auto image rotation
• Image comment (up to 36 characters)
Retouch functionsD-Lighting, red-eye correction, trim, monochrome, filter effects, color balance, small picture, image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, quick retouch, straighten, distortion control, fisheye
Languages• Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
• Danish
• Dutch,
• English,
• Finnish,
• French,
• German,
• Italian,
• Japanese
• Korean,
• Norwegian,
• Polish,
• Portuguese,
• Russian,
• Spanish
• Swedish
Connectivity• USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
• PTP transfer protocol
• NTSC or PAL video output
• HDMI video out (version 1.3a, Type C mini connector provided)
• Remote control / GPS terminal
Storage• SD (Secure Digital) memory cards, SDHC-compliant
Power• Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e (Approx. 850 shots, CIPA)
• Included battery charger MH-18a
• Optional AC adapter EH-5a/EH-5
• Optional Battery Pack MB-D80
Vertical Grip• Optional MB-D80 multi-power battery pack
DimensionsApprox. 132 x 103 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)
Weight (no batt)Approx. 620 g (1 lb. 6 oz.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover
Operating environmentTemperature: 0 – 40 °C / 32 – 104 °F, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)
Box contentsRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio/Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-DC1 Body Cap BF-1A, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, LCD Monitor Cover BM-10, Software Suite CD-ROM (Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area)
Optional accessories*Remote Cord MC-DC2, *GPS Unit GP-1, Photofinishing software Capture NX 2, AC Adapter EH-5/EH-5a, Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D80, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-21M, Eyepiece Correction Lens DK-20C, Eyepiece Magnifier DG-2, Eyepiece Adapter DK-22, Right-Angle Viewing Attachment DR-6, Semi-soft Case CF-D80, Wireless Remote Control ML-L3, Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15, Camera Control Pro 2
8Expert Score

In our review of the D80, we referred to it as a “photographer’s camera,” and despite the fact that the D90 also records video, it looks to adhere to the same philosophy. It is a very competitive piece of equipment when seen just from the perspective of its specifications; yet, the manner in which the features have been selected and combined is what makes it the camera that it is.
The viewfinder of the Nikon D90 is among the best that you will find on any APS-C camera, and it is located above the screen with the greatest quality that we have seen so far on a camera of this class. The buttons have been thoughtfully selected and placed, and the interface’s usage of two dials makes for an enjoyable experience. (Clients coming from other systems can even reverse the function of the meter and knobs to have a better sense of how everything works.)
Even while it may require a little bit of tinkering of the internal settings in order to customize the output to specific demands, the image quality is good regardless of whether you are using the standard ISO or one of the higher levels. Although it is natural that Nikon would want to try to bring the processing settings into line with its more costly cameras, it is unclear how well the somewhat softly sharpened default output would serve those who purchase this camera. This is an issue that needs to be answered. Things are improved without any negative side effects by adding a bit extra contrast and saturation.
The D90’s capacity to capture high-definition video was one of the first aspects of the camera that was discussed, and the resulting movies are considered to be of high quality when compared to those produced by digital still cameras. However, you shouldn’t let anything divert your attention because this camera has been designed so that nothing can come in the way of capturing pictures. The high level of configurability it offers results in lengthy menus, yet these menus are often nicely organized and color-coded to reduce the possibility of your becoming disoriented while navigating them. You also have the option to create a menu of your most frequently used settings (or list the most recently used ones, if you don’t want to spend time setting it up), and there is a status screen that provides relatively quick access to key parameters that do not have their own buttons. Both of these features are available to you.
The matrix metering seems to be so firmly tied to the selected AF point that it permits highlights to clip a little bit more frequently than we would like it to. This is our one and only significant concern with the D90. If you notice that it is a recurring issue, you may make adjustments to the meter’s fine tuning (and assign a different amount of correction to each metering mode) using the option that is available.
The Nikon D80 was a highly regarded camera that offered a feature set that appeared to be precisely catered to the enthusiast market. The Nikon D90 adds on this by integrating many of the choices that were available in the Nikon D300. The automated Chromatic Aberration correction is only one example; it quickly enhances the results of every JPEG without the photographer ever having to think about it, and it does so regardless of the lens that was used to take the picture. The photographs may be dissected to identify variations between cameras, which demonstrates that the camera is not nearly a half-price version of the D300. However, that camera was one that we described at the time as being the greatest semi-professional digital SLR on the market, which set the bar rather high. After putting the Nikon D90 through its paces in terms of usage and testing, it’s difficult to imagine a better camera aimed at photography enthusiasts.

Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Image quality
  • Excellent viewfinder
  • A very high level of personalization is possible (reversible dials and meter ease transition from other systems)
  • Instant activation and a high degree of sensitivity in operation
  • Excellent construction quality, clean and precise lines, and high-grade materials
  • Configurable 'My Menu' (and option for FUNC button to access the top item on it)
  • FUNC button that may be programmed and contains a helpful list of functions
  • Performance in terms of high sensitivity that is on par with the finest we've seen so far
  • Quick autofocus coupled with practical adjustment possibilities
  • Option for editing RAW images in-camera that can be helpful.
  • vibrant hues that aren't artificial looking at all (and plenty of control if you want to change them)
  • The performance of all lenses may be improved with the application of automatic chromatic aberration correction.
  • LCD monitor with an exceptional level of resolution
  • Integrated wirelessly sophisticated commander for the flash.
  • Image quality on par with that of its competitors
  • Metering that is a tad over zealous and can result in blown highlights
  • Very muted (by default) JPEG output in comparison to those of its competitors.
  • We are of the opinion that a greater portion of the collected dynamic range might be included in jpegs.
  • The menus are growing longer and more complicated (though well organized and differentiated)
  • The software that comes included is quite restricted.
  • There are a lot of restrictions placed on the video capability.
  • In-camera RAW conversion might allow more control
  • Arbitrary maximum of 100 shots per minute for continuous fire
  • The performance of the automated white balancing mode in incandescent light was disappointing.


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