|Nikon D90 digital SLR camera test : The D90 as a possible successor to the D80 was a consistent rumor in the air. Yet two years would pass by before the Nikon D90 was actually here. The moment we held the Nikon D90 in our hands for the first time, we had to search for the differences in the design, though. Minor adjustments of the design with neater and clearer curves, confirm it is indeed the new Nikon DSLR. Naturally, the main changes are found inside the camera. Here, Nikon has altered many things to enable the Nikon D90 to connect to the line of new DSLR cameras such as the D300, D700 and D3.
10.2 Megapixel Nikon D90 SLR camera
First, there is the different image sensor. Whereas the Nikon D80 was equipped with a 10.2 Megapixel CCD sensor, the Nikon D90 features the newly developed 12.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor. This is an important fact, since Nikon claims that in combination with Nikon's EXPEED processor, this sensor is able to deliver a high ISO performance that will lift the camera to the level of the D300. In addition, the monitor on the back has been renewed. Where it was already a vast improvement to have a 3 inch instead of a 2.4 inch monitor, the enhanced resolution to VGA quality will considerably improve the reproduction of the monitor.
Live View integrated in the Nikon D90
Naturally, Live View is available, a feature that until recently was unthinkable for a DSLR camera, and has now become almost a 'must'. Nikon has stepped ahead with the integration of Live View, and has implemented a mode that might become a 'standard' on future generations of digital SLR cameras; Video mode. For the purists, this is like swearing in church, however, there's no stopping the innovative process. It makes the Nikon D90 the first DSLR camera in the world offering the possibility to capture videos in 720p HDTV quality. This scoop lasted only for a very short time; Canon followed quickly with the EOS 5D Mark II.
Nikon D90 review including a DIWA Lab test
Resuming; the Nikon D90 is equipped with the latest technique, combined with innovations coming from Nikon's higher segment. Yet the D90 does not aim at the semipro market, instead it aims at the amateur market. The operation of the Nikon D90 is therefore kept as simple as possible, in order to ensure that the beginning, not so experienced photographer will be able to work with the menu of the camera fast and effortlessly. We were given the opportunity to use and test the camera in practice and in addition, the Nikon D90 was extensively technically tested in our DIWA Lab. Both tests resulted in this full Nikon D90 review.
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"Although our workflow is simply overwhelming with the Photokina 2008 in sight, we were still able to make a number of test images with the Nikon D90, and we used various Nikkor lenses for the occasion. As far as we can see, the first test samples offer high image quality. The location of the pictures and videos is the Amsterdam Zoo, called Artis, in the Netherlands."
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