2017 The Nikon D90 Features and Specification Review

Almost exactly two decades after the D80 was declared comes its alternative, the rather obviously known as D90. The D80 has been one of Nikon’s silent achievements, and even nowadays, despite being favorably Methuselah-like in camera conditions it is constantly on the offer and often creates its way into our top 10 most visited electronic cameras. Because it looks so just like the D80 the D90 seems to be initially to be one of those rather demure step-by-step improvements, but dig a little further and you’ll discover there’s a lot to keep Nikon lovers satisfied.

Nikon D90
Nikon D90

First and major there’s a new CMOS indicator, which Nikon declare generates D300 great quality outcome at up to ISO 6400 and – one of several functions to ‘trickle down’ from greater designs – the same extremely recommended 3.0-inch VGA display as the D3/D300. Normally it has Stay Perspective with contrast-detect AF and it would have been amazing had it not carried a certain amount of dirt elimination program.

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Nikon D90 Key Features

  • 12.9 mega-pixel DX-format CMOS indicator (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
  • 3.0-inch 920,000 pixel (VGA x 3 colors) TFT-LCD (same as D3 and D300)
  • Live Perspective with contrast-detect AF, experience detection
  • Image indicator washing (sensor shake)
  • Illuminated concentrate points
  • Movie catch at up to 1280 x 720 (720p)
  • IS0 200-3200 variety (100-6400 expanded)
  • 4.5 supports per second ongoing capturing (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG excellent, 100 JPEG Normal)
  • Expeed picture handling engine
  • 3D monitoring AF (11 point)
  • Short start-up time, viewfinder darkening and shutter lag
  • Slightly enhanced viewfinder (96% structure coverage)
  • Improved customer interface
  • New optionally available lightweight GPS device (fits on hot shoe)
  • Same battery power and straight hold as D80
  • Vignetting management in-camera
  • 72 thumbnail and schedule view in playback

Nikon D90 Body And Design

Just as the D80 was a improvement of the D70/D70s design, so the D90 doesn’t crack any new floor – remarkably they’ve actually gone back to the more angular look of the D70. Nobody quite does a quality nasty body system like Nikon, it seems limited and strong, covered around a outstanding steel framework. Over this are a few promotions of rubberized to increase hold, obviously at the front side side around the hand hold, at the back for the thumbs and on the remaining part (from the rear).

Nikon D90 Body and Design
Nikon D90 Body and Design


The D90’s viewfinder is basically the same as that of its forerunner (though the structure protection is up fractionally, from 95% to 96%). And the D80 had an outstanding viewfinder that was – and continues to be – big and shiny and offering one of the best popped digicam opinions.

Battery package / Straight hold (optional)

Good information for upgraders; the D90 is completely suitable with the MB-D80 vertical / battery package hold. The MB-D80 suits into you via its battery package section (the entrance can be unclipped and removed) and connected set up via the tripod install. The MB-D80 has additional primary and sub control calls as well as substitute control buttons for shutter launch and AF start. Battery power section can assistance two EN-EL3e battery power or six AA’s (via an optionally available MS-D200 cartridge).


All of the relationships can be found on the remaining part of one’s body system (from the rear) secured by rubberized includes. At the top we have USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed), DC-IN plug and A/V out.


The D90 has an electronic-release pop-up display which will either increase instantly (in Automatic or one of the Field ways based upon on the display mode) or personally by pushing the display key. This key also enhances as the display method and display settlement key, by having it and switching the primary or sub control switch. The display has information number of 12 (m at ISO 100) – roughly the same as the D80 – and increases roughly 50 mm above the top of the lens.

Lens Mount / Sensor

Below on the remaining you can see the D90’s lens install with the reflection down, on the right with reflection up and shutter start (exposing the sensor). Contacts are placed turned clockwise and secure set up with an anticlockwise turn.

Self-cleaning indicator unit

The D90 has the same automated indicator washing system as found on the D300. It works in the same way as other implementations, piezoelectric components shake a protect narrow which should in concept eliminate any light dirt connected to it.

Nikon D90 Specifications

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 material Combination 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 processor Nikon EXPEED
A/D conversion 12 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 Lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

AF assist AF-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)

TTL 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 coupling CPU (not AI)
Exposure lock Locked 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
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
• Compression: Motion-JPEG Audio Monaural on/off selection
• Maximum single clip length: 1280×720/ 5 minutes, others 20 minutes
LCD Liveview • Face priority, wide area, normal area