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We've given the D90 a grade of B+.
This product is ranked
25th of 31 in $600 - $1000
35th of 66 in Nikon Digital Cameras
17th of 29 in Consumer dSLR
29th of 62 in 11 & 12 MP
31st of 78 in 10-12 Megapixels Digital Cameras

Editor's Review

The Nikon D90 is getting on in years, but it's still one of the best dSLRs for under $1,000, particularly for hobbyists with a little bit of experience shooting with dSLRs. This camera is the best of both worlds, taking some advanced features from the upper-echelon Nikon SLRs and mixing them with the user-friendly, approachable design of the entry-level SLRs. Since its release two years ago, it's been a favorite with photography enthusiasts and still holds its own against newer models. Rumors come and go that a replacement is imminent, and the new D5100 certainly could be a replacement, but Nikon has not indicated that they'll discontinue the D90 just yet. With that in mind, however, we've knocked its rating down a peg, since its feature set is somewhat quaint by the most current standards.

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Specifications

  • 12.3 megapixel Nikon DX CMOS sensor
  • D-Movie mode (with 720-HD resolution)
  • 3-inch Live View LCD
  • Secure Digital memory storage
  • HDMI output
  • Part Number: 25446
  • UPC: 689466104950
  • Release Date: Oct 01, 2008

Nikon D90 Reviews

Nikon D90 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
When it works, it's great (Denise — 01/19/2011)
I own several cameras, and I have loved the Nikons since the 70's. I worked the Youth Olympic Games last August, and as a journalist, I had access to 12 hours of support daily for my cameras through the Olympic Committee. There were 2 technicians on call for the journalists and photographers from Nikon and Canon. I was using the D90 and the Canon 40D. Both were great, however, Nikon was ultimately better when it worked. There is an issue I have with this camera, where you press the button to take a picture and nothing happens. This has been occurring over and over, and I turn the camera on and off, and I have to physically remove the lens to get it to take pictures. When it does take pictures, they are much better than the Canon. I took the Nikon to the tech, and he could feel the lens moving (which he said was normal) , but he could not find anything wrong with the camera nor could he explain why it was doing it and still does it to this day.
  • 5.0 out of 5
D90 is a great camera (simon — 01/13/2010)

The D90 was ground breaking when released. Nikon of late tend to lead the pack, if you want a great camera that feels fantastic right from the moment you pick it up - to the moment you place it back into your backpack this is the camera you want - its great

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera to grow with (Tom Martinelli — 01/23/2010)
It has been nearly 20 years since I took a photograpgh with a SLR when I decided to get back into the hobby. My first purchase was a Nikon D40. I quickly outgrew that camera after a couple of months. It was time to move up. I selected the D90 because it offered a wide range of automatic, programed and manual options. I knew I the camera could do just about anything when I was ready to learn. The D90 has been exceptional. The camera will take great shot in all of itsautomatic and program modes. I can hand the camera to anyone at a party or event and know that they will get a great shot. The versitility of the D90 is amazing. I have full control of every element of my photography. IfI can imagine a setting the camera can do it. Ican do flash photography at 1/2000 of a second or shoot a night high school football game without a flash with clear high-level ISO. The camera accepts a wide variety of lenses. The 18-105 VR that came with the camera is excellent. It is my go to lens for most situations from the portrait studio to theoffice party. I also have a 200 mm/f-2.4, 80-400 VR, and a 55 mm/f-1.4. The camera does it all. The SB 800/900 flash is alsoagreat investment. The bottom line, if you are serious about photography, the D90 is for you. Easy touse with great versitility.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Great semi-entry-level camera (Mikey — 01/01/2010)

I had this camera for about a year, took it with me on a trip to Asia and was totally amazed with the picture quality, its easy to use and the manual settings is a breeze. Battery life is excellent can take over 700 pics without losing powers. I've been using Sandisk Ultra II sdhc, the buffering time was awesome between shots no lags and just a great prosumer entry camera, I highly recommend this camera for anyone who's looking to own their first DSLR.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (Nowana Zimmer — 12/13/2009)

Takes great shots, I use it a lot for close ups and action

  • 5.0 out of 5
A great camera (John — 09/07/2009)

I've owned my D90 for 3 months and can't fault it. It took me ages before I finally to decide to go with the Nikon as I also very much liked the Canon 500D, but I felt the build, controls, viewfinder and general usability of the Canon isn't as good despite it's higher pixel count. The Nikon 18-105 standard kit lens is also far superior to the Canon 18-50 offering which goes some way to justifying the slightly higher price tag. I'm very pleased with my D90 and hope to buy the new 18-200 Nikkor lens in due course.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best mulitpurpose camera out there (amy snider — 08/01/2009)

Nothing better then having a beautiful slr with great HD video and amazing shooting capabilities. I love this camera. Mix between your video and photos in seconds. Its the best for personal and a great backup camera for professional use. I shoot weddings and love to have something light and easy as well as my other nikon. Its a great camera! ((and unlike all other slrs, it takes beautiful video))

  • 4.0 out of 5
great camera (jeannie — 07/25/2009)

shutter speed a bit slow but i can live with it, other than that this camear ROCKS my world.
I went from a point and shoot to this, learning curve is a bit steep but i'm producing great results now. and wow.
now i need to get more lenses as well as filters.
and i thought buying the camera with 3 lenses was expensive.. haha.. its only just begun i can tell already.
if you are thinking about buying it and keep coming back to it as I did, just do it, you won't regret it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon, great camera as always! (Paul Koerschgen — 06/24/2009)

Owned a Nikon Pronia (advantex) with 3 lens, loved it, used it alot until it was stolen. The wife owns a great Canon Power Shot SD960 IS, but I wanted something a little better, a Nikon SLR, and after I won a Nikkor 18/105mm lens, I had no choice but to purchase a great camera to go with the lens, and Nikon didn't disappoint me. Love the D90. I know there are other great cameras out there, but I have this soft spot for Nikon. I need a bigger bag though, and I'm considering the MD-80 battery pack. If you buy a D90, you won't be sorry.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Photo Pro (David Johnson — 05/31/2009)

We purchased the D90 as a backup camera and the results have been very impressive. The kit 18-105 VR Nikkor lens is so good I hope the D400 comes out with that lens. I do rate the 18-200 VR Nikkor as super, but for a kit lens, I'd take the smaller, versatile, and terrific value 18-105 VR. The D90 is one of the best all around cameras i have ever seen. Couple that with once in a while use of other great Nikon glass for a special shot, and you have a true benchmark in photo history. Based on this camera, I predict that the Nikon D400 when it is launched will be perfect. The Nikon D90 right now is where I'd spend my money from any expertise and budget!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
From a Nikon D70s to a D90 (Ken Z. — 05/30/2009)

A very nice upgrade! The camera has a lot of features that are relatively easy to get at. Most common settings are a breeze to change by pressing the 'Info button' on the back of the camera. Picture quality is outstanding. I shoot in RAW/Fine Jpeg. with Maximun picture size, but can change that to small Jpeg, with push of a button. Every button on the camera is in the right place, i.e. White Balance, ISO, shooting mode, etc. The large 3" monitor is awesome. I bought the camera because it has some of the features of the D300. I don't plan on using the video portion much, but I like the fact that it is there. Still learning the art of photography, I find this camera to be the top of the line for me. I'm hooked of using the Apature Priority mode. The lenes that I use are the Nikon 50mm, 1:1.4 D, Nikon 18 - 200 vr, and the Tokina 11 -16 atx Pro. With those lenes, I'm loaded for bear. A super good book/video combo to consider is the Nikon D90, Multimedia Workshop by 'Magic Lantern Guides', The video got me away from the Auto settings and toward using the A' Apature. In closing, I'm happy with the D90, its fun to use and picture quality is outstanding.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon D90 (Gary Lefebvre — 03/30/2009)

Owned a D50 then a D60. The D90 is a Super camera and feels well built in one's hand. Can fine tune it to your liking quite easily. Read Ken Rockwell on how do gear it to your liking.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nikon losing it's touch (Howard Tyree — 03/23/2009)

Overall the Nikon D90 is a great camera however many D90 owners including myself have been getting error messages as a result of incompatiable SD cards like the Sanddisk extreme cards and lens mount connections. It seems that using different SD cards and returning your camera to Nikon for fixes seem to correct these problems but this wasn't like this in the past. I have been using Nikons for a long time, since the days of film, and haven't seen this level of quality in a Nikon Camera.
Short of this the camera is an excellent picture taking instrument with high degrees of versitilaty.

  • 5.0 out of 5
video, manual settings, battery life, all great! (Valere — 03/10/2009)

I absolutely love this camera. I purchased it with the 18-200VR lens and I love the package together. I feel as though I never need any other equipment again, not even a video camera! The custom settings really allow you to super personalize your camera, and I really love that ability as I only shoot in M mode. Overall I really recommend this camera!

  • 3.0 out of 5
camera one (John Hughel — 02/13/2009)

Ok camera to start with.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nikon D90 (Camera Reviewer — 02/13/2009)

Versatile, easy to use, light body, nice ergonomic design, prosumer model that can get the job done for the amateur or pro

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Benchmark of DSLRs (Lawnboy — 01/23/2009)

Had a Nikon D50 and compared to my new D90, it is simply amazing. Great features and the camera produces incredible pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
first super digital camera (franco — 11/13/2008)

I bought the New D90 middle october and until now I am making experience . Result are improving day by day . Surfing trough the potentility of setting and software take time .

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