General

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
"It may not be that pretty, but it handles well and produces reliably good results without the need for much user intervention, yet has plenty to offer the more serious user too."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
Brand
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Nikon
Lowest price
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Unknown
Announced
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April, 2009
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Sensor

"The image quality is undeniably impressive."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
Type
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CMOS
Size
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APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Crop factor
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1.5x
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Megapixels
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12.2 MP
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Light sensitivity
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3,200 ISO
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Light sensitivity (boost)
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6,400 ISO
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Sensor cleaning
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Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

True resolution
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12.2 MP
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Native resolution
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4288 x 2848
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Pixel size
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30.5 µm²
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Screen

Type
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LCD
Size
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2.7"
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Resolution
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230k dots
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Touch screen
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No
Flips out
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Yes
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Live view
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Yes

Lenses

Lens availability
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205 lenses
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Lens mount
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Nikon F

Form factor

"Excellent degree of customization (reversible dial and meter ease transition from other systems)"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's button-layout
"Standard slr build quailty"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's build-quality
Size
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127x104x80 mm
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Depth
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3.1"
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Weight
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590 g
Interchangeable lenses
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
Weather sealed
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No
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Built-in focus motor
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No

Viewfinder

Type
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Pentamirror
Viewfinder size
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0.51x
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Coverage
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95%
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Movies

"Video capability rather limited"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's video-quality
Format
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720p @ 24fps
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Supports 24p
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Yes
High-speed framerate
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None
External mic jack
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No
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Autofocus
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Unknown
All formats
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720p @ 24fps

Features

Panorama
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No
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HDR
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No
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3D
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No
Image stabilization
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None
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Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No

Performance

Startup delay
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400 ms
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Shutter lag
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276 ms
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Battery life
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510 shots
Continuous shooting
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4 fps
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Focus system

Autofocus
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Phase detection
Focus points
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11
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Cross type focus points
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1
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Shutter

Max
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1/4000s
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Min
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30s

Flash

Built-in flash
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Yes
Popup
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Yes
External connection
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Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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1
Supported formats
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SDHC
SD

DXO Mark Scores

"Very impressive high ISO performance"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
Image quality
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72.0
Color depth
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22.7 bits
Dynamic range
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12.5 EV
Low light performance
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868 ISO
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