General

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
"On a purely specification level, it's a highly competitive piece of kit, but it's the way the features have been chosen and put together that make it the camera that it is."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
Brand
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Nikon
Lowest price
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$831.00
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Announced
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August, 2008
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Sensor

"The image quality, whether at base ISO or the higher settings, is excellent."
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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3.0"
Resolution
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930k dots
Touch screen
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No
Flips out
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No
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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

"Although the buttons have been redesigned and are a lot easier to press the layout is identical to the D80."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's button-layout
"Nobody quite does a quality plastic body like Nikon, it feels tight and solid, wrapped around a good metal chassis."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's build-quality
Size
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132x103x77 mm
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Depth
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3"
Weight
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703 g
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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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Yes
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Viewfinder

Type
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Pentaprism
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Viewfinder size
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0.63x
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Coverage
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96%
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Movies

"The D90 probably isn't a camera you'd buy for its video capability... but it's an interesting extra feature to have."
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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None
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All formats
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720p @ 24fps
320 x 216 @ 24fps
640 x 424 @ 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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300 ms
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Shutter lag
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208 ms
Battery life
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850 shots
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Continuous shooting
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4.5 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

"High sensitivity performance up there with the best we've seen."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
Image quality
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73.0
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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977 ISO