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Nikon D90 12.3 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body Only

Released on 03 October 2008

Manufacturer: Nikon

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The D90 fuses technology from Nikon's flagship digital SLRs with an array of sophisticated functions to help you achieve superior results. Its 12.3 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor and EXPEED image processing system offer outstanding image quality across a wide ISO light sensitivity range. Live View mode lets you compose and shoot via the high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor, and an advanced Scene Recognition System and autofocus performance help capture images with astounding accuracy.

Movies can be shot in Motion JPEG format using the innovative D-Movie function. The camera's large image sensor ensures exceptional movie image quality and you can create dramatic effects by shooting with a wide range of interchangeable NIKKOR lenses, from wide-angle to macro to fisheye, or by adjusting the lens aperture and experimenting with depth-of-field. The D90 - designed to fuel your passion for photography.

12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor: Coupled with Nikon's EXPEED image processing technologies and NIKKOR optics, breathtaking image fidelity is assured.

Continuous shooting as fast as 4.5 frames-per-second: Combined with fast 0.15ms power-up and split-second 65ms shooting lag, dramatic action and decisive moments are captured easily.

D-Movie Mode-Cinematic 24fps HD with sound: Record cinematic-quality movie clips at up to 720p HD (1280 x 720 pixels) in Motion JPEG format, enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality and versatility.

Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200: High signal-to-noise components and design deliver exceptional performance, even at high ISO setting.

3-inch super-density 920,000-dot colour LCD monitor: High resolution, 170-degree wide-angle viewing guarantees confident image review and movie playback.

Built-in image sensor cleaning: Effective 4-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning frees image degrading dust particles from the sensor's optical low pass filter.

11-point AF system with Face Priority: Consistently fast and accurate autofocus, reinforced by the Nikon Scene Recognition System, delivers razor sharpness in a wide variety of conditions.

One-button Live View: Easy to use Live View activates access to 3 contrast detection focus modes including Face Priority AF.

Nikon 3D Colour Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System: Nikon's renowned 420-pixel RGB 3D Colour Matrix Metering II, teamed with the exclusive Scene Recognition System, evaluates images, referencing an on-board database of over 30,000 photographic scenes, for unmatched exposure accuracy.

Comprehensive exposure control: Five advanced scene modes plus Program Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual.

Auto Active D-Lighting: Selectable and Automatic, Active D-Lighting optimizes details within shadows and highlights, taming high-contrast situations in real time.

Durable, high precision shutter: Testing to over 100,000 cycles assures shutter life and accuracy.

In-Camera Image Editing: Creative freedom stems from exclusive in-camera image editing, featuring Fisheye effect, Straighten and Distortion Control as well as D-Lighting, Red-eye Reduction, Image Overlay, Monochrome and more.

GPS geo-tagging: GP-1 GPS unit (optional) provides automatic real-time geo-tagging.

  • 12.3 megapixel DX format CMOS image sensor with built-in self-cleaning sensor unit
  • Low noise performance from ISO 200 to 3200
  • D-Movie function offers Motion JPEG movies in exceptional D-SLR image quality
  • Live View with 3-inch, 920,000-dot, high-resolution LCD monitor
  • Extensive in-camera retouch functions
  • Lens mount: Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
  • Effective sensor: Approx. 1.5x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)

Image sensor

  • Image sensor: 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
  • Supports high ISO sensitivities
  • High-speed data readout
  • Nikon DX-format sized CMOS sensor
  • Power-saving design
  • Effective pixels: 12.3 million
  • Total pixels: 12.9 million

Recording formats

  • Image size (pixels):
  • 4,288 x 2,848 (L)
  • 3,216 x 2,136 (M)
  • 2,144 x 1,424 (S)
  • File format:
  • NEF (compressed RAW)
  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression
  • NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
  • Media:
  • SD (Secure Digital) memory cards, SDHC-compliant
  • Eye-Fi memory cards (requires confirmation)
  • A/D conversion bit count:
  • 12-bit
  • Image write rate
  • Approx. 14 MB/s under the following conditions:
  • Recording medium: 1 GB Panasonic Pro HIGH SPEED SD memory card
  • Image quality: JPEG normal
  • Image size: Large
  • Picture Control System:
  • Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Landscape, Portrait
  • storage for up to nine custom Picture Controls
  • File system:
  • DCF 2.0
  • DPOF
  • Exif 2.21
  • PictBridge


  • Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • 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-+1 m-1
  • Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II screen with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
  • Reflex mirror: Quick return
  • Lens aperture: Instant return, electronically controlled


  • Compatible lenses:
  • DX AF Nikkor: All functions supported
  • Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported (PC Micro-Nikkor does not support some functions). IX Nikkor lenses not supported
  • 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


  • Electronically controlled, vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
  • Speed:
  • 1/4000-30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, Bulb, Time (optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 required)
  • Flash sync speed:
  • X=1/200 s synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
  • Release time lag:
  • Approx. 65 ms
  • Viewfinder blackout:
  • 120 ms


  • Approved SD memory cards:
  • The following SD memory cards have been tested and approved for use in this camera
  • All cards of the designated make and capacity can be used, regardless of speed
  • SanDisk : 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB(1), 4 GB(2), 8 GB(2)
  • Toshiba : 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB(1), 4 GB(2), 8 GB(2), 16 GB(2), 32 GB(2)
  • Panasonic : 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB(1), 4 GB(2), 8 GB(2), 16 GB(2), 32 GB(2)
  • Lexar Media : 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB(1), 4 GB(2)
  • Lexar Media Platinum II: 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB(1), 4 GB(2)
  • Lexar Media Professional: 1 GB, 2 GB(1), 4 GB(2)
  • (1) If the memory card will be used with a card reader or other device, the device must support 2 GB SD memory cards
  • (2) SDHC-compliant. If the memory card will be used with a card reader or other device, be sure that the device supports SDHC

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