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Nikon D90: Picture 1 regular

About Nikon D90

• The Nikon D90 is a 12.3-megapixel DX-format camera. Fusing 12.3-megapixel image quality inherited from the award-winning D300 with ground breaking features, the D90's breathtaking, low-noise image quality is further advanced with EXPEED image processing.

Split-second shutter response and continuous shooting at up to 4.5 frames-per-second provide the power to capture fast action and precise moments perfectly, while Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System contributes to faster 11-area autofocus performance, finer white balance detection and more.

The D90 delivers the control passionate photographers demand, utilizing comprehensive exposure functions and the intelligence of 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Stunning results come to life on a 3-inch 920,000-dot color LCD monitor, providing accurate image review, Live View composition and brilliant playback of the D90's cinematic-quality 24-fps HD D-Movie mode.

Nikon D90 Features

  • 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 color 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 Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System: Nikon's renowned 420-pixel RGB 3D Color 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

Nikon D90 Specifications

Image Sensor Format
Image Sensor Type
Sensor Size
15.8 x 23.6mm
Total Pixels
12.9 million
Effective Pixels
12.3 million
Image Area (L) DX Format
DX-format: (L) 4288x2848, (M)3216x2136, (S)2144x1424
Top Continuous Shooting Speed
4.5 frames per second (full resolution)
Continuous Shooting Options (CH)
DX-format: CH: Up to 4.5 frames per second; CL: Up to 4 frames per second
LCD Monitor Size
3 in. diagonal
LCD Monitor Type
Super Density
LCD Monitor Resolution
920,000 Dots
LCD Monitor Angle of View
170-degree wide-viewing angle
LCD Monitor Adjustments
Brightness, 7 levels
Shutter type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Bulb Shutter Setting
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
3200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent)
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitvity
Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent) in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
Storage Media
Storage System
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal Quality
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
File System
Compliant with DCF 2.0
EXIF 2.21
Exposure Modes
Programmed Auto (P) with Flexible Program
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)
Auto Auto (flash off) Advanced Scene Modes
Advanced Scene Modes
Night Portrait
Exposure Metering System
420 pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Metering Range
1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)
Exposure Meter Coupling
Exposure Compensation
±5EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 1
Exposure Lock
Exposure Bracketing
Yes, 2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
Shutter Release Modes
Single-frame [S] mode
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-4 frames-per-second
Live View [LV] mode
Self-timer mode
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode: 4.5
Movie Modes
Movie with sound
HD 1280 x 720/24 fps VGA 640 x 424/24 fps QVGA 320 x 216/24 fps
White Balance
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting
Auto Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor) Seven manual modes with fine-tuning; Sun Shade Fluorescent Incandescent Flash Preset Fine Tune by Kelvin Color temperature setting
White Balance Bracketing
Yes, 2 or 3 exposures, in increments of 1, 2 or 3
D-Lighting Bracketing
2 exposures
Playback Functions
Full frame
Shooting data
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Sound playback
D-Movie playback Thumbnail (4, 9, 72 segments)
Hi-speed USB
Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses
1) DX AF NIKKOR: All functions possible
2) D-/G-type AF NIKKOR (excluding IX NIKKORlenses): All functions possible (excluding PC Micro- NIKKOR)
3) AF NIKKOR other than D-/G-type (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions except 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible
4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions except Autofocus, 3D-Color Matrix Metering II possible
5) Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure modes A and M but exposure meter does not function
Picture Angle
-2.0 to +1.0 m-1
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 96%
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
(-2.0 to +1.0 m-1)
Viewfinder Eyepoint
Reflex Mirror
Quick-return type
Interchangeable Focusing Screens
Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.94
Depth-of-field Control
Autofocus System
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including 1 cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft. 8 in.-9ft.10 in.)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
Autofocus Sensitivity
-1 - +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F
Focus Modes
Single-servo AF (S)
Continuous-servo (C)
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Live View autofocus; Face-priority, wide area, normal area
Single-point AF Mode
Dynamic AF Mode
Auto-area AF Mode
Focus Lock
AE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
Picture Control
Nine User-customizable settings
In-Camera Image Editing
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Filter Effects
Color Balance
NEF (RAW) processing
Quick retouch
Distortion Control
Built-in Flash
External Flash Shoe
Built-in Flash Distance
56 at ISO 200 ft.17 at ISO 200m
Dust-Off Reference Photo
Save/Load Camera settings
Nikon Creative Lighting System
Built-in Commander Mode 2 Groups: A/B 4 Channels: 1-4 TTL, Non-TTL Auto and Manual mode
Flash Sync Speed
Up to 1/200
FP High Speed Sync
Up to 1/4000
Flash Sync Modes
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Control
1) i-TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-900 and SB-800 used with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-900 and SB-800
Accessory Shoe
2, 5, 10, 20 seconds duration
World Time Setting
Date, Time & Daylight Savings Setting
Battery Type
Battery / Batteries
EN-EL3e Lithium-ion Battery
AC Adaptor
EH-5a AC Adapter
Battery Charger
MH-18a Quick Charger
Image Comment
Battery Life (shots per charge)
850 shots (CIPA)
Tripod Socket
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Supplied Software
Software Suite CD-ROM
Approx. Dimensions Camera
Width 5.2 in. (132mm)
Height 4.1 in. (103mm)
Depth 3.0 in. (77mm)
Approx. Weight Camera
22 oz. (620g)
Nikon warranty
Mfr #
25446 KL

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My daily camera went down Nikon d80, I needed a replacement camera while I upgrade to the NIkon d610. D90 came to the rescue. Awesome little camera!


The first Digital that compares to my F100


I love this camera, and have shot with it for years now. It's the first digital I've worked with that took shops that rival my beloved F100. I've had great success selling my shots even at poster size (18"x30") and the color and detail is fantastic. Battery life is good, the combination of pre-programmed and manual settings allow for a great degree of precision, and it's done right by me.


For the Money,the BEST CAMERA on the market.


I purchased my first Nikon D90 about 2 months ago and sense that time I have taken thousands of pictures.The extreme quality of the pictures plus the outstanding color of same led me to buy another Nikon D90.Also the ability to crop and adjust color and lighting in camera is a huge plus..I never even need the computer and my results are unbelievable.Buy one and I guarantee you will love it.


Better than expected


I use it every day Nikon should still be making this camera


The Camera I'll Never Forget!


This is the camera that brought me into photography, ever since i fell in love with photography... And of course this camera! However as I get better, there are many frustrated moments with this camera, such as slow focusing, and high noise at high ISO. It's frustrating but I won't blame the camera, 'cause it's technology is kind of old. I guess it's because I got better, and I need to upgrade to a new one. I believe this camera is a perfect one to start with for entry level, specially if you know you'll get really serious into it.


best camera you can have


perfect camera for surfing pictures and video.


Great Camera!...but small issue


I owned my D90 for 3 years, but recently sold it. The camera was GREAT for awhile. I loved pretty much everything about it and planned to keep it forever. I've taken shots for family gatherings, photo runs in the city, outdoor hikes, travels to foreign countries to include island resorts and mountain backpacking excursions. The only problem that I had was with the dreaded F-- error. This error occurred even before I ever took the camera on my outdoor adventures. I tried cleaning the lens contacts and even used different types of fix. The error only occurred a handful of times, but it was enough to where I missed key shots. I know there are D90's out there without this issue and I would love to pick up a used one, but I just can't be sure that the camera isn't affected by this issue.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I've had this camera longer than my wife! I plan to keep them both until I DIE!


I love this camera. I upgraded to this after learning DSLR mistakes with the D40. It's was a breakthrough in the DSLR world being the first to have HD video. I understand that some may find it outdated, but the reality is that nobody would ever guess you were shooting with an older body. Just put a good piece of glass on the end and start shooting. I've taken this camera literally across the world and in different environments. It may not be weather sealed, but it still works like a champ for me. Here are some of the pictures that I've taken with this wonderful camera. Enjoy.

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This is A GREAT camera! ...


This is A GREAT camera! The pictures are amazing, would definitely recommend buying.


Incredibly Versatile


I chose the D90 over other Nikon bodies because of the versatility that I found with the camera. I appreciate having the LCD on the top of the body as I use this almost exclusively rather than the digital readings on the rear LCD. The camera feels solid and hasn't let me down yet. Autofocus is quick and sharp with any lens I use.


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Elvira T  Hi! Is it new D90 kit? Not refurbished?
RAYMOND G  I purchased my Nikon D90 and Nikon 18-200VR II lens new and have been very well pleased. I am not sure if Adorama sells these as refurbished items. Please check with an Adorama sells person by telephone and I am sure they can tell you. rg
Elvira T  Hi! Is it new D90 kit? Not refurbished?
RAYMOND G  I purchased my Nikon D90 and Nikon 18-200VR II lens new and have been very well pleased. I am not sure if Adorama sells these as refurbished items. Please check with an Adorama sells person by telephone and I am sure they can tell you. rg
Elvira T  Hi! Is it new D90 kit? Not refurbished?
RAYMOND G  I purchased my Nikon D90 and Nikon 18-200VR II lens new and have been very well pleased. I am not sure if Adorama sells these as refurbished items. Please check with an Adorama sells person by telephone and I am sure they can tell you. rg
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