Nikon didn’t let Canon take the limelight for long, announcing their new digital SLR the Nikon D90, just a day later on 27th August 2008 - with very little fuss and subsequently, a large helping of panache. Offering a wide range of features, the most astonishing being D-Movie function, the Nikon D90 digital SLR provides 12.3 megapixels, an EXPEED processing system, fast shutter speeds and reduced blur with a high ISO range, a super-quick start up time and Active D-Lighting… as well as a host of other invaluable attributes.
The Nikon D90 is the first digital SLR on the market to offer movie-making functionality with the D-Movie Function, enabling you to record up to 5 minutes of video in high definition (HD) or up to 20 minutes in standard definition (SD) using D-Movie function. D-Movie Mode enables you to use any Nikkor interchangeable lens, making it possible for you to use your photographic techniques when shooting film! If you fancy a go in the Director’s chair, the Nikon D90 equips you with everything you need to create the kind of artistic masterpieces you never imagined your DSLR would be capable of.
The Nikon D90’s high ISO range of 200-3200 is extendable up to 6400 and down to 100, consequently enabling you to shoot fast-moving subjects in low light, eliminating the risk of blur and allowing faster shutter speeds. The speedy start-up time of 0.15 seconds and a shutter-release time-lag of only 65-milliseconds mean that this DSLR will never have you hanging around – keeping up with your pace however fast you are working.
In addition, Nikon’s latest digital SLR incorporates Active D-Lighting which captures every detail of your composition, whether in highlight or in shadow. Your images will reflect the natural lighting of the subject, leaving you with an image that accurately reflects the scene you were attempting to capture. The Nikon D90 also features Picture Controls to enhance the effects of Active D-Lighting, such as Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape.
Active D-Lighting is complemented by the Nikon D90 digital SLR’s Scene Recognition System, which employs data from the camera’s AF and metering sensors to generate images that are optimally exposed and sharply-defined. When there are faces in your photo, the Nikon D90 recognises this and selects the most advantageous settings to deliver natural skin tones. The Nikon D90 also comes complete with an extensive Retouch menu, which provides effects such as Fisheye, Distortion Control and Straighten. Without risking the original image, the Nikon D90 makes a copy of the image for you to edit and enhance in camera.
With such a strong specification and boasting the unprecedented Movie Mode feature, the Nikon D90 is sure to attract a mountain of interest from visitors to Photokina. You can find a full feature list and further information on the Wex Photographic Nikon D90 page.