Nikon Releases Their Followup To The Nikon D80

The long awaited followup to the hugely successful Nikon D80 is here and should, sure enough, up the ante for the mid entry level digital SLRs. Say hello to the Nikon D90.

The new Nikon D90 has some nice impressive features that is certainly an improvement over the D80. Canon has yet to release a mid entry level SLR to combat the D80 and now the D90. The Canon EOS 1000D/XS is posied to battle Nikon’s D40, the XTi and XSi fights against the D60, but doesn’t quite hold up to the D80 and now that gap further continues. Some notable features of the D90:

  • 12.9 megapixels
  • a new 3D tracking mode
  • ISO 200-3200 with 100 and 6400 with boost
  • Active D-Lighting
  • 4.5 frames-per-second
  • 3 inch LCD with 902,000 pixel
  • Expeed
  • Live View

The U.S. price is yet to be set, but most likely will be priced at about what the D80 was selling new.

Want to see a comparison of the Nikon D90 versus the newly released Canon EOS 50D?

Comparison Chart of Nikon D90 and Canon EOS 50D

SLR Cameras Nikon D90 Canon EOS 50D Winner
Year Introduced August 27, 2008 August 26, 2008
Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.8 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Viewfinder 96% 95%, 0.95x magnification D90
Max Resolution 4288 x 2848 4752 x 3168 50D
Megapixels 12.9 15.5 50D
ISO rating 200-1600 in 1/3 stops, with 100 and 3200 as options 100-3200 in 1/3 stops, with 6400 and 12800 as options 50D
Auto Focus type Nikon Multi-CAM1000 11 area TTL sensor 9 focus point TTL CMOS sensor D90
Crop Factor 1.5 1.6
Continuous Drive 4.5 fps for 23 JPEG or 6 RAW 6.3 fps for 90 JPEG or 16 RAW 50D
Storage Types SD/SDHC Compact Flash (Type I or II) with UDMA
LCD 3.0 inches 3.0 inches tie
LCD Pixels 902,000 922,000 50D
Weight 703 g (1.6 lb) with battery 822 g (1.8 lb) with battery
Dimensions 132 x 103 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in) 146 x 108 x 74 mm (5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in)
Live View Yes with Movie Mode Yes

Very interesting comparison don’t you think? The Canon EOS 50D is certainly the better camera based on specs, but it is also about $400-$500 more expensive. One of the coolest new feature of the Nikon D90 is the movie mode which is making SLRs more like point-and-shoot cameras. I personally don’t think it’s a good idea to lose sight of the purpose of a SLR, take pictures and do it well. By craming more features that the core purpose (camcorder on a camera), I think this will lead to a jack-of-all-trades-good-in-none issue.

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