Thursday, January 9, 2014

Nikon D90

Another old(er) camera for today. With all the newer Nikon models coming out, the D90 falls further and further back on the "obsolete" list. But is it really obsolete? Is there any space left for this camera in today's (used) market?

+ good customization and options/features, all the basic (and more) are here
+ video capability
+ really good value, you get at least as much as you pay for, probably more

- the sensor can't compete with newer models, although realistically nothing wrong with it.
- video modes/functionality pretty limited (if you care about it)
- no metering with MF lenses (you'd need at least a D200 for that)

In good light, the sensor is practically as great as any modern Nikon

Intended Users

Great for:
  • users on budget who still need a quality camera.
  • backup camera. It can deliver.
  • a learning camera. It has auto modes, it's quite fun and easy to use.

Not for:
  • (really) high ISO work. It's fine up to about ISO 1600 (but you need to watch your exposure)
  • those having many AI lenses. You lose metering
  • complex video work. This was the first Nikon DSLR with video, and video capabilities are limited

Final Verdict
The D90 was an amazing camera for its time, and it still is a great option for those looking for a feature-rich camera but are on a budget. You get what you pay for (and more), and as for image quality, the sensor can deliver great results. It can definitely compete with modern sensors in good light. In lower light things get more complicated. If you're careful with your exposure, expect good results until about 1600 ISO. Bottom line? If you have about $250-$300 for a camera, this is probably the best all-around option.

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