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September 23, 2008

Nikon's D90: World's First DSLR with Movie Function

nikon_D90.jpgAll right, we'll put our Ashton Campaign Disgust on hold just long enough to talk about the newest Nikon digital SLR, the D90. The youngest in a line of notable siblings (D40, D60, D80) the D90 flaunts being the first DSLR with a movie function. Key features include 12.3-megapixels, 3-inch LCD, low-noise performance from ISO 200 to 3200 (can go to 6400) and a multitude of scene recognition settings for optimal auto exposures. As for the movies, it shoots in AVI format at 320x216, 640x424 or 12800x720 and you can use your multiple lenses, so that means movies in macro, wide angle and even fisheye if you are so inclined. Learn more at the D90 microsite.

The verdict? It's a nice perk, the DSLR with movie capability. And you pay for it. But we're still in the conservative mindset that if quality is your game, you are best off with a separate DSLR and video camera. We'll attest to the D90's relative lightweight and its battery's incredible life--we've used it for a 10-hour day of wedding photography and even a week in Rome, so while we advocate keeping a spare battery on hand, there's quite the juice in them. You'll find this sweet machine at Amazon for $1,284 (with lens).

Now for the rant: we despise Ashton Kutcher as the face of Nikon. Watch this ad and tell us Nikon isn't out of touch with its audience. You want to sell a $200 CoolPix with Kutcher, be our guest. You want to sell a $1300 D90 with Kutcher, get a clue. Sigh.

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Posted by Susan Moriarty at September 23, 2008 2:45 PM
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