Nikon D90

Released August, 2008
New: D7000 (Sep, 2010)
  • 12.2 MP
  • APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
It's not just the size that's impressive, but the saturation, clarity and sheer definition.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2009)
9.3 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D90

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D90
Nikon D700
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D90
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D90
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Nikon D90
Reviews from,,, and 3 more


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D90

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D90

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D90
977 ISO
Nikon D600
2,980 ISO
Nikon D800
2,979 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D90
2,450 LPH
Nikon D800
3,100 LPH
Nikon D810
3,100 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D90
208 ms
Nikon D600
260 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D90
67 ms
Nikon D800
43 ms
Nikon D700
45 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D90
300 ms
Nikon D700
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D90
4.5 fps
Nikon D500
10 fps
8 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D90

The viewfinder itself is very good, with a large bright screen and clearly marked AF points, and none of the tunnel-like appearance of some other APS-C sized DSLRs.

There are also the usual array of improvements and additions to shooting controls, including an expansion of Active D-Lighting parameters (you can now go extra high), nine slots for custom Picture Control settings, which can be uploaded to Nikon's Capture NX 2 raw-processing software, as well as advanced scene modes that incorporate Picture Controls and Active D-Lighting, and that can automatically program shift to slower shutter speeds when the camera knows a VR lens is attached.

Really, though, the Nikon D90's features, performance and value are so immense that it has to be given one of our all-time highest scores.


9.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Movie doesn't match the best of the snapshot-camera movie modes.
by c|net (Oct, 2008)
Video and still cameras are different shapes because they have been developed to do different jobs, and the shape of an SLR camera, or indeed most compact cameras, is not particularly well suited to video shooting.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
The much talked-about video mode has its good points, but also some serious limitations.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)


In an effort to appeal to a wide audience, the D90 features an extensive selection of in-camera retouching options, including D-lighting, red-eye correction, cropping rotating and re-sizing, filter effects, colour balance, multi-image composites and Raw processing options, among others.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
At the lowest ISO setting, images are clear, sharp and noise-free.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
The red channel is starting to look very blotchy at 800 ISO.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)


It's also the only one with Face Detect AF (there are three AF modes, wide area and normal area and face detect).
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
The brackets indicate the chosen focus point and there is an optional 'red glow' viewfinder illumination to ensure everything remains visible even in dim light.
by DPReview (Oct, 2008)
Consequently in live view mode, focusing in lower light conditions is very slow, hunting backward and forward for several seconds before achieving focus.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)


There's certainly no particular 'sweet spot' in the aperture or zoom range you need to stick to.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2009)


I was very impressed by its superb build quality, creative versatility and excellent image quality, giving it 9/10 and a Recommended award.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 12.2 MP
Resolution 4288 x 2848
Size APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 30.5 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,450 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,450 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous No


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 132 x 103 x 77 mm
Thickness 77 mm
Weight 703 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps (AVI, MJPEG)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
Autofocus while shooting video None


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 930 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 96%
Magnification 0.96x
Viewfinder size 0.63x


Max continuous shooting 4.5 fps
Battery life 850 photos
Continuous shooting 4.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 208 ms
Shutter lag 67 ms
Startup delay 300 ms
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