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Nikon's D90 will feature video capture abilities

It appears that today is a good day for leaks in the D-SLR arena. Earlier today, DailyTech brought you news of Canon's 50D, which sports a 15.1MP image sensor, 9-point autofocus system, 3" LCD screen and DIGIC 4 image processor.

Now we have some early pictures of Nikon's new D90 D-SLR courtesy of a trigger happy Target.com. According to a forum poster on Digital Photography Review, Target.com momentarily posted images from various angles of the new D90.

In addition to the pictures, Nikon Rumors says that it has final specifications for the camera which are sure to impress even the most vocal critic. The D90 will have a 12.3MP image sensor, 3" (900k) LCD, 11-point autofocus system, and Live-View.

Perhaps the most talked about feature, however, is the D90's ability to capture video with its image sensor. Although details are sketchy at the moment, the camera will also have a microphone and speaker built-in for recording and playing back sound with capture video.

According to Nikon Rumors, the Nikon D90 will be formally announced on August 27.

Updated 8/26/2008
Engadget just posted that Circuit City briefly posted the product page for the D90 kit with 18-105mm lens. Circuit City's website showed that the $1,299 D90 will be available on September 6 and that the camera will feature an "HD Movie Mode".

Here are the full specifications courtesy of Gizmodo:

  • 12.3-effective megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor
  • 5.8x AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens included
  • D-Movie Mode - Cinematic 24fps HD with sound
  • One-button Live View
  • Continuous shooting as fast as 4.5 frames per second
  • 12.3-effective megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor
  • 5.8x AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens included
  • Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200
  • 3-inch super-density 920,000-dot color LCD monitor
  • Built-in image sensor cleaning
  • 11-point AF system with Face Priority
  • One-button Live View
  • Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System
  • Comprehensive exposure control
  • Auto Active D-lighting
  • Shutter precision and durability
  • In-Camera Image Editing
  • GPS geo-tagging


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WHY?
By Fnoob on 8/25/2008 5:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
Why would they market what appears to be 95% of a D300 while still selling the D300? If this thing comes in at around the cost of the D80, it will succeed at the cost of D300 sales. Especially if the video capture turns out to be 1080p.




RE: WHY?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/25/2008 5:57:19 PM , Rating: 5
Who cares what market it intrudes into -- if it means great features for lower prices, that's all that matters to me :)

Let Nikon worry about the overlap ;)


RE: WHY?
By oopyseohs on 8/25/2008 6:32:10 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm...

Time to replace my D40?


RE: WHY?
By jpeyton on 8/25/2008 8:08:11 PM , Rating: 2
More importantly, this looks better than the 40D and possibly better than the 50D.


RE: WHY?
By Woobagong on 8/28/2008 3:22:38 AM , Rating: 2
I would never EVER give away my D40, this DSLR is just too much fun to work with. It weighs practically nothing and it's dirt cheap. In my Gallery, many of the top 20 shots were done with this camera.

Even though I'll get the D700 soon, there are still enough situations where I would prefer using a leightweight camera like the D40.


RE: WHY?
By Lord 666 on 8/25/2008 9:37:53 PM , Rating: 3
Here is my cracked out plan for the moment as I am very interested in the video feature of the D90.

1. Sell my D300 - Great camera, but frustated about the low light performance.

2. Buy a D700 - Believe it or not, I do make some beer and book money doing architectural/landscape/real estate and wouldn't mind getting into the wedding business. The other focus is the family. The low light improvements and FX size make are the key points for me.

3. Buy a D90 - Here is the interesting part. During the birth of my first child, I sneaked taking video of my child coming out via c-section with Nikon 5400. Very grainy, small, and time limited... yet that video is priceless to my family. The deal with the hospital/covering doctor is you are not allowed to video record c-sections to protect themselves from tort claims. Anyway, the D90 probably has a excellent battery life and hopefully can fill up the SD card to the entire capacity with video. Plus, I can still keep all my same glass. Curious on how it would work with a 18-200VR lens? While I have a few more months until the next little one comes, video will definitely happen during that c-section.

Agreed about the natural trickle down progression of technology as years move on, but cost should not be the final deciding factor.


RE: WHY?
By tdawg on 8/25/2008 11:48:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
1. Sell my D300 - Great camera, but frustated about the low light performance.


Huh? This is a surprising comment, given all the rave reviews I've read and the nice low-light images I've seen from the D300. What issues are you seeing? Just curious.


RE: WHY?
By quickk on 8/26/2008 12:53:10 PM , Rating: 2
The low light performance of the D300 is very good, but the D700 is really awesome in this regard.

http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00QV2S
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d700/iso-3200-com...

I'm a happy new owner of a D700, and I am constantly amazed at how nice the pictures turn out, even at iso 6400! It's almost magical. I can take a picture in a dark room with virtually no light and get a usable picture. The camera can see better in the dark than I can!

Anyway, sorry for being so enthusiastic. My previous camera was a canon sd700 point and shoot, so that's probably why I'm so blown away.


RE: WHY?
By Lord 666 on 8/26/2008 11:32:14 PM , Rating: 2
Sweet about the D700. Might be a holiday present to myself as I position the above plan.

Thank you for answering the the OP question, as you replied as I would have.

However, I do have a D700 question for you as it pertains to another gripe of mine with the D300; how is the AF? While it depends on the lens, I have noticed that in addition to being slow, the AF on my D300 is inaccurate when in continiuous mode and focuses on random crap. The single mode that displays the boxes is accurate and works reliably so thats where it stays, even for my wife.

My other concern is the CF door not having a latch. Might go torment myself and stop in at B&H for a hands on with the D700.


RE: WHY?
By icanhascpu on 8/26/2008 4:00:50 PM , Rating: 2
Married with a kid and a name like that? Classy bro.


RE: WHY?
By Lord 666 on 8/26/2008 11:37:32 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh, re-read my post.

There is another one on the way; another minion! Was hoping for a girl and boy twin set so we could name them Luke and Leia, but the hormone levels indicate its a single egg at the moment.


RE: WHY?
By eeevan on 8/25/2008 6:51:58 PM , Rating: 2
Simple.

This thing will still only be a watered-down D300, just as the D80 was a watered-down D200. If the specs are indeed factual, it's packing only 1/5 of the AF points the D300 is capable of polling, has less processing power, and is encased in plastic (and not magnesium alloy like the Dx00's)

It's pretty obvious to my why they would keep selling the D300.


RE: WHY?
By soydios on 8/25/2008 7:03:08 PM , Rating: 2
For pros, there is zero comparison between the D300 and the D90. For amateurs, though, absolutely. But not pros.


RE: WHY?
By EidolWays on 8/25/2008 7:21:49 PM , Rating: 2
I'd be surprised if the capture is 1080p. I'll bet it will capture in a 4:3 format instead of 16:9, for starters. Second, I don't know how easily their image processor could be modified to support video, nor how much they'd be willing to modify if to add that feature. Count on stunted video and audio support not unlike what you'd get in a point-and-shoot, if only because that's not what this camera body is really intended for.


RE: WHY?
By wordsworm on 8/27/2008 8:05:25 AM , Rating: 2
http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/d...

Better than some camcorders according to their samples. The download rate is atrocious, but what little I could get looked a lot better than a lot of the other cameras that take video. It's really a big selling point to me.


RE: WHY?
By Visual on 8/28/2008 4:02:25 AM , Rating: 2
What is funny about that page is the movie with side-by-side comparison to "typical camcorder".

The darker "typical" image there has much more detail, each of the lights in the background is distinct and separate, while the d90 blurs them all together.

It is high time someone makes a HDR camcorder...


RE: WHY?
By Visual on 8/28/2008 4:15:38 AM , Rating: 2
None of those sample videos show any chances in zoom level while shooting. It would be disappointing if that feature is not available or just too hard to use.

The scenes where they change the focus distance are great... I don't see why zoom can't be changed like that too.


RE: WHY?
By Suntan on 8/25/2008 8:50:02 PM , Rating: 2
The same could be said of the D700 and the D3...

The reality is that the differences between the D300 and the (rumored) D90 are enough to provide market segment differentiation to those who would actually buy them. Even if they look like the same thing to you.

-Suntan


RE: WHY?
By NagoyaX on 8/26/2008 1:02:49 AM , Rating: 2
There still is quite a bit of difference between the D300 and the D90. Plus the D90 is for prosumer while the D300 is semi pro to pro line.

The D90 loses the alloy body and weather sealing as well as the ability to use more of nikons older lens.


Who finds these leaks?
By Solandri on 8/25/2008 7:30:03 PM , Rating: 2
Who is it that's finding these leaks? Do they sit there all day running searches for newly expected model numbers on retail store web sites over and over in hopes of catching one of them making a mistake?




RE: Who finds these leaks?
By Suntan on 8/25/2008 8:46:03 PM , Rating: 2
Partially, but both Canon and Nikon have had a rather "continuous" track record of having their new models "leaked" right before the official NDA time period is up.

Its highly unlikely that it is just coincidence that their model specs are always found in some little corner of their respective websites, then taken down... ...a good day or so after everyone in the either have had a chance to look at it/make screencaps of it shown coming from their official domain.

-Suntan


RE: Who finds these leaks?
By Lord 666 on 8/25/2008 9:16:32 PM , Rating: 2
But on Target.com? So when I am picking up some shaving cream and a lamp, I might just stroll down to look at digital SLRs? The product mix does not compute.

Not even Ken Rockwell has something on the D90 today.


How much!?
By wordsworm on 8/26/2008 12:01:38 AM , Rating: 2
I'm about to buy a D60... anyone have a clue how much this one will retail for?




RE: How much!?
By kelmon on 8/26/2008 4:23:05 AM , Rating: 2
It's likely that this camera will maintain the same sort of price differential as between the old D40X and D80. In this respect I think you'll be looking at about $500 more for the D90, depending on the deals that are available. Guess we'll find out the answer to this question in the next day or so.


RE: How much!?
By wordsworm on 8/26/2008 11:40:06 PM , Rating: 2
$1300... not too bad, with a decent lens. I was looking at spending $1000 with a slightly better lens than what this one is bundled with. But... I'm scratching my head over how good the video capture is going to be on this unit. That might be the thing that could get me to ante up the extra $300.


2nd Half 2007 - 2nd Half 2008
By GTK on 8/25/2008 10:48:32 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, from the 3rd Quarter of 2007 to the 3rd Quarter of 2008, Nikon has stepped up in every single DSLR market segment. I have to give out big kudos to them. I was going to buy a 5D in July, but replacing a shattered laptop postponed my purchase. Now I'm looking at the D700 and waiting to see what Canon can serve up in the new 5D replacement to keep me in the Canon fold. I expect superior high iso performance out of the new Canon (and higher resolution, but 12MP is enough for me), but pretty much everything else (build-quality, shooting speed, modern features), to be superior on the Nikon. It will be a hard choice this winter when I buy the new camera...

I think Nikon has been landing body blows to Canon for a year now. D300 and D3, a two punch combo, the D700 was an unexpected sucker punch. No one thought that Nikon would canabalize sells from the D3 so quickly after its release. The budget full-frame camera was expected next year. Now we have the D90, D3x, and the almost confirmed Digital Rangefinder for Photokina next month.

The D90 is looking like a pretty nice step up from the D80. I think it will probably be a better camera than Canon's newest 450D. I have to say that this is a really exciting time for digital photography. I really hope that all these Nikon slaps in Canon's face will wake them up. I hope the next two years will see similar epic improvements in their product lines... I'm crossing my fingers about the 5D. I have a feeling that, had it not been for the Nikon D3, the Canon 5D would have been released last year as basically a slightly improved full-frame 40D. I'm hoping for the 5D released this year to be the first of many counterpunches against the Nikon onslaught. I'm really happy to see that Canon is releasing the 50D Now so that it can put more focus on the 5D at Photokina. I think (HOPE) that is a good sign!

Not long to wait now!




RE: 2nd Half 2007 - 2nd Half 2008
By GTK on 8/25/2008 11:31:19 PM , Rating: 2
My mistake... I did a little looking and the pricing of entry to midrange Canon and Nikon look something like this:

Canon EOS 10000D (Rebel XS)
Nikon D60
Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi)
Nikon D80
Canon 40D

...I guess the new D90 will sit here, about even with the 40D...

...I guess the 50D will sit between the D90 and the D300...

Above the 50D I consider to be above midrange. I'm curious if Canon will decide to replace the 5D with something that is similar in features and price to the D700 and keep the current 5D as a much lower cost 35mm D-SLR, or if they will underspec and underprice the 5D replacement compared to the D700.

Also, in relation to my last post, I will say that I withdraw my statement about the D90 being superior to the 450D. It really should be considering it is supposed to target the Canon XXD range. With saying that I will state that while Nikon has been attacking Canon's mid to high end in the last year. Canon still has the best entry level options.


By DeepBlue1975 on 8/26/2008 10:13:37 AM , Rating: 2
This is a very cool move for DSLRs. Many prosumers or photography noobs like myself who want quality pictures but also like to snap a video every now and then and doesn't want to buy (and carry!) a camcorder at the same time, will be more than willing to jump from prosumer cams to DSLRs sporting much better quality and without foregoing some nice features such as live view and video recording.

Now all we need are affordable, really acceptable (not great, obviously) quality lenses for various focal lengths and we're all set.

I just wish some day DSLR sensors can become smaller while keeping quality standards (I know it's too damn difficult, just an expression of a wish) so that you could get long range zooming lenses that are not so incredibly bulky (any 300mm lens which yields 480mm in a 1.6" crop factor gets pretty big, compared to the usually crappy, but smaller zooming lenses that prosumer cams have sporting the same focal range).

Any hints about the pricing?




Uhh
By icanhascpu on 8/26/2008 3:50:55 PM , Rating: 2
I think you need to mention how it has "Continuous shooting as fast as 4.5 frames per second" a few more times.




Yawn
By B3an on 8/25/08, Rating: -1
RE: Yawn
By Fnoob on 8/25/2008 6:32:36 PM , Rating: 2
Why put video on a phone?


RE: Yawn
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/25/2008 6:53:35 PM , Rating: 3
What's wrong with adding a feature if it doesn't come at a price premium? If it means bringing in more new customers (who are upgrading from traditional P&S cameras), then it's a WIN-WIN for everyone.

I'm sure that Nikon will likely introduce the D90 at around the same price point as the D80 was when it was first released.


RE: Yawn
By Solandri on 8/25/2008 7:27:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, one of the big gripes I have with Canon is that they eliminated features the camera hardware was capable of providing, by programming it out of the software. If the camera is capable of doing it, then by all means toss the feature in. If you don't need it, then don't use it.


RE: Yawn
By TomZ on 8/25/2008 9:19:34 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
What's wrong with adding a feature if it doesn't come at a price premium?

I disagree! The cost is in terms of the engineering resources spent on the feature that could be spent on other things, like making some of the other features work better.

Adding more features invariably results in a reduction of the quality of existing features, since engineering resources are never unlimited.


RE: Yawn
By Targon on 8/26/2008 7:15:08 AM , Rating: 2
If a company also sells camcorders, then there is a good chance the technologies are already developed, so doing a bit of crossover between the product lines doesn't cost too much. The real key is that with memory capacities going up, not just for the memory cards, but also for space available for the firmware means that we will continue to see more and more cross-over features added without much if any price premiums.

At some point, we may even see the overall abilities for cameras meet that of the camcorder market, and the only differences will be in the physical designs for different tasks. There will always be people who want a small camera, those who want a BIG camera, and those who want a camcorder. Would anyone really object to a camcorder that could do professional quality single-frame pictures, or a smaller camera that could do the quality of a larger camcorder?


RE: Yawn
By tygrus on 8/26/2008 7:29:31 PM , Rating: 2
If the hardware is capable and the software was written for a better model that had the same HW feature then it actually costs more to change the program to disable the option. There are other marketing, usability and support issues that they choose not too. It's a dissapointment that HW and SW are typically capable of so much more then what is delivered.

They spend so much effort into making a large range of P&S that change every 6mths or so but delivery very little in HW&SW improvements that matter. ~2 fixed F, restricted to 6+ versions of auto without manual control, same weak flash, MegaPixel madness, lens worse than sensor resolution ...

The pro-sumer DSLR have been better with advancement but there are still areas that need improving eg. video, AF/AE points, white balance, highlight preserving curves+jpeg render.


RE: Yawn
By DeepBlue1975 on 8/27/2008 11:00:43 AM , Rating: 1
Why add power windows and power steering to cars, if you can drive them without those anyway?

I think the inclusion of video recording is actually very smart.
If P&S cams can shoot very nice quality videos @vga resolution, why not add something like that on a DSLR?
What is the bad thing about it, provided the picture quality won't be affected by this addendum?


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