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Nikon D90 Black 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera - Body Only

  • 12.3MP Nikon DX-format CMOS Sensor
  • World's First DSLR with HD Video Recording Function
  • 11-point Autofocus System
  • EXPEED-based Image Processing Engine

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Combining 12.3-megapixel image quality and 24fps D-Movie mode, the Nikon D90 embodies the hopes and dreams of passionate photographers everywhere! The DX-format CMOS sensor, coupled with EXPEED imaging tech and NIKKOR optics, brings you breathtaking images with amazing clarity. Shoot up to 4.5 frames per second! With less than a 15 millisecond power-up, and a 65ms shooting lag, you can capture the hottest action and the best moments with ease. This is the world's first DSLR with an HD Movie mode that records movie-quality clips with sound up to 720p HD (1280x720 pixels)!

The D90 feels solid and confident in your hands, with all the comfortably positioned controls and the Quick Access bar at the bottom of the review screen makes changing key settings a snap. The AF speed, accuracy and speed of handling are as good as any DSLR in its class, and the boost in continuous shooting is a real benefit to action photographers. The VGA screen is remarkably easy to use, showing fine details in playback showing clear fonts in the menus.

With a wide array of features that place it above and ahead of its predecessor, the D80, the D90 is a great semi-pro camera designed to delight the senses and give you a whole wide world of photography to explore.

  • newegg 12.3 Megapixel Nikon DX-format CMOS Sensor The newly-developed 12.3 effective megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor produces fine details with sharp resolution, and provides an extensive ISO range of ISO 200 to ISO 3200 with remarkable low-noise performance.
  • newegg 11-point Autofocus System The 11-point auto focus (AF) system utilizes Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System and Face Detection System to keep your subjects in sharp focus even when shooting in constantly changing conditions. Versatile AF-area modes are provided to help make the best shot in a variety of environments.
  • newegg Live View Capable 3.0-inch LCD and High-precision Viewfinder Photo composition and image viewing at more extreme angles has become easier with the large, 3.0-inch LCD monitor that offers an ultra-wide 170° viewing angle and live view capabilities. In addition, the Nikon D90's pentaprism viewfinder offers approx 96% frame coverage and 0.94X magnification for any immersive photo composition experience.
  • newegg World's First DSLR with HD Video Recording Function The Nikon D90 is the industry's first DSLR camera capable of recording cinematic-quality movie clips with sound at up to HD 720p in the D-Movie mode. The large size of the DX-format sensor, combined with the optical superiority and broad selection of NIKKOR lenses, enables you to capture amazing perspectives that can be difficult with typical camcorders.
  • newegg EXPEED-based Image Processing Engine Based on Nikon’s comprehensive EXPEED digital image processing concept, the Nikon D90's image processing engine renders smooth tones, rich colors and fine details, all at remarkable speeds.
  • newegg Integrated Self-cleaning Sensor Unit The Nikon D90 employs a Self-cleaning Sensor Unit. Four different resonance frequencies are used to vibrate the optical low-pass filter in front of the image sensor and shake particles free so dust is less likely to affect the final image.

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Package Type
Body Only

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size
23.6 x 15.8 mm
Gross Pixels
12.9 MP
Effective Pixels
12.3 MP
Dust Cleaning System
Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 required)
(L) 4288 x 2848
(M) 3216 x 2136
(S) 2144 x 1424

White Balance

White Balance
Auto (TTL white-balance with main image sensor and 420-pixel RGB sensor); 12 manual modes with fine-tuning; color temperature setting; preset manual white balance


Viewfinder Type
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Approx. 96% horizontal and 96% vertical
Approx. 0.94 x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
19.5 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Dioptric Adjustment
-2 to +1 m-1
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark II with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
Quick-return type

LCD Monitor

3.0" 920K
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100% frame coverage
Brightness Adjustment
7 levels


Focus Type
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with TTL phase detection
Focusing Modes
Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points) AF
AF Points
11 focus points (including 1 cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 1 ft. 8 in.-9 ft. 10 in./ 0.5-3 m)
Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button


Exposure Control
Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M)
Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Metering System
TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor

Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6-, 8- or 10-mm circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2% of frame) centered on selected focus point
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 200 - 3200
Lo-1 (ISO 100)
Hi-1 (ISO 6400)
AE Lock


Shutter Type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, Bulb
Can be selected from 2, 5, 10 and 20 s duration


Flash Mode
Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Control
TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-400
Auto aperture: Available with SB-900, SB-800 and CPU lenses
Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27 or SB-22s
Range-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash Exposure Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Drive System

Continuous Shooting Speed
Continuous high speed: up to 4.5 fps
Continuous low speed: 1-4 fps


Scene Modes
Night Portrait
Live View Function
AF modes: Face priority AF, wide area AF, normal area AF
FocusL: Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face priority AF is selected)
Auto image rotation
Full frame
Highlight point display
Histogram display
Movie Playback
Shooting data
Sound playback
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 segments)

Recording System

File Format
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
Recording Media
SD / SDHC Card


Movie Format
Movie Recording
1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
640 x 424 @ 24 fps
320 x 216 @ 24 fps
Max. Recording Resolution
1280 x 720


Lens Mount
Nikon F Bayonet Mount


A/V Out

Power Source

One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e


Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System

Auto Active D-Lighting

Built-in image sensor cleaning

One-button Live View

GPS geo-tagging

Dimensions & Weight

Approx. 5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0" /132 x 103 x 77 mm
Approx. 1 lbs. 6 oz./620 g without battery, memory card, body cap or monitor cover23.6 x 15.8 mm
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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Louis S.
  • 3/23/2010 12:46:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very user friendly. Easy to use.

Cons: Heavy. Can't autofocus when recording on HD Video mode.

Other Thoughts: Is a must have for the price.

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5 out of 5 eggsLove NewEgg

Pros: I've paired it with a Tamron 18-250 Di II A18NII zoom lens, a Nikon SB-600 Speedlight and a Patriot Iris 16GB SDHC Flash Card. Wow what a camera. What this baby will do is just amazing.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I'd recommend David Busch's "Nikon D90 Guide to Digital SLR Photography" as a way to learn what you can do with this camera.

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  • Norman B.
  • 1/1/2010 5:07:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: What can I say about this incredible piece of optical and electronic technology. Uses all Nikon lenses, Light, totally customizable. many shooting, exposure, flash, metering, aperture, speed modes to cover any situation. The auto mode is a good compromise for most offhand shots. Most experienced amateur photographers will use the aperture priority mode. The pictures from this camera are stunning and rival my old F with manual lenses.

Cons: Took me about 10 hours to learn the commands and options.

Other Thoughts: There are lots of lens choices, but get the 28-80 f3.3-5.6 g plastic hybrid Nikkor lens. It has a crummy looking plastic mount and isn't internal focus, so the lens ring turns when it focuses, making the use of polarizing filters difficult. But if you don't care about polarizing filters, it is amazing. Very light, quick to focus and incredibly sharp. Actually unbelievably sharp. Plus it is well under $100.00 used on auction sites. You'll find yourself using this lens anytime you demount the camera from a tripod and carry it around.

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  • JOSE R.
  • 12/12/2009 6:50:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggslove this camera !!!

Pros: Pros: Excellent Image Quality
Feels great in my hands
Very Responsive
Loaded with Features

Cons: Honestly cannot think of any at this point.

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  • ERIC S.
  • 12/9/2009 6:54:45 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent - just look at the reviews

Pros: Just look at all the 5-star (5-egg) ratings. The advantages over the less expensive options would be higher resolution LCD, an extra control wheel, ability to add battery pack with vertical controls, 4.5 fps, built-in focus motor to make use of auto-focus in older Nikon lenses.
Battery life is excellent.

Cons: Maybe price. If you are looking to dabble with a DSLR, you might be better off with a D5000 and kit lens. To really make use of this camera, carrying several lenses does the trick (each at its own price).
Weight. This is not a pocket camera and expect neck pain if you are going to try to use it as one. It is meant to shoot pretty much the entire time you are carrying it. Again, a D5000 or something else smaller similar would be more comfortable around your neck all day.
Video. It's only real purpose is to use "live view" which is nice when you can't look through the regular viewfinder; it is not a video camera.
Flash. The built-in flash pretty much stinks. I don't think I've ever really used it other than to see how bad it really was (but that is typical of ANY camera's built-in flash that I've ever seen). Get a hot shoe mount flash.

Other Thoughts: I've been shooting this for about 12 months and I've taken about 6000 shots. I have banged it around a little (never dropped though) and it doesn't show a scratch.
I'm using this with an SB-600 flash and I can't imagine not having that. I primarily shoot people indoors at parties or outdoors at night parites. The SB-600 is awesome.
You can't go wrong with this camera if it is the right market for you. I am a hobbyist and I've managed to spend well over $2K in total on my D90 setup after accessories. If that sounds like your ballpark for this investment, then this could be the one.

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  • Glenn M.
  • 11/28/2009 8:51:44 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat upgrade

Pros: - Ergonomic design
- Outstanding LCD
- Solid feel/construction
- Good menus, especially the "My Menus" feature
- Fast
- Very good controls for white balance and color management.
- And of course great picture quality

Cons: - No compact flash slot
- Buttons don't feel as solid as my old D50

Other Thoughts: This is a great camera. A definite step up from my D50. I am in the process of getting to know the technicalities of photography, and there is a lot of documentation and tutorials online for the D90. I matched this with a 18-200 f3.5-5.6 VR II and a 35mm f1.8, and I am really happy.

Get a good quality bag for this camera. I use a ThinkTank Speed Demon.

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  • John P.
  • 11/27/2009 1:17:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNikon D90

Pros: First of all, its from Nikon and NewEgg with NewEgg having one of the lowest prices out there. You Rock NewEgg. Great pictures. Backwards compatable with my old Nikon AF lenses. This takes the best photos yet of my Digitals and has reinvigorated my interest in photography. Love the 4.5 FPS continuous shooting mood. Almost instant on and minimal shutter lag. Can't tell you how frustrated I was with my previous digial camera because of this.

Cons: None that I have found.

Other Thoughts: I was specifically looking for backwards compat. with my older Nikon AF lenses and was considering a D5000 until I realized that my old lenses would not work with the D5000. This camera does it all for me.

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  • Furquaan I.
  • 11/25/2009 9:56:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbest camera best price

Pros: need not say much about the product, service was excellent. product was sold out as soon as the 10% off was announced last week but price alert/auto notify emailed me when item was available. jumped on it right away. happy with everything. better than a blackfriday deal

Cons: none yet

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  • T M.
  • 11/20/2009 7:39:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWife tickled pink = a very happy me.

Pros: Impressive device. It looks good and has a nice weight and feel to it. The menus are detailed but easily navigated and custom settings can be dialed-in quickly. Could not be happier with the purchase.

Cons: None have presented themselves in the first few hours of heavy "new toy" use.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my wife as an upgrade to her D40. Although I'm very tech oriented cameras are not my thing, so I know next to nothing about actually using all the bells and whistles on this device, but I can tell this is definitely a quality device. My wife is the real photographer in the family and she absolutely loves this thing. She's hardly put it down since the day it was delivered. Definitely not a device for the beginner but it was a good upgrade move from her D40. She has remarked more than once on how much easier it is to customize settings on the D90 due to a vastly improved menu setup. If you, or someone you know, are looking to upgrade to an intermediate level DSLR this should be on the short list.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/8/2009 2:19:08 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat in every way

Pros: The high ISO performance is AMAZING..

I have a D70s as well and am a wedding photographer. The ISO performance of that camera was my weak link. With the D90 that issue is a thing of the past. It is going to make weddings a breeze to shoot now.

Cons: Does not take compact flash memory.

This is only a con if you have a bag full of compact flash cards.

Other Thoughts: Bang for the buck this camera is top notch. I would highly recommend it to a seasoned pro or a beginner.

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