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2009.02.20

A full-review of the Nikon D90, the first DSLR ever to shoot video, was just published on Neocamera. There are now two DSLR cameras shooting video, the just-reviewed D90 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Aside from shooting video, these are very different cameras. The full-frame 5D Mark II costs 3 times more but shoots high-resolution 1080p (1920×1080 @ 30 FPS) video compared to the D90’s 720p (1280×720 @ 24 FPS).

The Nikon D90 is a 12 megapixels DSLR with a 4.5 FPS continuous drive and expanded ISO range of 100 to 6400. It represents the mid-range of Nikon’s cameras between the much-simpler D60 and more-rugged and customizable D300. Clearly, the nearly unique ability to shoot video is the main attraction, as it gives the possibility of having a DSLR to shoot both stills and video. Due to limited video features, described in the full-review in more details, the D90 is not equivalent to a digital camcorder but it does have unique abilities.

For those than like the high quality images and the occasional video, as opposed to dedicated videographers, the Nikon D90 may be the answer. Photographers not interested in video should not discard the D90 just because it can, as this is still a capable Nikon DSLR with good all-around performance.

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