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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Mid-Range DSLR with Added Bonus of HD Video, 2 Mar. 2009
As a DSLR newbie I thought long and hard about my purchase i.e. Canon/Nikon/Sony, lenses in future, accessories etc. and eventually settled for the D90 VR Kit.
After a month of casual use familiarising with the innumerable settings I have to say I am hugely impressed with the user-friendly design and image quality. The default settings are sensible and capture great images, but when you want to take control the camera allows you to do so with minimal fuss. As a beginner I especially liked the info button which explains the various menu options in more detail.
The LCD screen offers amazing clarity with 4x the resolution of most of its nearest price point rivals, making the live view option a real advantage when composing images. The only issue I found with this was the lack of a live histogram to check exposure but as this can be viewed after capture perhaps more an inconvenience than a real problem.
The kit lens provided is great for most general scenarios offering acceptable wide angle and zoom options but be aware that for Macro photography or sports for example you will need to expand your lens set and invest in a proper flashgun and tripod etc etc so if you're on a limited budget consider a cheaper body and invest in the glass instead.
HD Video is also a nice option but since there's no autofocus and it only receives mono sound the usability is limited for advanced shooting. But considering there is only one other DSLR camera which currently offers HD video (and that's a Pro level Canon comfortably costing four figures) you have to recognise this is an added bonus rather than a disappointment.
On the software side this package is a bit of a let down. Nikon do not provide their own full image editing program in the same vein as Canon, and the file transfer tool was clunky to install and didn't even recognise my camera as a device. Coupled with the baffling decision to not allow the D90 to be recognised as a USB flash device, I was left having to buy a card reader to transfer data. This wasn't actually a bad idea anyway, as I find this method much more user friendly. As an existing Photoshop CS3 user and with my card reader costing just £15, I hardly felt the impact of the sub-par software, but it's a consideration if on a budget. Also note that Adobe RAW support only exists on Photoshop CS4 for the D90, so if using a previous version like me, you'll need a .dng converter which, fortunately, is free from Adobe.
Overall, the minor niggles don't come close to detracting from the quality of the main product.