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Nikon D90The much-rumored and even more longed-for update to the Nikon D80 has arrived. The Nikon D90 doesn't replace the popular D80, which moves down Nikon's dSLR product line, and unsurprisingly, provides some significant enhancements over that 2-year-old model....
[ Background Music ] >> Hi. I'm Lori Grunin, Senior Editor with CNET and this is the Nikon D90. First, if you're considering getting the D60, I heartily suggest that you spend the extra few hundred dollars and get this instead. It's a completely different class of camera. It's made much better. It's not really weather sealed the way the high-end cameras are but it's still built like a tank, as I'm fond of saying, and it's actually kind of heavy. It's slightly heavier than the D80 which was about a pound and a half. However, it's great to shoot with. It has a very nice responsive burst performance. It's fast. It's about the same speed as the D80 and the image quality is very, very good. It goes up to ISO 6400 and you really don't wanna use that but it's extremely clean up to ISO 3200. This upgrade to the D80 has a 12-mega pixel sensor as opposed to the 10-mega pixel in that model and it features a new kit lens which is an 18-105 millimeter. It's simply a very, very nice 1000-dollar camera. Plus, it's the first digital SLR to support movie capture. You do the movie capture in live mode and it supports 24-frame per second, 1280 x 720 video which is technically 720p HD. There are some limitations. You can't, of course, Autofocus while you're in movie mode. But once you get used to some of the other button placements such as the white balance and ISO on the left side of the screen, you'll get used to it. Otherwise, it's very, very nice, 1000 digital SLR. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Nikon D90. [ Music ]