Nikon's New Camera May Exceed Hype

It's the first so-called SLR to allow users to shoot high-def movies
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2008 6:20 PM CDT
A model displays Japanese camera giant Nikon's new digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera 'D90', equipped with a 12.3 mega-pixel CMOS sensor.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The Nikon D90 isn’t just another shiny new camera: it’s a “mind-blowing, game-changing” hunk of high-tech equipment, David Pogue writes in the New York Times. Why? It’s incredibly fast, has an amazing range of lenses and comes with a ton of gizmos. But here’s the kicker: it’s the first-ever digital single-lens reflex camera that can shoot movies.

“High-definition video, at that. Stunning, vivid, 720p, widescreen, 1024-by-720, 24-frames-per-second video, with the color and clarity that only an S.L.R. can provide,” Pogue writes. The video is light-years beyond anything your little digital point-and-shoot can do, and every feature on the D90 applies both to photography and filming. That means you can switch lenses, control focus and exposure, and much more.