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We’ve got the new Nikon D90 digital SLR in-house and we’re working on a detailed review. In case you’ve been in a cave and don’t know, the D90 is the first DSLR to offer video capture – 720p high-def, to be exact. The D90 has a 12.3-megapixel DX-format (APS-C) CMOS sensor, 3-inch LCD, EXPEED processing, and sensitivity to ISO 6400.

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I expected there to be a video setting on the D90′s mode dial. But it turns out – and this makes sense to me now – that the video capture is a function of Live View. To shoot video, you turn on Live View and then just press OK button in the middle of the 4-way Multi-selector. It’s that simple.

Reaction to the addition of video in a digital SLR has been mixed (see our DSLR video quick poll). Many pros think it’s a waste of money, but some also think it’s a nice bonus feature that will encourage them to do more video. Since the D90 is a mid-level, consumer DSLR, the video functionality is probably targeted well. Small businesses, families, and young action sports photographers will love having video in a digital SLR. And it’s probable that over the next couple of years we’ll see video capture become a standard feature in digital SLRs.

The D90 has a solid feel, as you’d expect from Nikon. The studio sample photos look good. Color and white balance are excellent. And most notable to me is the image quality the expanded, H1.0 ISO 6400 sensitivity. It looks as good as ISO 400 from a few generations back! Shooting at ISO 800 and 1600 should be very real options with the D90.

That’s all for now. Bookmark this page and check back in a few weeks for our complete, hands-on Nikon D90 pro review.

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