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stuartmcnair
08-27-2008, 06:35 PM
anyone looking to buy a DSLR for watersports really should look at this one...

Bigmac should be pleased...

Nikon D90 Camera with HD Video (http://www.popphoto.com/testsreviews/5499/nikon-d90-hands-on.html)

bigmac
08-27-2008, 07:05 PM
Nah...it's the 50D for me...:D

But seriously, folks....I wouldn't want it, but I am intrigued by the marketing concept of adding 720p HD video to a dSLR camera like the Nikon D90. That's either crazy or brilliant.

vision
08-27-2008, 07:25 PM
I was about to buy the D300 to get the 8 fps sped. But 720p video and 4.5 fps with the D90 for $800 less is worth evaluating. I wonder if you can push the 4.5 fps to 6 fps with a larger battery and fast card?

bigmac
08-27-2008, 10:59 PM
Here's probably the most definitive preview of the D90

DP Review D90 hands-on preview (http://www.dpreview.com/news/0808/08082702nikond90previewed.asp)

And here is some hands-on blog info from Chase Jarvis with video

Chase Jarvis hands-on blog (http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2008/08/chase-jarvis-raw-advance-testing-nikon.html)

The thing that's most intriguing to me is that this thing uses the same sensor as the D300 as well as the same image processing ASIC (Expeed). If this is a subset camera of the D300 in the same way that the D700 is a subset camera of the D3, then this D90 is likely to have astonishing performance for a $1000 camera.

The speed of the storage medium (SD card in this case) isn't going to determine the shooting frame rate - that will be limited by the shutter mechanism and the speed of the internal electronics upstream of the card itself. Memory card speed WILL determine how fast the buffer fills and clears as that buffer writes to the card.

It's not clear to me whether or not the MD80 external battery pack will increase frame rate on the D90 as an external battery does in the D700. Nikon doesn't say that it will, whereas they DO make it clear that the D700 gets a big FPS boost from the external battery grip.

I don't know what to make of the D-movie mode. It's not something I care about, but the D90's target market may care a lot. Whatever...it's kind of a cool technology accomplishment - 720p HD video from a dSLR. Interesting.

TX.X-30 fan
08-27-2008, 11:18 PM
I have never seen video from a camera that was very good, they are for pictures right?

Willski
08-27-2008, 11:51 PM
Very nice.

bigmac
08-28-2008, 06:56 AM
I have never seen video from a camera that was very good, they are for pictures right?
I know what you mean. Time will tell, though. CMOS isn't exactly the top of the heap for video in most applications, but no doubt D90 video samples will be hitting the web in large numbers before very long. I'll be interested to see how it compares to CCD once that video starts hitting the web. But, it is 720p High Definition - 1280x720. Those specs are better than my video camera.

atlfootr
08-28-2008, 08:59 AM
anyone looking to buy a DSLR for watersports Nikon D90 Camera with HD Video (http://www.popphoto.com/testsreviews/5499/nikon-d90-hands-on.html)

http://a1672.g.akamai.net/7/1672/116/20080801/www.ritzcamera.com/graphics/ritzcamera/logos/rc_electronics_logo.gif

Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera w/ AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Our Price: $1,299.95

88 PS190
08-28-2008, 12:55 PM
I have never seen video from a camera that was very good, they are for pictures right?

Alot of people don't need a separate video camera, or rather don't like shooting video that much, but every so often wish they could take video of something.

As I see it sometimes its nice to have your camera and be able to grab that quick video, even if its not as stable as it would have been out of a video camera.

suedv
08-28-2008, 01:05 PM
http://a1672.g.akamai.net/7/1672/116/20080801/www.ritzcamera.com/graphics/ritzcamera/logos/rc_electronics_logo.gif

Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera w/ AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Our Price: $1,299.95

Obtaining good camera equipment is like owning a boat. You can sink a lot of money in it... fast. I'm reading this thread and saying to myself "don't even think about it." I've spent enough this year. :o

Having said that this sounds interesting.

vision
08-28-2008, 06:31 PM
Alot of people don't need a separate video camera, or rather don't like shooting video that much, but every so often wish they could take video of something.

As I see it sometimes its nice to have your camera and be able to grab that quick video, even if its not as stable as it would have been out of a video camera.


Agreed. I prefer good stills for sharing and capturing the feeling of the moment. Videos are tough to share and are of lower quality.

But, when learning a new trick, it is nice to have 5 seconds of high def video so you can look at the whole trick to see where you are screwing up.