August 28 2008 - Photo Jottings

August 28 2008


Nikon whips out another DSLR, this time beating Sony at their own game.  I thought sure Sony would be the first to come out with a movie mode on a DSLR, but it’s not to be.  Check out the Nikon D90, an upgrade to the D80 and the newer D60 that was brought out just a couple of months ago.  The biggest news is the movie mode, but more stuff is new too, look below.

Sony has some good deals on the A700, $1099 for the body only or with the 18-200mm lens for $1299.  Buy this kit and eBay the lens for $300, and get the body for a grand.  Beware of dealers selling Sony DSLRs for less than retail, Sony has a unilateral pricing agreement with their legit resellers, which means they can’t offer it for less than retail.  Beware of NYC joints low-balling prices.

  • Nikon D90
  • 12.3mp CMOS DX
  • 3.0″ LCD VGA quality
  • Movie mode with sound, 1280-720 (720p) @24fps and lower, must use manual focus and zoom.
  • Live view, obviously!
  • Optional GPS unit, no price yet.
  • Five Face advanced face detection.
  • ISO 200-3200 with Lo1 and Hi1, 100-6400.
  • Active D-lighting, distortion control with registered lenses, and image straightening.
  • HDMI out for viewing on your HDTV.
  • Burst rate of 4.5fps for (?) frames, JPEG.
  • Possible CA correction, but not listed.
  • Same old Li-ion battery, but a whopping 850 shots per charge.
  • Available 9/08
  • New plastic 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6 VR lens, $399
  • $999 or $1299 D90 and above lens.
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