Review: Nikon D90 DSLR

Problem: DSLRs take the best pictures, but you don’t. No offense, but you need a camera that’s smarter than its user. The 12.3-megapixel D90 is a Mensa-worthy fistful of photo fury that could pave your way to MoMA’s permanent collection. Straight out of the box, the D90 shows off its picture-making prowess, no setting adjustments required: The 11-point autofocus system speedily locks onto subjects and gives priority to faces — up to five at once. And the automatic light-sensitivity function is better than anything else on the market. As your chops improve, of course, you can take over the controls and fly solo. Mastered the still image and ready to attain auteur status? The D90 is the first DSLR that can shoot hi-def movies, letting you frame Scorcesian shots with any compatible lens—even the fish-eye. And Nikon makes it easy to check your work, loading the D90 with the same 3-inch hi-res LCD found on the $5,000 pro model. If that’s not big enough, just plug the camera into your HDTV through the D90’s handy HDMI port. While you’re at it, why not invite a few investors to the screening? Next stop, Cannes! Full review of the Nikon D90 >

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