Nikon unveils digital SLR with video featureThe D90 is a 'world first' for video

29 August 2008

Nikon D90

Nikon has revealed what it claims is the world’s first digital SLR camera that can record videos. 

Aimed a photography enthusiasts, the Nikon D90 offers 12.3 megapixels, live view scene capture, scene recognition features, and ISO sensitivity ranges from 200-3200.

The £700 camera is the first mid-range digital SLR to include a movie function, says Nikon.

The camera captures video-in-motion Jpeg in better quality than traditional camcorders, says the company. 

High quality

Nikon says the D90’s large image sensor, shallow depth-of-field, and ISO range create high quality movies. It includes a microphone and speakers for audio playback.

The camera features a range of new features designed to boost creativity. 

The lighting system can adjust the contrast between light and dark areas of an image, and the picture control feature can customise the look and feel of images from six settings, including new portrait and landscape modes, says Nikon.

'Expensive'

The company adds that the D90's 3-inch LCD panel can be used to frame a scene, and the camera can capture around 850 photos on a single battery. charge.

Which? technology editor Matthew Bath said: 'Nikon has added some of the features found in compact digital cameras – such as the ability to record video – to a digital SLR.

'While that offers more choice, the recommended price is quite expensive, and Which? will be looking at the video-quality claims make by Nikon in more detail.'

The D90 will go on sale in September.