Rumors of RED Competition for D90

RED, the company known for its ‘future-proof’ camcorders, will be adding a DSLR line, according to comments made by Jim Jannard on the company’s forums.

Jannard’s comments focused on RED’s next generation Mysterium “Monstro” sensor. Monstro will be offered as a free upgrade to the Mysterium-X piece shipping in Epic, but is also slated for a new DSLR camera. Further hints seem to indicate that RED’s new DSLR is meant to compete with the Nikon D90 — it seems likely that the camera will shoot both stills and motion.

At a guess, a RED DSLR would at least have adapters for Nikon and Canon lenses, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Nikon D90 Available for Pre-Order at Ritz

I just received an email that the Nikon D90 is now available for pre-order from Ritz Camera for $1299.99 with no sales tax and free shipping.

[Ritz Camera - Nikon D90 w/ 18-105mm VR lens]

UPDATED: Nikon D90 is also available for pre-order from:

Amazon.com:

Adorama:

B&H Photo

Nikon D90 Officially Announced


As expected, Nikon announced their new prosumer Nikon D90 digital SLR. The D90 features some very impressive specifications. The most significant feature in the new Nikon D90 is the ability to record HD video thought camera.

The camera is available with the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens at a kit price of $1299.99.

The Nikon D90 is available for pre-order from Amazon.com:

For the latest news and coming reviews on the Nikon D90, be sure to check out Photography Bay’s Nikon D90 Reviews and Resources page.

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SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 30MB/s Edition – For Nikon D90 Video

Rob Galbraith has a nice summary of the need and limitations of these new 30MB/s SD cards from SanDisk.  He points out that the cards were designed to compliment the D90′s need for speed and will only function in other DSLRs as 20MB/s cards (the cap for SDHC).

SanDisk’s press release details further:

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today set a new speed record of 30 megabytes per second1 for SDTM flash memory cards with the introduction of the SanDisk Extreme® III 30MB/s Edition line of SDHCTM Cards. The new cards, expected to be available worldwide in September in 4-gigabyte (GB)2, 8GB and 16GB capacities, are designed to deliver peak performance when used with the new digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, Nikon D90.

Get the full story from Rob Galbraith.

Nikon D90 – Pre-Order at Circuit City


Circuit City is a day early on their pre-order page for the new Nikon D90; however, they’ve got all the goods up and ready to go.

The almost-official specs are what we all expected:

  • 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor: This Nikon D90 camera body features a DX-format CMOS image sensor that provides the highest level of performance. Its integrated A/D converter enables selection between 12-bit and 14-bit conversions. The sensor design supports the broad light sensitivity range of ISO 200 to ISO 3200, and features refined high-ISO noise reduction.
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor: A high-resolution, super-density, 920,000-dot LCD monitor makes critical image review possible. This monitor also allows ultra-wide, 170-degree viewing in all directions.
  • Live view: You’ll also have a live preview of your subject, giving you point-and-shoot feel with the quality of a DSLR.
  • 11-area AF: The sensor module offers an 11-area AF that ensures consistently fast and precise focus lock under varying shooting conditions. The wide area AF system gives greater compositional freedom when shooting sports and action.
  • 4.5fps continuous shooting: Capture fast action and fleeting expressions. The D90 can shoot up to 4.5 frames per second.
  • Scene Recognition System: This system recognizes subject and scene conditions prior to capturing the shot. Enjoy improved subject tracking and subject identification for rapid and accurate focus area selection. Highlight analysis optimizes auto exposure by providing more accurate control. Light source inference studies both subject and pattern to achieve optimal white balance.
  • HD movie mode: Capture your surroundings in cinematic quality. The D90 features the D-Movie mode, which shoots HD movie with sound at 24fps.
  • D-Lighting enhancement: This technology compensates for underexposed images or insufficient flash by automatically adding light and detail to selected shots where needed, without affecting properly exposed areas.
  • In-camera editing menu: The in-camera editing features include Nikon D-lighting (that adds light and detail to selected shots only where needed), red-eye correction, image trimming, image overlay, monochrome black and white, sepia and cyanotype along with skylight, warm tone and custom color filter effects.
  • Lens included: You’ll be ready to go in no time with the included 5.8x AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

Stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D90 coverage. The official Nikon D90 announcement should be here tomorrow.

Nikon D90 – Official Images Leaked

Remember the Target listing for the Nikon D90?

Well, these photos were up on the site briefly. The entire listing is now gone and you get redirected to a general “digital cameras” page.

At least we finally get to see what the whole camera looks like. The anticipated announcement date is this Wednesday. So stay tuned.

For the latest news and rumors on the Nikon D90, stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D90 page.

Nikon D90 at Target

Target already has a product page set up for the Nikon D90.  Sadly, there is no photo of the camera or lens.

The description reads:  “Nikon D90 12.3MP Digital SLR w/ 18-105mm”

[Thanks Jeff]

For the latest news and rumors on the Nikon D90, stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D90 page.

Nikon D90 on Aug. 27 – Mark Your Calendars

According to rock solid info from Thom Hogan, Nikon’s next press conference is set for August 27 and he’s betting the farm on the Nikon D90′s release on that date (not really the farm, but he’s pretty sure of himself).

So get your credit cards warmed up and ready for the pre-ordering race once the D90 is announced.

For the latest news and rumors on the Nikon D90, stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Nikon D90 page.