Nikon D90. The first digital SLR camera that also makes video.

The SLR that makes video

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Argh! That's it, it exists: a digital SLR that also makes video! Like the compacts! ! ! The kind of camera I dream of to accompany me on my travels ... A technomade dream, as my colleague would say Marie-Julie Gagnon. The toy is called D90 and it's Nikon that he has done.

It will be marketed in September, in the 950 €. Well, for that price, I will not be able to offer it anytime soon. Especially that I feel forced to invest at the same time in the underwater box that goes well (and it is not given either, these little beasts).


But if Nikon starts, the others will follow. In a year or two, the technologies will improve, competitors will position themselves, prices will drop, and we can find opportunities.

I spent the evening surfing the web, drooling over all the tests and releases taken from blog sites. I put you here the Nikon mini-site created just for the D90, where all the features appear. And the link to the post of who adapts in French an article from New York Times.

The thing that hallucinates me is that the video can be in HD quality and benefit from the same optical settings as in photo mode (depth of field, etc.). We really change era, in the field of digital cameras.

A few months ago, I would have let myself be tempted by the Canon PowerShot G9, which is not a SLR, especially after reading the remarkable test done by But here I have what would be a brand new temptation ...


Small addition to this post, a year and a half after ...

That's it, I have my SLR-video!
Eh yes…


It's the Canon Eos 7D !

I adooore it! ! !

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  1. I'm not convinced of the interest of the thing ... but it is true that the video is not too much my thing.

    If however I want to take a video sequence, I prefer to take my little compact, that I always keep in parallel with my SLR, and that always renders me good services in certain situations.

  2. @ Marie-Julie:
    Yes, it's true that I like traveling light, and without fear. So lugging a SLR, heavier and more compact than a compact, and also more expensive, it requires reflection. Only, I'm at a stage of my life of "technomade" where I want to work more my photos, it will be time for me to move up a gear.
    On the computer side, I do not even take my MacBook Pro adored when I travel (and God knows I miss it), I manage with the computers of the internet centers that I find on the spot.
    The EeePC style machines are tempting, but hey, Macophile I am, Macophile I stay ... The MacBook Air all light end, that I had in test a few months ago for a paper, is tempting him too, but really not in my means either for now.

    @ Thib:
    Me it's the opposite! I was so excited last night, reading all this stuff on the D90, that I split a post ... This new type of camera interests me squarely, because it's been a while since I think to offer me a SLR, for my travels. The only one I have is the job, but this one, I can not take it with me ... In case of theft or breakage, I would be very annoyed with the newspaper!
    Unlike you, the video interests me a lot. I bring back sequences of my travels each time. And this is the advantage that I found, until now, compacts: their nomad side all-in-one, to feed both photos and videos a blog. So if now we find good quality SLR, which in addition to video, I crack ... It still avoids having to stomp two devices.
    Short. This purchase will not be for now, but for my part, given my practice of traveling image, I am more than convinced of the interest of this new technology.

  3. He looks nice but I'm skeptical about the interest brought by the video mode. Is it really cool to watch or is it a gadget? At this moment I look pretty much the Canon eos 450D which is in my prices. Knowing that I have a digital camera that takes videos, I do not know if this option would bring me something more.
    PS: this is my first message I believe here but not my first visit. I love your videos and photos that each time make me travel 😉

  4. Yes, I also wonder what the video mode is worth. As I am also a multimedia columnist in my duck, I asked to receive the device on loan, to test it ... I should in principle have it in my hands for a few days at the end of the month. I will come back to talk about it here at that time.

    My little digital to me takes videos, but only sequences of 30s. And as I said above, I want to move to the top speed photo issue. Usually, I'm eyeing Canon's side, like you. But there, have a good SLR, which in addition to filming, it would be ideal for my small reports for the blog during my travels (not want to lug two devices). Obviously, considering the price, it will not be for now.

    Finally, thank you for your nice little PS. I am happy to make you travel a little with my pictures. This is the goal of this blog!

  5. Yep !!!! Thanks again for the link on the G10, Alimata. I will be very interested in this new toy and go fishing links to my turn in the coming days. We will have the opportunity to recuse!

  6. Except that there, with the Eos 5D Mark II, we go out of the range "enlightened amateur" to enter that of the pros ... It is not at all the same budget!

    But hey, that does not stop drooling anyway. In my case, I think the G10, to feed the blog while traveling light and worry-free, is the most sensible option.

    Still, it's oddly interesting, this fusion announced the photo and video on pro equipment. The digital will completely change our relationship to the image. We will not know if we are photographed or filmed. And photographers will be tempted to complete their still images with animated sequences ...

  7. I gave up the weapons: I just bought a Canon Reflex that does not make video and that will take up too much space in my luggage. I went to a hair to double my original budget to buy the Nikon D90 ... (sigh) Next year maybe!

  8. Pff ... I still have not seen close, this damn Reflex video that makes. The guy from Nikon who supposedly sent it to me on loan forgot me. And since I've been caught up in the job since then, I completely forgot to restart it.

    You'll do wonders with a brand new handset! I can not wait to see it. She will be nice this year 2009 ...

  9. Hello

    🙄 My ideal camera as successor of my Canon A620 would have:
    - 1 or 2cm macros
    - 4 batteries to not open the case before 400 or 500 photos
    - Sd cards not to throw mine
    - a manufacturing box that does not obstruct the flash
    - an internal flash not too bad
    - a manual mode, priority speed or opening
    - a wide angle
    - HD video
    🙁 And it does not exist yet!

    ➡ But for HD video, I'm blown away by the quality of the Panasonic TZ5

    Some interesting articles published recently
    and here to compare for example the video quality of the TZ5 to other devices

  10. My my my!!! Manta, it's not good to make me drool like that ... 👿
    I do not have enough money to replace my poor little digital that begins to date, the poor (I slap everything in plane tickets and diving, must say).

    But they are interesting, indeed, these little comparatives. And it's awfully good, your ideal device. I want it too!

    You should go take a look at the new buzz that caused the divers-photographers (reported by Ceucidit):