One reason I almost didn't buy the Nikon D90 was because its video capabilities did not receive high reviews. But we've played around with it, and as long as you get the hang of manual focus (that's what the pros use, apparently) it's no big deal. Also, I shoot in manual mode, so I've already adjusted my exposure to suit the setting, one of the other chief complaints. I bought the D90 for its photography capabilities, the fact that it is the first DSLR with video was just a bonus... it sounded like fun to experiment with different lenses and depth of field, but I didn't have great expectations because of the reviews I read regarding its limitations.
Why am I posting this, you ask? I've had many emails asking about my camera and whether I like it, whether I recommend it, etc., so I wanted to share a review I read for those of you who are looking into DSLRs, and specifically the D90. I received an email this morning from the industry's king of photography and film, B&H of New York City, with an article regarding the D90 and its film capabilities.
Whereas before I was only just mildly enthused about the bonus feature I got, now I'm really really excited about the potential the camera has for shooting video... and I feel like it was an even better deal for the price I paid and I would now recommend it even more!
The article itself is great, but you MUST watch the video the B&H reviewer shot of NYC (it's about halfway down the article under 'D90 in Action'). The music is a little much, but the shots he captured do not fail to impress. My initial thought was 'Seriously?'
Ella will be starring in artistic home videos before we know it.
B&H article: Video and the Nikon D90