"Feature packed. Step-up for amateurs. Quality issues."2.5 starson by kodava
Pros: > Pro like features and considerable flexibility with shooting options.
> Great quality pictures.
Cons: > Some serious quality & reliability issues.
> No stereo recording in HD video
> Warranty valid only in the country of purchase i.e. no international warranty for the dSLR camera body.
Summary: > Bought this based on positive reviews on CNET and other renowned photography sites. Switched from being a long time Canon user. I have owned this for less than two months at this time.
> I bought the D90 camera body with the 18-200 mm Nikkor lens since it had very good reviews as well. Everything was going great until the camera locked-up and started displaying an ERR message on the display. Tried everything in the manual to no avail.
> Started searching online for answers and found a ton of people with issues and the 'ERR' messages. Seems to indicate some serious quality issues with D90 and owners generally frustrated that Nikon is not addressing this proactively. I'm feeling the pain & kicking myself for not seeing these posts before I bought the camera.
> I'm taking it to the authorized service center this afternoon. Unfortunately, I'll have to pay for any repairs since I'm taking it for service outside of the country of purchase (Australia). All Nikon dSLRs are only covered by local warranty. The Nikkor lens however comes with international warranty. I'm not sure what the rational is.
> I recommend holding-off on buying this camera for at least 6 months to a year until Nikon addresses all the issues and better built versions are on the shelf. FYI, the camera body and lens are made in Thailand.