"Best all around Pro-sumer camera"4.5 starson by keng612
Pros: Easy to to learn for amateurs, but has most of the features only found in pricier pro cameras. Most of the time, I just use automatic or the built-in presets and thats all I need for any type of photography, and get spectacular results.
Cons: Did not include an AC adapter that will cost you an additional $80, which is way too pricey. No memory card included, so you have to get one. The camera is picky about certain SD Memory cards.
Summary: I needed a camera that did more than the Panasonic Lumix consumer model I had, and getting the Nikon D90 is definitely a major step up without feeling intimidated by all the feature sets. The built-in picture control has nice presets and allows you to customize those and save the settings under a new name that you can retrieve anytime later for the type of pictures you want to take. The D-Lighting is spectacular as well as the 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System makes this camera a no-brainer to use. I'm using a Sandisk Ultra II 8GB SDHC memory card which writes/reads at 15MB/sec. This has proven sufficient, even when taking speed shots, and can hold over 1325 pictures at the fine setting (12.3 MP). Without using flash, I was able to fill a 8GB card up using only about 50% of the battery power. I do suggest getting a 2nd battery though for a backup, as well as an additional card. The included Nikon Transfer and ViewNX software are very nice for what they have to do. The transfer software allows you to designate a folder, naming sequence, and can copyright your pictures all at one while transfring off the camera to the computer. ViewNX allows you to view and manipulate the photos, but the feature I like is the ability to create and transfer custom presets to the camera. Though this camera is a direct rival of the equivalent Canon Rebel models, I won't compare apples and oranges here, nor can I since I have notr tried both, side-by-side. I did plenty of research and talked to quite a few professionals that have used all kinds of brands, and they all told me that the Nikon D90 was absolutely, hands-down, the camera to get if you are trying to take photographer to a more professional level than just point and shoot.