Nikon recently announced a new camera to hit the streets later this fall, the Nikon D90 digital SLR (a professional style camera with interchangable lenses). For the $1000 price tag you get about what you’d expect: 12 Megapixels, 4.5 pictures per second in burst mode, and good low light performance.
What puts this SLR in a league of its own is the ability to shoot HD video. No other SLR offers this feature. There are some limitations. There’s a five minute footage limit and manual focusing only. The amazing thing is that you can shoot video footage using standard Nikon lenses. Macro shots and great depth of field can now be shot on the cheap.
To give some perspective, another video camera with interchangeable lenses would easily set you back ten times as much. To make things worse, you’d spend $5,000-$10,000 per lens. Our hat is off to Nikon for bringing this kind of control over video to the masses.