My New Camera Will Be Teh Awesome

2 comments June 17th, 2008at 06:22pm Posted by Eli

I found some leaked specs for the upcoming Nikon D90, and it sounds amazing:

The new D90 incorporates an optional feature called Universal Vibration Reduction (uVR). This turns all lenses into uVR lenses, and offers a 10-stop advantage.

This means a person using a 500mm lens, who would normally have to shoot at 1/500th of a second, can shoot at 2 seconds when uVR is enabled.

The new uVR system isn’t sensor based, and instead requires… the MB-D90a [battery grip]. This grip provides all the normal controls and extended battery life of a regular grip. It also holds 8 EN-EL4a batteries, along with a step-up transformer.

With uVR enabled, the combined power of the batteries sends a current through the step-up transformer. This then delivers a 110 volt shock through metal pads around the grip. The resulting electrical shock matches the shutter speed (maximum of 10 seconds).

The shock causes a very stable clenching of the photographer’s muscles while the shutter is open, simulating the stability of a tripod.

Nikon advise that people with rubber-soled shoes, heart problems or pacemakers shouldn’t use uVR.


The new D90 builds on the D80’s popular in-camera editing functions. Rather than cannibalizing yet more features from Capture NX, Nikon decided to include a full working version of Photoshop CS3 in the D90.

We found using Photoshop CS3 on a 3 inch LCD with a 4-way controller much easier than you might imagine. Well done on a great new feature, Nikon.


The new D90… includes a fully-fledged iPod. This ensures you’re never short of a tune, as long as you have your D90 with you. And it’s switched on. And you’ve uploaded some songs to it.


They’ve not only included stereo speakers in the camera itself, but also the necessary cabling for a full Dolby 5.1 surround sound setup. What’s more, the D90 is capable of playing movies on the 3 inch LCD via the built-in DVD writer/player found in the second optional battery grip (MB-D90b).

But just before you rush out an get yourself an MB-D90b, you might want to consider the MB-D90c. This version of the grip includes a sub-woofer (fully compatible with the D90’s Dolby surround). That’s right, the optional MB-D90c allows you to play music with unprecedented levels of fidelity for a consumer-level DSLR.

Let’s see Canon top that!


While the D80 was pretty responsive, your reactions aren’t. By the time you’ve realized you should have pressed the shutter, the moment is lost forever.

The D90 solves this problem thanks to Nikon’s new MindProbe technology. MindProbe scans your brain, looking for those tell-tale low amplitude beta waves that signal an imminent shutter-press. By the time your neurons react, and you actually press the shutter, the D90 has already captured 3 images (or 6 in GTI mode).

That’s right folks, for the first time in the history of photography, the shutter delay is actually measured in negative time. Now that’s progress.


The D50 and D80 caused some controversy by moving Nikon’s consumer-orientated DSLR models away from CF cards….

In an effort to avoid such distasteful events this time around, and ensure everybody can enjoy a D90, Nikon now supports the following storage formats…

  • SD
  • CF
  • XD
  • Memory Stick
  • 3.5 inch floppy
  • 5.25 inch floppy
  • 8 inch floppy (in MB-D90b only)
  • CD/DVD (in MB-D90b only)
  • High-speed paper tape to maintain compatibility with Colossus
  • Punch cards


One of the complaints about the ML-L3 wireless remote, was that it was line-of-sight. For some reason, you couldn’t set up your camera in Texas, and trigger the shutter from France. Clearly, this should be well within the capabilities of a $15 remote control.

To answer these complaints, Nikon has put a series of satellites in orbit that are dedicated to receiving wireless remote signals from users anywhere on the planet. These are then forwarded to your camera, allowing you to trigger the shutter no matter where you are.

How long have we been waiting for this simple addition to the feature-set? Canon have had this functionality in their DSLRs for years.

I would totally pre-order this as soon as it was announced, except that Nikon plans to start selling it five days before.

And I’ll probably disable the uVR feature.

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology


  • 1. spork_incident  |  June 17th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Looks good. I can’t wait until Nikon releases a spec sheet…then I’ll decide if it’s worth it.


  • 2. ::matthew  |  June 18th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I want my 8″ floppy, and i want it now! oh, and punch cards.

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