Nikon Rumors has posed a few pictures & official specs for Nikon’s soon-to-be-released D90 camera. It was accidentally leaked at target.com and taken down quickly.
The highlights include video recording, 12.3 MP resolution, a 3″ LCD with live view, and face detection. That’s a very interesting combination of features more commonly found on point-and-shoot cameras with professional DSLR features. The included 18-105mm lens also looks very interesting.
The major reason I want to upgrade is for internal auto focus, since none of Nikon’s prime lenses have a built-in AF motor. The leaked specs don’t mention built-in AF, but the D80, which it is replacing has an AF motor. I’d be surprised if they left off one of the D80’s features. On the other hand, the new lens is AF-S, which wouldn’t be necessary if the camera has an AF motor.