Truth be told, I'm a huge gear nerd. As much as I love the focus on craft and message, much of my brain is occupied by technical specifications and numbers. "Making Moves" is part of a small series that focuses on the technological milestones that make Stills to Motion possible.
Short and to the point: It was the first. Released in August 2008, the Nikon D90 was the first DSLR camera capable of capturing video. Though its long terms success is debated, it showed the professional market that a DSLR camera would be producing motion content that far exceeded the quality of equipment five to ten times its street price of $1300.
But what was innovative five years ago, now seems brutally domestic now. An APS-C crop sensor, 1080x720p, only in 24FPS with no audio input? But for the day, the D90 began the toppling of certain industry towers that brought high quality into a much more approachable price point.
While the D90 didn't become the DSLR of choice for cinematographers down the road, it was the catalyst of one of the most rapid development cycles in both stills and motion industries.
Stay tuned for a real game changer, but check out the trailer from "Reverie," the first feature to be shot on a DSLR (the D90).
Technical specification details pulled from: Nikon D90 Product Page