Still Life with Video

Nikon's new camera lets you shoot pictures like a pro and take high-def video like an amateur

Illustration by Peter Arkle for TIME

Recently, Nikon sent me its new breakthrough D90--the first digital, single-lens-reflex camera that also shoots high-definition video. I immediately ran it over to my neighbor Kupcake Bentley, the macho photographer, to get his take.

It's pretty well known that professional photographers are weird, which is why I worship them. They are persnickety about all things yet have pulses that never exceed 60 beats a minute. Who else, on seeing men, women, children and livestock fleeing, would run in the direction of the horror? Kupcake (whose real name is Dean) is typical of the breed. When he was a younger man, he...

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