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Nikon P90 Review

Review Date: Apr 13, 2009

Nikon Coolpix P90

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Category: Beginner Amateur

The Nikon Coolpix P90 has 12.1MP resolution, an amazing 24x wide-angle optical Zoom-Nikkor lens (26-624mm equiv.) and an extra large 3.0 in. (230K dots) Vari-angle LCD monitor which is tiltable 45° downward and 90° upward. Sensor-shift Image Stabilization helps to reduce blur due to camera shake at long tele.

The P90 provides full exposure control with PASM and Scene Modes with Scene Auto Selector. It has an electronic viewfinder (EVF).

D-Lighting function compensates for underexposed images or insufficient flash by automatically adding light and detail to selected shots where needed -- without affecting properly exposed areas. A Smart Portrait System uses Face-priority AF, Smile Timer, Blink Warning, Blink Proof and In-Camera Red-Eye Fix for capuring great portraits. Pre-shooting Cache option enables recording up to 10 frames just before releasing the shutter to capture the right moment.

The Nikon Coolpix P90 should appeal to photographers who desire a full featured wide-angle ultra zoom high performance digital camera with image stabilization.

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Nikon Coolpix P90
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Nikon Coolpix P90US | CAN | UK | Imaging  
  Image Sensor 12.1 effective megapixels ( 4000 x 3000 )
1/2.33-in. CCD
  Lens Zoom-Nikkor 14 elements in 11 groups  
  Focal Length 4.6-110.4mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 26-624mm)  
  Aperture Range

f/2.8 [W] - f/5.0 [T]
Electronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm
10 steps of 1/3 EV

  Optical Zoom 24x;
Digital zoom: Up to 4x (35-mm [135] camera-format equivalent: 2496 mm)
  Focus range

• [W]: 50 cm (1 ft. 8 in.) to ∞, [T]: 1.7 m (5 ft. 6 in.) to ∞
• Macro close-up mode: 10 cm (4 in.) to ∞; 1 cm (0.4 in.) to ∞

  AF Area Mode Face priority, auto (9-area automatic selection), center, manual
with 99 focus areas
  Auto Focus

Contrast-detect AF, Multi area AF

  AF-assist Illumination Yes  
  Vibration Reduction

Image sensor shift (still pictures)
Electronic (movies)

  Shutter Speed

1/2000-8 s (1/30 s when shooting using Multi-shot 16 for Continuous)

  Exposure Control - Programmed auto exposure with flexible program
- Shutter priority auto
- Aperture-priority auto
- Manual
- Motion detection
  Shooting Modes

- Sports Continuous Mode (up to 13fps, up to 30 frames, 3M)
- 15 Scene Modes (Portrait, Beach/Snow, Close Up, Copy, Landscape, Sunset, Food, Back Light, Night Portrait, Dusk/Dawn, Museum, Panorama Assist, Party/indoor, Night Landscape, Fireworks Show)
- Movie


Face Detection (up to 12 faces can be detected), Scene Auto Selector 9camera automatically changes up to 6 scene modes to match scene), Motion Detection (camera detects camera shake and makes adjustments reduce image blur), Smile Timer and Blink Warning (camera detects up to 3 smiles and automatically fires shutter while warning you if one or more subjects has blinked)


- Single
- Continuous 1.4fps up to 25 frames (when image quality is set to Normal and image size is set to 4000×3000.)
- Multi-shot 16 (about 7.5 frames per second and arranges them in a single picture with image quality set to Normal and image size
set to 2592×1944)
- Intvl timer shooting (30 s, 1 min, 5 min, or 10 min)


- 640x480 30fps or 15fps
- 320x240 15fps
- Time-lapse 640x480 30fps (no sound)
- Sepia 320x240 15fps
- B&W 320x240 15fps

Movies can be as long as free space on memory card allows; max. 25 min. per clip.


Can be selected from 10 and 2 second duration, smile timer,
blink proof

  Image Size (pixels) • 4000×3000 12 M • 3264×2448 8 M
• 2592×1944 5 M • 2048×1536 3 M
• 1600×1200 2 M • 1280×960 1 M
• 1024×768 PC • 640×480 TV
• 3984×2656 3:2 • 3968×2232 16:9
• 2992×2992 1:1 • 1920×1080 16:9 2M
  Built-in Flash

TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
[W]: Approx. 0.5 to 8.0 m (1 ft. 8 in. to 26 ft.)
[T]: Approx. 1.7 to 5.0 m (5 ft. 7 in. to 16 ft.)

  Hot-Shoe none  
  Interface Hi-speed USB  
  Supported languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish,
Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian,
Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish,
Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
  Viewfinder (optical) none  
  Viewfinder (electronic, EVF)

Color LCD viewfinder, 0.24-in. TFT LCD, approx. 230k-dot,
with diopter adjustment function
Frame coverage (shooting mode): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical (compared to the actual screen)
Frame coverage (playback mode): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to the actual screen)


3 in., approx. 230k-dot, TFT LCD Vari-angle monitor with antireflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment, tiltable
45° downward, 90° upward
Frame coverage (shooting mode): Approx. 97 % horizontal and 97 % vertical (compared to the actual screen)
Frame coverage (playback mode): Approx. 100 % horizontal and 100 % vertical (compared to the actual screen)

  ISO Sensitivity

- ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
- Auto (auto gain ISO 64-800)
- High ISO Sensitivity Auto (ISO 64-1600)
- Fixed range auto (ISO 64-100, 64-200, 64-400)
- Sports continuous mode (ISO 640-6400)

ISO 3200 and 6400 are available only for image sizes of 3M (2048 x 1536) or smaller

  Light Metering

256-segment matrix, center-weighted, spot, spot AF area (with
support for 99 focus areas)

  Exposure Compensation -2.0-+2.0EV in steps of ⅓ EV
Auto bracketing
  White Balance

Auto, Preset manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash

  Storage Media

Internal Memory (approx. 47MB)
SD/SDHC memory cards

Not compatible with Multi Media Cards (MMC)

  Power sources

One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (supplied)
AC Adapter EH-62A (optional)

  Battery Life (approx.)

- Approx 200 shots (EN-EL5)

Based on Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards for measuring the life of camera batteries. Measured at 23 (±2) °C (73 (±4) °F); zoom adjusted with each shot, flash fired with every other shot, image quality set to Normal, image size set to F4000×3000.
Battery life may vary depending on shooting interval and length of time menus and images are displayed.


Included Accessories(*)

(*) Supplied accessories may differ by country or area

- Li-ion Rechargeable Battery EN-EL5
- Battery Charge MH-61
- USB Cable UC-E6,
- Audio/Video Cable EG-CP14,
- Strap AN-CP18,
- Lens Cap LC-CP19,
- Software Suite for CD-ROM
  Optional Accessories - EH-62A AC Adapter  
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx 114 x 83 x 99 mm (4.5 x 3.3 x 3.9 in) excluding projections  
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx 460 g (16.2 oz) (without battery, SD memory card)  
  MSRP US $399.95 / CAD $499.95 / UK £379.99 / €449.00  

Specifications are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. February 2009

Nikon P90 Press Release

Nikon P90 Sample Image | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Nikon P90 User's Manual

Nikon P90 Brochure [pdf]

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