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Nikon Coolpix P90 Indoor Crops

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

Below are sample crops from an indoor photograph of a book-spine at each of the Nikon P90's ISO settings. A crop from the Fuji Finepix S100FS at the same ISO setting is shown next to each crop from the P90. Images below are all unmodified 100% crops from their respective cameras taken at the highest quality setting. ISO and white-balance were set on camera, everything else was left on automatic. The last few crops are of lower resolution because of camera limits.

These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The result is that, while you can partly reduce noise at the expense of details, the maximum acceptable print size gets smaller as ISO is increased. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Nikon Coolpix P90 Fuji Finepix S100FS
Nikon P90 - ISO 64 Crop
ISO 64 - 1s F5.6
Nikon P90 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100 - 1s F6.3
Fuji S100FS - ISO 100 Crops
ISO 100 - 1.5s F5.6
Nikon P90 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 200 - 1/2s F6.3
Fuji S100FS - ISO 200 Crops
ISO 200 - 2/3s F5.6
Nikon P90 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400 - 1/4s F6.3
Fuji S100FS - ISO 400 Crops
ISO 400 - 1/3s F5.6
Nikon P90 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800 - 1/8s F6.3
Fuji S100FS - ISO 800 Crops
ISO 800 - 1/5s F5.6
Nikon P90 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600 - 1/15s F6.3
Fuji S100FS - ISO 1600 Crops
ISO 1600 - 1/10s F5.6
Nikon P90 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200 - 1/30s F6.3
Fuji S100FS - ISO 3200 Crops
ISO 3200 - 1/20s F5.6
Nikon P90 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400 - 1/60s F6.3
Fuji S100FS - ISO 6400 Crops
ISO 6400 - 1/40s F3.5

The Nikon Coolpix P90 produces very usable ISO 64 to 200 shots. The ISO 400 clearly shows increased noise and softening from noise reduction, still it could be used for a small print. ISO 800 should be an emergency-only setting to produce a small print with little detail but still a recognizable subject. Anything above ISO 800 should not be considered useful, noise and softness are high and there is a distinct boost in the yellow channel. Next to the P90, the Fuji Finepix S100FS really shines, note how the Fuji's ISO 3200 crop looks better than the P90's ISO 800, that is roughly a 2 1/2 stop disadvantage for the Nikon Coolpix P90.

Fuji S100FS - ISO 1--00 Crops
ISO 10000 - 1/60s F3.5
Nikon Coolpix P90
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By on 2009/07/11
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Nikon P90 Facts

Large digital camera
12 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 64-1600
24X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-8s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
0.24" Built-in EVF 230K PixelsCustom white-balance
1.5 FPS Drive, 14 ImagesSpot-Metering
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 230K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
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