Nikon Coolpix P90 Summary
Nikon Coolpix P90 Assessment
Take a very wide-angle stabilized 24X optical zoom lens and ad full-manual controls, that is the Nikon Coolpix P90. It is freedom to compose and expose to your liking, from close or far.
This is a fun camera but it is not without limitations. Image quality, particularly noise-levels and details suffer, as does exposure. So much, that the P90 cannot be treated as a point-and-shoot. Well, it has an Auto mode, but one needs to adjust exposure so often that extra attention is required. The EVF and LCD both have poor coverage and battery-life is as low as it gets, unfortunately.
The good side includes its speed of operation, which for this is class, is quite good. Even continuous shooting is sustainable for several seconds. Colors can be good, with the right white-balance, and so is focus when the light is there. Ergonomics and usability - aside from a few quirks - are simple and comfortable as well.
The bottom line is that the flexibility and package of the Nikon Coolpix P90 comes at a cost. When portability trumps image quality and there is time to adjust WB and exposure right, this digital camera can be quite fun.
|Very verstatile zoom from 26-624mm||Above average noise at all ISO settings|
|Auto ISO max settable from 100 to 1600||Poor color acuracy at ISO 400, gets worse above|
|Effective stabilization||Frequent overexposure|
|Nicely saturated image colors at low ISO||Poor automatic white-balance and slow to fix|
|Low optical distortion||Focus errors in low light|
|Good shot-to-shot speed||Strong purple fringing|
|Generally responsive||Incorrect image preview|
|Good AF in good light||Too few zoom steps|
|Excellent macro focus||Not exposure-priority in manual mode|
|Good LCD visibility in bright light||Poor EVF/LCD coverage|
|Good ergonomics||Tiny EVF|
|Short battery life|
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Nikon P90 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Ultra Zoom||ISO 64-1600|
|24X Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/2000-8s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls|
|0.24" Built-in EVF 230K Pixels||Custom white-balance|
|1.5 FPS Drive, 14 Images||Spot-Metering|
|640x480 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 230K Pixels||Secure Digital High Capacity|
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