Conclusion: The Coolpix P90 is Nikonâ€™s latest offering in the super-zoom camera arena. It may have one of the largest zoom lenses on a fixed lens camera (24X optical zoom) but that doesnâ€™t make it the best camera out there in the market. Then there are things like 12 megapixels of resolution, a huge 3 inch LCD that you can tilt up/down for unusual shooting angles and full manual controls.
Pros: Image quality is â€œjustâ€� acceptable outdoors; up to medium sized prints/display, Huge 24X optical zoom lens with image stabilization, Large, tilt-able 3 inch LCD with good visibility, Full manual controls, Two custom mode positions, Time lapse feature and built-in help tooltips, Fancy bells & whistles: Smart Portrait, active D-Lighting, motion detection and auto scene selection, Good performance; blazing fast (but low-res) sports mode
Cons: High levels of lens distortion and edge softness; visible noise at low ISOs and poor low-light performance, No RAW mode or HD movie capabilities, Not a lot of on-screen information display in shooting/playback modes, Worst-in-class battery life by a far margin, Below average movie mode; no zoom allowed and audio sync problems, External flashes, conversion lenses and lens filters not supported
Excerpt: We checked out the Nikon COOLPIX P80 earlier this year, and were really impressed by its feature-rich offerings and awesome performance. It's time now to get down and dirty with the Nikon Coolpix P90 – which like its predecessor – shows great promise! The P90 looks almost identical to the P80, and has similar dimensions and weight – 83 x 114 x 99 mm and 400 grams. In other words, it looks great and weighs just about right.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Very verstatile zoom from 26-624mm, Auto ISO max settable from 100 to 1600, Effective stabilization, Nicely saturated image colors at low ISO, Low optical distortion, Good shot-to-shot speed, Generally responsive, Good AF in good light, Excellent macro focus, Good LCD visibility in bright light, Good ergonomics
Cons: Above average noise at all ISO settings, Poor color acuracy at ISO 400, gets worse above, Frequent overexposure, Poor automatic white-balance and slow to fix, Focus errors in low light, Strong purple fringing, Incorrect image preview, Too few zoom steps, Not exposure-priority in manual mode, Poor EVF/LCD coverage, Tiny EVF, Short battery life
Conclusion: 12 Megapixel Nikon Coolpix P90 megazoom digital camera There is a significant amount of mega-zoom cameras available to the consumer. The Nikon Coolpix P90 must therefore really distinguish itself from the masses. Moreover; the expectations of a "real" Nikon camera are often higher than average. There is no shortage of advanced innovative imaging solutions for this camera.
Summary: Nikon's latest entry in the ultrazoom class is a capable instrument that can stand toe-to-toe with its competitors in most categories. AF acquisition time, shutter lag, image quality, color and ISO performance are all on a par with the other guys. Well, image quality is on a par, up to a point. Our demo P90 produced noticeable chromatic aberration on some telephoto shots under admittedly horrendous conditions.
Pros: Good image quality and color, Good AF acquisition performance in good light, Good shutter response
Cons: Lens susceptible to chromatic aberration, particularly at telephoto end, Battery life somewhat limited
Conclusion: After checking reputable online sites for prices, we found the P90 for around $360, which on the face of it doesn’t seem too bad. But – and it’s a big but – the Sony DSC-HX1 goes for $50 more. This is the best Ulysses Grant you’ll ever spend, even though the zoom is less powerful (see our review here for the details). The Sony’s Sweep Panorama, 10 fps shooting and 1080P put it way ahead of this Coolpix. Then again, there may be people who don’t care one whit about video.
Pros: 24x zoom (26-624mm); 3-inch vari-angle LCD; accurate colors; extensive feature set
Cons: Relatively slow; no RAW capture; manually operated flash; poor VGA videos
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Summary: The Nikon Coolpix P90 is an ultra zoom digital camera capable of capturing good shots with point-and-shoot ease. Its major attraction is its 24x optical zoom: a 26mm wide-angle for large group and wide landscape shots and a 624mm tele to bring far scenes up real close. Sensor-shift image stabilization helps eliminate camera shake when using long focal lengths. This camera is packed with features
that should appeal to the beginner amateur photographer.