Nikon Coolpix P90

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Nikon Coolpix P90 is a 12.1-megapixel SLRlike camera features 24x optical wide-angle (35mm equivalent: 26-624mm) Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens, EXPEED image processor, 4-Way VR Image Stabilization, Continuous Scene Mode for shooting at up to 15fps, and a 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen. The camera measures Height: 3.3 in. (83mm) x Width: 4.53 in. (114mm) x Depth: 3.9 in. (99mm) and weighs 16.2 oz. (400g).
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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon Coolpix P90 Reviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“If a small camera that has a huge zoom appeals to you, then the Nikon Coolpix P90 is worth considering. It won’t produce excellent images, and you might need to add some contrast to your shots afterwards, but it’s capable of capturing serviceable photos in all sorts of environments, and its scene modes are a definite boon.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ImagingResource reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“Overall, the Nikon Coolpix P90’s performance is about average for an ultrazoom camera, from cycle times to shutter lag to startup time. Full resolution continuous speed isn’t zippy enough for fast-paced action, however the Sport Continuous modes are quite fast, if you don’t mind the low resolution.”
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DigicamReview reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“Noise is visible at the lowest ISO settings, and it’s quite clear that the camera is performing a lot of noise reduction as details are blurred. As the ISO setting increases to ISO400, specks of colour start appearing, as the ISO setting increases noise increases, detail becomes even more smeared, and at ISO1600 colour is lost. “
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DCR compares the Olympus SP-590 UZ vs. Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“Is it unbridled zoom power you’re after? The 26x Olympus SP-590 UZ might be the camera for you. Do you attach more importance to the look, feel, and user experience of your camera? Take another look at the Nikon Coolpix P90. Bottom line – there are no losers here. When $350 can buy an excellent camera with all the zoom you could dream of, we’re all winners.”
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DCI reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix P90 is a good camera at a low price, with one or two significant drawbacks. If you can afford the extra cost, we recommend the Sony HX1, as it has a significant edge on the features. On the other hand, if cost is your first priority and video doesn’t matter much, then the P90 provides lots of ultrazoom power for $400.”
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LetsGoDigital reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix P90 is a versatile mega zoom camera with advanced features. It’s a nice tool for the photo enthusiast, offering a generally fine quality that allows for shooting a variety of subjects. However, if you demand a lot from image quality, prefer RAW support and think high resolution is fine as long as a decent signal/noise ratio is maintained, you’d be better off looking for a digital SLR camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“Both 64 and 100 ISO are good and hard to tell apart, with 200 showing a bit of noise but still pretty clean. By 400 ISO performance is slipping a bit more, but to my eye it might be just a tiny bit better than most other cameras in the class. If it is better, it’s slight, and not enough to be a deal breaker if you like another product better.”
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DigitalTrends reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“We were impressed the way the P90 handled digital noise. It didn’t appear in our test shots until ISO 400, and was under control even at 800. Three-megapixel images captured at ISO 3200 and 6400 were useable for the Web, or a 3×5 print. However, the camera lets you limit the ISO to 400, which is where it should be kept for best results. This is basically the case for all non-DSLRs, so Nikon shouldn’t take a hit for this issue.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

About reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“One of the biggest drawbacks for the Coolpix P90 is its overall image quality. The photos certainly aren’t terrible, and most of them are at least average quality. However, low-light photos tend to have stray pixels and purple fringing. It also seemed to have trouble focusing properly on close-up images. “
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NeoCamera reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“Operating performance of the Nikon Coolpix P90 is good. The camera is generally responsive, with good startup, shutdown and zoom speeds. Focusing is OK but not so fast.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“I like the pictures I took with this camera. To be honest when it comes to picture quality there is not a great deal to choose between the leading brands. This camera has a good range of features and is a good choice for the more serious hobby photographer. .”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Tech2.0 reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“The Nikon COOLPIX P90 offers a plethora of features, but falters a bit when it comes to picture quality and ISO performance. In spite of that, the manual features allow you quite a bit of control, so if you know how to use them right, this camera can be quite a powerful tool to behold.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“The good: Relatively speedy; tiltable LCD; two custom settings slots on mode dial. The bad: Subpar photo quality; poor battery life. The bottom line: While the Nikon Coolpix P90 brings its performance up to speed with the rest of its class, it now falls behind in photo quality.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“As superzooms go, the Nikon Coolpix P90’s not bad, but it fails to bring anything new to the genre. It can hold its own against its rivals, but there’s nothing that makes it stand out. The Olympus SP-590 UZ is much cheaper and the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS is much better, while the P90 sits in the middle and is just okay”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“Our outdoor image sample quality is very good, showing good exposures and colors that are excellent, as you would expect from a Nikon. The camera does have a little trouble with a cloudy sky, as it slightly over exposes the clouds. Chromatic aberrations are controlled very well throughout most of the zoom range. “
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DPInterface reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“If you’re looking for either a super-zoom or “bridge” camera (the latter is a camera that does well in both image quality and has a good movie mode), or even a camera with good value & image quality, you won’t find the Nikon Coolpix P90 on my recommendation list.”
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RegHardware reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“Performance was a mixed bag. The zoom lens is certainly flexible and you can take a good range of wide and telephoto shots. But we noticed a tendency for the P90 to over-expose shots, and this was exacerbated when using the extreme end of the telephoto… The Coolpix P90 camera offers very good value for money.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“Nikon Coolpix P90 is a superb camera, certainly one of the best super-zoom bridge cameras on the market, with plenty to appeal to the enthusiast while still retaining some ease of use for the novice. It is attractively and sensibly designed, extremely well made, performs well and produces excellent image quality. It may be relatively expensive, but you certainly get a lot for your money. .”
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraLabs reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“In the face of such tough rivals, it’s hard to recommend the COOLPIX P90 over them. Don’t get us wrong – it’s a fairly decent camera with a number of unique capabilities which are reflected in our scores below, but in our view there are simply better super-zooms available right now.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“Still blighted by the shortcomings of its forebear, the P90 is capable of some great shots on one hand, but suffers on the other “
Rating: ★★★½☆

InfoSYnc reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
Pros: Great overall image performance. Big zoom. Wide-angle lens crammed more action into shots. Cons: Feels cheap. Limited external controls and features. Terrible menu system. “
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“The P90 is a competent superzoom with an impressive burst rate, but loses out against its competitors on image quality and features. That said, unless you need HD video and RAW functionality, the P90 is a relatively good buy given the extensive zoom range — just take a tripod with you.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“I still think there’s room for improvement in image quality especially in colour fringing and noise control. That said, I mentioned the P80 as the camera for everyone and that wasn’t strictly true. It wasn’t perfect for low level photographers and now the P90 has covered that base as well.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P90 and writes;
“Colour accuracy was good in our Imatest tests and saturation was restrained for a small-sensor digicam, although reds were slightly boosted and skin hues a little off-the-mark. Metering was also generally good, although exposures tended to favour shadow detail over highlights and bright areas were frequently blow-out in outdoor shots.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Great Camera by David | Rating: ★★★★☆
it’s really a great camera, I experimented with it a bit the last few hours and a few hours before work. I’m not a professional photographer but, I do know a little about macro shots and scene shots and they come out beautiful and clear. It is a camera worth checking out. The price is right as well! Cheers, I hope this helps some people.

Nice! by April | Rating: ★★★★☆
I’ve had this camera a little over a week and have barely put it down! I’m not a professional but I love photography and this thing enables me to get shots I never dream of. Just read the manual and play with it. Shots in candle light are beautiful and the sunrise this morning was captured perfectly.

Like a Dream by Malachi | Rating: ★★★★★
This camera has sparked my interest as a photography hobbyist. The zoom issues described in previous reviews are easily solved by tweaking the iso, aperture or shutter speed. The camera also has several settings such as aperture or Shutter priority modes to assist with evenly regulating exposure making it easy to use for 1st timers. After reading the manual every picture i took came out in amazing quality. The tilt screen makes taking pictures at impossible angles easy. The 24 inch zoom lets you take close ups from impossible lengths. It also comes with Vibration reduction to stabilize said zoom shots. Noise reduction to help when high iso is necessary. Auto and manual whitebalance settings In camera digital lighting and editing.

This camera may not be a DSLR but in my opinion it takes pictures just as well with half the effort.

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Nikon Coolpix P90 User Manual (PDF)

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Nikon Coolpix P90 Press Release

Powerful New Nikon P90 Unleashes Creative Freedom With 24x Optical Wide Angle Zoom, Vari-Angle LCD And Advanced Shooting Modes

MELVILLE, NY (Feb. 2, 2009) – Photographers seeking high performance with a long zoom in a compact body now have the ideal camera with Nikon’s unveiling of the new P90. As part of the flagship Performance Series of COOLPIX cameras, the P90 offers new features that include a 24x Optical Zoom, a new 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD monitor with tilt function and anti-reflection coating; and 15 frame-per-second1 (fps) high-speed capability (up to 45 frames). The P90 is the ideal photographic tool for photo enthusiasts, travel photographers and consumers with more advanced photography skills.


“Our portfolio of cameras is designed to ensure that any photographer, at any level can find the camera that feels right for them,” said Bill Giordano, General Manager Marketing, COOLPIX for Nikon Inc. “The P90 blends the best of the digital compact and D-SLR camera worlds, allowing the more advanced consumer to really stretch their photographic capabilities.”

The key to the versatility of the P90 is its 24x Optical Wide Angle Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens. This lens offers unbeatable compositional freedom, with its wide angle (26mm) to super telephoto coverage (624mm). The broad range lets consumers capture a variety of shots and scenes, ranging from sweeping landscapes to close-up action shots taking place on a sports field.

Additional features of the P90 include:

+ 12.1 megapixels for stunning prints as large as 20 x 30 inches, while retaining fine detail.
+ 3.0-inch Vari-Angle High Resolution LCD and Electronic Viewfinder make it easy to compose and share pictures with friends and family. The new LCD, with anti-reflection coating, can tilt as much as 90 degrees upward or 45 degrees downward. This enables photographers to shoot from higher angles or from the hip, and thereby make the best use of the reach and range of the 24x zoom lens. The incorporation of the high-resolution electronic viewfinder enables consumers to see through the lens in any lighting condition.
+ 4-Way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization
* Optical VR image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake by moving the image sensor, producing clearer, sharper results in lower lighting or unsteady conditions.
* Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
* High ISO 6400 capability creates new opportunities to take sharper, more natural-looking photos in lower light conditions (ISO 3200 and 6400)2.
* Nikon’s original Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to 10 shots while the user presses the shutter, and saves the sharpest image.
* Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual Exposure modes give ultimate control over images. The D-SLR-type mode-dial on the top of the camera offers consumers greater personal and creative control, in any type of lighting condition.
* New Sport Continuous Scene Mode for shooting at up to 15fps1 (up to 45 frames). This high-speed capture setting helps photographers stay ahead of the action.
* Smart Portrait System, which integrates the following to make it a snap to capture stunning portrait photos of friends and family:
* In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™, which automatically fixes most instances of red-eye.
* Enhanced Face-Priority AF, which can detect up to 12 faces from a variety of angles, including straight on, from the side, or even in a multitude of three-quarter positions.
* Smile Mode, which automatically detects when your subject smiles and releases the shutter.
* Blink Proof, which automatically takes two shots and saves the one in which the subject’s eyes are open.

The P90 will be available nationwide in March 2009 and will retail at $399.95.

19 Responses to “Nikon Coolpix P90”

  1. Rich says:

    I don’t see any threading for attachment of blue light or UV filters. Additionally there is not hotshoe for external flash attachments. These are two glaring oversights IMO.

    I’ll wait and see what Panasonic brings to the fray in this bridge category though I am not altogether confident the Panny processor will match the P90’s time will tell. The P90 has some shortcomings. DARN and I wanted Nikon to come out on top. The 24 X optical lens has already been introduced by Kodak so no doubt Panasonic will have to step up to the plate or get left behind.

    The Canon SX-1 is nice but not as powerful a lens and I’m uncomfortable with the the do all approach of HD video and superzoom stills. There is always a compromise in a Swiss Army knife camera which is what Canon appears to have attempted with the SX-1 and I am not sure is worthy of the $600 price tag.

    The $399.00 MSRP on the Nikon P90 is definitely a positive.

  2. Jane says:

    Unusual camera for Nikon)

  3. David says:

    it’s really a great camera, I experimented with it a bit the last few hours and a few hours before work. I’m not a professional photographer but, I do know a little about macro shots and scene shots and they come out beautiful and clear. It is a camera worth checking out. The price is right as well! Cheers, I hope this helps some people.

  4. Ajay says:

    u shoud buy this one only if u like the menu system and controls bcz its very awe full and it takes 2 min to make a small settings and by tat time we ll lose the true pic 🙁 but i like the panasonic FZ28 which truly a masterpiece

  5. april says:

    I’ve had this camera a little over a week and have barely put it down! I’m not a professional but I love photography and this thing enables me to get shots I never dream of. Just read the manual and play with it. Shots in candle light are beautiful and the sunrise this morning was captured perfectly.

  6. Simon says:

    Had P90 for approx 3 wks now with excellent shots in both bright and low light.
    No problems with over exposure as those mentioned above.
    Good call on the tripod recommendation, 24x zoom is great but unless youre a statue the image stabilisation is not up to speed with the zoom.

  7. Pai/Bangkok says:

    It’s worth to buy. I read a lot of criticism about P90 which made me feel reluctant. However, I finally bought it. After using for a month, I found that its performance is more superior comparing with others. I would recommend you. You’ve never known if you don’t try it. A little problem is only the battery which can take for 200-300 pictures (depend on whether you use flash or not), but you can buy one more spare battery which is very cheap (I believe it doesn’t bother you). Sometimes, I feel as if any person who criticize this model works for the competitive companies. I understood it’s their duty to do so.

  8. Yam says:

    The Nikon coolpix P90 digital camera comes with 24x ultra wide zooming options which makes it one unique camera. Its key features are 12.5 megapixel camera,EXPEED image processor, etc which makes it one the must buy camera for a photographer. It comes with a nice specs as well, so read here for more information:

  9. Alexandr says:

    Missing RAW/NEF image saving option –> users cannot buy this camera instead of their old prosumer NEF cameras…

  10. ssckumar says:

    Hello friend,
    I am a beginner but would like to purchase either nikon p90 or canon sx 1 Is .My positive points for canon is
    (a) CMOS sensor
    (b)AA battery available in village also
    (c) Image and Video quality as seen in Net
    (e(feedback on Company

    please advise me which brand should i go.Cost not criteria .Quality and availabilty is my criteria.


  11. jake says:

    i have just buoght my new p90 and it is fantastic the qualitys perefct,3 inch tillting screen is great for out and about and it ways so little. i would recomend this to anyone!!! 🙂

  12. allie says:

    I got this camera about a month ago, and I can’t put it down! I love it! It’s a great camera for learning about different settings and which ones work best with what. I’m not a professional photographer or anything, but photography has always been a passion for me and this camera is wonderful! It takes the best pictures outdoors, but the ones indoors are terrible either. The 24x zoom is AMAZING! I couldn’t believe how far away I could take picture and it still be in focus and not blurry!! The only bad thing I can say about this camera is the battery doesn’t last that long, but just charge it often and your solid.

  13. Sean says:

    I would agree with Allie with the exception that I bought a spare battery so never have that problem.

    I have been very pleased with my p90 coolpix and especially like the zoom capability of this camera.

    For the price it gives fantastic results.

  14. kee says:

    Excellence if you need something easy to bring along, portable with greater zooming option, something simple to cover quick simple straight forward photo shoot assignments. Easy to use, no need to read the menu to understand how it works and after some quick trials, it has lots more potentials than its was reviewed and advertised. Perfect as a second bring along snapping camera with any DSLR for professional shoot. 24x zoom is good as a binoculars rather than to take a picture unless you can stay dead still.

    Overall price is affordable at S$630. Will recommend as one good light weight bring along camera (no need to bring your heavy zoom lenses). Handy for sight seeing and traveling.

  15. shimon says:

    does the Nikon Coolpix P90 have a good macro
    and photo additing built in the camera

  16. Ajay says:

    Purchased P90 last week only. SHot some good outdoor pics but have problem in indoor shots. They get blurred. Even if the flash is on in indoor conditions, the results is quite blurry. Same shot with Extra lights give better results in terms of Focus. All this I am doing on Auto Mode. Shall I try Some other mode. Really dont know how to make adjustments in other modes. Pl guide

  17. april says:

    Yes, play with it in the other modes. There are so many options.

  18. Vikram says:

    Surprised, I did a lot of research and after reading a lot of negatives I still decided to go with Nikon cos of the brand, and i am delighted that I went with my instinct, Initially I was disappointed with certain indoor shots – but then a quick look at the manual helped a lot. Im getting perfect shots in all kinds of settings and modes.. keep experimenting and you will fall in love with this masterpiece.

    If u still have doubts do this – place it on a tripod on a full moon night and zoom it maximum,,,click the moon and u will be surprised with what u see….amazing detail and never seen before picture of the moon.

  19. Ginin says:

    What is the purpose of every mode dial? and what’s the best mode dial for taking shots at night? please i need some advice and tips! thanks. hoping for a reply.

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