Nikon Coolpix P90 Review
By Mike Flacy
Features & Controls
The Coolpix P80 is equipped with a 24x Nikkor optical zoom lens with a 26 - 624mm (in 35mm equivalent) focal length coverage. The maximum aperture is F2.8 to 5, and the lens is comprised of 14 elements in 11 groups.
The 9-area contrast detect TTL AF system covers a focus range of 1 ft. 8 in.(50cm) to infinity [W], 5 ft. 6 in.(1.7m) to infinity [T]; Macro close-up mode: 4 in.(10cm) to infinity (zoom position where flower turns green), 0.4 in. (1cm) to infinity (zoom position at ^ mark). It is aided in low lighting condition by a Focus-assist lamp. Auto focus can be single AF or Full-time AF with Auto area selection, Center-focus area selection or Manual area (99 points) selection available.
The Coolpix P90 features the VR (Vibration Reduction) system originally developed for Nikon SLR cameras. Providing a shooting experience akin to shooting at shutter speeds three stops faster, it enables photographers to shoot without blurring in lower light, keeps subjects clear when panning, and also helps support faster framing on the LCD. What�s more, the benefits of VR assurance also extend to movie shooting so users can capture action with welcome stability.
The built-in popup flash offers; Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; Slow Synchro. Flash range is 1.8 ft. (.5m) - 26 ft. (8m) in wide angle, 5.7 ft. (1.7m) - 16 ft. (5m) in telephoto (using ISO Auto).
On top of the camera you will find the mode dial(iAuto, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, User Setting 1, User Setting 2, Movie, Auto SCN, SCN, Sport Continuous), the shutter release with the zoom control coupled around it and the on/off switch.
The P90 features a 0.24-inch EVF (Electronic ViewFinder) with 230,000 pixels of resolution. It offers 97% frame coverage and has a diopter adjustment feature. Along the left hand side of the EVF is the Monitor button, which switches between the LCD and EVF. To the right is the DISPlay button, it controls the about of information displayed on both screens.
The large 3-inch color LCD with 230,000 pixels of resolution serves as the viewfinder as well as for reviewing your images and movies and accessing the menu screens. The P90 features a swivel LCD that has the ability to go up and down up to 135� to assist you in difficult shooting situations. In lower light conditions the LCD will 'gain up' for better framing and provides 97% coverage. The screen is coated with a anti-reflection coating and offers 5 levels of brightness.
Controls on the back: At the far top right you can see the command dial, which is used for changing various settings as well as for quickly navigating the menu system or scrolling through stored images. The 'blue arrow' button puts the camera in Play mode. Next is the 4-way selector, which is for navigating menus and selecting pictures. In record mode pressing it 'Up' selects the desired flash mode. Pressing it 'Left' activates the self-timer. Pressing it 'Down' enables the macro focus mode. Press it 'Right' to adjust exposure compensation. The center OK button accepts menu selections. The MENU button calls up and dismisses menu screens, and the 'trash can' button is for deleting images.
Still images and movie clips are stored on 45MB of internal flash memory or removable SD, SDHC, or MMC memory cards. Shown here with a fast and spacious SanDisk Ultra II, 15MB/S SDHC card.
The camera is powered by a proprietary EN-EL5 rechargeable Li-Ion battery which provides approx. 230 shots (CIPA standard) per charge. An optional power adapter (AC Adapter EH-62A) allows the camera to be powered from an A/C wall outlet.