Nikon Coolpix P90 Review

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Record Modes & Screens


Nikon CoolPix P90

AUTO record mode offers very few menu options, just image resolution and quality. The '12M' icon indicates the image resolution is 12-megapixels at Normal quality and there's 16 pictures remaining at the current image resolution. The zoom lens gauge is shown for a few moments whenever the focal length is changed (not shown above). The shaky hand indicates the vibration reduction system is enabled. You can also see the shutter speed and aperture values at the bottom.



Nikon CoolPix P90

When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF marks will turn green, if it fails they turn red and blink. You will also see the selected shutter speed and aperture values across the bottom.



Nikon CoolPix P90

Program AE mode is also automatic but it allows the user full access to all the menu options (see below.) You can also use the 'Flexible Program' option, where you can choose different combinations of shutter speed and aperture by rotating the command dial.



Nikon CoolPix P90

Manual is for more experienced users, here you select both the shutter speed and aperture value. While you are adjusting the values, an exposure meter is displayed to help you dial in the settings for optimum exposure (not shown.)



Nikon CoolPix P90

P/S/A/M mode menu:

    Image Quality - Fine, Normal, Basic
    Image Size - 12M, 8M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M, PC, TV, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
    Optimize Image - Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, Custom, Black-and-white
    White Balance - Auto, Preset Manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy,
      Flash
    ISO Sensitivity - Auto, High ISO sensitivity auto, Fixed range auto, 64, 100, 200, 400,
      800, 1600, 2000, 3200, 6400 (3M only)
    Metering - Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot or Spot AF area
    Continuous - Single, Continuous, BSS, Multi-shot 16, Interval timer
    Auto Bracketing - Off, �0.3, �0.7, �1.0
    AF area mode - Face Priority, Auto, Manual, Center
    AF Mode - Single AF or Full-time AF
    Flash exp. comp. - �2EV in 1/3EV steps
    Noise reduction - Auto or On
    Distortion control - Off or On
    Active D-Lighting - High, Normal, Low, Off
    Save User Settings - User 1, User 2
    Reset User Settings - Reset 1, Reset 2



Nikon CoolPix P90

The help function allows you to quickly understand a specific menu item or option, without having to refer to the user's manual. You simply press the telephoto zoom control while the menu item is highlighted, then you will see a screen like the above Continuous Shooting example.



Nikon CoolPix P90

Pressing the 4-way selector 'up' changes flash modes, 'left' enables the self-timer, down' changes the focus mode, and 'right' adjusts exposure compensation in Program mode or the aperture/shutter speed values in S/A/M modes. You set these options via onscreen pop ups as shown above.



Nikon CoolPix P90

Scene mode options include: Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist, Food.



Nikon CoolPix P90

Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 0.4 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.



Nikon CoolPix P90

Here is the Movie mode screen display. You can record AVI. Movie clips limited in length only by the amount of remaining available memory (up to a max. movie length of 25 min). Sound is recorded with the moving image, and the optical zoom can not be used during movie recording - it can be preset before recording begins.

There's an optical VR option in the movie menu, which can help compensate for hand and camera movement.



Nikon CoolPix P90

Movie mode options:

    Movie options - TV* (640/30fps), TV (640/15fps), 320, Time-lapse, Sepia 320,
      B&W 320
    AF Mode - Single AF or Full-time AF
    Electronic VR - On or Off


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