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Nikon Coolpix 990

alaTest has collected and analyzed 452 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the color and image quality are overall positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the low light performance and screen. There are mixed reviews on the connectivity and energy efficiency.

performance, usability, portability, image quality, color

value for money, flash, battery, screen, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 990 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 990


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Nikon Coolpix 990


Probably the most eagerly anticipated digital cameras of 2000. Last year I made that statement of the Nikon Coolpix 950. This years Coolpix 9xx has already achieved the same cult status and it's not even yet available in the shops! Then why all the...

Class leading image quality, great resolution, colour balance, sharpness ; Plenty of pixels (2048 x 1536) ; New 7-blade Iris Diaphragm increases exposure options and aperture selection ; Lots of manual features including shutter priority, aperture...

Chromatic Abberations visible at wide angles ; Barrel & Pincushion distortion ; Still a little red channel noise in blue skies ; Low light / Long exposure noise ; Self-Timer cancels itself after each shot ; Low light AF is poor, the Coolpix's need an...

Where should I start? Nikon have taken one of the most capable, reliable and popular digital cameras of 1999 and brought it up to the next level. They've avoided simply upgrading the imager and have updated the camera inside and out, lots of new...

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Nikon Coolpix 990


The Nikon Coolpix 990 is the first of the new wave of 3.34-megapixel resolution digital cameras. It retains the best features of the Coolpix 950 like the razor sharp Nikkor 3x zoom lens, the closest macro capability of any digicam, the highly durable...

The 990's 3.34 megapixel CCD delivers a non-interpolated image resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels with an uncompressed TIFF image file of just under 10MB in size. Recording modes include still image capture at up to 2 frames per second in full...


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Nikon CoolPix 990 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


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The Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera


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Coolpix 990


The Nikon Coolpix 990 is the first of the new wave of 3.34-megapixel resolution digital cameras. It retains the best features of the Coolpix 950 like the razor sharp Nikkor 3x zoom lens, the closest macro capability of any digicam, the highly durable...

The Coolpix 990 has an exclusive Multi-Area autofocus mode for quick composition without interruption. It searches the 5 zones for closest subject or sharpest subject. It is a direct descendant of Nikon pro film and D1 digital SLR cameras

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Nikon Coolpix 990 Review


Great things sometimes come in small packages. The Coolpix 990 proves why it was named Time's product of the year (2001).

For many, the Coolpix 990 is a perfect starter digital camera ; Excellent Color Rendition. I've seen digital cameras that require lots of fiddling in Photoshop to get the color balance correct. The Nikon Coolpix cameras, while not providing the most...

Extreme Light Conditions. The ISO 100 sensitivity is a little on the low side, and the camera can only shoot up to EV 15.5 at wide angle (EV 16.7 at telephoto). In bright snow or sunny conditions, that's a problem. While Nikon claims a shooting range...

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Nikon Coolpix 990


Coolpix 990 - beginner's problem???

Hi ; Have just upgraded fron the Coolpix 900 to the 990 ; In the monitor, upper right hand corner it says "SLOW", and below this - slightly to the left - there's a little symbol that flashes continuously - what's that, and how can I get rid of it...

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix 990 (Manfred Lai, 24 Nov 04)


This camera is awesome. I swear I was one of the first few guys to get this camera. I got it on very day it was released in Japan and paid around USD900 for it back in 2000. It was a version 1.0. Then I sold it when the Cybershot F707 was released as...

Please remember this camera was designed back in 2000. Its startup speed, recording speed is slower compared to newer camera now. But that is not fatal unless you are into sports photography ; If you are going to buy a budget digicam, (one for your...

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix 990 (Antti Roine, 24 Mar 04)


Excellent macro with tripod but TTL Flash is still missing. Therefore sharp hand held macro shots difficult to take. The small film sensor makes possible the long depth of field. The lens focuses from infinity down to extremely small minimum frame...

TTL flash is still missing, although it was invented already 1975 (Olympus OM2) ; Shutter lag makes it impossible to take action shots ; Flash over exposes faces without manual finetune

Product Specifications

Nikon Coolpix 990 is created for the serious photographer who values the quality and versatility that have made Nikon the camera of choice for professionals. This camera packs the highest digital performance, intuitive, ultimately easy-to-use features into a sleek, beautifully-crafted, eye-catching design. Coolpix 990 features incredible technology, unrivaled Nikon quality, and outstanding value. The camera offers the sleekness, ruggedness and effortless operation that have made Nikon a favorite of photographers the world over. Its slim, compact swivel design sports a charcoal gray matte finish and is incased entirely in an all-metal magnesium chassis for the ultimate in lightness and durability. Coolpix 990 continues the Nikon tradition of innovation and exceptional picture quality. It allows users to create big, beautiful, breathtaking images while achieving the ultimate in clarity and detail. Large 3.34-megapixels CCD offers easy cropping and unsurpassed print quality. Distant action is only a click away with the superbly crafted 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens with 38-115mm coverage (35mm equivalent), and a virtually stepless digital zoom up to 4x magnification for a total of 12x or 460mm telephoto. The camera incorporates an exclusive focus area selector and thumb-operable command dial. With a new USB interface, downloading rich in detail images to a PC or Mac is lightning fast and easy. And at an unprecedented 2 frames per second full resolution image capture, there's virtually no delay between shots. In cases where ultra-high speed is paramount, Coolpix 990 offers 320 x 240 QVGA resolution at a pulse-quickening 30 frames per second for up to 80 frames. Even still images can be brought to life with this versatile camera's new movie mode that shoots 40 seconds QVGA Motion JPEG at 15 frames per second. A 50-step manual focus and a full manual exposure operation allow creative control well beyond any other digital camera in its class. Users will appreciate Nikon's exclusive 256-element matrix metering and new 256-element matrix white balance feature for the best possible exposure and color balance in every shot. Even photographers with exceptional technical expertise will find Coolpix 990 a welcome addition to their camera bags. This camera includes an exclusive multi-area autofocus for quick composition without interruption, as well as a 7-blade iris diaphragm and versatile exposure control with four exposure modes including automatic, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual. Exposure compensation and auto bracketing capabilities are included. Coolpix 990 is sure to be a best seller in the marketplace. It accepts all optional Coolpix lenses and accessories, including fisheye, wide-angle and telephoto for the greatest power, expandability, and versatility in any situation.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Run Time (Up To):1.5hour(s)
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.5-4.0
Max Focal Length:24mm
Min Focal Length:8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer: None

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode / Normal movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical