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Nikon Coolpix P90

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1027 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the portability and screen are on the whole positive. The image quality and value for money are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative views about the features, while opinions are divided on the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix P90 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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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!

Night shots weren't the most impressive either, but they weren't too bad. Details in low light shots were lost, but light and dark areas were picked up pretty well. The Nikon COOLPIX P90 offers a plethora of features, but falters a bit when it comes...

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Nikon Coolpix P90


The 24X-optical-zoom, 12-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P90 ($400 as of 11/22/09) is a powerful camera that offers full manual controls, a tiltable LCD screen, and the easiest operation we've seen in the megazoom class.

Excellent zoom lens and ease of use ; Superb macro capabilities ; Adjustable LCD for odd-angle shots

Standard-definition video only ; Plastic build; pop-up flash feels fragile ; Not as many fun features as competitors

The 24X-optical-zoom Nikon Coolpix P90 concentrates on ease of use and manual controls, leaving the wow-factor extras to competitors.

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Coolpix P90


While a competent camera, the Nikon Coolpix P90 doesn't distinguish itself from the ultrazoom competition, and has a disappointing video mode. Though the 24x lens is impressive, other cameras have better features and performance.

video mode, made even less satisfying by its lack of key controls



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Nikon Coolpix P90


Consider it mega-zoom madness, or more like a super-zoom summer fever. Fresh on the heels of the somewhat challenged 20x zoom Canon PowerShot SX1 IS and the Editors' Choice 20x Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX1 comes the Nikon Coolpix P90 with a more potent 24x...

24x zoom (26-624mm); 3-inch vari-angle LCD; accurate colors; extensive feature set

Relatively slow; no RAW capture; manually operated flash; poor VGA videos

The Coolpix P90 will zoom to practically the ends of the Earth, and capture quality photographs...

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Nikon Coolpix P90


Nikon joins the ranks of manufacturers ramping up their top-of-the-line megazoom models to 24x. The replacement for the Nikon Coolpix P80, the P90, outzooms its 18x predecessor with a 24x f2.8-5 26-624mm-equivalent lens, and outpixels it by upping the...

Relatively speedy; tiltable LCD; two custom settings slots on mode dial

Subpar photo quality; poor battery life

While the Nikon Coolpix P90 brings its performance up to speed with the rest of its class, it now falls behind in photo quality.

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Nikon Coolpix P90 First Impressions Digital Camera Review


The Nikon P90 is stuffed with one of the biggest optical zooms on the market—24x. In addition it can capture 12-megapixel images, plays host to a variety of scene modes, and includes a 3-inch, multi-angle, tilting LCD screen. Nikon also makes a big...

The Nikon P90 has a comfortable design to go along with its tremendous 24x zoom capability. We liked the feel of the right side grip and the button placement was solid all around. We were also impressed with the vari-angle LCD screen that offers a...

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Nikon Coolpix P90


In conclusion, the Coolpix P90 may just be the perfect point-and-shoot camera that can satisfy the needs of both the amateur and advanced photographer. It is simple enough for the novice user while offering features that allows the advanced user the...

24x optical zoom3.0 in LCD ScreenAuto Scene Selection4-way VR Image StabilizationSmart Portrait System

If you are looking for the power of a digital SLR, but prefer the...

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Nikon Coolpix P90


The Nikon Coolpix P90 packs a 24x lens and a fair degree of manual control into an ultrazoom with a $400 price tag.

The obvious standout feature of the P90 is its huge zoom lens range, which provides the equivalent of 26mm-624mm on a 35mm camera. That's a substantial wide-angle along with the fantastic telephoto capability. The P90 also comes jam packed with a high...

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Nikon P90


The 24x lens is impressive, but other cameras have better features and performance

Decent color accuracy; Full manual controls

Serious resolution issues; Poor video performance

The Nikon Coolpix P90 is a good camera, with a reasonable price point for an ultrazoom camera. However, it comes into a market that is rife with competition, and doesn’t fare well by comparison. When we subjected it to our battery of tests, we were...

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Coolpix P90


One of the fastest growing segments in digital photography is the "super zoom" category. These cameras, with lenses greater han 18X, offer an incredible zoom range in fairly compact bodies. If you even could, an equivalent lens for a digital SLR would...

None of the cameras include memory cards. Instead, they have memory built right in, ranging from 22MB on the Olympus to 47MB on the Kodak and Nikon. You'll certainly want to add more memory, and all of the cameras except for the SP-590UZ support SD and...

Product Specifications

The Coolpix P90 is a compact digital camera model that offers extended reach, wide-angle coverage, the intuitive ease of advanced shooting functions and outstanding performance. Incorporating the precision optics of a NIKKOR lens and the image quality benefits of Nikon's innovative EXPEED digital image-processing concept, the Coolpix P90 brings greater versatility and fun to the art of capturing precious moments. A 24x Zoom-NIKKOR lens for the Coolpix P90 covers a broad focal range of 26mm wide-angle through 624mm super-telephoto (35mm format equivalent). The clarity of these precision optics combine with 12.1 effective megapixels of sharp resolution and advanced Nikon digital image-processing to faithfully reproduce fine details and subtle tones, and to maintain image quality when taking advantage of extended light sensitivity settings as high as ISO 6400. Image sensor shift VR image stabilization adds extra reassurance of sharper and clearer results. Further extending its potential as a versatile photographic tool, the Coolpix P90 features a 3-inch high-resolution vari-angle LCD with anti-reflection coating that can be tilted as much as 90 degrees upward or 45 degrees downward. This enables photographers to shoot from higher angles or from the hip, and to thereby make best use of the superior reach and range of the 24x zoom lens.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL5

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Sliding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Food / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.0
Max Focal Length:110.4mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:24
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 (3Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 6400 (3Mpix) / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-100) / ISO auto (64-1600) / ISO auto (64-200) / ISO auto (64-400) / ISO auto (64-800)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic