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Nikon P90
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Nikon P90

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We've given the P90 a grade of B-.

Editor's Review

Nikon, one of the most well-respected names in photography, presents its newest entry to its user friendly CoolPix line, the P90. Featuring a powerful 24x optical wide-angle Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens and incredible 12.1-megapixel resolution, the P90 let's you get close to the action without sacrificing picture quality. Additionally, a 3-inch Vari-Angle LCD makes shooting and reviewing footage easier than ever. And with Nikon's Smart Portrait System, red-eye and blurs are a thing of the past. A great camera from a company who has been synonymous with quality and customer service for years.

Specifications

  • 12.1-megapixel resolution for photo-quality prints up to 16 x 20 inches
  • 24x optical wide-angle (26-624mm) Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens
  • 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD and Electronic Viewfinder
  • Nikon's Smart Portrait System
  • Red-eye Fix, Face Priority AE and more
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
  • Part Number: 26171
  • UPC: 018208261710
  • Release Date: Feb 03, 2009

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Nikon P90 Reviews

Nikon P90 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera!!!! (John Rouse — 09/21/2010)
I have only owned this camera for a week now but i am really really enjoying it. I need some help with the settings though as I am a noob on this. I purchased the camera mainly to get great shots of my family and hopefully myself with them. I have a tripod ordered and will be here in a couple days. If anyone knows the best settings to use for all around good shots please let me know.Thanks in advance.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Overall, it's good. (prakash shetty — 01/03/2010)

I bought nikon P90, and i am very happy with the performance, it has a wonderful 24x optical zoom and 1 cm close marco, and has a good battery back up.

The only drawback is it cant adjust the accuracy of white balance according to lighting conditions, specially in indoor or florescent lighting. The LCD resolution of the camera is very poor and dull.

The output result is wonderful.

  • 4.0 out of 5
overall review of the camera is good (prakash shetty — 01/06/2010)

I bought nikon P90, and i am very happy with the performance, it has a wonderful 24x optical zoom and 1cm close marco, and has a good battery back up.
The only drawback is it cant adjust the accurate white balance according to lighting conditions, specially in indoor or florescent lighting. The LCD resolution of the camera is very poor and dull.
The output result is wonderful.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Overall, it's good. (prakash shetty — 01/05/2010)

I bought nikon P90, and i am very happy with the performance, it has a wonderful 24x optical zoom and 1cm close marco, and has a good battery back up.
The only drawback is it cant adjust the accurate white balance according to lighting conditions, specially in indoor or florescent lighting. The LCD resolution of the camera is very poor and dull.
The output result is wonderful.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lousy (Khasmin — 12/26/2009)

I have owned several cameras but without a doubt the Nikon P90 is the WORST camera I have ever owned. The battery life is horrible and it takes lousy pictures. i've used disposable cameras that take better pics. I hate this camera and I wasted $400. On paper this camera looks good but in practice it is a terrible camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very, very poor (Neal — 12/18/2009)

The pics are so so poor.

I picked up the P90 because I couldn't afford the telephoto lens for my Nikon DSLR and boy was I disappointed. Most of the images were grainy, I just could not get rid of the noise in the photos that I took no matter what I did with the settings. The only times i got decent pics where when I did not use the zoom and there was plenty of light. I cut my trip short to return the Cam and bought myself a Canon SX10 and blew a sigh of relief! Avoid the P9.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not too bad but not up to the mark (Swamynathan — 12/12/2009)

i had fallen for the specs and bought it.. the ISO of 400 and above is just a joke but cant complain cause most of the cameras in this range have similar performance its just that they don't provide above 1600 thats abt the only diff... macro shots are decent.. its not a cam u want when u wanna click non stop battery concerns..its lithium not AA, so in that case we need spares.. i've got some great shots but i think it wud have come out well on any decent PS.. the lens is pretty slow when adjusting focus for close range shots.. one thing i felt was an obstacle was the max 8 sec exposure.. which comes in the way for long exposure photography.. its great for outdoors.. but indoors the auto mode isn't too good.. i'd gone for this since Canon SX10 appeared to have lesser specs than this and abt the same price.... i've got some amazing panning shots with this.. and one more thing the monitor calibration wasn't right when i transferred images to my comp i was most of them looked a bit underexposed than on the cam LCD screen... one good feature is u can adjust the exposure after taking the shot in the cam itself.. and u can crop the shot too.. at telephoto range the biggest aperture u get is f/5.0 ...

  • 5.0 out of 5
superb ! (anish — 12/11/2009)

This is my first Nikon and i should say, with the right settings the pics are amazing !

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor Picture Quality (D Ghosh — 11/20/2009)

Best in terms of specification in the price range. No clarity and sharpness in picture. I curse myself of not having read the reviews on P90 before purchasing it. However, I am happy that I could return the camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
I was lucky to have been able to return the P90 (Arvind — 09/06/2009)

I picked up the P90 because i couldn't afford the telefoto lens for my Nikon DSLR and boy was i disappointed or what. Most of the images were grainy, i just could not get rid of the noise in the photos that i took no matter what i did with the settings. The only times i got decent pics where when i did not use the zoom and there was plenty of light. I cut my trip short to return the Cam and bought my self a Canon SX10 and blew a sigh of relief!! Avoid the P90

  • 3.0 out of 5
You Can Do Better (David T. — 08/02/2009)

This is an average camera. Anything taken at a distance of more than 5 yards at fully extended zoom is going to be blurry. I have taken at least 500 photos of nature and wildlife and the only ones that are satisfactory are those in which the subject is within 15 feet. anything farther away comes in distorted. If you make a camera to be sold as an ultra zoom, it should at least give good results in that category. This camera does not. It does give good macro results, but I bought it for the long zoom.

  • 3.0 out of 5
A great disappointment (Carol — 06/01/2009)

The main thing I don't like is that when you are in P,A,S or M you can't use the flash settings. With my old Point & Shoot I had prize winning pictures. I was able to program my settings myself and still able to use the flash functions. According to the store that all point & shoot cameras are now set that you can only use the flash settings in auto mode. I also feel that my pictures are not as good.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Got what i wanted and more (Steve — 05/29/2009)

Great camera and does everything i have asked it to do and more. I am looking forward to getting into this camera deeper and learning all the functions that it has to offer. I wish it was a better system for low light situations but that is nothing that a tripod or monopod can't solve. I am more a SLR type person but just could not put out the big money for this large of a zoom. So this is definitely a great compromise and the zoom works admirably even at 24x hand held.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very disappointed (Kathy — 05/27/2009)

I really wanted to like this camera.
Ergnomically it is dynamic fit and just grips and looks great but the picture quality at times can be grainy which is soo unaccetable for a camera of this level.
Indoor pics are constantly without fail this unnatural orange/yellow.
Why!why!
taking it back tomorrow.

  • 2.0 out of 5
damn (JD — 05/26/2009)

After months of excitement and and long wait, nice picture quality was the bare minimum I expected frm my 1st super zoom... but i haven never been more disappointed... the picture quality is nothing more than ordinary... cam knows nothing abt controlling noise.. there is tonnes of it everywhere... take any pic after 5pm, and expect dots everywhere...
moreover, it says it can focus as close as 1cm.. hell.. it struggles to come past 5cm.. and yes, the screen... its almost awful.. the pic that u can clearly see in the viewfinder, the same pic seems much more bright and sort of saturated in the LCD screen.. something one never expects..
am having hard time believing how some people here r actually very happy with this cam.. it seems some of the pieces r defective... hope nikon does something abt it... if u guys also face the same problem, and have any ideas on wat v can do.. plz mail me... gmail272@yahoo.com

  • 5.0 out of 5
Outstanding! (LaMonica — 05/14/2009)

I agree with Dennis. This isn't your standard point and shoot camera. You have to set the camera settings to your liking. It doesn't hurt to read the manual. Once you have everything figured out, you'd be amazed at the image quality. I bought this camera because photography for me is a hobby right now. This is a powerful camera so the battery life is so so. You'd want to buy an extra battery for back up and memory card. Overall I say get this camera and read the manual.

  • 2.0 out of 5
P90 very dissapointing (Paul — 05/14/2009)

Picture quality of the P90 leaves much to be desired, far too much noise and general picture quality when comparing to smaller cameras. P90 pictures are best displayed at under 50%. I sadly regret purchasing the camera and will avoid Nikon in future...

  • 2.0 out of 5
dud (Dave Tugwood — 05/13/2009)

I am so disappointed with image quality with near consistent blur problems and others. I am sure its defective and will be returning it for a new same model. Interesting enough when i was in the store the demo would not zoom. Same battery was placed in the second demo and worked fine. It was ominous and I should have ran away. I really want this camera to work as it has so much potential if working as designed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
What is the prblem P90 or You? (Dennis — 05/01/2009)

Looking at the picturs of your shots may sometimes be disappointing. But the question is, is it a camera problem or your setting is wrong. One of the greatest challenge in photography is doing your own setting. If you don't know how, don't try to own DSLR. P90 is like a DSLR with a lot of features that you can use in taking pictures. It is important to know the setting you need in almost every shot to make. Don't always blamer the the camera as the problem could be the one using it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Its very poor model, result worst than a little camera. (Arvind — 04/22/2009)

Poor image quality, Poor contrast, No noise reduction is there despite they mentioned, This is my first impression with nikon and i have loose my 23000 rupees, nothing i will get, from last 4 days i had read the manual and know about all the features and operation methods but there is nothing special with this camera except 24X optical zoom. And 12.1 meag pixel is not the parameter of picture quality, because this not the measure of pixels of per unit square area of sensor, this is just reflecting the size of the image taken. Finally i am greatly disappointed with this camera, because after a thousands attempts i could not get a single satisfactory image. From last 3 years i had already used Sony cybershot H2, Cannon powershotA550 and some other cameras and i have a lot of knowledge of camera including operation methods and how to take good shot whether it is macro, portrait, landscape, sunset, whatever it is, i had taken so many appreciable images with sony and canon, but this nikon P90 completely disoppointed me, if sombody want to buy a telescope with camera then please buy it, otherwise who want to shoot good images dont try to buy this camera. I have lost my money. Just 2 days after buying this camera i try to return it, but shopkeeper refuses. Now i am sitting and looking P90 as one of the bad experience in my life i had ever meet.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best in class (Ned — 04/08/2009)

Anyone considering a compact zoom camera should consider this one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Surpassed Expectations (3sgte — 04/02/2009)

I have had my P90 for just over a week now, and I have not had a single problem, issue, or complaint. It performs admirably for everything I need it to do. Wildlife and macro shots are both excellent, which is all I shoot. It powers up rapidly, and photo clarity is excellent. I don't like the transfer software that is supplied with the camera, but I also don't have to use it. It take great shots at full magnification. I haven't played with all of the settings and adjustments yet, but it is very user friendly and I'm looking forward to getting to know the device better. I haven't a single regret about buying what is in my experience a fantastic and flexible piece of photography equipment.

  • 1.0 out of 5
I got a dud (Frustrated Mother — 03/30/2009)

Unfortunately I got a dud. The pics were blurred and the colors were way off- (yellowish tinge to all of them). Same for the outside pics- they were no good. I returned it back to Best Buy and got a Sony Cyber-Shot H50. I did not want to take a chance of getting another bad Nikon when I am leaving for Vegas. Also found a couple bad reviews on Best Buy website for the P90 -they had the same issues as me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Seems to be the best (Hamza Niazi — 02/23/2009)

can any one please guide me to purchase the camera. i m looking for a bridge camera and Nikon P90 appealed me like anything...i m desparately waitng for it. It will be my forst purchase but i think i wil learn quickly...thanks

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