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This is an upgrade from the P80. It has more megapixels and a lot more zoom. We enjoyed the P80's & turns out this camera is heavier & a bit larger in size. Since we are planning a bicycle trip to the San Juans this summer & into the mountains so we thought it was time to upgrade to more zoom. We choose this one over the 100 because it had more megapixels. This camera arrived during a very nasty revisit from winter up here so have yet to get out & take some basic good scenic pics with it. We take lots of close ups as in very macro oriented. Therefore if this camera works out we'll be selling our old P80's both on ebay soon as we have to have two because otherwise the camera pig comes out in one of us at this house & someone is left with non:))) But very surprised at the size & weight increase...so hanging onto P80's until we are sure it is better. Size & ounces do matter when peddle power is your only transportation. Hiking not so much...I know I know...:))) UPDATE a year later: Camera doesn't do as good on quick shots in house compared to P80. No kidding we can get some nicer color balance & pic's via the P80 compared to P90. P90's much more powerful zoom is nicer for distant shots. The jury is out and continue to use it regulary but instead of getting 2 we are keeping one P80 & selling off the other. So as to straddle the situation. We also have an S8000 and can't say enough good things about it. We got the P90 & S8000 at the same time. We do not use the video on any of our single shot cameras sorry can't review that.
Pros: It has incredible zoom capabilities, and it takes some of it's best pictures in natural light and at night. The colors are vibrant, and vivid. The wide-angle lens is spectacular! MUCH better than Cannons and Kodak cameras. Great Manual flash selection; great macro; light weight; user friendly; reasonable video quality. High ISO and up to 45 FPS in continuous sports mode allows for bright pics of fast action shots in ice hockey rink.
Cons: The motion sensibility is a little touchy when you zoom in. Indoor pictures can use a little touch up. The LCD screen doesn't show how good the picture really is. It might look too bright on the screen, but on the computer and when printed pictures look great. High ISO and 3 megapixels in the sports mode results in more noise when enlarged.
For me this camera is near perfect. It is an awesome stepping stone toward a DSLR and allows you to play with a plethora or features. I am a beginner (about 8-9 months) and had been wanting to upgrade my camera for a while but didnt want to take that big step toward an expensive DSLR.
For me it was between the P90 or the P100. Essentially the P100 is the same as P90 except it has 10MP, 1080p capability in video mode, skin softening and wrinkle reducing technology when you edit your photos. Personally im not paying $100 more for a few more features that dont matter to me. (Especially since im a broke college student) This camera has enough features as is. Its really up to you and what your going to USE your camera for.
Overall, this is a great little camera that some people may sometimes forget is still a POINT-AND-SHOOT, and compare it to a DSLR. obviously it doesnt match up. Yet the P90 still has one of the best overall picture qualities of any POINT-AND-SHOOT camera that i have used.
PROS- Variety of features, great overall picture quality in most lighting, cheap price for all that it offers.
CONS- The flash is weird when shooting portraits, it leaves skin tones with a shade of blue while the background looks normal.. i have played with the flash exposure (only possible in manual modes only) and set it to a lower setting and that seems to help but still it is something that was almost was real frustrating for me because it took me days to fix. All my friends looked like smurfs for a couple of days.
Again i am a beginner and i feel that the P90 is an awesome camera. If you are a potential buyer seriously consider what ive said and what YOU want from your camera. I wish i could afford the P100 for some of those features that on some occassions would have come in handy but the P90 was an awesome choice until i save up for the DSLR and the P90 has helped me a great deal since i first started shooting.
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You can feel the quality in this camera. Perfect size, shape. I didn't want one of those little sissy weenie things that you lose. You can hold this better and you feel like you have something substantial in your hands.
My previous camera (and still have it, great camera) I was using is a Minolta Dimage S414, but only a 4x optical zoom. My wife takes lots of pics in garden and birds, etc., and we wanted more zoom. The 24x zoom just fit the bill. I looked at a lot of cameras and kept coming back to this one.
My wife says I over analyze everything, but I researched this camera all over the internet for about 2 weeks and read just about every review I could find and couldn't find any negatives, just all praises. Love all the features, which there are many, more than I will ever use. Really sharp pics and great in low light shots.
The big big plus is it has the electronic view finder, which I find myself using more outside in the bright sunlight. The tilting viewing screen is unique and when I show that to others, they are amazed. One guy said, "wow,if I was sitting at a table, all I have to do is sit it on the table for stability and tilt the screen to the right angle and shoot".
Other cameras probably have this same feature as well (I'm not a camera expert), but I like to turn off the sound of the shutter click, so, if I'm in Tiger Woods' gallery, he won't be able to blame me for hearing a camera click when he is putting and want to take it away from me and throw it in the lake.
I did also buy a new camera bag, of course, a monopod and a hand strap, all on Ebay. When I zoom it, I have a little too much wavering (age 71) and that is the reason for the monopod. The jury is still out on the hand strap. It takes a little getting used to it.
Well, I could go on and on, but let's just say I highly recommend this camera to anyone. It is really a dandy. Can you tell I'm pleased? Getcha one!!!
I really wanted a good camera and my Birthday was coming up,so I did the research and started bidding. I soon realized that I was not the only one who enjoyed taken pictures and wanted the Nikkon Cool P90 Megapixel. It had every thing I wanted and more! My first good camera was a 35 mm from when I was in Art school and needed a camera for my Photography class. I would always be exposing my film and get frustrated how hard it was to use a manual camera. Well, we live in the digital world today and it is so great! I like to take a lot of pictures and with my surprise I didn't have to do so much editing on my computer to get a good image. I can use Automatic or if I want to get creative use some of the new features. It is so easy to use. If you are a visual person like me and hate reading manuals, go to the Nikon Web site. Have fun learning and enjoy your Nikon!
Love the look and feel of the camera and quality of pictures it produces. My favorite feature is the ability to use a viewfinder or the display screen. And I love being able to adjust the display screen, I can be holding the camera and people don't realize I am taking a picture -- great candid shots. I am surprised that the specs on the camera don't highlight the fact that you can use either the viewfinder or display screen to take a shot. It is especially good on a sunny day when you can't see the display screen clearly. Zoom is amazing for a camera this light weight. You can carry this camera everywhere without a sore neck from the camera weight. Pictures are very clear and color is closely replicated. It has many great features. Battery life is pretty good but I recommend always keeping a charged spare battery with you when you are shooting to make sure you don't miss that special shot due to a dead battery. I can't come up with any negatives on this camera. It doesn't have all of the abilities of an SLR, but it is more convenient and easier to use.
This was not my original choice in cameras. I didn't actually read the reviews on
it until after I purchased, which is completely out of character for me. Anyway,
some of the reviews I read put me off a bit, but I look at it like buying a car.
Your never going to find every single feature you're looking for in one product.
There will always be something about another brand that you like more. In reading an abundance of reviews about all the superzoom cameras, I found just that. On a whole, I absolutely love this camera. I think it takes beautiful pictures. I have learned a lot about adjustments and creating your own great pictures since I got it. I didn't find this difficult to use at all. Of course you need to be willing to take some initiative with the product and play with all the different settings to find out how to get the best pictures for your circumstance. There are two drawbacks that really stood out for me are the reaction time is a little slower than I would prefer and I think the battery life is a bit short. I'm not using it for action shots anyway. I showed it to friends of mine and they were pretty much sold as well.
bought the nikon p-90 a month ago and was immediately impressed with the number of features available on this inexpensive camera. It has a 12M-pixel camera, video camera. The nikon p-90 size is perfect for carrying in a small bag and the battery is good .
I decided to buy the Nikon Coolpix P90 with 12.0 mps because I wanted a camera with better zoom, higher megapixels (upgrading from a 7.1 mp camera) and overall better quality pictures. I researched and read many reviews before purchasing. The fact that it is a Nikon was also a deciding factor.
In comparison to the Nikon Coolpix P80, there's not a lot of differences. I had looked at both and although the P80 (zoom: 18x's) would have done nicely for me, I wanted the better zoom the P90 offered (24X's). Also, the flip-out screen was an added plus. It helps take photos overhead, when there might be someone or something blocking your view. Holding the camera up higher and using the flip-screen helps to get that otherwise elusive shot. Also, I have had great success with outdoor shots. They are usually crisp, clear and the have vivid color. I have enjoyed the ability to take clear, detailed shots of things much closer up than with my other camera as well.
I am not thrilled, however, with the quality of the pics I've taken indoors. I have yet to find a setting that satisfies me, besides the "backlight" menu option, which is for taking photos where there is light behind the subject. Some of the reviews I read mentioned this flaw. Many of the shots I've taken indoors are grainy and blurry, and I've played with every preset on the camera menu. It does, however, have "user settings", which will allow you to manually set the camera to your liking, and save your settings. That will probably be my next step, in order to find indoor settings that work for me. Most of my shots are taken outdoors, so this problem isn't of high importance to me and once I get manual setting that I'm happy with, it won't be a problem later on.
The other thing I am somewhat put off by is the battery life. I bought two extra replacement batteries (En-EL5)and am now glad that I did. Using zoom and flash will drain the battery faster and I would suggest anyone purchasing this camera do the same. On the plus side, they do charge quickly (about 2 hrs).
Overall, I feel like it was a good purchase and I hope to use this camera for a long time before having to upgrage again. My previous camera purchase was two years ago. I've invested more in the Coolpix P90 and hope to get a lot of usage and many wonderful pictures and so far, it's been worth the money.
I haven't had the camera long enough to quote on all aspects of this beast, however if your looking for a good clear lens with lots of zoom at a good fair price than this may be for you. I was amazed at the clarity and power this zoom has, we stood 75 yards away on the second level and shot a pic of a license plate that was not even close to being readable, in fact you could barely see the plate and the finished photo told the whole truth, it was perfectly clear including the small print on the plate. The other comment I have is the video cabability is also remarkable, great clarity. I couldn't figure out how to transfer it to the computer though, could be a little easier on that part. I do however want to say that I highly recommend the use of a tripod with this camera except when your not maximizing the zoom, in most situations the use of a tripod would result in far better pics. This is a great camera for the price and yest I would highly recommend it to anyone that is intermediate and below like myself and my wife. The fit and finish and quality of the camera buttons are very impresive.