Nikon Coolpix P90

Nikon Coolpix P90

The Nikon Coolpix P90 is a promising looking new super zoom camera with a big zoom and the ability to take a lot of shots very quickly.

The P90 features a 24x optical zoom lens (equivalent of 26mm to 624mm), optical image stabilization, 3.0 inch LCD display (vari-angle to allow you to angle it up or down) and 12 megapixel image sensor.


The Nikon Coolpix P90 features 15 frames per second shooting (it will shoot at this rate for 45 shots in a row – it’ll even start recording images before you hit the shutter release when in sports mode!) as well as ISO of up to 6400. it also has motion detection (to detect if your subject is moving and automatic adjustment of the shutter speed and ISO to compensate).

It also has the usual raft of ‘modes’ including ‘smile mode’, enhanced face priority and blink detection.

Expect to see the Nikon Coolpix P90 in stores in March 2009 with a retail price of $399.95 USD. Amazon already have the Nikon Coolpix P90 available for Ordering.

Also announced by Nikon Today are the:

Update: Check out our Nikon Coolpix P90 Review


Nikon Coolpix P90 News Release Extracts

Powerful New Nikon P90 Unleashes Creative Freedom With 24x Optical Wide Angle Zoom, Vari-Angle LCD And Advanced Shooting Modes

Photographers seeking high performance with a long zoom in a compact body now have the ideal camera with Nikon’s unveiling of the new P90. As part of the flagship Performance Series of COOLPIX cameras, the P90 offers new features that include a 24x Optical Zoom, a new 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD monitor with tilt function and anti-reflection coating; and 15 frame-per-second1 (fps) high-speed capability (up to 45 frames). The P90 is the ideal photographic tool for photo enthusiasts, travel photographers and consumers with more advanced photography skills.

“Our portfolio of cameras is designed to ensure that any photographer, at any level can find the camera that feels right for them,” said Bill Giordano, General Manager Marketing, COOLPIX for Nikon Inc. “The P90 blends the best of the digital compact and D-SLR camera worlds, allowing the more advanced consumer to really stretch their photographic capabilities.”

The key to the versatility of the P90 is its 24x Optical Wide Angle Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens. This lens offers unbeatable compositional freedom, with its wide angle (26mm) to super telephoto coverage (624mm). The broad range lets consumers capture a variety of shots and scenes, ranging from sweeping landscapes to close-up action shots taking place on a sports field.

Additional features of the Nikon Coolpix P90 include:

12.1 megapixels for stunning prints as large as 20 x 30 inches, while retaining fine detail.

3.0-inch Vari-Angle High Resolution LCD and Electronic Viewfinder make it easy to compose and share pictures with friends and family. The new LCD, with anti-reflection coating, can tilt as much as 90 degrees upward or 45 degrees downward. This enables photographers to shoot from higher angles or from the hip, and thereby make the best use of the reach and range of the 24x zoom lens. The incorporation of the high-resolution electronic viewfinder enables consumers to see through the lens in any lighting condition.

4-Way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization

  • Optical VR image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake by moving the image sensor, producing clearer, sharper results in lower lighting or unsteady conditions.
  • Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
  • High ISO 6400 capability creates new opportunities to take sharper, more natural-looking photos in lower light conditions (ISO 3200 and 6400)2.
  • Nikon’s original Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to 10 shots while the user presses the shutter, and saves the sharpest image.

Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual Exposure modes give ultimate control over images. The D-SLR-type mode-dial on the top of the camera offers consumers greater personal and creative control, in any type of lighting condition.

New Sport Continuous Scene Mode for shooting at up to 15fps1 (up to 45 frames). This high-speed capture setting helps photographers stay ahead of the action.

Smart Portrait System, which integrates the following to make it a snap to capture stunning portrait photos of friends and family:

  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™, which automatically fixes most instances of red-eye.
  • Enhanced Face-Priority AF, which can detect up to 12 faces from a variety of angles, including straight on, from the side, or even in a multitude of three-quarter positions.
  • Smile Mode, which automatically detects when your subject smiles and releases the shutter.
  • Blink Proof, which automatically takes two shots and saves the one in which the subject’s eyes are open.

The P90 will be available nationwide in March 2009 and will retail at $399.95.

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Some Older Comments

  • P90X Nutrition plan October 7, 2010 07:08 pm

    Powerful but beautiful!

  • kenc November 24, 2009 02:44 pm

    I posted about 6 months back with my then new Nikon P90. I've used it extensively since then and have taken a few thousand captures over that time. What have I found out?

    1. While it has a ton of great features, it's still a point and shoot at the end of the day. Meaning, you'll have limited manual control in aperture range and shutter speed, no raw, and slow manual focus ability.

    2. If you don't have a lot of money for a DSLR and a good mix of glass, then this camera can do wonders on a budget. I love the megapixels, the zoom, the ease of use and portability. If I'd have waited for the camera I really wanted, i'd have missed tons of images i've gotten kudo's on from not only my friends and family, but other photographers as well. With a good understanding of depth of field and exposure, this camera gives you a great tool to compose some wonderful shots.

    3. It's not a good camera for high ISO, low light, burst images (only 3 megapixel), and even fast moving targets zoomed all the way in (aperture is around 8 at 625mm). So play to its strengths or be disappointed. If its dark, use a tripod. Use well lit environments when you can. Conquer subject matter outdoors. You really can take some amazing shots with this camera. Just get to know it.


  • myp90coolpix.xom November 21, 2009 07:37 am

    I think the picture quality is excellent from this model, I especially like the zoom in and close up modes.

  • DJ October 26, 2009 01:42 pm

    You probably did find out by now that it does offer black and white, sepia in the special effects

  • Sam October 6, 2009 08:52 pm

    i say this camera is worth what it cost,
    the picture quality might be not has good has a dslr,
    the picture quality is way better than a regular point and shoot, or non-dslr cameras
    thats why it an't cost has much has a dslr, and does not cost cheap has a digital camera.
    PLUS, the camera styleish looks is way better than its class like the Olympus SP590.
    this camera is perfect for people whos sick of the regular point and shoot/digital cameras,
    and don't want a hassle of trying to use a complicating DSLR or little alone carry one,
    this camera is IT. Nikon coolpix p90.

  • Sofia July 11, 2009 02:47 pm

    I'm thinking of buying this camera but i still not sure about some features.
    Does anyone know if you can take black & white or sepia colored pictures?

  • Paul J. Svetlik June 7, 2009 02:54 am

    Finely a great digital compact camera!
    The electronic viewfinder alone should be the reason to buy this camera. In a bright daylight, using the screen only - is imposible!
    Besides the electronic viewfinder, you get an incredible zoom range (26-624 mm) and the tilting screen!
    Also, the camera has very comfortable handling and a good, almost intuitive layout.

    I only wish for a RAW file choice and a hot shoe.

    A great work horse

  • KenC May 31, 2009 04:39 pm

    In response to Jim above, the camera does feel very light and honestly, a little cheap in materials. I use a very substantial feeling Nikon D2X at the office and I did miss its reassuring weight and solid construction when using my P90. That said, i've adjusted to the P90's feel when using it. The camera is what it is and full featured enough for the cost that I don't expect more.

  • KenC May 31, 2009 04:18 pm

    I've had a P90 for a good 6 weeks now and I'm pretty happy with it. It can really pull in some sharp shots and the color tends to be very vibrant. I love the extensive on the fly zoom capability and i've wow'd a few friends with the shots I can pull off with this point and shoot. It has enough pixels to be forgiving if you need to crop, easy to use controls and menu system (atleast for those familiar with Nikon), and is almost invisibly light when carrying it around versus any dSLR with the goodies.

    The downs for this camera are 1) the camera ON to 1st shot taken time is like any other Point and shoot, you'll probably miss the shot if you aren't ready for it or have time. 2) No RAW format means you need to do it right as possible the first time. 3) Shutter release press to actual actuation has a little delay. Be ready. 4) Highlights have been a little extra hot.

    Also, don't rely on Programmed mode or Auto ISO if you can. I've gotten some softness or grain (or both) when doing so. But I've gotten some awesome shots in Shutter or Aperature Priority with 64 or 100 ISO, and its easy and quick to tweak the exposure a fraction of a stop or two either way for some fine tuning if you need it too.

    I rarely get to use manual when out, so I don't mind only having one control dial that goes back and forth between Shutter speed and Aperature.

    Also (again), with its amazing zoom, when you need to use the flash, remember the fall off (inverse square). You'll be spoiled by the zoom so much that in low light situations you'll forget to physically move in get the most from your flash, and you'll get some under exposed shots if you are not careful.

    If you don't mind tinkering with the settings while shooting, it's a great all-in-one solution for $400 that will give you some amazing quality shots.

  • Nikon P90 May 8, 2009 07:07 pm

    The Nikon P90 is a great idea if you want the capability of a full size Digital SLR without the cost of or the messing about with different lenses.

  • LadyBird May 7, 2009 05:06 pm

    how can U describe my Nikon COOLPIX P80?

  • Jim May 6, 2009 12:45 pm

    Had a chance to look over the P 90 today and was hoping for the best but it was absolutely the worst. Too light and felt really cheap. And thats the truth.

  • Bhavesh Pandey May 6, 2009 03:44 am

    I am thinking of buying a camera but confused beteween Kodak EasyShare Z1015 IS & NIKON P90.....
    can anyone please help me in this...
    if anyone using kodak then it will be of gr8 help

  • my big photo April 27, 2009 06:44 pm

    my big photo coolpix p90 is good
    my modify from p80

  • Abdul April 24, 2009 01:19 pm

    I am thinking to get it this week! Frankly, I have Canon Power Shot, but it doesn't fit my needs! I need a camera that has a strong zoom and fast shots as well. I used to deal with Cameras that have batteries, I never dealt with rechargeable batteries. Any idea about this matter, please?

    Thank you in advance,

  • Jerry Lee April 12, 2009 07:16 am

    How are images saved in the P90? RAW? JPEG's? I don't see this information on any of the reviews.

  • Nani April 5, 2009 12:28 pm

    I got the Nikon Coolpix P90.

    What I think about this camera....It's super LIGHT WEIGHT, zoom is great (LOVE IT). I got this for sports, and still playing around cause so far my pix is on the slight blur side (wish it had AF tracking). I LOVE the wide angle it's a PLUS. I think macro is great also, grainy at 400 ISO tho'. Most likely I use 200 and below. Still learning this camera. Manual on this is alright. The focus is not as fast as I want it and at times doesn't focus where I want it (but it does have manul focus area, you can choose the focus area). Using it indoors you still need to use flash (No matter if you use higher ISO). All in all I taken lots of pix and many are great.

    Only thing wish it had AF tracking/hot shoe/histogram/grid line without all the other stuff.

  • hani April 1, 2009 08:22 pm

    traveler,when I search for Nikon-G10 I undrestand that this camera is heavy & bulky.So I decided to buy Nikon P90.for the canon camera (sx10is) I think the LCD is a little small and also P90 has better mega pixle and opitical zoom and also has bigger LCD.Nikon P90 is just 400 g and I dont think it should be heavy for Im going to buy Nikon-Coolpix-P90 a week later.

    thanks for your Help,

  • traveler March 30, 2009 02:31 am

    Hani, I am in the same position. We do not want to carry a SLR camera on our trips. The SX10IS and the P90 are the same except for 4 more on the optical and 2 more on the pixels. We are down to those two cameras. If looking for a point and shoot without the mega zoom, like we are looking for, the Canon G10, I thought, took the best photos. Again, we are looking for a point and shoot camera with a mega zoom. According to our local camera store they are equally the same in image and price. The difference is weight, batteries vs re-chargeables, feel and zoom length. It was mentioned that the P90 took great outdoor photos and we wanted a better camera for our hiking trips in the mountains. For us, we prefer re-chargeables and the extra zoom is nice. We also checked out a Panasonic 18 which we also liked but the new Nikon had better features. I preferred the Canon but I think we are buying the Nikon today. Unfortunately for our local camera store we can get the P90, bag and an extra battery for $400 due to a store rewards rebate. If we decide that we don't like it, I will get the SX10IS.

  • hani March 27, 2009 09:30 pm

    I want to buy a camera but I cant decide between nikon p90 & canon sx10is.
    please help me.

  • photo March 10, 2009 05:40 pm

    Just get the f f finespix s100fs - it will kick this cameras ass, or wait for the hx1

  • Jim February 23, 2009 01:05 am

    Reply to Shimi Glazer, Yes Wait the few more days and get the P90. Just on Paper it looks like a Much better Camera...however?

  • shimi glazer February 22, 2009 07:23 am

    I am planning to buy Nikon P80.
    Are you recommending to wait till the P90 will be on the market ?

  • James E. Donahue February 18, 2009 01:49 pm

    TO ALL: Today I talked to My Nikon dealer about the P90. He is a knowledgeable sort whom I have been dealing for a long time. He told me to just realize that this is a $399 camera and a quality camera at that as most all Nikon Products are, but to even think that its performance would be any where's near a DLSR, ( I have a D-300) would be wrong. It probably will not focus as fast and then there this electronic viewfinder thing which I personaly think is crap, Yes you may be able to get 15fps but at really low resolution. So when he gets one in he will let me play with it at his store but does not think too much of it in regard to a backup,but maybe a good camera for a person just getting into photography that wants to use the LCD as a viewfinder, which is not my cup of tea. But then will see. Hope this helps a bit.

  • Richard February 18, 2009 12:42 pm

    Hi james.
    The Pictures i saw were on the site , so perhaps not a good example of what this Camera is really about. They certainly would not put a BAD picture on their site.
    I would like to see pictures from this site, Steves digicam or other sites so I could compare. I just cant make my mind up about which Camera to buy. It will be one or the other and im leaning towards the Nikon because of price.

  • Dome Poon February 14, 2009 12:24 pm

    Sorry about the previous post! I actually checked a little further and realized that I was actually talking about the Nikon P80, which is in fact the previous version of this camera. I don't know if Nikon has improved on the LCD review, but I would seriously make sure you check it out before making a decision.

  • James E. Donahue February 14, 2009 11:56 am

    I wish to inquire to richard as to where he has seen pictures made by a P90. It would be rally hard to judge them if they were on the net, but then they might not be compressed. The Pictures will be the proof, I personally would stick with the Nikon if they were both even. Guess I,m just a Nikon nut but I have had so many good things to happen with nikon including phone in support and service.

  • Richard February 14, 2009 10:15 am

    Still cant decide between this camera the P90 and the Olympus SP590. Each have their good points and are quite similar in almost all aspect. I do like the vari-angle LCD.
    Any More comments.
    I have seen pictures and the P90 does look sharper.

  • Dome Poon February 14, 2009 09:00 am

    Disappointing. I actually bought this camera last summer (sorry, I can't tell if this review is on a newer version) and ended up returning it the next day. The auto focus was a bit slow, but the main problem was the image review after taking a shot. The image was very pixelated, which made it look like it might have been out of focus or that you didn't get the shot correct. If you zoomed in on the image though, it was an extremely sharp picture, but you had to zoom in on the image to find out. What's the point of not being able to review the entire image in full clarity. That was very disappointing for me as I expected more from Nikon. As I said before, I ended up returning the camera the very next day.

    I ended up getting a Canon SX10 is, which I absolutely love. I have a few cameras and this is my grab and go camera. Compared to the Nikon, this is a 10MP camera with a 20x optical zoom, image stabilization, and a 2.5 inch articulating LCD (think camcorder type, which is very useful for getting shots).

    Hope this helps.

  • Adam February 14, 2009 03:39 am

    Cool camera! I was thinking about buying the Canon Digital Rebel XSi , but the Nikon Coolpix P90 seems to be great also. After reading your review, I need to weigh up the pros and cons of each. Which do you think is best?

  • Emily February 12, 2009 08:47 pm

    OMG! It's like buying an dSLR with a wide angle, super zoom kit lens.
    If I can control the focus, this would be a sweet treat.

  • Kurt King February 9, 2009 09:58 am

    The Vari-Angle LCD and stabilization could get me to use the P90 as a backup to my Nikon D90.

  • Richard February 8, 2009 01:24 am

    I am seriously considering this camera as apposed to the Olympus SP590. The price differance is so great here in Canada. Almost $150 difference. The P90 has almost the same features.
    Your Comments please.

  • anthonyf February 5, 2009 10:54 pm

    "it’ll even start recording images before you hit the shutter release when in sports mode"

    Now that is impressive. But what if you never actually press the shutter? Does it then auto delete the images it has just taken.

    I need a replacement for my Fuji S602Zoom and this mught just be the beast!!

  • James E. Donahue February 5, 2009 01:28 pm

    I am really excited about this Nikon P90, Looks like it got a lot going for it. But what concerns me most abt this camera is will it focus as Fast as my D300 and will it really give me a good 3-5 Image burst Mode, if this does work out and if anybody has some info on these two items I would really appreciate the input. At 70 yrs old I,m toting around a Camera bag of about 20lbs and would like a do it all camera without giving up the performance of what I got.