Nikon Coolpix P90
Nikon Coolpix P90
Megapixels 12 MP (4000 x 3000)
Lens Nikkor f/2.8 - 5.0, 4.6 - 110.4mm (equiv. 26 - 624mm)
Zoom 24x optical
Media 47MB internal, Secure Digital™ (SD) and SDHC up to 16GB
Power 1 x Lithium Ion (supplied with charger)
Program Modes Auto, Program (Continuous, Auto-bracket), Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Manual, User 1&2, Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Indoor, Snow, Sunset, Dusk, Night, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks, Copy, Backlight, Panorama), Sports, Movie (inc. Time Lapse)
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Off, Fill?, Night?, Slow?

Continuing my theme of bridging cameras, the Nikon Coolpix P90 is another camera which tries to be an SLR in a compact case. It differs from my other cameras in that it has an electronic viewfinder, but this is rarely needed thanks to the huge 3 inch tiltable screen on the back of the camera.

My main reason for choosing this camera was the lens, which promises to allow me to go from 24x zoom, bringing things fantastically close, to a macro that will focus down to 1cm. It really is a go anywhere camera.

Construction is a little bit on the plasticy side, certainly not as solid as any of my previous cameras, but because of this and its lithium battery it is lighter and feels well enough made when you handle it.

The flash is a pretty competant popup affair. I quite like this as there is no danger of the camera ever firing the flash in normal use unless you have the flash in the up position. So many compacts are prone to trying to use their inadequate flashes to illuminate something miles away.