Nikon Coolpix P90 Review

May 29, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 Husac

I think Nikon it’s above the rivals…but i don’t know a thing about the new X70 Pentax…i think it will be a close battel.

11:28 pm - Friday, May 29, 2009

#2 alansky

Your conclusions make it sound like the Nikon P90 has several worthy rivals, but your “Main Rivals” page lists only the Olympus.

7:04 pm - Sunday, May 31, 2009

#3 Bill

I bought the Nikon P90 for the price, zoom capability and was upgrading (I thought) from the Canon G3 (4 megapixel).  What I discovered was the quality could not match my shots taken under the same conditions with my G3 4-megapixel camera! I tried to tweak all settings on the Nikon P90 to see if I could even equal the color saturation and most importantly, the 100% cropped image.  I felt an immediately let-down.  How can a 12.1 mega-pixel camera produce such lousy images compared to my 4-megapixel G3.  The Canon G3 has a faster lens f/2.0-3.0 compared to the NIkon P90´s f/2.8-5.0. It has to be the Canon lens and possibly the CCD sensor and image processing that does a better job.  Many new cameras use a CMOS sensor, which is faster and more responsive, but I am not sure if the quality suffers because of the type of sensor CCD vs. CMOS.

I sold the Nikon P90 and will look at the DSLRs of Canon.  For me it is worth the extra money to get something you really are happy with.  I appreciate my G3 even more now (and the file sizes are much smaller as well).

5:13 pm - Monday, June 1, 2009

#4 Anon

I bought my P90 a few months ago, and it was my first camera. I liked the design as it resembled that of a DSLR’s. What was a letdown as well, it didn’t produce good quality images. But I liked the easy-to-function use of the camera.
I would recommend it for beginners in photography.

6:56 am - Thursday, June 4, 2009

#5 Ujjyaini Mitra

Hey guys,

can anyone really help me to choose between coolpix p90, Canon PowerShot SX1, Canon PowerShot SX10 and Sony Cybershot DSC HX1 ? I am little confused which one will be good value of money as well as a nice photo producer?

12:09 pm - Monday, June 8, 2009

#6 Jan

Buy the Canon, i have used both the Canon is far superior all round. Camera stores in our area have stopped stocking the P90 as they were getting a lot of comebacks withlow quality photos and there is a waiting list for the Canon.

4:07 pm - Friday, June 12, 2009

#7 Indranil Choudhury

Hi Ujjyaini, I think Coolpix P90 will give the better value of money. Though its a new one, but it already have quite all the features of other products you mentioned and above all.. the zoom and the pixel quality of the pictures are really good. I checked the photographs of this particular product and according to me.. it will give you nice pic with the right light contrast and with the natures neutrality. i think, to capture nature, this will be quite good among your chosen brands

2:36 pm - Friday, July 24, 2009

#8 Tony

Having clicked on and looked at some of the images on the previous pages I was very disappointed with the quality.  I have a Panasonic FZ-28 (very convenient camera) as well as a Nikon D300 and quite frankly the FZ-28 Leica lens takes much better shots even though it is a 10Mp camera.  Even at 18x zoom you can severly crop an image and it looks good, the P90 at 24x is very poor with fringing and poor image quality.
Nikon have missed a great opportunity, I really can’t understand why, with a name like Nikon they would damage their reputation by releasing a camera that didn’t at least match up to the competition in this class on image quality.

11:57 am - Sunday, August 23, 2009

#9 Eric

I have to echo Bill’s comment.  We thought we were upgrading from the 4MP Canon G3, and so far the pictures from the P90 have been awful.  A couple months of denial later, and now I have to figure out how to sell this thing.

And all because we wanted better movies than the G3 offered.

4:15 am - Monday, August 31, 2009

#10 Baabaaloo

I want to thank all of you who have posted here for helping me make my decision to NOT buy this camera.  While I like the zoom and macro qualities, I’m put off by it’s lack of hot shoe and wouldn’t mind a fixed lens cam if it took good pictures.  Photo quality, especially when cropped, is what I want in a “super zoom” near dSLR…

4:53 am - Wednesday, September 23, 2009


i bougth the P-90 about may and I am very pleased with it and the pictures it takes. Don’t think they are no good. Besides it helps with my moving hands from time to time. I had a printed album out of them and the quality is really good.

9:51 pm - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

#12 Steven

I’m gonna buy this!

5:27 pm - Thursday, October 1, 2009

#13 Combat Wombat

I’ve trialled a P90 this weekend and while I’m not going to buy it (no RAW output) I’m puzzled by some of the comments above.

By saying that the camera produces poor images Bill and Anon are admitting that they are poor photographers. It is the only possible explanation. The sample images with this review show that the P90 is more than capable of producing good quality images. To dredge up an old adage, it’s a poor workman who blames his tools.

12:03 am - Tuesday, November 3, 2009

#14 Heidi

I am just reading these reviews for the first time.  I understand what the last post was saying but I must say, this camera is awful.  I am in a photography class and my teacher had a look at it.  I couldn’t figure out the grain.  I have to put the ISO on 64 just to get a clear picture.  I am a new comer to photography I admit but I know now that there is much better out there.  I would never have bought this camera if I would have know.

3:58 am - Tuesday, December 15, 2009

#15 quake

This is my first camera as I am new in photography, I guess i bought it for the price(299) and to get introduced to the art.

I am OK with the image quality, can be better but its fine.

outdoor pics are nice, but indoor pics are still little blurry.

May be i dont know the settings??

Any suggestions?

11:33 pm - Tuesday, December 22, 2009

#16 Maggie

I’ve had this camera for about 6 weeks now and had consistantly good results. Most of my photography is landscape and wildlife, and any poor shots are my own fault, mainly not altering settings. I used to own a Canon SLR which I used for many years until arthritis and the digital age dawned.
Iam delighted with the P90.

11:32 pm - Saturday, January 2, 2010

#17 digger

I would like to thank all the neg reveiws on the P90,You have made my mind up for me,..I WILL NOT BE BUYING ONE,...Digger.

10:40 pm - Sunday, January 10, 2010

#18 edit-or

I agree with Combat, I recently got this camera and it took me almost one month to get all features know…My pics are wonderful, I had a trouble with indoor pics, however, try using manual M mode for indoor with flash….

11:22 pm - Tuesday, January 19, 2010

#19 Phileas Fogg


If I were you I’d find a new tutor NOW!

Do not trust any supposed photography expert who does not know that grain is a phenomenon only found in film photography. If your tutor doesn’t know the difference between noise in a digital image and grain in a good old analogue image then he knows very, very little about photography. Noise and grain are completely different phenomena with completely different causes.

It matters not what your tutor thinks of the camera, don’t trust their opinion on anything to do with digital photography. Using the term “grain” to describe a digital image marks someone out as a luddite who is determined not to learn about digital photography.

12:04 am - Wednesday, January 20, 2010

#20 Jamil Sayed, Kolkata

I want to say that the P-90 is a very good and powerful camera which claims more attention to understand it’s specifications and uses. The camera is an exceptional invention. I will suggest you to view pics of P-90 at Your eyes will be best judges.

5:51 pm - Monday, February 1, 2010

#21 Deborah

I am seriously considering buying this camera however, are there any others is should take into account before i part with the money? this will be my first bridge camera and mainly photograph detailed macro shots or landscapes. Id like to also start experimenting with night time photography.. any comments are greatly appreciated.

12:15 pm - Tuesday, May 4, 2010

#22 Jamil Sayed

Any ultra-zoom camera suffers from low light. But they are useful for travel photography in bright sun light. Recently two big zoom cameras have entered the market. You may go for Nikon P-100(26X) or Fujifilm HS10 (30X)

3:13 pm - Thursday, May 6, 2010

#23 Maggie

It just gets better and better. Had this camera for 5 months now, and like I said in my previous posting any bad pictures are my own fault.
I put a lot of my pics up on a social networking site, and I’ve had many compliments.
Buy this camera if you want a good all rounder without the hassle of extra weight of several different lens.

10:05 pm - Friday, May 7, 2010

#24 Libby

I have to agree with Combat Wombat above, I can’t understand the negative comments re quality. I’ve had this camera a while now annd while I’m still learning how to use it I’ve taken [IMO] some very good shots.

It’s versatile; I’ve used it for rock concert, wildlife, still life, architectural and Luna photography, all with good results. Admittedly it suffered in the low lighting of concert venues but even so some good shots were still achieved.

As for the zoom; two days ago I borrowed a tripod from my mother [a photography teacher] for some luna photograhy and shocked her with the quality and clearness of the shots, I’d told her my camera had good zoom but she had not expected to be able to see the Moon’s topography quite so clealy.

12:07 am - Tuesday, June 22, 2010

#25 Curverider

I have very few complaints about the P90. I would say it’s at it’s best when in manual mode. It’s at it’s worst at full focal length, however i’ve found it great for close up shots (not macro!)Even though it’s good it’s made me want to go for a bigger sensor, say the D5000 (with it’s vari screen)The noise after iso 200 is terrible, i agree, which is a shame, though clearly not the end of the world. If you’re a beginner don’t let the bad comments put you off, there are plenty going second hand and a worth while bargin can be had. Like I say, just stick to manual!

1:15 pm - Tuesday, September 7, 2010

#26 Misty

My husband got me this camera for Christmas and my pictures are absolutely wonderful and anyone who has looked at them have thought so as well.

2:16 am - Friday, September 17, 2010

#27 Darren

I bought this camera as an introduction to digital as I had been using an old Nikon F2 photomic for the last two decades, it was only when my eyes were not as good as they used to be and I needed a lighter camera and autofocus I finally decided to go digital but didn’t want to spend a fortune straight away until I had learn’t more about it.
This camera does the same as my old F2 and about two cases of equipment, it is the best camera I have used for photographing insects and small wildlife and I can actually use it and operate all its functions one handed, but I had problems with the camera getting focus on night time shoots sometimes but at the price it is compared to a DSLR I think it is pretty impressive and just gives me an excuse to buy another great Nikon for night time use only, which might be something like the Nikon coolpix P6000 which takes a bigger flash but is still lightweight.

3:42 am - Sunday, October 10, 2010

#28 Sam rockwell

I bought this in Australia at less than half priced as it was priced up wrong in the shop! After having it for almost a year unfortunately it was stolen in Thailand recently!  However, it was a fantastic camera and I’ve taken some great shots with it on my travels. It’s not so good at low light as with most bridge cameras, but the photo quality is prefectly adequate, especially when using the maual focus, maual aperture etc.  Defintely reccomended.

12:55 pm - Tuesday, December 7, 2010

#29 Vic

I have the Coolpix P90 and I belive that some of the comments above are not fair. It is a good camera and I’ve taken some great shots with it on my travels. It’s not so good at maximum light as with other bridge cameras, but in the right light conditions the photo quality is really good with very natural colours. The quality get even better when using the maual focus, maual aperture etc.  I would recommend to an amateur or to a beginner who wants to be serious at photography, You can see my photo on Panoramio (vicleaf my nick name) and see by yourself the quality of the photos in my trips

10:06 am - Saturday, May 28, 2011

#30 Radwan

I had this camera for like 6 mounths ago and i’m telling you all these -ve reveiws are from people who didn’t read the manual and how to use this wonderful camera and if you saying i will buy this camera and won’t read the manual you will get poor picture but if you understand the basics of useing this camera you will get very very good result like DSLR cameras and please go to flickr website and search for nikon p90 and judge by your self ,

it’s all about the user of this camera

9:55 am - Thursday, July 21, 2011

#31 sportcyc

You said “Annoyingly, the lens cap has to be removed before turning on the camera, even if you only want to playback your images”
NOT true. Push the >playback button and the lens dosne’t move.

3:27 pm - Thursday, November 24, 2011

#32 The Gray Fox

This is my secone Nixon. My first one was with the tape, but now I have the Disk type. What a Camera for taking any kind of Photos. I want to get a 200mm lens and one that you can take Flowers close up and have the background out of focus. I will be ordering this later from the company I bought the p90 from as soon as I get the total amounts of money to get them at the same time.
I have never had so much fun taking photos, it is such a pleasure and the results are outstanding.

All I can say is that the p90 is the camera to have in your PHOTO BAG. I recommend it to anyone wanting the best of Photos.


7:20 pm - Monday, April 30, 2012

#33 Jerry

Most of the time when I take pictures they turn out very yellowish, any suggestions

7:11 pm - Sunday, May 13, 2012

#34 Jerry

When I take inside pictures with or with the flash I get a very yelow picture any ideas why?

7:13 pm - Sunday, May 13, 2012


I am another disappointed owner of the P90. I am new to photography however I assumed I would be able to take in indoor picture without any issues.  This was not the case!  I do Love it for outdoor photography but low light/ indoor pictures are very yellow.  I have tried all the different settings and have had no luck.  Can anyone help me with this?  I am soooo frustrated with this camera!!

2:20 pm - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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3 inch LCD, compact, 12 megapixel, super-zoom, coolpix, Nikon, 24x zoom, p90