It’s been years since Nikon’s last big-zoom bridge camera. In the meantime we’ve had the small-but-serious P5000, P5100 and P6000, but now the P90 has arrived to put a little more hardcore into Nikon’s Coolpix foundations.
The Nikon P90 has a mightily impressive lens, with a 24x zoom starting at a 26mm-equivalent wideangle, and a maximum aperture size of f2.8-5.0 – superb for low light. By comparison, the excellent Panasonic DMC-FZ28 has an 18x zoom starting at 27mm, with a max f2.8-4.4 aperture.
The sensor is 12.1megapixel with optical image stabilisation, the 3in LCD is hinged for variable angles and, as with all big-zoom compacts, there’s a small eye-viewfinder LCD.
Other features include D-Lighting (processing to correct exposure in high-contrast scenes), face-priority autofocus and a max 15fps burst mode.
Price is £380 and it’s due in shops any day now. Watch out for a full Nikon P90 review soon. If you want to know more about the competition, check out our Top 10 Bridge Cameras.
It’s not really any bigger than the Panasonic DMC-FZ28, but the Nikon P90 feels chunkier because of the extra weight – around 100g more than the Panny.
That 3in LCD is hinged for up and down, but no side to side. Mr Miyagi wouldn’t be impressed.
The 24x lens understandably pops out a goodly long way at full zoom – 6cm out of the body, to be precise, and it takes less than a second to get there.
Sat next to a typical compact, in this case the Panasonic DMC-FX150, you get a sense of how chunky the P90 is. Should make for a comfortable hold, though, and will help keep it steady when that long zoom's extended.