|Nikon P90 preset scènes
The experienced photographer will go to the P/S/A/M mode, which will let you get started right away without the need to know the camera. After all, the basic steps are the same for each camera. Yet it remains tempting to use the extensive auto programs that the Nikon P90 features, even if you are an experienced photographer. Because the availability of a range of preset scenes carried out completely automatically, simply makes them impossible to ignore.
Automatic scène recognition in practise
Nikon is not the only brand using a so-called 'auto scene recognition'. Manufacturers such as Panasonic started pioneering such functionality early on, and are now offering this feature standard in their cameras. In practice, it is simply amazing; point the camera to the background of a landscape, look at the setting selected, and then point the P90 to, for example, a face and look at the selected setting again. You'll quickly find out that the Nikon Coolpix P90 chooses the right scene almost flawlessly, thus ensuring an optimal setting. Although it was not completely without faults, as the camera considered some nearby objects (dark object) as a dark landscape. Perhaps the next generation of Coolpix cameras will have an even more precise recognition.
Face detection and Smile Shutter features
New on the Nikon Coolpix P90 is Face Detection. This feature provides an advanced way of portrait photography, since the detection is also assisted by the so-called Smile Shutter. The latter detects when a person is smiling and will not capture the picture until a smile is detected. Furthermore, the Nikon P90 features a Blink Proof function that will delete a photo of a person whose eyes are closed.
|Shooting portraits is now ever so easy for every photographer, partly thanks to this enhanced automation. Occasionally, the P90 warned us for someone with closed eyes in a picture, while in reality both eyes were open. Not (yet) entirely flawless, but certainly very useful in practice.
Nikon P90 equipped with the D-Lighting function
If you're already familiar with digital cameras from Nikon, you most likely appreciate the D-Lighting function. If Active D-Lighting is activated, the pictures are automatically adjusted, so that the light and dark areas of a high contrast picture show to their full advantage. You can adjust its effect through the menu of the Nikon P90. In practice, there are usually fine results without the need for any photographic skills.
Nikon Coolpix P90 video recording function
However, the video function is actually outdated. With a maximum video resolution of 640x480 pixels (VGA), the Nikon Coolpix P90 is not in line with the competitors. 720P HD video is the minimum standard with an additional HDMI interface. Both features are missing on the Nikon P90. The video quality is nice, but compared to the competition, Nikon is a step behind.
Nikon Coolpix P90 makes photographing easy
In general, you can use the Nikon Coolpix P90 for easy shooting. The convenience of a large optical zoom, supported by an effective image stabilizer, provides a very relaxed way of shooting. The intelligent auto modes of the P90 make manual operation almost superfluous. This camera continues as a bridge between compact and DSLR, although with the development of Micro Four Thirds, it seems Nikon should study the possibility of a new camera segment, perhaps the brand's own micro system camera?