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Nikon Coolpix P100 vs Nikon Coolpix P90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
190 ms shutter lag
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P90

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Weight
Light-weight
400 g
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P100.
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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Advantages of the Nikon P90

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The P90's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
400 g vs 481 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$445.00 vs $519.53
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The best price we've seen is $75 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.8
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              P100$519.53
              P90$445.00
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.9"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              P100114×83×99 mm
              P9083×114×99 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              P100481 g
              P90400 g
              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              P10026.1x
              P9024x
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              P100460k dots
              P90230k dots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              26 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $400

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $351

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Nikon Coolpix P100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

              Super zoom

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $177

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Nikon Coolpix P90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $348

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $290 - $371

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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