CNET First Look
Nikon Coolpix P90A 24x optical zoom makes this crossover camera a good alternative to a dSLR, but its lack of HD video shooting hurts.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Molly Wood from CNET.com here at PMA 2009. I'm taking a First Look at the Nikon Coolpix P90. Now you can see that this is basically a point and shoot digital camera that looks a little bit like an SLR. That's because of this 24x zoom here. They're calling this "uber" zoom and I think that's pretty appropriate. It goes to 624 millimeters. Obviously, it has optical image stabilization built-in which you know you need with that kind of zoom. The other big story about this camera is that it has this variable angle LCD on the back, so that when you're actually shooting you can see multiple angles. So, you could hold it, sort of down here if you're trying to shot a picture up high, up here, if you're trying to shot a picture down low. There's also an electronic view finder in here, so you can actually look here and get sort of a little image of what would be on this view finder. That's also very handy if you're shooting mega zoom -- uber zoom I mean. Now, this camera is being build as a point and shoot that also works like a dSLR. So, it has a variety of manual options built in. You can sort of tweak your photos to your hearts content or it has 15 scene detection modes to make it as easy as possible for you. Now the P90 also shoots video at 24 frames per second. I was a little disappointed that there isn't HD video shooting available, but you can shot in 16:9 aspect ratio, which is a nice little touch. This camera is available now. It retails for about $399. At PMA 2009, I'm Molly Wood. ^M00:01:26 [ Music ]