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Nikon CoolPix 990

Nikon updates the hugely successful Coolpix 950, with 3.34 megapixels and numerous enhancements

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 3/1/2000

Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Nikon CoolPix 990


Model Name:

Nikon CoolPix 990 
Model Number: E990 
Camera Format: Swivel 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price: $999.00
Street Price:  
Price Update Date: 2007-02-07
Date Available:  
Remote Control: Yes 
Remote Control Type: Wired 
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Tripod Mount Material:  
Operating System:  
Weight: 15.9 oz (450 g)
Weight With Batteries? checked 
Size: 5.6 x 3.1 x 1.5 in.
(143 x 79 x 38 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 2048x1536, 1024x768, 640x480
Movie Resolution: 320x240
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 3.14
CCD Size (inches): 1/1.8 inch 
CCD Filter Type: CMYG 
CCD Manufacturer:  
Focal Length Multiplier:  
Movie Audio: No 
Quality Levels:  
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 38 - 115 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.02x
Digital Zoom: Yes 
Digital Zoom Values: 1.2x - 4.0x in 0.2x 
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type:  
Auto Focus Assist Light?  
Auto Focus Min Illum:  
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus: Yes 
Manual Focus Steps:  
Normal Focus Range: 30 cm to Infinity
12.2 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 2 - 10000 cm
0.8 - 4081.6 in
Min Macro Area: 20 x 15 mm
0.8 x 0.6 in
Min Aperture: f/11.0
Max Aperture: f/2.5
Aperture Range Description: f2.5/4.0 (wide/tele) - f/11, continuous range, 1/3 stop increments 
Aperture Step Size:  
Lens Thread: 28 mm
Lens Thread Type: Lens Threads 
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical VF Type: Real Image 
Optical VF Accuracy: 88%
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD VF Accuracy: 97%
LCD Size (inches): 1.8
LCD Resolution: 112,000 dots
OLED Screen:  
Max Playback Zoom:  
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400
ISO Rating Max: 400
Number of White Balance Settings: 5
White Balance Settings:  
Manual White Balance: Yes 
Longest Shutter Time:
Shortest Shutter Time: 1/1000 
Exp Adj Range: 2.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size: 0.33 EV
Metering Modes: Matrix (256 Segment), Center Weighted, Spot, Spot AF 
Spot Metering: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Self Timer: 3, 10 seco
Internal Flash: Yes 
No of Flash Modes: 5
Flash Modes: Auto, Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash, Slow-Sync, Red-Eye reduction 
Flash Guide Number (Meters):  
Flash Range Default ISO (meters): 2.3
Flash Range Description: 1-7.5 feet (0.3 - 2.3 m) (ISO 100 setting, telephoto mode), but seemed fine 
No of Flash "Pops":  
Ext Flash: Yes 
Ext Flash Connection:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CompactFlash Type 1 
Other Memory Types:  
Memory Included (MB): 16.0
Uncompressed Format: TIFF 
CCD Raw Format: No 
Compressed Format: JPEG 
Movie File Format: QuickTime 
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable:  
Video Usable as Viewfinder:  
External Connections: Serial, USB 1.1
Other Connection:  
Included Software: NikonView version 3.0, Genuine Fractals 2.0 LE for Compression and Scaling (Altamira Group), Cumulus 5.0 Demo for image and asset management (Canto), iPIX immersive imaging (Internet Pictures Corporation), Great Photo! for image manipulation and correctio 
OS Compatibility: PC, Mac 
Performance Timing
Startup Time:  
Shutdown Time:  
Play -> Record:  
Record -> Play (max res):  
Record -> Play (min res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE:  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus:  
Shutter Lag, Prefocus:  
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format:  
Cycle Time Max Res: 1.760 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res: 1.650 seconds
Buffer Frames, Max Res:  
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 1.500
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 15.00
Movie Sec @ Max Res: 40.00
Movie Sec @ Min Res:  
Download speed, KB/second:  
Battery Form Factor: AA 
Usable Battery Types: Alkaline, Lithium, NiCd, NiMH (4 NiMH recommended) 
Batteries Included: No 
Battery Charger Included: No 
More Information
Notes & Features: External flash connector is Nikon proprietary, need flash adapter for conventional units. MANY sophisticated features, including multi-zone AF, Best Shot Selector for sharp handheld shots in low light.  
Review URL: Review
Test Shots URL: Test Shots
Photo Gallery URL:  
Device Forum URL: Forum
Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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