Nikon Coolpix 990 Review
Sony DSC-S70 vs. Olympus C-3030Z vs. Nikon Coolpix 990
It seems overly simplistic to compare the Sony DSC-S70, Nikon Coolpix 990 and Olympus C-3030Z, yet they are the cameras seen to be at the top of the "prosumer digital camera" buyers list and thus they are often compared. This year will be quite different, with more quality 3+ megapixel digital cameras coming out from a larger selection of manufacturers I personally wouldn't limit yourself to looking at just these cameras.
Below I've listed features which we can back up with facts and how they rate "In My Honest Opinion". You'll have to go down this list, decide what is important to you if you wish to use it to help your purchase decision. If a feature is a matter of preference then I've not chosen a "better option".
||Olympus C-3030Z||Sony DSC-S70|
|Resolution||Equal||Slightly higher resolution|
|Colour saturation||Natural but conservative||Accurate||Vivid but sometimes unnatural|
|Zoom range||38mm - 115mm||32mm - 96mm||34mm - 102mm|
|Optics||F2.5 - F4.0||F2.8||F2.0 - F2.5|
|AF||Better, five area AF|
|Full-time AF||Yes, equal||None|
in AF & MF
|Magnifying loupe, MF only||None|
|Metering||Matrix, CW, Spot||CW, Spot||CW, Spot|
|White Balance Preset||Yes||No||"Hold"|
|White Balance Fine Tuning||Yes||No||No|
though limited to
4 images @ NORMAL
|Excellent, up to 29 images @ HQ||Slow|
|Remote Control||Optional Wired||Supplied Infrared||None|
|Movie mode||QuickTime (no audio)||QuickTime (with audio)||MPEG (with audio)|
|External Flash||Yes (equal, all proprietary)|
|Flash Anti Redeye||Poor||Better (equal)|
|Flash output power control||Equal|
|Macro||20mm / 0.8"||58mm / 2.3"||40mm / 1.5"|
|Flexible program exposure||Yes||No||No|
|Shutter priority||BULB, 16 s - 1/1000 s (14 pos)||1 s
- 1/800 s
- 1/1000 s
F2.5 - F7.0 (10 pos)
T: F4.0 - F11.0 (10 pos)
|F2.8 - F11 (13 pos)||F2.0
- F8.0 (9 pos)
(limited by 1/30s shutter)
|Full Manual mode||16
s - 1/1000 s (14 pos)
|16 s - 1/800 s (42 pos)||No|
|AE Lock||Yes||Panorama mode||No|
|Continuous mode||9 @
1.6fps @ 2048 x 1536
(with more burst modes)
|5 @ 3.9fps @ 2048 x 1536||None|
|Exposure compensation||Equal (+/-2EV in 0.3 EV steps)|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 (equal)||Auto (100 - 300)|
|Uncompressed mode||TIFF (equal)|
|JPEG modes||3 (Fine, Normal, Basic)||3 (SHQ, HQ, SQ)||1|
|Other modes||2 Colour GIF|
|Information display||Better (top LCD)|
|Playback display||Better (faster, histogram)||Slow|
|Picture Filters||Contrast, Brightness, B&W||B&W, Sepia, Black & White board||B&W, Sepia, Solarize, Negative|
|Power-on settings||Multiple user settings||Forgets settings :(|
|Battery Life||Equal (4 x AA batteries)||Excellent, InfoLithium|
|Bundle||Both missing batteries, charger and case||Good, includes battery and adapter/charger, no case|
|Portability||Smaller & Lighter (equal)|
|Usability||Split body||Fixed body|
|Ergonomics||Command wheel, control layout|
|Tripod mount||Better (rubber base)|
|Storage||256MB+ on a CF card||Limited
64MB Smart Media
64MB Memory Sticks
|Other features||Best Shot Selection||Movie editing||Night Shot long exp.|
|Review||Nikon Coolpix 990 review||Olympus C-3030Z review||Sony DSC-S70 review|
We've already posted lots of images from the Sony a7 III launch event, but now we've had plenty of time with the camera around our home base in Seattle. Check out our updated gallery to see the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington, historic coastal lighthouses and more.
GoPro has inked a multi-year licensing deal with manufacturing services company Jabil that will allow Jabil to incorporate GoPro sensor modules and camera lenses into third-party products.
It's not just fashion magazines. It seems some major Instagram accounts with tens or hundreds of thousands of followers are pitching photographers, offering to feature their work... for a fee.
Canon Rumors has reportedly "confirmed from a couple of good sources" that Canon's full-frame mirrorless camera is currently being tested in the field by select Canon pro photographers.
In a ‘the world’s gone crazy’ role-reversal Sheeba magazine's submission guidelines specifyl that photographers lucky enough to have an image selected for the cover will have to pay $860 for the privilege of having it used.
A Russian drone pilot took his little camera drone to an altitude of 10 kilometers (~33,000 feet), and while the flight didn't break any local regulations and was done in a remote region, it's still an incredibly reckless and stupid thing to try.
Zach Sutton over at Lensrentals has put together this very useful on-location lighting tutorial for beginners, complete with five sample lighting setups to experiment with as you get more comfortable using artificial light.
Instagram has revealed some interesting updates this week, including a return to a slightly more chronological newsfeed where "newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed."
The 10 Open category winners revealed this week will duke it out for $5,000 in prize money and the title of Open Photographer of the Year. The winner will be revealed on April 19th, alongside the Professional category winners.
The new Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D is "the world’s widest rectilinear f/2.8 lens for mirrorless APS-C cameras." It boasts a 113° angle of view, fast F2.8 aperture, and a Zero-D design that promises "close to zero" distortion.
YouTuber Devin Graham recently got to do something very few of us will ever get to: he purchased and unboxed nearly a quarter million dollars worth of cinema lenses.
We're looking for a Software Development Engineer to join our Seattle-based team. Bring your creativity, passion and talent to help us build the next generation of our web and mobile experiences.
If you're on a budget and looking to get into Fujifilm's X-system, the X-A5 is likely on your radar. We've been out shooting with this updated entry-level camera.
A report from the National Endowment for the Arts shows that photography and photo-finishing services contributed $10.2 billion to the US economy in 2015.
According to unnamed sources, Google will acquire Lytro's technology and patents, with Lytro employees already having left the company.
Our review of the Sony a7 III is well underway and, as part of this, we're publishing our studio test scene. We'll be building out the review in the coming weeks as we test and shoot the camera in a series of situations.
The new ExaDrive offers a three times higher capacity than the previous largest SSD, a 30TB model by Samsung.
A pair of images show what may be the upcoming DJI Phantom 5 drone featuring an interchangeable lens camera. Update: Comparing this image to the size of previous DJI lens mounts, and noting the 3:2 aspect ratio of the sensor, we're confident the leaked image shows a 1"-type sensor
We were saddened to hear of the death last week of Chuck Westfall, a 35-year veteran of Canon USA, and a legend in the photography industry.
Nikon looks to be positioning its D850 as a serious video rig with today's announcement of its D850 Filmmaker's Kit. The kit includes the body, 20/35/85mm F1.8G lenses, an Atomos Ninja Flame external recorder, two microphones and an extra battery.
Photographers shopping around for Lightroom alternatives have likely encountered Alien Skin's Exposure X3. Here's an overview of its organization and editing controls, and how they differ from the competition.
Alien Skin has released a significant update for its Exposure X3 image editor, adding greater precision to adjustment tools and more printing capabilities, among other improvements.
The FAA has ordered helicopter pilots and operators to halt certain doors-off flights in the wake of a tragedy that killed five passengers.
Analysts TechInsights have torn down a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus to have a closer look at the device's internal components and their cost.
Oppo's new high-end phones bear an uncanny resemblance to the iPhone X, with features like face unlock to a portrait lighting mode.
Recently we visited the 2018 CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan and as usual, we booked interviews with senior executives from several major manufacturers, including Sigma.
At this year's CP+ show in Yokohama, we sat down with senior executives from several major manufacturers, including Canon. Topics of conversation included Canon's ambitions for high-end mirrorless cameras, and the importance of responding to the demands of the smartphone generation.
We were recently able to follow local frame builder Max Kullaway as he created one of his AirLandSea bikes. Here are our picks of the photos we got, as the project progressed from bare tubes all the way to rideable bicycle.
On paper, the Sony a7 III is a tempting option for photographers who've been considering a switch to full-frame mirrorless. But how does its image quality stack up? We compare it to the Mark II and a few of its other peers.
Erez Marom shares the details behind this beautiful aurora photograph, captured on Haukland Beach in the Lofoten Islands, Arctic Norway, on a moonless evening.