Nikon Coolpix 990 Review
The CF compartment is a vast improvement over that found on the 950, it's now positioned horizontally in the side of the hand grip, that means changing CF cards is now possible while the camera is tripod mounted. The door design is much improved and more solid than the flimsy design of the 950 (though I'm still a little worried about the robustness of that single thin plastic catch protruding from the door). However, I'm here to report that it's still not without its own new problem. There's not enough room to get your fingers in and the ejector doesn't push the card out far enough.
So all in all we have three major gripes with the new CF door (sorry Nikon you don't get away that easily): (1) It still doesn't support CF Type II (where does your market research go?) and (2) it's the wrong way around, if the slot had been aligned with the label side to the front of the camera we'd be able to easily pull the card out using the fingernail lip, (3) You still have to manually fold up the ejector button before closing the CF door, not a huge problem but it's easy to forget and it does add one more step to the action of changing the CF.
Connections on the 990 are arranged in three different places, on the right side of the camera are the major I/O connections (USB, Video out), on the front is power input (6.5V 1.9A use with Nikon EH-31 power supply) and on the left base of the lens barrel portion you will find the flash sync connector for use with SK-E900 flash bracket and various external flash units: SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-26, SB-25, SB-24, SB-22S and SB-22.
Note: the camera is supplied with a standard USB cable.
Supplied In the Box
|Supplied in the Box (US)||Supplied in the Box (Europe)|
Nikon Coolpix 990 (purple
| Nikon Coolpix 990 (red
Lens Cap & attachment string
4 x AA Alkaline batteries (sigh!)
16 MB Nikon CF card
Nikon Guide to Digital Photography (printed)
CD-ROM's: NikonView 3.0, Photoshop 5.0LE, FotoStation 4.0 Full Version, Reference Manual
FC-E8 [buy online]
x0.21 (183 degree view)
WC-E63 [buy online]
TC-E2 [buy online]
|Telephoto Converter TC-3ED
|Slide copying adapter
ES-E28 [buy online]
MC-EU1 [buy online]
Shutter release, zoom control, Interval, Playback control, 80 cm (31.5") cord.
Other accessories (no pictures):
|Chicago Alley by tko|
from Down the alleyway
|Callan-5680 by vbuhay|
from What Child's Dream May Come
|Widget by Wilfried HKG|
|Oxbow Bend by stickpointed|
from Landscape - Colour #2