Compiled by Liang-Wu Cai
This table is compiled from the information in various sources, including Part 2.9.2 of Nikon FAQ, Nikon USA's "1996-1997 Full-Line Product Guide", and verious Nikon product brochures.
N90(s) N8008(s) N70 N6006 N50 Mechanics Top shutter speed 1/8000 sec 1/8000 sec 1/4000 sec 1/2000 sec 1/2000 sec Shutter speed increment1 1/3 stop 1 stop 1/3 stop 1 stop 1 stop Top film advance speed 4.3 fps 3.3 fps 3.7 fps 2.1 fps 1 fps AF sensor2 CAM246 AM200 CAM274 AM200 AM200 AF working range -1 to 19 EV -1 to 19 EV -1 to 19 EV -1 to 19 EV -1 to 19 EV DOF preview Yes Yes No No No Multiple exposure With MF-26 Yes No No No Cable Release Electronic Electronic Electronic Mechanical No PC sync socket Yes Yes No No No Electronic Rangerfinder Yes Yes Yes Yes No Long Exposure Bulb, MF-26, MC-20 Bulb, MF-21 Bulb Bulb "TIME" Inteval-timer With MF-26 with MF-21 No No No Date/time imprinting3 With MF-25/26 with MF-20/21 N70QD N6006QD N50QD Power Source AA (alkaline, lithiunm4, NiCad), 2xCR123A lithium with MB-10+MS-11 AA (alkaline, NiCad) 2xCR123A Lithium CR223 (CP-R2) lithium 2CR5 lithium Metering Ambient matrix metering 3D5 2D 3D5 2D 2D Works with MF (AI or AIS) lenses Yes Yes Yes Yes No Metering range, matrix and center-weighted -1 to 21 EV 0 to 21 EV -1 to 20 EV 0 to 19 EV 1 to 20 EV Metering range, spot 3 to 21 EV 4 to 21 EV6 4 to 20 EV 4 to 19 EV No spot meter Spot metering circle diameter 3mm 3.5mm 3mm 3.5mm No spot meter Analog exposure scale +/- 1 EV +/- 2 EV +/- 1 EV +/- 1 EV No Auto-bracketing7 With MF-26 With MF-21 Yes Yes No Flash Top flash sync speed 1/250 (1/4000)8 1/250 1/125 1/125 1/125 Matrix flash metering 3D5 2D 3D5 2D 2D Red-eye reduction With SB-26 No Yes No No Monitor Preflash With SB>=26 No Yes No No Flash compensation With MF-26, or SB-26 With MF-21, or SB-24 Yes Yes No Flash exposure bracketing7 With MF-26 No Yes No No Rear-curtain Synch With SB-26 With SB-24 Yes Yes No Slow flash sync Yes Yes Yes Yes No Build-in flash coverage No built-in flash No built-in flash 28mm 28mm 35mm Flash autozoom with SB-26/27/28 Yes No Yes No No User Interface LCD Illumination Yes No No No No DX override Yes Yes Yes Yes No Accept viewfinder accessories Yes Yes No No No Changeable focusing screen Yes Yes No No No Eye-piece shutter build-in Yes No No No No "Canned" programs Yes Yes Yes No Yes Beeper Yes, need to be activated Yes No No No Quick Recall (QR) mode 1 with MF-26 No 3 No No Reset Two-button Two-button QR-0 Two-button Adv./Simple switch Computer Interface9 Yes No No No No
- The shutter speed increment in N90 is 1/2 stop.
- The CAM274 is the successor to the CAM246, the sensor used in the N90(s). The AM200 was used in the N8008(s). CAM stands for "Cross-type AF Modulus", which is also sensitive to objects that contains only horizontal lines. AM200 cannot focus on such objects. Although CAM274 is newer (and better) than CAM246, the AF motor in N90(s) is more powerful thus makes its AF faster.
- The N90(s) and N8008(s) have changeable back. The N70, N6006 and N50 do not, and imprinting is possible only with models with QD designation.
- Only N90s is approved for using AA lithium batteries directly in the body. N90 is not.
- Available only with AF-D type lenses.
- The N8008 does not have spot metering. The N8008s does.
- The auto-bracketing available with the MF-26/21 is more versatile than that built in to the N6006 or N70. It allows up to 9 exposures on either side for a total of 19 exposures.
- The high-speed sync (1/300 to 1/4000 sec) is available in manual mode, with no TTL flash metering.
- The computer interface on N90(s) opens a whole new frontier that intruduced more ways to customize the camera, and storing the shooting data. Several softwares available. Check out my Nikon N90s page. The original interface is "Data Link System" to be used with Sharp Electronic Organizer. Later, Nikon USA introduced the PC software "Data View" for N90(s) for downloading the shooting data from the memory of the camera. Finally, the features of DataLink and DataView are combined into a new PC software called "Photo Secretary". A couple sharewares have also been developed.
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