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Comparision of N90s with Other Nikon N-Series Cameras

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
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
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
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
  1. The shutter speed increment in N90 is 1/2 stop.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Only N90s is approved for using AA lithium batteries directly in the body. N90 is not.
  5. Available only with AF-D type lenses.
  6. The N8008 does not have spot metering. The N8008s does.
  7. 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.
  8. The high-speed sync (1/300 to 1/4000 sec) is available in manual mode, with no TTL flash metering.
  9. 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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