990 is a great digiscoping
camera. Most of my digiscoped
pics are prduced by
the Nikon Coolpix
990. It's my "in the fields"-camera.
The sharpest pics with the greatest colours came all out of this camera, and the focus even works
in light-conditions where my other cameras would have failed.
The pics of the Nikon Coolpix
990 have great contrast, even if you use the autmatic setting. The
colours are quite authentic (and in my eyes they come out better than e.g. the colours of
The big disadvantage of the Nikon Coolpix
990 is the heavy noise, when switching the ISO to
ISO200 or higher. Even at ISO there's quite much ISO noise. But you can delete noise in
photoshop easily, if you don't sharpen the background.
The autofocus of the Nikon Coolpix
990 seems to work faster than the focus of other
cameras, when fixed to a scope. And the focus is precise in most shots.
The best results I got in the Macro-Setting with the camera zoomed a little bit back.
Whitethroat, digiscoped with Nikon Coolpix 990 combined to a Swarovski 80HD Spotting Scope.
But attention : With the macro-setting turned on, the autofocus works a little bit
slower than with the normal autofocus. In situations, where you have to be very fast, e.g. when photographing
a moving bird
, you should not use the macro-setting. Most of the pics come out sharp with
the autofocus set to normal, too. And that's much faster than the macro-setting.
And as always : The closer you are to the subject, the more details and sharpness you'll
get out of the camera. But with this camera it's even possible to take shots with the
scope-eypiece at 40x and full camera-zoom. That means good shots with 4000mm focal
length. I've never managed such shots with other Nikon-Cameras, like the 995
, the 4500
especially the CP 5000
, which only delivers poor results at higher magnifications.
Crop from the original file of the Coolpix 990 combined to a Swarovski 80 HD spotting scope.
As you can see, the
ISO100 noise is clearly
But also you can see
the great details and sharpness of the pic.
Except the ISO-noise there are no disadcantages of this good old Nikon Coolpix
me it's THE digiscoping
I speculated a lot, why this camera delivers sharper shots than for example the 995
. And I came to the result, that it must have something to do with the
3x zoom of this cameras. All other cameras have a built-in 4x zoom (except the CP5000
The quality of the 3x zoom has to be much better, expecially when used together with
Crop from an original CP990 file. Photo taken through a Swarovski 80HD Spotting Scope out of a hide
Have a look at the kingfisher
pic. Again quite good details and sharpness. Unfortunately the
light wasn't very good, so you can't compare it directly to the Coolpix 5000
of the kingfisher
. If the
light has been better, the details would have come out much better. But as you can see,
the Coolpix 5000
delivers slightly more details than the 990 - but only at very close distance. And that's the disadvantage
of the Coolpix 5000
. It's not a real digiscoping
camera, like the 990 is.
So all in all : The Nikon Coolpix
990 was (in my opinion) the best digiscoping
since the BNikon Coopix 8400
came out. The Coolpix 8400
even outerperforms the 990. Have a look at ebays or amazon, and with a little luck you get one
If you want to buy a camera like the Nikon Coolpix 8400 for only $39
, a scope or just even other things, you can support me keeping this website online when you use
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Thank you for your help :-) !
Article from Somewhere in 2002