Pentax H90 summary
Pentax H90 is Pentax's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first introduced on January of 2010. The camera features a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The H90 is positioned #168 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #1068 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our list. You should check out our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your custom factors.
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Pentax H90 Gallery
You can check the H90 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Pentax H90 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Pentax H90 based on factors that are usually considered necessary in a digital camera.
Pentax H90 Sensor specifications
The Pentax H90 is run by the Prime chip. The sensor size on the Pentax H90 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CCD sensor has 12MP and includes a standard ISO range of 80 to 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.
The image below illustrates the H90's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The H90 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Pentax H90 dimensions
Pentax H90 has a weight of 0.34 lb (153g or 5.40 ounces) & the volume of the camera is 101mm x 65mm x 28mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Pentax H90 is less heavy in comparison with other competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Listed below is a photo of the Pentax H90 beside a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.
The top view directly below will provide the button design on the H90.
Pentax H90 Lens specifications
The H90 has got a built in lens and it has a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really very good nevertheless it would certainly be convenient in certain conditions.
At the widest 28mm, it features an aperture of f3.5 making it rather slow and not great for low light events and you will likely struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to increase the ISO giving you noisy photos. Towards the tele end, 140mm comes with f5.9 making it pretty sluggish and you might need to set slower shutter speeds.
Pentax H90 Connectivity
The H90 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy images and sometimes adjust settings without connecting physically to the camera.
Several applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.
Pentax H90 Video specifications
The max video quality on the Pentax H90 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You really should shoot for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone port which means that you get little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to look at a different camera in case you need decent sound for your videos.
Pentax H90 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing on the Pentax H90 so you need to be careful in rainy and dusty conditions.
Pentax H90 Screen and Viewfinder
The Pentax H90 features a 2.7" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The ViewFinder specs for Pentax H90 are below:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders are quite useful.
Pentax H90 Shutter specifications
Pentax H90 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Pentax H90 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Pentax H90 features only inbuilt flash without external flash support.
Pentax H90 Autofocusing specifications
Pentax H90 features just Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and accurate in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing.
The AF system features 9 focus points to choose from. It also boasts Tracking AF for objects on the move. Pentax H90 can use manual focusing when needed in low light conditions or you need more exact focusing control.
Pentax H90 Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the maximum (470) battery life in this class of cameras.
Below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the best battery life:
Pentax H90 for varying types of photography
The following bar chart indicates a rundown of the Pentax H90 for varying types of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Pentax H90 Portrait photography factors
The Pentax H90 receives a points tally of 28 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not appropriate for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support along with the option to work with off-camera flash.
Pentax H90 Street photography info
With a reasonable points tally of 56, the Pentax H90 is somewhat adequate to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Pentax H90 as a Sports photography camera
A really bad sports photography score of 32 indicates the Pentax H90 is just not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have great autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Pentax H90 Travel photography information
Size is pretty important when picking a camera for travel. In general, the Pentax H90 gets a moderate 57 as a travelling camera which is somewhat suitable to purchase for your journeys.
Pentax H90 as a Landscape photography camera
If you're looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Pentax H90 with it's really bad score of 37 for a landscape camera is just not appropriate among its competition.
Vlogging with Pentax H90
A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a moving display, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Pentax H90 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad rating of 28.
Pentax H90 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the H90, below is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The chart followed below gives you an overview of the H90 vs it's top scored rivals listed earlier.
Following are several cameras you may look at as alternate options. To read a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.