Nikon Coolpix P900 Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringBuilt-In GPSBuilt-In GPSAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Nikon Coolpix P900 Assessment

The Nikon Coolpix P900 is prosumer ultra-zoom with an unmatched 2000mm reach, starting at an ultra-wide 24mm, for 83X optical zoom. This digital camera is truly packed with features, including a complete set of manual controls and advanced features such as an Interval-Timer and Time Lapse-Video. It even offers built-in WiFi and a GPS.

A 16 megapixels CMOS sensor within delivers nice image quality with low noise and good details at low ISOs, plus usable sensitivities up to 800 for medium-sized prints and 3200 for small ones. Metering, color accuracy, white-balance and dynamic-range are roughly average for this type of digital camera. Distortion and chromatic aberrations are incredibly low though. Performance is also average in terms of speed.

The redesigned body of the Nikon P900 is similar in size and layout as Nikon entry-level DSLRs. There are dual control-dials, dual zoom-controllers, a traditional mode dial and a good number of buttons to make using the P900 efficient, with the exception of the self-timer which resets after each use. A 0.2" EVF with 920K is too small and low contrast to be comfortable but comes in handy for stability, as does the excellent optical image-stabilization within the lens.

PROS CONS
Smooth usable output until ISO 1600 Slight image softness from base ISO
Very consistent image sharpness Details smudged from ISO 800+
Highly effective optical image stabilization Below average color and WB accuracy
Virtually no chromatic aberrations Dim telephoto aperture noticeably slows AF
Very low optical distortion Unresponsive while writing
Dual control-dials and zoom controllers 1s delay when starting video capture
Generally quick and responsive Not usually Exposure-Priority
Good overall handling Slow access to ISO
Great LCD visibility Tiny low-contrast EVF
Solid build-quality Poor tripod mount
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Overall, the Nikon Coolpix P900 can be a versatile and capable camera under the right conditions. Families traveling will appreciate having such an all-in-one camera to capture a wide variety of sights and subjects.

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By Neocamera on 2015-10-26

Nikon P900 Highlights


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 100-6400
83.3X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-15s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Built-in EVF 920K PixelsCustom white-balance
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
1 Axis Digital LevelLithium-Ion Battery
7 FPS Drive, 7 ImagesSecure Digital Extended Capacity
1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording
3" LCD 920K Pixels
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