Nikon Coolpix P900 Summary
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.
|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|
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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Nikon P900 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|16 Megapixels Ultra Zoom||ISO 100-6400|
|83.3X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/4000-15s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.20" Built-in EVF 920K Pixels||Custom white-balance|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|1 Axis Digital Level||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|7 FPS Drive, 7 Images||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels|
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