The Coolpix P900 was introduced by Nikon in March 2015. It belongs to the Superzooms category.
Nikon is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Nikon.
The Coolpix P900 features a CMOS sensor in Compact size that has an area of approximately 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").
The Coolpix P900's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 16 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.
The Nikon supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Nikon's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.
|Sensor area||6.17 x 4.55mm²|
(0.24" x 0.18")
|Resolution (physical)||16.70 megapixel|
|Resolution (effective)||16.00 megapixel|
|Pixel size||1.79 µm²|
The Coolpix P900 has a built-in lens that can not be changed.
The Nikon's focal length goes from 24mm to 2000mm, a zoom range of 83x. The aperture varies from F2.8 at the short or wide-angle end, to F6.5.
|Focal length (min)||24mm|
|Focal length (max)||2000mm|
The Coolpix P900 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 0.92 megapixel, close to the practical minimum for a viewfinder like this.The magnifcation is c. 0.50x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.
The infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnification of the Coolpix P900. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size. The red frame indicates the largest viewfinder magnification in any digital camera on the market today (0.85x).
Tip: If the viewfinder image of the Coolpix P900 is fuzzy, us the little wheel next to the viewfinder to adjust the sharpness.
The Coolpix P900's shutter speeds range from 1/4000s to 15s.
|Max. shutter speed||1/4000s|
|Min. shutter speed||15s|
The Coolpix P900's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 6400 ISO, a very useful and practical range.
Additionally, the Nikon's sensitivity can be boosted to 12800. However, ISO boosting will almost always lead to an increase in noise.
|Min. sensitivity||100 ISO|
|Max. sensitivity||6400 ISO|
The Coolpix P900 supports all common metering modes.
The Nikon will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.
The Coolpix P900's auto focus processor uses 1 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).
Manual focus is also possible with the Nikon, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.
The Coolpix P900 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 7m (23 ft.). That range will work for most situations.
A hotshoe is missing from the Nikon.
The Coolpix P900 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That's about average.
The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.
The Coolpix P900 does not feature a touch screen.
Display characteristics at a glance:
When recording videos with the Coolpix P900, the highest supported resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixel, in other words Full HD Video. 4K videos are not supported by the Nikon.
A connector for an external microphone is missing from the Nikon. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.
Videos with the Nikon Coolpix P900 at a glance:
|Max. resolution||1920 x 1080 pixel|
|...with frame rates||25 frames/second|
|CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS|
The Coolpix P900 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.Connect the Nikon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.
The Nikon connects to your PC over USB 2.0.
The Nikon's connectivity at a glance:
What memory cards can be used with the Nikon Coolpix P900?
The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards.
With an average image size of 5 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 6400 images.
Supported memory cards at a glance:
Let's have a look at some other features of the Nikon Coolpix P900:
GPS is already built into the Coolpix P900; that will make it easy to categorize and tag photos afterwards. However, using the GPS receiver can reduce battery life considerably.
The Coolpix P900 features a built-in stabilizer. With a 83x zoom a must-have.
A nice addition is the Nikon's electronic level. The camera displays an indicator on the monitor that makes it super-easy to level the camera horizontally, very useful when doing architectural photography.
The camera has a built-in function to facilitate creating panoramas: While panning the Nikon over the scene, the camera takes a sequence of images which are then automatically assembled to form a panorama.
If you are into HDRs, the camera won't create those automatically. You will have to manually create image sequences and later assemble those sequnces in third-party software.
The Coolpix P900 is not environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; keep that in mind in the rain and on the beach.
The Nikon's features in a handy table:
The Nikon Coolpix P900 works with a EN-EL23 LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 360 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.
The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.
The Coolpix P900's battery at a glance:
|Battery life||360 photos|
The Nikon Coolpix P900's dimensions are 137.4 x 103.2 x 139.5mm³. (5.4" x 4.1" x 5.5"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a rather considerable 900 grams (29.0 oz.), lens included.
Front and top view of the Coolpix P900 with dimensions:
To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a german ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).
The Coolpix P900 is clearly bigger:
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