Nikon Coolpix P900 Review

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The Nikon Coolpix P900 is a delightful camera to use. It excels in the defining feature for this class of camera — optical zoom — not just by boasting the biggest spec, but also by offering the crisp optics and superior image stabilization that are required to make the feature useful. Image quality, and especially colors and textures, is quite high, and holds steady up to even the highest-resolution displays. (None of these tiny-sensor cameras will work for gallery prints.)

If you want RAW image support and the ability to capture video beyond home movie grade — go for the Canon SX60 HS, which has the added benefit of costing less. But for the ultimate in optical-zoom cameras, the P900 is unrivaled.

The Nikon Coolpix P900 boasts the longest zoom range of any camera on the market, but a lack of detail at higher ISOs holds it back.

Nikon P900 Specs

Imaging
Pixels Actual: 16.76 Megapixel
Effective: 16 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3″
Image File Format JPEG
Image Stabilization Optical
Lens
Focal Length 4.3 to 357mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 2000mm)
Optical Zoom 83x
Digital Zoom 4x Maximum (332x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (166x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 to 6.5
Focus Range 1.64′ to Infinity / 50 cm to Infinity (Wide)
16.4′ to Infinity / 5 m to Infinity (Telephoto)
Macro
0.39″ to / 1 cm to (Wide)
Optical Design 16 Elements in 12 Groups
Filter Size 67 mm
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100 to 6400 (Extended: 100 to 12800)
Shutter Speed Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/4000 to 15 Seconds in Manual Mode
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Matrix, Spot
Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation -2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Continuous Shooting Up to 7 fps at 16 MP for up to 7 Exposures
Interval Recording Yes
Self-Timer 2/10-Second Delay
Special Options Beach, Fireworks, Handheld Night, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Panorama, Party/Indoor, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset
Video
Recording Modes MOV/H.264/MPEG-4
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 12.5p/15p
HD (1280 x 720) at 25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
SD (640 x 480) at 25p/29.97p/100p/119.88p
Video Encoding NTSC/PAL
Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
Audio File Format Linear PCM (Stereo)
Viewfinder and Monitor
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 921,000 Dot
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Diopter Adjustment -3 to +1
Monitor Size 3″
Monitor Resolution 921,000 Dot
Monitor Type Articulating LCD
Flash
Built-In Flash Yes
Flash Modes TTL Auto
Effective Flash Range ISO Auto
1.6 to 37.7′ / 0.5 to 11.5 m (Wide)
16.4 to 23.0′ / 5 to 7 m (Telephoto)
External Flash Connection None
Interface
Memory Card Slot 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Wireless Wi-Fi
GPS Yes
Environmental
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Physical
Battery 1 x EN-EL23 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 3.8 VDC, 1850 mAh (Approx. 360 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.5 x 4.1 x 5.4″ / 139.5 x 103.2 x 137.4 mm
Weight 31.71 oz / 899 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.2 x 7.6 x 6.3″
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