Nikon Coolpix P900 Review

Overall 36
Imaging 9
Features 59
Size 67
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Expands to 12800)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p) 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 140 x 103 x 137 mm
  • Weight: 899 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced by Nikon P1000.

Nikon Coolpix P900 Summary

This review is devoted to Coolpix P900 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Mar 02, 2015. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Nikon has replaced this product with their most recent model P1000.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #227 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 36/100 and it takes a rank of #1128 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon Coolpix P900 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix P900 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 360 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix P900 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix P900. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900 has the following external dimensions 140 x 140 x 137 mm (55.12 x 40.55 x 53.94″) with the weight of 899 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon Coolpix P900, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix P900 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 137mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix P900 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix P900 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix P900 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon Coolpix P900 — 360 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix P900 — 137 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix P900 — 899 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix P900 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix P900 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon Coolpix P900 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon Coolpix P900 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon Coolpix P900 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 12800.

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Nikon Coolpix P900. However, if you are looking specifically for a SLR-like (bridge) camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Nikon Coolpix P900 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon Coolpix P900 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix P900 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix P900

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon Coolpix P900 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Nikon Coolpix P900’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 921k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix P900 are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Coolpix P900 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix P900 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Coolpix P900 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix P900, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix P900 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon Coolpix P900 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Nikon Coolpix P900 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Nikon Coolpix P900 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Coolpix P900 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Coolpix P900 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix P900 provides a shooting life of 360, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Nikon Coolpix P900 offers the highest battery life that reaches 360 shots.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix P900 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix P900’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix P900’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix P900 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon Coolpix P900 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P900 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 23. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P900 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone

Nikon Coolpix P900 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P900 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P900 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (140 x 103 x 137 mm)
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Nikon Coolpix P900 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P900 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P900 can be called a 85 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (140 x 103 x 137 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (360 shots)

Nikon Coolpix P900 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P900 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P900 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (899 g)
  • Big size (140 x 103 x 137 mm)

Nikon Coolpix P900 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix P900 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 42. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix P900 can be called a 42 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Nikon Coolpix P900 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix P900
Announced Mar 02, 2015
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 921k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 11.5
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO 12,800
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p) 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 899 g
Physical Dimensions 140 x 103 x 137 mm
Battery Life 360 shots
Battery Type 360 shots
Battery Model EN-EL23
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS 1
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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