Nikon Coolpix P900 Detailed Review

Nikon Coolpix P900

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The Coolpix P900 was presented by Nikon in March 2015. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Brand Nikon
Category Superzoom
Date 03/2015
Sensor Properties

In additional Coolpix P900 has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24″ x 0.18″).

Also 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 does not support recording RAW images. 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 computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Format Compact
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
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 7 frames/second
Focal length (min) 24mm
Focal length (max) 2000mm
Aperture (max) 2.8
Aperture (min) 6.5
Viewfinder Properties

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.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.50x
Resolution 0.92 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The Coolpix P900’s shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 15s.

Max. shutter speed 1/4000s
Min. shutter speed 15s
Sensitivity Properties

The Coolpix P900’s sensitivity is from 100 ISO and 6400 ISO.

Also, Nikon’s sensitivity can be boosted to 12800. Therefore, ISO boosting will lead to growth noise.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 6400 ISO
Boost 12800 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Coolpix P900 supports all general exposure modes.

The Nikon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The Coolpix P900’s auto focus processor uses 99 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.

Type Kontrasterkennung
AF points 99
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

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.

Range 7.00m
(23 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
Coolpix P900 display

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:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 0.92 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

Coolpix P900 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Nikon Coolpix P900 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 25 frames/second
30 frames/second
50 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

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 supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Nikon Coolpix P900 has a EN-EL23 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 360 shots. It`s enough for one 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 battery parameters:

Type EN-EL23 LiIon
In-camera charging
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.

Here is front and top view of the Coolpix P900:

Nikon Coolpix P900 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Nikon Coolpix P900 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Nikon Coolpix P900 size comparison

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