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Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840

Portability
88
Imaging
46
Features
58
Overall
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Nikon Coolpix A900 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L840 front
Portability
67
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
43

Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840 Key Specs

Nikon A900
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-840mm (F3.4-6.9) lens
  • 289g - 113 x 67 x 40mm
  • Released February 2016
  • Successor is Nikon A1000
Nikon L840
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-855mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 538g - 114 x 89 x 96mm
  • Introduced February 2015
  • Older Model is Nikon L830
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Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840 Overview

Below, we will be analyzing the Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both offered by Nikon. There is a significant difference between the resolutions of the A900 (20MP) and L840 (16MP) but they come with the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The A900 was released 13 months later than the L840 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Nikon A900 being a Compact camera and the Nikon L840 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving in to a complete comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the A900 matches up vs the L840 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon A900 over the Nikon L840

 A900 L840 
IntroducedFebruary 2016February 2015Fresher by 13 months

Reasons to pick Nikon L840 over the Nikon A900

 L840 A900 

Common features in the Nikon A900 and Nikon L840

 A900 L840 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Screen resolution921k921kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither offers Touch friendly screen

Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry your camera regularly, you will want to factor in its weight and measurements. The Nikon A900 offers outside dimensions of 113mm x 67mm x 40mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") and a weight of 289 grams (0.64 lbs) whilst the Nikon L840 has proportions of 114mm x 89mm x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") with a weight of 538 grams (1.19 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you choose at the time. The following is the front view overall size comparison of the A900 against the L840.

Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the A900 and L840 is 88 and 67 respectively.

Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840 top view buttons comparison

Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very hard to visualise the contrast between sensor sizing just by checking specs. The visual here may give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the A900 and L840.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Nikon A900 to give more detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures much more aggressively. The newer A900 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840 sensor size comparison

Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon A900 Portrait photography information
Nikon L840 Portrait photography information
40
good MP (20MP)
supports face detect focus
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
36
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon A900 as a Street photography camera
Nikon L840 as a Street photography camera
69
tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (289 grams)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
51
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
heavier than competition (538g)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon A900 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon L840 as a Sports photography camera
56
incredible zoom range (24-840mm 35.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
supports tracking focus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
51
excellent zoom range (23-855mm 37.2 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
great battery (590 shots)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon A900 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon L840 as a Travel photography camera
74
lighter than others (289g)
supports bluetooth
good MP (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (24mm)
great reach (840mm)
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
57
great battery (590 shots)
decent MP (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (23mm)
very long reach (855mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (538g)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon A900
Landscape photography with Nikon L840
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quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
43
pretty wide (23mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
great battery (590 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon A900
Vlogging with Nikon L840
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quite wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
lighter than others (289 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
does not have a selfie friendly display
lack of mic socket
27
pretty wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
missing mic jack
heavier than competition (538 grams)
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Nikon A900 vs Nikon L840 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon A900 and Nikon L840
 Nikon Coolpix A900Nikon Coolpix L840
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix A900 Nikon Coolpix L840
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2016-02-23 2015-02-10
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3
Highest resolution 5184 x 3888 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-840mm (35.0x) 23-855mm (37.2x)
Max aperture f/3.4-6.9 f/3.0-6.5
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 921 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames per second 7.4 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.00 m (at Auto ISO) 6.90 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p, 25p) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 289g (0.64 pounds) 538g (1.19 pounds)
Dimensions 113 x 67 x 40mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") 114 x 89 x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 300 pictures 590 pictures
Type of battery Battery Pack AA
Battery ID EN-EL12 -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SC/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
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