- 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
- Launched February 2016
- Successor is Nikon A1000
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon A900 overview
Nikon A900 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially released on February of 2016. The camera houses a 20MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5184 x 3888.
Nikon introduced the updated Nikon A1000 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to improve this model.
The A900 is rated #15 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #412 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your custom criteria.
Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon A900 history
The Nikon A900 has a history of related cameras. Here, you can check out all earlier and most recent models alongside main features.
A900 vs A100024-840mm
A900 vs AW13024-120mm
A900 vs AW12024-120mm
A900 vs AW11028-140mm
A900 vs AW10028-140mm
Nikon A900 Gallery
You can look at the A900 from different angles in the gallery below.
Nikon A900 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Nikon A900 based on factors which are oftentimes viewed as necessary in a digital camera.
Nikon A900 Sensor specs
The specification of the sensor in the Nikon A900 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not saved so the user has less margin for error.
The image underneath illustrates the A900's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The A900 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon A900 dimensions
Nikon A900 weighs 0.64 pounds (289 gr or 10.19 ounces) & has outer dimensions of 113mm x 67mm x 40mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Nikon A900 is lighter as compared to various rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Here is a image of the Nikon A900 beside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.
The top view underneath will show you the button arrangement on the A900.
Nikon A900 Lens details
The A900 includes a built in lens offering a focal range of 24-840mm giving it a 35.0 x zoom which is very good and can make it easier to zoom all the way in.
At it's widest 24mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.4 making it somewhat sluggish and not the best for low light occasions and you might struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You would also have to raise your ISO setting leading to noisy shots. On the long end, 840mm is brilliant zoom and comes to f6.9 which is pretty slow and you would have to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Nikon A900 Connectivity
The A900 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to copy files and at times alter camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.
A few apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.
Nikon A900 Video details
The maximum video quality in the Nikon A900 is 3840 x 2160 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p offers a superb quality for video recording. You are able to downsample to Full HD in order to get better results. Be mindful of the huge file sizes and ensure you have decent SD cards with good write speeds. The body doesn't feature a microphone or headphone jack so you have got absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to have a look at another model should you need better audio for your videos.
Nikon A900 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing on the Nikon A900 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.
Nikon A900 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon A900 is equipped with a 3" tilting screen having a resolution of 921k dots.
Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The ViewFinder details for Nikon A900 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be quite helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.
Nikon A900 Shutter details
Nikon A900 has the capability to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Nikon A900 Flash and Hot shoe details
Nikon A900 has just in-built flash with no external flash ability.
Nikon A900 Autofocus details
Nikon A900 has only Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and precise as compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detection making it helpful for portraits.
It also has Tracking AF for things on the move. Nikon A900 lacks manual focus. Manual focus mode is good for low light or you require more precise control on depth of field.
Nikon A900 Battery life
The battery (EN-EL12) on the Nikon A900 is built to last for 300 shots according to the CIPA specifications which is about the same as it's rivals. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the highest possible (600) battery life for this range of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the highest battery life:
A900 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
A900 vs B500600 nonoyes
A900 vs L840590 noyesno
A900 vs FZ200540 yesnono
A900 vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Nikon A900 for different kinds of photography
The following bar chart gives a summation of the Nikon A900 for different kinds of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Nikon A900 as a Portrait photography camera
The Nikon A900 receives a points tally of 41 which is low, meaning that it is simply not good for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support & capability to use external flash.
Street photography with Nikon A900
With a above average points total of 69, the Nikon A900 is a respectable fit to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Nikon A900 Sports photography information
A reasonable sports photography points total of 56 means the Nikon A900 is reasonably appropriate for shooting sports. A camera needs to have great autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon A900 Travel photography information
Size is really important when buying a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon A900 gets a nice 74 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to take on your holidays.
Nikon A900 Landscape photography information
For anybody who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Nikon A900 at it's moderate rating of 49 as a landscape camera is reasonably suitable within the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Nikon A900
A camera for vlogging should really come with a moving display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Nikon A900 is simply not good for vlogging as it comes to a low rating of 34.
Nikon A900 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the A900, here is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart down below shows you a summary of the A900 compared to it's top ranked competitors suggested earlier.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might take a look at as alternate options. To check out a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.