Nikon P900 summary
Nikon P900 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first announced on March of 2015. The camera houses a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The P900 stands at #20 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over all #402 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personalized factors.
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Nikon P900 history
The Nikon P900 has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can find all past and current models alongside key features.
Nikon P900 Gallery
You can check the P900 from several angles in the gallery below.
Nikon P900 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon P900 based on factors which are normally regarded as essential in a digital camera.
Nikon P900 Sensor details
The Nikon P900 houses the Expeed C2 processor. The size of the sensor in the Nikon P900 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. This ISO can be extended electronically to a high of 12800. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath illustrates the P900's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The P900 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon P900 dimensions
Nikon P900 weighs in at 1.98 pounds (899 grams or 31.71 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 140mm x 103mm x 137mm (5.5" x 4.1" x 5.4"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Nikon P900 is heavier when compared to various competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Underneath is a picture of the Nikon P900 with a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its scale.
The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the P900.
Nikon P900 Lens specs
The P900 offers an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 24-2000mm giving it a 83.3 x zoom which is significant and is going to enable you to zoom all the way in.
At the widest 24mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 which is fairly slow and not ideal for low light conditions and you might find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You could also need to up the ISO causing noisy images. At the tele end, 2000mm is phenomenal zoom and comes to f6.5 making it quite sluggish and you might need to set slower shutter speeds.
Nikon P900 Connectivity
The P900 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer images and sometimes change camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Several applications even provide a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Nikon P900 Video specs
The highest possible video quality in the Nikon P900 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance between video quality versus file sizes but 1080p won't leave you with any room to crop. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone port which means you get little control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to look at an alternative model in case you require good audio for your videos.
Nikon P900 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing on the Nikon P900 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.
Nikon P900 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon P900 is equipped with a 3" fully articulated screen supporting a resolution of 921k dots.
The screen is selfie friendly to take self portraits and even group shots when required. Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The ViewFinder details for Nikon P900 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 921k dots
- Coverage 100 percent
Viewfinders can be really beneficial during sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.
Nikon P900 Shutter specs
Nikon P900 continuous shooting rate is 7.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Nikon P900 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Nikon P900 features only built in flash without external flash support.
Nikon P900 Autofocusing specs
Nikon P900 features just Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and exact when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which can be useful for taking portraits of people.
It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Nikon P900 has the ability to use manual focus when needed during low light scenarios or you want more accurate control on focus.
Nikon P900 Battery life
The battery life (EN-EL23) on the Nikon P900 is fashioned to last for 360 photos as per the CIPA benchmarks making it higher than average in comparison to its class. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the best (600) battery life within this group of cameras.
Below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the strongest battery life:
Nikon P900 for varying types of photography
The following chart gives a summary of the Nikon P900 for varying types of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon P900 Portrait photography information
The Nikon P900 has a score of 45 which is dreadful, and means the camera is just not appropriate for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos in addition to the option to use external flash.
Nikon P900 as a Street photography camera
Having a dreadful points total of 45, the Nikon P900 is just not appropriate for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Nikon P900 Sports photography highlights
A decent sports photography score of 56 means the Nikon P900 is relatively suited for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Nikon P900 as a Travel photography camera
Size is super important in buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon P900 gets a modest 60 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat acceptable for your travels.
Nikon P900 Landscape photography advice
For anyone looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon P900 at it's average rating of 52 for a landscape camera is reasonably suitable amongst its competition.
Nikon P900 Vlogging advice
A vlogging camera really should come with a moving display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Nikon P900 is reasonably acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a average rating of 54.
Nikon P900 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the P900, here is a number of the top rated cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The diagram listed below provides you a bird's eye view of the P900 versus it's top ranking rivals listed earlier.
Here are a few more cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To see a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.