Nikon P900

 
Nikon Coolpix P900 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Push to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-2000mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
  • 899g - 140 x 103 x 137mm
  • Introduced March 2015
  • Renewed by Nikon P1000
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
52
Imaging
42
Features
63
Overall
50

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.

Nikon launched the newer Nikon P1000 (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this model.

The P900 stands at #21 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over all #400 out of 1422 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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Below is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-P950 front thumbnailNikon P950
P900 vs P950
24-2000mm
F2.8-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2020
Nikon-Coolpix-P1000 front thumbnailNikon P1000
P900 vs P1000
24-3000mm
F2.8-8
16MP1/2.3"2018
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Nikon-Coolpix-P900 front thumbnailNikon P90024-2000mm
F2.8-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-P610 front thumbnailNikon P610
P900 vs P610
24-1440mm
F3.3-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-P530 front thumbnailNikon P530
P900 vs P530
24-1000mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-P600 front thumbnailNikon P600
P900 vs P600
24-1440mm
F3.3-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Nikon-Coolpix-P520 front thumbnailNikon P520
P900 vs P520
24-1000mm
F3.0-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-P510 front thumbnailNikon P510
P900 vs P510
24-1000mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-P500 front thumbnailNikon P500
P900 vs P500
23-810mm
F3.4-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-P100 front thumbnailNikon P100
P900 vs P100
26-678mm
F2.8-5.0
10MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-P90 front thumbnailNikon P90
P900 vs P90
26-624mm
F2.8-5.0
12MP1/2.3"2009
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Nikon-Coolpix-P80 front thumbnailNikon P80
P900 vs P80
27-486mm
F2.8-4.0
10MP1/2.3"2009

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.

above average minimum ISO (100)
connects via bluetooth
decent sized screen (3 inch)
display is selfie friendly
great battery life (360 per charge)
has built in flash
has HDMI socket
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
long zoom (2000mm)
long zoom range (24-2000mm 83.3 x zoom)
manual focus
NFC connection
nice clear screen (921 k dots)
pretty wide (24mm)
provides face detection focusing
provides tracking autofocus
screen articulates fully
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
can't use external flash
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
heavier than competition in class (899 grams)
lack of external mic socket
lack of headphone socket
no phase detect AF
no RAW support
slow at tele end (f6.5)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

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.

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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.

Nikon Coolpix P900 sensor size Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Underneath is a picture of the Nikon P900 with a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix P900 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the P900.

Nikon Coolpix P900 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
supports face detect focusing
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

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.

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screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
heavier than competition (899g)

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.

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great zoom range (24-2000mm 83.3 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
great battery (360 shots)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF

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.

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good battery power (360 shots)
supports bluetooth
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
rather wide (24mm)
great reach (2000mm)
more heavy than average in class (899 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)

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.

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manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
good battery life (360 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

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.

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pretty wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of microphone jack
more heavy than competition (899g)

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.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix P900
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced
2015-03-02
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Powered by
Expeed C2
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
6400
Highest enhanced ISO
12800
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-2000mm (83.3x)
Highest aperture
f/2.8-6.5
Macro focus range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of screen
Fully Articulated
Screen sizing
3 inch
Screen resolution
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
921k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
11.50 m (at Auto ISO)
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p) 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
Yes
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
899 gr (1.98 lb)
Dimensions
140 x 103 x 137mm (5.5" x 4.1" x 5.4")
Other
Battery life
360 photos
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
EN-EL23
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
One
Launch cost
$600