- 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Digital Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
- 119g - 95 x 59 x 20mm
- Launched January 2015
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon S2900 overview
Nikon S2900 is Nikon's Ultracompact camera initially released on January of 2015. It comes with a 20 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 5152 x 3864.
The S2900 places at #17 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #696 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can try our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your personalized factors.
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Nikon S2900 family
The Nikon S2900 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full list below.
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Nikon S2900 Gallery
You can look at the S2900 from several angles in the gallery below.
Nikon S2900 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Nikon S2900 based on things that are usually seen as essential in a camera.
Nikon S2900 Sensor features
The Nikon S2900 is run by the Expeed C2 processor. The specification of the sensor on the Nikon S2900 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 5152 x 3864 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Digital). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CCD sensor boasts 20 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so you have less margin for error.
The image below displays the S2900's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The S2900 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Nikon S2900 dimensions
Nikon S2900 weighs about 0.26 lbs (119g or 4.20 oz) and features external measurements of 95mm x 59mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Nikon S2900 is very similar in comparison with its rivals.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Listed below is a photo of the Nikon S2900 beside a softdrink so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view below will provide the button design on the S2900.
Nikon S2900 Lens features
The S2900 features a built-in lens having a focal range of 26-130mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be great nevertheless it may be very helpful in a few cases.
At it's widest 26mm, it will have an aperture of f3.2 which will be kind of sluggish and not very good in low light situations and you will likely struggle to capture good bokeh. You will probably also have to up your ISO setting resulting in noisy photographs. Towards the long end, 130mm comes at f6.5 making it fairly sluggish and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.
Nikon S2900 Connectivity
The S2900 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can copy pictures and in some cases change settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
Some apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external display. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.
Nikon S2900 Video features
The highest video resolution on the Nikon S2900 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should really try to get a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone socket so you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to have a look at an alternative camera should you require good sound in your video clips.
Nikon S2900 Weather Sealing
Nikon S2900 doesn't have weather proofing so damp conditions could ruin the camera.
Nikon S2900 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon S2900 comes with a 2.7" fixed display screen having a resolution of 230k dots.
Please note that the display offers no touch support.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The View Finder details regarding Nikon S2900 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders are particularly valuable.
Nikon S2900 Shutter features
The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Nikon S2900 Flash and Hot shoe features
Nikon S2900 boasts just inbuilt flash with missing external flash ability.
Nikon S2900 Autofocusing features
Nikon S2900 boasts only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which can be handy for portrait photography.
It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Nikon S2900 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing can be good for low light situations or you need to have more accurate focus control.
Nikon S2900 Battery life
The battery power (EN-EL19) on the Nikon S2900 is fashioned to last for 250 shutters as per the CIPA specifications making it above the usual when compared to its category. The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the highest (320) battery life for this group of cameras.
Below is a list of Ultracompact cameras that have the strongest battery life:
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Nikon S2900 for various categories of photography
The following graph provides a summation of the Nikon S2900 for various categories of photography. To view more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Nikon S2900 Portrait photography highlights
The Nikon S2900 has a score of 39 which is really bad, meaning that it is not really very good to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, RAW support and flexibility to use external lighting.
Street photography with Nikon S2900
With a moderate rating of 59, the Nikon S2900 is relatively suitable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Nikon S2900 Sports photography details
A reasonable sports photography points total of 51 means the Nikon S2900 is reasonably adequate for taking photos of sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon S2900 Travel photography advice
Size is really crucial when picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Nikon S2900 gets a nice 70 as a travel camera which is a respectable pick to buy for your travels.
Nikon S2900 Landscape photography features
In case you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon S2900 at it's really bad rating of 44 as a landscape camera is not really very good in the current market.
Nikon S2900 Vlogging features
A vlogging camera preferably should have a moving screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Nikon S2900 is not really very good as a vlog camera as it receives a really bad rating of 32.
Nikon S2900 Alternatives
If you are in the market for replacements to the S2900, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Ultracompact.
The line graph down below shows you a bird's eye view of the S2900 versus it's top ranked competitors shown previously.
There are a bunch of cameras you may check out as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.