Nikon Coolpix P900 Review – A Niche Performer

The Nikon Coolpix P900 is a camera that is clearly made for astro, wildlife, and travel photographers. It is also for shutterbugs who seek cameras with the longest possible zoom available. It has a massive 83x, 24 to 200-millimeter lens which puts it in a class all by itself. This massive zoom length is coupled with an excellent image stabilization system. It also sports a fully articulated LCD, manual exposure controls, GPS and Wi-Fi, and twin dial operation. However, this camera may be so niche specific that other types of photographers may want to look elsewhere.

Nikon Coolpix P900 Review - A Niche Performer

The Nikon Coolpix P900 is for Photographers Who Enjoy a Really Good Zoom Lens

Upon first glance on the Nikon Coolpix P900, you will find that it is a very large camera, even for bridge camera standards. It is also quite heavy. Overall, it is as big and as heavy as standard DSLRs with an 18 to 55-millimeter kit lens attached.

As stated earlier, the lens can do more than just the 18 to 55-millimeter zoom ratio in which DSLR kit lenses are known for as it can reach all the way up to 200-millimeters. Therefore, if you’re the type of photographer that wants, or needs great zoom functionality in your device, then this is something you should be expecting to be part of your gear set.

Just about everything else in the camera is quite large than the norm. However, you will get used to its large size over time and with frequent use.

Images taken from the P900 have a nice amount of saturation and vibrance without going way out there. However, if you’re the type of shutterbug who likes to mess around with the different color options in a DSLR, you won’t find many here. There’s Monochrome, Vivid, Neutral, and Standard color options to choose from. While few, it is a good start.

One downside here is that this Nikon camera does not shoot in RAW format. Therefore, you won’t be getting much data should you decide to go on a post-processing binge for your photos. Images do come out with an impressive amount of detail thanks to the camera’s image stabilization, but if you examine the photos at 100-percent, you will see relatively low sensitives. For instance, at ISO 40, you will already see some degree of image smoothing.

The Nikon Coolpix P900 may be a clear winner on its own considering it is of its own class. It is a full-manual camera but it is a shame that it does not shoot in RAW format. Also, at its price point and its targeted audience, it is hard to recommend this to a lot of photographers out there.


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