The 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P900 raises the zoom bar yet higher with an amazing 83x zoom lens, as well as having a 3-inch swivel LCD, manual control option, Electronic Viewfinder and GPS. As well as GPS it also has Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity so you are always connected and can even control your camera from your mobile device.
The 83x zoom lens covers an amazing focal length range. On a 35mm format camera the zoom range would be 24-2000mm! If even that is not enough, this range can be extended to 166x (4000mm) using the Dynamic Fine Zoom feature with little drop in image quality. If you lose sight of your subject while zoomed in, then the SnapBack Zoom feature quickly zooms out, and will return to the zoomed-in setting when the button is released. This massive zoom range requires a strong image stabilisation system, and this is provided by the Dual Detect Optical VR (Vibration Reduction) system. This system provides up to five stops of image stabilisation.
There is a choice of viewing options on the Nikon Coolpix P900. You can either monitor your images on the large 3-inch swivel LCD display, or choose the eye-activated EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) which is a high resolution unit. As soon as your eye approaches the viewfinder it springs into action.
The Coolpix P900 can be used as a creative tool rather like a DSLR and its Mode Control Dial is very similar in design to those found on DSLRs. As well as intelligent exposure and scene mode settings there are the traditional P/S/A/M modes (Programmed / Shutter Priority / Aperture Priority / Manual). In Manual mode you have full control over aperture and shutter speed settings. However, you need not "go manual" and there are numerous auto and creative modes, including Turn on Moon mode for lunar photography, a mode to highlight a single colour in a black and white photo, HDR mode (high contrast detail from multiple shots), and even art and illustration effects. For action shots, you can shoot bursts at up to 7 frames per second.
Movies are recorded in Full HD quality with stereo sound and there is an HDMI output for connecting to your HDTV using an optional cable.
As mentioned above, this camera is both Wi-Fi and NFC enabled, allowing easy connection to your computer or compatible mobile device, and with NFC even allowing control of the camera from your smartphone or tablet. While wirelessly sharing your images, you may as well tell your friends exactly where they were takes, using the built-in GPS receiver which also has a POI (Points of Interest) feature.
The Coolpix P900 uses a high capacity EN-EL23 battery which provides up to 360 shots per charge.
Capture astounding details not visible to the naked eye with the 83x NIKKOR zoom lens – extendable to 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom¹ – covering from 24mm wide-angle to 2000mm telephoto (35 mm format equivalent).
5.0-Stop Dual Detect Optical VR (Vibration Reduction)
Hand-held telephoto shooting is stable as VR detects movement from the lens (angular velocity sensor) and the imaging sensor (motion vector information) simultaneously, improving vibration absorption.
Back-Illuminated 16MP CMOS Image Sensor
Clear, richly detailed images are easy to achieve, even at night. Expect great performance and sharp shots with low noise from the sensitive image sensor.
GPS/GLONASS/QZSS Support with POI
Get fast and detailed location information wherever you’re shooting, with GPS/GLONASS/QZSS international satellite systems tracking your route with incredible accuracy.
Built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC Support
Share your favourite wildlife or nature images as you travel, by using the one-touch Wi-Fi®² button or simply tapping your NFC-enabled³ camera to a smart device³.
Evolved High-Speed Response
Never miss a decisive moment when shooting unpredictable wildlife or rapidly changing skies, thanks to more rapid AF and reduced shooting time lag (approx. 0.12 sec at wide-angle).
Large vari-angle LCD monitor
It’s easy to explore creative viewpoints and frame fast-changing action with the flexible Clear Color Display 7.5-cm/3.0-in approx. 921k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor (RGBW). Anti-reflection coating ensures optimum visibility in all light conditions.
Full HD movies
Super-smooth movies (1080/60p) come with high-quality sound, as the microphone changes directivity with the zoom. Switch swiftly from stills to movie making with the dedicated movie record button.
Impressive Time-lapses can be created easily. Just select a shooting scene and a 10-second time-transition movie will be produced from stills captured with interval timing.
Your Full HD movies are guaranteed to have high-quality directional sound, as the Zoom microphone changes direction to match how you operate the zoom.
Super ED glass element
You can capture subjects in rich detail with the ultra-powerful zoom, yet the lens barrel remains compact and delivers superior chromatic aberration characteristics, thanks to the Super ED glass element.
Moon and Bird-watching modes
Hard-to-shoot subjects like the moon and birds become easy to capture with Scene auto selector enabling simple focusing and settings, so you’ll always get exceptional results.
Wide viewing angle
Creative composition and unusual viewpoints are made simple with the wide-viewing-angle LCD monitor. Shoot high-angle over obstacles or low-angle to capture an animal’s eye-line.
Customisable Function (Fn) button
Personalise your shooting experience by assigning frequently used functions to the Fn button. One-touch operation can then change the settings.
Access to key settings like manual exposure (P/S/A/M) is made simple with the mode dial, situated at the top of your camera for easy operation with a single hand.
Target finding AF
Save your attention for the creative work of composing your shot, as Target finding AF quickly and precisely locates your subject and focuses on it automatically for you.
COOLPIX Picture Control
Manage the look of your images easily with Picture Control options like Neutral for natural shots, Vivid for colourful images, Monochrome for black and white or Custom to adjust up to two settings such as contrast or saturation.
Built-in electronic viewfinder
Framing shots is effortless – whatever your shooting style – as an eye sensor automatically switches from display shooting when your eye gets close to the viewfinder.
Snap-back zoom button
It’s simple to recapture a subject that moves out of frame in ultra telephoto shooting, with a one-touch button next to the zoom control that instantly takes you back to wide-angle focus.
Side zoom control
You’ll always get sharp shots and smooth movies with the side zoom control that lets you operate the zoom with your left hand, preventing camera shake and maintaining stability.
Long battery life
Keep shooting longer when it counts, with the improved energy-saving design of the battery giving increased capacity for both stills and Full HD movies.
Get perfectly balanced exposures with flash compensation (-2 to +2 EV) helping to balance the level of flash on a subject with the background for natural-looking images.
19 Scene modes
Your camera can advise you on the best settings for your shooting situation. Just choose the scene that best matches your subject and conditions, and it will automatically optimise its settings.
You’re guaranteed outstanding image quality with Nikon’s fast and powerful image processing system ensuring high-speed operation and high-sensitivity performance.