Nikon Coolpix P900 digital camera test: photo, video, battery life, zoom function

For around € 500, you get the Coolpix P900 digital camera from Nikon. It has a 16MP photo sensor, an incredibly high 83x optical zoom, and a 3-inch RGBW display.

The camera has many interesting features. Among other things, it supports WLAN. You can connect the model to a smartphone or tablet if you have installed the corresponding application there. This makes it easy to send photos to your device, where you can then share the recordings on social media.

In our opinion, this camera is ideal for capturing beautiful subjects. What else can you expect in this report.


The Nikon Coolpix P900 is a popular choice because its incredibly high power zoom is especially interesting for experienced photographers.

In addition, the extremely high image quality and DSLR style look make the camera model even more attractive.

In addition, the camera is easy to use, has a long battery life and can be controlled via Wi-Fi using a smartphone or tablet.

The price / performance ratio is very good. Overall, the model is also ideal for beginner or amateur photographers with little experience with these cameras. Because the technical components, menu navigation and controls are structured so simply that everyone can find their way into the Coolpix P900 in a short time.

Design and appearance

Back design

A feature of the camera is a tilting LCD monitor, the angle of which can be changed. There is also a viewfinder.

That is to say, you have 2 possibilities to keep track of your recordings in real time: a high-resolution viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen.

The display looks very modern and has a high pixel density of 921,000 pixels. It measures 7.5 cm or 3.0 inches. Thanks to its flexibility, you have a perfect overview of the recorded image from all possible angular positions. For example, you can easily take overhead selfies. The high-quality TFT display always displays live images correctly, even in bright sunlight, thanks to the anti-glare coating and dimmability that can be set to 7 different levels.

On the right side of the camera are the usual buttons and wheels for controlling and adjusting the camera.

With the multi-function wheel, you can set different exposure programs and adapt the photo sensor to the lighting conditions. There are a total of 4 different modes (P / S / A / M) that allow you to use the camera widely.

In addition, a high quality microphone is built in, allowing you to record noise both indoors and at a distance. For example, the recording function of the microphone changes equivalently to the magnification factor. This means that if you have activated the micro zoom function and then increased the distance, the recordings will change according to the zoom factor. If you’ve zoomed in to objects that are far away, the microphone records noise more clearly in the distance. In our opinion, a damn cool feature!

The body looks like a standard SLR camera, although the Nikon Coolpix P900 is a digital camera. The compact size makes it easy to transport, making the camera ideal for use when traveling or other activities.

Image sensor, resolution, video functions and memory

Camera with lens

The built-in 16-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor enables good recordings even in low light conditions.

Unfortunately, there is no way to record 4K video with the Nikon Coolpix P900, you can only record videos in Full HD quality, that is, 1080p at 60fps. While filming, there is always the opportunity to take small pictures.

The 83x zoom is always available, with which you can display a very distant subject at full size.For example, you can photograph craters on the moon when the moon is full and the sky is clear.

Slow and fast recording functions are also useful. The slow motion function quickly reaches its limits due to the low frame rate.

How good is the image quality?

The photo recording quality is very high. Even distant motifs are displayed with incredible clarity thanks to the enormous focal length range from 24 to 2000 mm. So this is a real focal length talent.

Another point is autofocus. The P900 is very fast and very accurate. In less than 1 second, the camera focuses from very close to far. Faces are detected and focused even faster and better in autofocus portrait. However, in the case of very distant subjects, it can sometimes happen that the autofocus is aimed at the background for a short time.

A particularly bright lens has been chosen for the Nikon Coolpix P900 to ensure high quality photographs of low-light subjects. Therefore, the recordings at dusk do not seem too dark.

Plus, a five-stop Optical Image Stabilizer ensures your photos are not subject to camera shake. This function is extremely important due to its magnification capability, as the slightest movement distorts objects at a great distance.

Overall, the photos come out very nice and razor sharp. In our opinion, the camera is especially suited for nature photography. Most buyers are delighted.

Pros and cons

Camera on top


  • Incredibly powerful zoom
  • Very good value for money
  • Ideal digital camera for beginners and advanced users
  • High quality 16-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Ease of handling
  • Very fast autofocus
  • Good sound quality – there is also a microphone zoom
  • Similar in design to a DSLR or single-lens reflex camera
  • Suitable for travel
  • High pixel density swivel and swivel display


  • No 4K video resolution



It should be clear to many that the Nikon Coolpix P900 is not a system camera, but a bridge camera, we wanted to clarify this again. Therefore, this model cannot be compared to a system camera.

The P900 is slightly heavier and larger than the system camera, but still more compact than conventional DSLRs.

Therefore, you shouldn’t look at this model in the light of digital SLR cameras. Moreover, they have multiple value in terms of price. Not everyone can afford a quality DSLR camera, so the Nikon Coolpix P900 is well suited for those who don’t have such a large budget.

Among other things, this camera also serves as a multifunctional tool, and a great feature is the strong zoom ratio, which in our opinion makes the price / performance ratio extremely good and is a really good argument for the P900.

We really like the model. The price is perfect for what is on offer here, and in many stores it is often further reduced.

Nikon Coolpix P900 is currently on sale on Amazon too, you can buy it here! *