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Nikon Coolpix A900 Review

Nikon Coolpix A900 Review - We review the Nikon Coolpix A900, Nikon's travel zoom with a 35x optical zoom lens and 4K video recording.

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Nikon Coolpix A900 in Compact Cameras



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The Nikon Coolpix A900 offers a 35x optical zoom lens, and updates the S9900, offering a 20 megapixel sensor, 4K video, manual controls, a tilting 3inch screen, Wi-Fi, and built-in Bluetooth for low-power image transfer. The Nikon Coolpix A900 is available in black or silver.

Nikon Coolpix A900 Features

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The Nikon Coolpix A900 offers a 35x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24-840mm in 35mm terms, a 20.3 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, and a 3inch tilting screen - the tilting screen tilts down as well as up, letting you use it for selfies, as well as overhead. The camera can focus on subject just 1cm away from the front of the lens, for impressive macro focus.

The camera will record 4K UHD video at 30fps, as well as FullHD, 60p video with 5-axis Hybrid Vibration Reduction (VR) which combines optical and electronic image stabilisation.

P/S/A/M modes, as well as a top command dial, and rear scroll wheel means that you can use the camera in manual mode with quick access to shutter and aperture settings. There is a quick re-touch option in playback, as well as D-Lighting, red-eye correction and glamour retouch, which can be applied to photos you've already taken. You can also apply other effects. 

SnapBridge with Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth - SnapBridge lets you transfer images to your smartphone or tablet, and will use Bluetooth, rather than Wi-Fi to transfer images using less power. You can also use SnapBridge to remotely control the camera, with a live view on your smartphone.

Superlapse movie recording lets you create videos for high speed playback. There's also a timelapse video function. The camera offers high-speed battery charging with the ability to shoot while charging. 

Canon Powershot SX730 HS Vs Nikon Coolpix A900 Vs Panasonic Lumix TZ90 (2)

If we look at the main competition, the options include the Canon Powershot SX730 HS, Nikon Coolpix A900, Panasonic Lumix TZ90, and Sony Cyber-shot HX90 (not shown). 

Canon Powershot SX730 Nikon Coolpix A900 Panasonic Lumix TZ90 Sony Cyber-shot HX90
20mp 20mp 20mp 18mp
40x, e. 24-960mm. 35x, e. 24-840mm. 30x, e. 24-720mm. 30x, e. 24-720mm.
FullHD video 4K video 4K video FullHD video
3inch tilting 3inch tilting 3inch tilting touch 3inch tilting
- - EVF Pop-up EVF
5.9fps continuous 10fps 10fps 10fps
- Top control wheel Front control ring Front control ring
Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth Wi-Fi Wi-Fi, NFC (GPS HX90V)
250 shots (normal)* 270 shots 380 shots (screen) 390 shots 
300g 298g 322g 245g

* ECO mode extends this to 355 shots

The Canon Powershot SX730 HS offers the most optical zoom, with a 40x optical zoom lens, however, the camera doesn't offer 4K video. 

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Key Features

  • 20.3 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 35x optical zoom lens, f/3.4-6.9, 24-840mm equivalent in 35mm terms
  • Vibration Reduction (Optical Image Stabilisation) and Electronic VR
  • 5-Axis hybrid VR system for video
  • 3inch tilting screen, 921K dot (RGBW)
  • 10fps continuous shooting speed
  • 4K UHD video recording at 30p
  • ISO80-1600
  • 1cm macro mode
  • Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth built-in 
  • Available in silver or black

Nikon Coolpix A900 Handling

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The Nikon features a plastic camera body and the styling may not be to everyone's tastes, with the black version looking better in our opinion. The grip on the front of the camera gives a good rubberised area for your hand to hold on to, and this is accompanied by a rear rubberised thumb grip. This helps when using lots of zoom, although we'd still recommend holding the camera with two hands, as keeping the camera steady when using the full 35x optical zoom lens is important for sharp shots.

The controls on the camera are neatly laid out, with a fairly large mode dial on top of the camera making it easy to choose the mode you are shooting in. Next to this is the on/off button, a large shutter realease button, with zoom rocker surrounding this, and a command dial. Despite the plastic camera body, it feels well built, and the screen has a solid metal hinge mechanism.

Canon Powershot SX730 HS Vs Nikon Coolpix A900 Vs Panasonic Lumix TZ90 (1)

Canon Powershot SX730 HS Vs Nikon Coolpix A900 Vs Panasonic Lumix TZ90 - The Nikon offers a large rubber covered grip.

The lens extends noticeably, and as you can see in the picture above, is quite chunky. When using the optical zoom you can use a button on the back to quickly zoom out so that you can find your subject again if you've lost it. There's also the option to choose your focus point. The screen looks good and is clear, with good colour. When using the screen for a self-portrait, the displayed image will automatically reduce in size, so that you can see the whole image, without the camera blocking part of the image. 

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Menus – The menus are clearly laid out, with each section getting its own main section logo, starting with the photo options, then the video options, etc. This makes it easy to change and find settings, however, the clarity could probably be improved if the menu sections were colour coded, rather than just being the same colour as each other. 

Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth Features - NFC makes it easy and quick to setup a connection to a compatible Android smartphone. If you have an iOS device, then you can use Bluetooth to setup the connection. You can choose between transferring 2mp images, or full-size images. If you transfer the full-size images, then these are much slower to transfer. 

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 270 shots according to Nikon / CIPA test results, which is a little short, especially compared to the competition. A spare battery, or a portable charger is recommended. Thankfully you can charge the phone using the provided MicroUSB cable. 



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