Nikon Coolpix P900
16-megapixel camera with 83X optical zoom, Wi-Fi® and GPS
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Item # 054P900K | MFR # 26499
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Our take on the Nikon Coolpix P900 by Crutchfield's Deia Z.
The Coolpix P900 has a sturdy grip-style body designed around a massive 83X optical zoom lens for detailed captures of distant subjects.
The Nikon Coolpix P900 has a record-breaking 83X zoom lens—the most powerful we've ever seen on a point-and shoot camera. It's a great wide-angle lens too, so the range of situations this camera can cover is practically boundless. With the zoom lens fully extended, you'll be able to see faraway details your eye can't even make out, so capturing dramatic action on the field all the way from the nosebleed section is certainly an option. It's hard to think of many circumstances where you'd ever need more than 83X zoom, but the P900's Dynamic Fine Zoom feature can double your reach to 166X with minimal image degradation just in case.
Designed with stability in mind
The Coolpix P900 uses a combination of features to combat image blur and give you sharper results when you're zoomed all the way in on a distant subject. Nikon's advanced Vibration Reduction simultaneously detects movements from the lens and image sensor to effectively minimize blur, while their intelligent autofocus system keeps you locked on your target. The P900's grip-style body and large lens barrel let you hold it securely with both hands, and using the viewfinder to frame your shot lets you bring your arms in close for added stability. For even more precise results, mount the P900 to a tripod and use the Nikon mobile app to turn your phone or tablet into a Wi-Fi remote to trigger the shutter.
Explore your options
The P900 has intriguing possibilities for photographers on all levels. The screen can be turned different ways so you can compose from creative angles or get a clear line of sight for a clutter-free image. If you have a specific look or feel in mind, in-camera editing effects let you fine-tune the photos you've taken, and manual controls let you set up your shots carefully for the results you want. If you don't know a lot about manual controls, the P900 makes a perfect starting point for unleashing your creative potential. When you'd prefer the camera to choose the settings, just turn the dial back to auto.
Shoot the moon, and catch a bird in the air
A selection of scene modes for specific subjects and environments gives you another way to control the look of your photos. Certain modes practically beg to be used at the P900's full zoom capacity. Moon mode makes it easy to get detailed images of the lunar disc, craters and all, and bird watching mode optimizes your ability to get sharp photos of these notoriously tricky subjects, even as they're taking flight.
Take it with you and share from anywhere
This camera has the range to ensure you won't miss any photo ops, so it's a smart choice for traveling. Its built-in GPS records the location of each shot, so you can sort your photos by where they were taken and find your way back to interesting locations. Preloaded points of interest enhance your travel experience by showing you nearby scenic and historic attractions. Nikon's snapbridge technology uses Wi-Fi and NFC touch pairing to send your photos and videos wirelessly to your compatible phone or tablet so you can share them instantly from anywhere in the world.
- 16-megapixel CMOS sensor
- 83X optical zoom (up to 4X digital zoom)
- 35mm equivalent focal length: 24-2000mm
- records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
- shutter speed: 1/4000-15 seconds
- variable ISO sensitivity from 100-1600 (ISO 3200, 6400 available in P, S, A or M mode)
- Nikon snapbridge technology with Wi-Fi and NFC touch pairing for wireless image transfer to smartphones and tablets (requires free Nikon app for Apple® and Android™)
- built-in GPS offers navigation, location tagging and photographic points of interest (POI)
- 3" vari-angle LCD screen with anti-glare coating and 6-level brightness adjustment
- high-resolution eye-level viewfinder (EVF)
- mode dial for quick access to auto and manual shooting options
- high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution) with stereo sound
- continuous shooting lets you take up to 7 shots at a rate of approximately 7 frames per second
- Scene Auto Selector automatically optimizes camera settings for your shooting environment
- Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction reduces image blur and camera shake — equivalent to a 5.0-stop increase in shutter speed
- Dynamic Fine Zoom combines optical and precision digital zoom for up to 166X zoom with minimal image degradation
- Best Shot Selector snaps several quick shots with a single press of the shutter button, so you can choose the best photo
- Smart Portrait System uses automatic functions like Smile Mode and Blink Warning to ensure great portraits
- 21 scene modes including Party/Indoor, Sunset, and Pet Portrait use optimal settings for specific subjects and shooting environments
- subject tracking and target finding autofocus ensure accurate focus on the intended subject
- built-in flash
Connections and Dimensions:
- USB port for connecting to your computer
- micro HDMI (Type D) output for viewing photos and videos on a TV (cable not included)
- standard 1/4" thread for tripod mounting
- 5-1/2"W x 4-1/16"H x 5-11/16"D
- weight: 31.8 oz.
- rechargeable lithium ion battery and charging station
- USB cable
- neck strap
- lens cap
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (black)
- LC-67 Lens cap (installed)
- EN-EL23 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery with plastic terminal cap (3.8V 1850mAh 7.1Wh)
- EH-71P AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1A)
- 36" UC-E21 USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB on other end)
- Neck strap
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Programs sheet
- Important Safety Instructions (for AC adapter)
This camera is light weight and easy to use. The menu is simple yet provides shooting flexibility. You do need a tripod as yet get into fine zoom. Pictures can look in focus on the camera screen but not on a larger screen but this is to be expected. I've only used it twice, but so far, so good.
Anonymous, Charlotte, NC
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-2000mm|
|Image Stabilization||Optical + Digital|
|Highest Resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||31.8|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
83x Optical Zoom: The Nikon Coolpix P900 digital camera is equipped with an 83x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens for superb image quality. The lens has a focal length of 4.3-357mm that is equivalent to a 24-2000mm lens in 35mm photography. There are two stages of digital zoom: Dynamic Fine Zoom and full Digital Zoom. Dynamic Fine Zoom is approximately 2x the optical zoom value (up to 166x total) with little or no degradation of image quality. Beyond 2x, the full digital zoom enlarges the image up to 4x the optical zoom (up to 8000x), but with a noticeable reduction in image quality.
3" Vari-angle LCD Monitor: The Coolpix P900 has a 3" high resolution LCD monitor featuring approximately 921,000 dots, an anti-reflection coating and a six-level brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor has approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in both shooting and playback modes. The Vari-angle display swivels out 180° and rotates 270° for high- and low-angle shots, as well as self-portraits.
Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD monitor, the camera has a 0.2" Electronic Viewfinder with approximately 921,000 dots, and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in both shooting and playback modes. The EVF has a diopter adjustment to allow you to set the image to your eyesight.
Image Sensor: The Coolpix P900 features a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with approximately 16.76-million total pixels and 16.0-million effective pixels.
Recording Media: Images can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. When an SD Memory card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the card. The camera can support 2 GB SD cards, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards of up to 128 GB.
Zoom Memory: When the zoom control is operated, the zoom stops at the following preset focal lengths: 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, 200mm, 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm, 1200mm, 1440mm, 1800mm, and 2000mm. The function is similar to having 18 different prime lenses on a DSLR camera. You can select any or all of the presets in the menu. (Zoom Memory is only available in the P, S, A, M, or U shooting modes.) You can set the camera to a specific Startup Zoom Position in advance (24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, or 135mm).
Vibration Reduction: The Coolpix P900 offers Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization to reduce blurring caused by camera shake when shooting. The camera automatically detects the panning direction (horizontally or vertically) and compensates for camera shake by shifting the lens. For still images, the camera uses the lens-shift method of vibration reduction. For movies, a combination of lens-shift and electronic VR is used.
Built-in Wi-Fi/Nikon Snapbridge: The Coolpix P900 has built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to connect the camera with your smartphone or tablet. The camera's built-in NFC (Near-Field Communications) functionality allows you to wirelessly connect with compatible Android devices (running version 4.0 or later) by simply touching the device on the camera's "N" logo (located on the right edge). Through the wireless connection and Nikon Snapbridge, you can automatically load photos and videos to your device as you take them, use your smart device to remotely take photos on the camera, or download existing pictures from the camera's memory card to your device. Once you have downloaded images to your smartphone, you can share them via email, texts, or social networking sites.
Note: To enjoy Nikon Snapbridge, the smart device must have the Wireless Mobile Utility application, available for devices running Android 4.0 or later, or iOS 6.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch).
Built-in GPS: The camera's built-in GPS records location information with each photo you take. If you upload your photos to Google Maps, Google+, or use the downloadable Nikon View NX2 software, you can show the shooting location of each photo. The map's Points of Interest (POI) give you suggestions for other scenic locations in your area. You can track your travels on a map by creating a GPS log with location data recorded at a set interval (5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min).
File Formats: The Coolpix P900 records still images in JPEG format. HD and SD movies are recorded in MOV format (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: LPCM stereo). You can choose Fine (1:4) or Normal (1:8) compression ratios for still images. There are nine still image size options and nine movie options:
- Still Images:
- 16M: 4608 x 3456
- 8M: 3264 x 2448
- 4M: 2272 x 1704
- 2M: 1600 x 1200
- VGA: 640 x 480
- 16:9 12M: 4608 x 2592
- 16:9 2M: 1920 x 1080
- 3:2 14M: 4608 x 3072
- 1:1 12M: 3456 x 3456
- HD 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)
- HD 1080/60p: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps)
- HD 720p/30p: 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
- HD 720p/60p: 1280 x 720 (60 fps)
- VGA/30p: 640 x 480 (30 fps)
- HS Movies (no sound recorded):
- HS 480/4x (640 x 480): 1/4x speed playback (record up to 7 min 15 sec; playback 29 min)
- HS 720/2x (1280 x 720): 1/2x speed playback (record up to 14 min 30 sec; playback 29 min)
- HS 1080/0.5x (1920 x 1080): 2x speed playback (record up to 29 min; playback 14 min 30 sec)
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose one of the following shooting modes:
- Auto Mode: This is an automatic "point-and-shoot" mode recommended for first-time users of digital cameras.
- Programmed Auto Mode: The Programmed Auto Mode is a simple point-and-shoot mode in which the majority of camera settings are controlled by the camera. The camera will automatically set the shutter speed and aperture. This mode is recommended for most situations.
- Shutter-Priority Auto Mode: The Shutter-Priority Auto Mode allows you to choose the shutter speed and lets the camera select the aperture value for best results when freezing or blurring motion.
- Aperture-Priority Auto Mode: The Aperture-Priority Auto Mode allows you to choose the aperture value and lets the camera select shutter speed for best results when using to blur background or bring both foreground and background into focus.
- Manual Mode: The Manual Mode allows you to control exposure by adjusting the shutter speed and aperture manually.
- User Setting Mode: Settings that are frequently used for P, S, A, and M shooting modes can be saved in the User Setting Mode. The saved settings can be immediately retrieved for shooting by simply rotating the mode dial to "U".
- Special Effects: Lets you apply special effects during shooting. Choose from: Soft, Nostalgic sepia, High-contrast monochrome, High key, Low key, Selective color, High ISO monochrome, and Cross process.
- Scene Mode: You can select Scene Auto Selector to let the camera choose the appropriate scene setting, or manually select one of 17 scene modes: Portrait, Sports, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Black and white copy, Backlighting, Easy Panorama, Pet portrait, Moon, Bird Watching and Time-lapse Movie.
- Night Portrait: Lets you shoot evening and night portraits that included background scenery.
- Night Landscape: For capturing the atmosphere of night landscapes. You can choose between hand-held and tripod settings.
- Landscape: Enables you to shoot a sharp landscape with a wide depth of field. You can choose between a Noise Reduction burst and a single shot.
Continuous Shooting: In the P, S, A, M, or U shooting modes, you can select in the menu from the following single or continuous shooting options:
- Single: One image is shot each time the shutter-release button is pressed.
- Continuous H: Up to 7 pictures are shot at a rate of about 7 frames per second each time the shutter button is held down. Image size is set to 16M: 4608 x 3456 pixels.
- Continuous L: Up to 200 pictures are shot at a rate of about 2 frames per second each time the shutter button is held down. Image size is set to 16M: 4608 x 3456 pixels.
- Pre-shooting Cache: To avoid missing a shot, the pre-shooting cache begins when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway, and continues when the button is pressed all the way. Frame rate is about 15 fps. Up to 20 frames are captured, including up to 5 frames captured in the pre-shooting cache. Image size is fixed at 1M: 1280 x 960.
- Continuous H 120 fps: Each time the shutter-release button, 60 frames are captured at a speed of about 120 fps or faster. Image size is fixed at VGA 640 x 480.
- Continuous H 60 fps: Each time the shutter-release button, 60 frames are captured at a speed of about 60 fps. Image size is fixed at 16:9 2M 1920 x 1080.
- Best Shot Selector: Camera captures up to 10 images while the shutter release is held down, and the sharpest image in the series is selected and saved.
- Multi-shot 16: Camera takes 16 shots at about 30 fps and arranges them in a single image of 5M: 2560 x 1920.
- Interval Shooting: The camera shoots still images automatically at a set interval. You can choose an interval of between 30 seconds to 60 minutes in 30-second increments.
Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second and 2 second timer for self-portraits. In addition, the camera can use face detection to detect human faces, and automatically release the shutter when a smile is detected (Smile Timer).
AF Area Mode: You can select between the following AF Area Modes to determine how the camera selects the focus area for Auto Focus:
- Face Priority: When the camera recognizes a face (front view only), the camera will focus on the face automatically.
- Manual: You can manually select one of up to 99 focus areas in the monitor. This method is handy when the intended subject is not positioned in the center of the frame, and is relatively still. You can choose spot, normal, or wide to change the size of the movable focus area.
- Subject Tracking: Once you select a subject to focus on, the focus area will move and follow the subject.
- Target Finding AF: The camera will adjust the focus on what it determines to be the main subject. If no main subject is detected, it automatically selects the subject closest to the camera as the subject.
Focus Modes: You can choose a focus mode according to the subject and composition. The choices include:
- Auto Focus: Camera automatically adjusts the focus. Focusing distances: 1' 8" to infinity (W), 16'-5" to infinity (T).
- Macro Closeup: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close as 0.4"
- Infinity: For use when shooting distant scenes through window glass or when shooting landscapes. A second infinity setting is for use when shooting the sky or a fireworks show.
- Manual Focus: The focus can be adjusted for any subject 0.4" to infinity from the lens. The rotary multi-selector is used to adjust the focus while viewing the image on the monitor. (Only available in certain shooting modes.)
Focus Lock: The Focus Lock feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame while shooting in Center AF mode.
AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 16' at maximum wide angle and telephoto positions. You can turn this function on or off.
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps, using a rotary dial on the top of the camera.
Exposure Bracketing: The exposure can be changed automatically during continuous shooting. With Exposure Bracketing, the camera takes three images, one at the set exposure, one overexposed, and one underexposed. You can set the compensation interval to +/-0.3, +/-0.7, or +/-1.0
ISO Settings: Sensitivity is the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features the following ISO settings:
- Auto: Sensitivity is set to ISO 100 when there is sufficient lighting, and raises the sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 1600 when lighting is dim.
- Fixed Range Auto: Select from two ranges in which the camera automatically sets the sensitivity: ISO 100-400 or ISO 100-800.
- Manual: Sensitivity is locked at the set value: ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 6400. A Hi1 setting, equivalent to ISO 12800, is available when using the High ISO monochrome setting in Special Effects mode.
White Balance: You can set the White Balance to Auto Normal, Auto Warm, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent (FL1 cool white, FL2 day white fluorescent, FL3 daylight fluorescent), Cloudy, or Flash. You can also choose Preset Manual and use a neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual lighting conditions.
Color Temperature: You can choose one of 11 different Color Temperature settings (instead of a preset White Balance setting): Sodium-vapor lamps (2700K), Incandescent/Warm-white fluorescent (3000K), White Fluorescent (3700K), Cool-white fluorescent (4200K), Day white fluorescent (5000K), Direct sunlight (5200K), Flash (5400K), Cloudy (6000K), Daylight fluorescent (6500K), High temp. Mercury-vapor (7200K), and Shade (8000K).
Built-in Flash: The Coolpix P900 has a built-in pop-up flash with a range of 1'-8" to 37' (Wide angle) and 16'-5" to 22' (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:
- Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
- Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce red-eye effect.
- Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
- Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.
- Rear Curtain Sync: Fill flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating the effect of a stream of light behind moving objects.
Flash Exposure Compensation: You can adjust the flash output in cases where the flash is too bright or too dark. Flash Exposure Compensation lets you increase the flash output by +0.3 to +2.0 EV, or decrease the output from -0.3 to 2.0 EV.
AF Modes: When shooting still images or movies you can choose between two auto-focus modes:
- Single AF: The camera focuses when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway and locks at this position during recording.
- Full-time AF: The camera constantly adjusts focus, even when the shutter-release button is not pressed.
Slide Show Playback: View pictures in the internal memory or on the memory card in an automatic slide show with 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds between pictures. If desired, you can loop the slideshow so it will continuously play. Maximum slide show duration is 30 minutes without operation.
Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4, 9, 16, or 72) at a time. While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.
Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.
Playback Zoom: During playback, you can enlarge a still image up to 10x. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.
Mark for Wi-Fi Upload: Still images stored in the camera can be selected in advance before transferring to a smart device.
Rotate Image: Recorded pictures can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise on the unit's LCD screen.
Editing Picture: You can use the Coolpix P900 to edit recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. You can choose from the following editing functions:
- Quick Retouch: Quick Retouch can be used to easily create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been enhanced.
- D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
- Skin Softening: The camera recognizes faces in pictures and creates a copy with softer facial skin tones.
- Filter Effects: You can apply the following digital filter effects: Soft Portrait, Selective Color, Cross Screen, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, Painting, Vignette, Photo Illustration, and Portrait (color + B&W).
- Resizing Pictures (Small Picture): You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file with a compression ratio of 1:16. You can choose from the following sizes: 640 x 480 (suited to television playback), 320 x 240 (suited to display on web pages), or 160 x 120 (suitable for email attachments).
- Crop: Creates a copy containing only a portion visible on the monitor.
Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from 36 different menu display languages including English, Spanish and French.
Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card using the following methods:
- Printer or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory card to a digital photo lab.
- PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer via USB cable
- Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before printing them via USB
Power Requirements: The Coolpix P900 is powered by a supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (EN-EL23). The battery is charged using the supplied EH-71P Charging AC adapter. The supplied rechargeable battery will last up to approximately 360 still image shots or 1 hour 20 minutes of movie shooting on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery charges in about 3 hours 40 minutes using the supplied EH-71P Charging AC Adapter. You can also charge the battery in the camera in about 6 hours 10 minutes when it is connected to a computer via USB.
Auto Off: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30 minutes.
HDMI: The Coolpix P900 is equipped with a Micro-HDMI (Type D) output, allowing you to connect the camera to an HDTV.
USB Port: The camera features a Micro USB port on the side of the camera for connecting the supplied USB cable (UC-E21) to download your photos to your computer or printer. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible.
ViewNX 2: The Coolpix P900 does not include software for organizing your photos. Nikon's ViewNX 2 software can be downloaded from the Nikon website:
- Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer
- ViewNX 2: for viewing your images and movies on the computer
System Requirements: The ViewNX 2 software will work with the following operating systems:
- Windows: Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2)
- Mac: OS X 10.8.5, 10.9.5, 10.10.1
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Why did you buy this?
Wanted it [ Steven Nov 28, 2017 ]
Great optical zoom [ SERGIO DA Jul 05, 2017 ]
Lens quality and superb options. [ Francisco E. Apr 08, 2017 ]
Zoom potential [ Roberto Feb 21, 2017 ]
Good reviews everywhere you look. Seems suitable for all my photography. Don't want to carry around multiple lenses and wanted a camera that I can also use in my own backyard and on nature field trips. [ Penelope Dec 05, 2016 ]
Ive been upgrading to each successive Coolpix P Nikon camera since the P80..waited longer to purchase this one because of it being sold out and higher price tag..can't wait any longer for this terrific camera!! excited... [ susan Apr 03, 2016 ]
4 questions already asked
Don't have one. Still pleased with the one I purchased new. [ Jep Jul 18, 2018 ]
Yes you are correct. [ Kenny Mar 21, 2016 ] Staff
The manual focus ability allows you to get different effects with the picture like someone standing in front of a blurry crowd. [ Paul Nov 03, 2015 ] Staff
Have not had the opportunity to photograph high-speed events so I have no comments on that topic. [ BENJAMIN Aug 05, 2015 ]
From my experience with the Nikon D900 of only several months. I mainly do street and model photography, I find the focus a bit on the slow side for my taste compared to my normal full frame DSLR. As the zoom range is extremely long: getting the optimum focal length for your needs might take practice. If you prefocus at certain distances you should be OK. One thing that surprised me was my personal steadiness in hand holding the camera or the lack of it would show up while shooting. Several times I was sure that the shots would not be sharp or there might be camera shake but was surprised by the 5-point vibration control which works very well. Other photographers and I agree that for landscapes, wildlife and birding that the 83x lense works well and provides good picture quality for a small sensor and no RAW files. Ed [ Edward Aug 05, 2015 ]
It should work fine using a sports setting and if that is not fast enough use "S" set speed to get the result you desire. I am pleased with the P900 and highly recommend it. [ RICHARD Aug 05, 2015 ]
In either situation you have to have sufficient lighting. I have not had much luck with fast moving subjects, but I am still learning. I believe the camera would be great for football games. In general, it is a great camera for far away photos. Victor [ Victor G Aug 05, 2015 ]
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