NIKON COOLPIX P900
While it’s listed as a ‘bridge camera’, the COOLPIX P900 isn’t exactly what you would call compact. What you do get is an incredible telephoto reach of 2000mm (35mm equivalent) in something that will fit easily into a sling bag or backpack, which is quite a feat in itself.
There’s a nice, deep handgrip, and the camera feels wellbalanced in the hand. The variangle LCD is a nice touch, and the electronic viewfinder certainly comes in handy when you’re trying to stabilize the camera. The menu system is very much like what you will find on Nikon’s 1 series mirrorless cameras – pretty simplified, with no option to shoot in RAW format. What is handy though; is the option to specify a start-up zoom position so if you’re on a birding trip, for example, you won’t lose precious seconds waiting for the lens to go from full wide to telephoto.
Also present, are a variety of shooting modes that you can choose from to best match your situation. There’s the usual Single, Continuous Low, and Continuous High, but now you have the option to use a Pre-shooting cache mode, which essentially starts taking images as soon as you halfdepress the shutter to focus, and stops after you fully depress the shutter. It’s a handy function to have when you’re trying to capture unpredictable motion, but the image size of each shot is reduced to 1,280 x 960, which is only just about usable for web purposes.
Wi-Fi capabilities have been added so you can shoot direct to a smart device, but what is interesting is that Nikon has added GPS/GLONASS/QZSS support that tracks your location via satellite. This lets you mark specific locations where you are at so that you can revisit them at later dates; probably something useful for the serious traveler.
The P900’s pop-up flash comes up fairly high.