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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.

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