Nikon Coolpix A900 – Buyer’s Guide & Specs [2021]

| Last Updated: December 12, 2019

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Nikon COOLPIX A900 Digital Camera (Black)


  • 20.2 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 35x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f/3.4 – 6.9
  • ISO 80-3200
  • Shutter speed 8 – 1/2000 sec.
  • Burst speed 5 fps (up to 5 photos)
  • Lens-based vibration reduction
  • Macro mode to .4 inches
  • 3” tilting LCD
  • Wi-fi and Bluetooth
  • 4K video at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps
  • Weighs 10.2 oz.
  • Li-ion battery rated at 270 shots
  • Release Date: 2016-04-29

The Nikon COOLPIX A900 is a small camera with a big zoom and even big video capabilities with 4K.

While the A900 looks like a typical point-and-shoot and uses the standard 1/2.3" sensor, the 35x optical zoom is hiding in a pretty small camera. At half the weight of the B700, the A900 still offers 4K video and Bluetooth capability, but a bit less zoom for enhanced portability.

While the lens will reach quite a ways (and shoot close macro photos too), the brightness is just average with a f/3.4-6.9 maximum aperture. That's not the best specs to shoot in limited lighting, but rather expected at the price point. That's helped a bit with the lens-based stabilization system, however.

Despite being a small camera, the A900 offers a number of advanced features. Manual modes are included, though the shutter speed doesn't get quite as high as the B700.

The A900 has a solid feature list, but speed isn't one of them. While the 7 fps burst speed isn't below average, it's nothing too exciting for the category either. That burst speed is also limited to only one second at a time.

The Nikon A900 is a solid travel camera for the price--but it's in a rather competitive category. The Panasonic ZS60 offers both faster shutter speeds and a 10 fps while still including the 4K, though not Bluetooth. The Sony HX90 is also faster and includes a pop-up viewfinder, but without 4K or Bluetooth and with a bit less zoom. And if the 4K and Bluetooth doesn't really entice you, you can save over $100 by going with the Nikon S9900.

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