As someone that has just been learning about cameras the last few years, they have slowly become a part of my everyday life. I have been able to progress past the old point and shoot and now understand how cameras work, how to operate them manually and get the most out of them. Having an expert like Thuymi teaching me has been great for my understanding and development. Although, point and shoot cameras have found a new purpose for people like us with vlogging and quick shots on the go, so during on long road trip around the world, we carried a Nikon Coolpix a900 with us and here is our thoughts on it.
Specs: Nikon Coolpix A900
Before I dive in our impressions of the camera, here are a few specs to give you an idea. It has a 35x optical zoom lens, which is equivalent to having kind of a 24-840mm lens in 35mm terms. I know … 840mm, that’s crazy. It has been handy as we didn’t bring any zoom lenses for our Nikon D850, so we’ve snapped a few photos zoomed as much as we can with the Nikon Coolpix A900 at the World Nomad Games 2018 and the result is so surprising. This one below was hot at around 800mm.
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What we like about the Nikon Coolpix A900
Its obvious small pocket size has been a great blessing for us that was travelling across 20 countries with a heavy Nikon D850. As far as small cameras go, we really appreciate to have the 35x superzoom, which worked quite well for our shots. The image quality also stood out for a little camera. We are very happy with the photos we took and showcase in this article. It sure proves that you can create great things whatever your budget is for a camera.
The A900 was very easy to use and navigate. There is in built help on the screens and menu is easy to understand and change the settings. Videos are good quality and sound perfect for vlogging. You can shoot in 4k quality, but between me and you, you don’t really every need 4K. That’s literally a marketing thing that products like to have on specs these days.
The camera also works with Nikon’s Snapbridge App (phone app to transfer photos to phone and laptop) technology which is useful for sending over pics by Bluetooth for editing quickly. This came in handy for us being on social media quite often throughout the travels. It also has a LCD flip screen, very helpful for vloggers.
Things that could be improved
Having no touch screen often made it harder. The big negative we found from the camera (and this will not effect you unless you are into serious editing of photos) was that it does not hold RAW shots. This limited some of the shots as it sometimes had a tendency to struggle in low light.
Overall view of Nikon CoolPix A900
Overall, we are very happy with the camera. For a traveler, you are not going to get a much better value for money/quality. It is easy to take with you and it produces great sharp images. Would absolutely recommend this camera to those who want to start making video blogs and just make sure you bring plenty of SD cards with you as you will be constantly shooting videos with the Nikon Coolpix A900!