Best Nikon Coolpix Cameras

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 16, 2018
Are you looking for a high-quality camera with the latest in camera technology that is just as good for hobbyists as it is for professionals? if so, then the perfect product for you would be a Nikon Coolpix camera. Read on for our reviews of five of the best Nikon Coolpix cameras available! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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Zoom
Video
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Warranty
 
PROS

The rotary LCD display has a diagonal of 3" and can boast of anti-reflection coating - so the image on it will be clearly visible even in bright sunlight. 6-level brightness adjustment allows you to choose the best one based on your preferences.

CONS

Does not shoot RAW (minus for models in this price range).

OUR VERDICT

At this moment, the CoolPix P900 boasts the most powerful optical zoom, which allows you to capture photos of very distant objects. This is an ideal choice for birdwatchers, wildlife and nature enthusiasts, who will find this model to be the best for their hobbies.

detailed parameters
Optical Sensor

16 MP CMOS 1/2.3"

Zoom

83x Optical zoom, 4x Digital zoom

Video

Full HD: 1920x1080 / 60p

Connectivity

USB, HDMI Type D, SD/SDHC/SDXC, Wi-Fi, NFC

Power Source

Li-ion Battery EN-EL23 (1850 mah)

Display

Swiveling vari-angle 3.0" LCD

Extras

VR image stabilization, Motion detection, Scene auto selector, TargetFinding AF

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Video resolution can be up to 3840 x 2160 pixels, so even if you want to view the footage on a large 4K Ultra HD TV, the clarity of the picture will pleasantly surprise you. HDMI-connector displays the image without loss of quality.

CONS

Autofocus doesn't work well even with low zoom.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a functional camera that can take beautiful pictures not only during the day, but also in the evening, then you will definitely like the Coolpix A900. A resolution of 20 megapixels will provide the opportunity to print photos on A1 paper without the effect of "smearing".

detailed parameters
Optical Sensor

20 MP CMOS 1/2.3"

Zoom

35x Optical zoom, 4x Digital zoom

Video

4K UHD: 3840x2160 / 30p

Connectivity

USB, HDMI Type D, SD/SDHC/SDXC, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth

Power Source

Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (1050mAh)

Display

Tiltable 3.0" LCD

Extras

VR image stabilization, Smart Portrait System, Motion detection, Scene auto selector, TargetFinding AF, Compatible with SnapBridge App

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The power source uses 4 x "AA" batteries, which are enough for up to 1240 shoots and up to 4 hours 30 minutes of video. When the batteries are fully discharged, you can quickly change them - an important point during long shooting sessions not near an outlet.

CONS

Might not be very suitable for low-light fast photography.

OUR VERDICT

If your life is filled with bright moments, and you want to save them not only in your memory - purchase this model. This camera will definitely become the faithful companion of even the most avid traveler.

detailed parameters
Optical Sensor

16 MP CMOS 1/2.3"

Zoom

40x Optical zoom, 4x Digital zoom

Video

Full HD: 1920x1080 / 30p

Connectivity

USB, HDMI Type D, SD/SDHC/SDXC, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth

Power Source

4 x "AA" batteries

Display

Tiltable 3.0" LCD

Extras

VR image stabilization, Smart Portrait System, Motion detection, Scene auto selector, TargetFinding AF, Compatible with SnapBridge App

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Underwater Face Framing function looks for faces and takes a picture the moment it identifies one. The Scene Auto Selector feature helps the camera figure out the kind of picture you're looking to take and sets the appropriate mode without involving the user.

CONS

The shutter speed is a bit on the slow side.

OUR VERDICT

The Nikon W100 will prove to be a perfect choice for the technophile crowd and extreme photography enthusiasts. With the help of the camera's cutting-edge shooting features, you will be able to take high-quality shots regardless of the surrounding environment.

detailed parameters
Optical Sensor

13.2 MP CMOS 1/3.1"

Zoom

3x Optical zoom, 4x Digital zoom

Video

Full HD: 1920x1080 / 30p

Connectivity

USB, HDMI Type D, SD/SDHC/SDXC, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth

Power Source

Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (700 mah)

Display

2.7" LCD

Extras

VR image stabilization, Motion detection, Scene auto selector, TargetFinding AF, Compatible with SnapBridge App

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Due to the presence of 15 Scene Modes at once, you can instantly select the one that best suits the shooting conditions. Moreover, here you can find interesting modes like "Fireworks Show" and "Pet Portrait".

CONS

Video resolution leaves much to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

If you want to buy an inexpensive, compact and easy-to-use camera, make your choice in favor of this model: it has a 16 MP CCD image sensor and 5x optical zoom, which is more than enough to get great amateur shots.

detailed parameters
Optical Sensor

16.1 MP CCD 1/2.3"

Zoom

5x Optical zoom, 4x Digital zoom

Video

HD: 1280x720 / 30p

Connectivity

USB, A/V out

Power Source

4 x "AA" batteries

Display

2.7" LCD

Extras

Smart Portrait System, Motion detection, Scene auto selector

Warranty

1 year

Nikon COOLPIX P900

Nearly a Telescope

“Change the way you see, capture and share the world.” This is what the Japanese company says about its Nikon CoolPix P900. In this review, you will find out what makes it special, especially for those who like capturing wildlife in still photos.

Owing to the 24-2000mm focal length, the camera boasts an insane 83x optical zoom. With the Dynamic Fine Zoom option, it's possible to extend its zoom even further up to a 332x magnification ratio. However, in this mode, the image might lack some quality. But that may also be helpful for checking out the target place in order to find out if the necessary object is there. For example, some text on a signpost or a bird in the nest. Speaking of the avian wildlife, Nikon P900 has a "Birdwatching" mode with a quick selection between single and continuous - up to 7 FPS - shooting, making it perfect for capturing still images of a bird in flight, allowing for the perfect shot.

The vari-angle display comes in handy for shooting in portrait orientation or with a tripod, allowing you to adjust the screen in all dimensions for the best view and camera positioning. This is especially useful in areas with high sunlight, allowing you to tilt the display facing away from the sun.

Review of Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera

All in Your Hands

The optical image stabilization in Nikon CoolPix P900 is also useful for shooting videos and taking photos during sports events. The AF is pretty fast here and takes around 0.12 sec to lock on the subject. The left side of the lens barrel has a small lever for zoom control. However, it can be reassigned for the manual focus control in case you prefer to be fully involved in the shooting process.

Furthermore, the camera supports various wireless technologies. Wi-Fi and NFC have become a standard in the latest camera generations. Still, Nikon went even further and geared up the camera with GPS, GLONASS, and QZSS satellite navigation, allowing you to mark a photo with the precise coordinates of the location where it was taken. Something else that can be useful while traveling is that with a new camera you will also get 20GB storage on the Nikon Image Space cloud service where you'll be able to quickly save your photos and access them from any part of the world.

On the whole, this Nikon bridge camera can become a great companion for travelers and enthusiastic birdwatchers, owing to the wide range of scene modes, built-in GPS feature, and one of the longest zoom ranges among the superzoom cameras.

Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera in the use

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Nikon COOLPIX P900: Expand your shooting possibilities with 83x zoom

What customers say about this product

Size & Weight

The size is bigger than my SLR, but it's lighter and I don't have to worry about dropping lenses when I need to change them.

Imaging

I love the dynamics of the digital zoom. No changing of lens for this ole' guy. Great pictures from a versatile and simple camera, but a camera you can adjust if you want to.

Display

It's has an awesome zoom and resolution, as long as you can focus properly.

Features

The focal range on this camera is fantastic. It is the best point and shoot for birding on the market.

Connectivity

The camera easily connected to my phone and was easy to manage my pictures, no problem.
 

Nikon COOLPIX A900

Extremely Compact

Cameras that have a compact body have a number of advantages that really make them stand out from cameras of old. They are much easier to take anywhere, feel more steady in your hands, and they really take away from the cumbersomeness of carrying around heavy camera equipment. And that's not to mention all of the other advantages that digital cameras have over their older counterparts, such as the lack of film spools. Photographers of all kinds have come to love the numerous advantages of a compact digital camera.

The Nikon COOLPIX A900 Digital Camera contains all of these advantages, as well as a whole boatload of others, all wrapped up in an extremely compact body. This small and lightweight digital camera gives any photographer the ultimate in portability, being small enough to fit into your pocket, yet still being extremely powerful. This camera features a 20 MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS Sensor with a focal length of 4.3 to 151mm, giving you highly detailed pictures. The 35x opitcal zoom lens also lets you zoom in on objects of any distance, with a 70x dynamic zoom, making distance virtually a non-factor when wanting to capture the best photo possible. This magnificent zooming capability is virtually unheard of in a camera of this size.

Review of Nikon COOLPIX A900 Digital Camera

View At Any Angle

The brilliant picture quality and enormous zooming capabilities of this camera make it a must have for anyone, but there's even more to offer. The camera features a 3 inch 921,000 dot LCD display that can be tilted at a variety of angles, giving you an extremely crisp picture to use while framing your shots or viewing previous pictures that have been taken. It also gives you the ability to try shots and almost every angle imaginable, giving you an extreme amount of flexibility in its use. There is also a full manual exposure function, including a PSAM mode dial, that lets you customize the exposure for each picture to your liking. This really adds to the camera's flexibility, giving you the ability to take any kind of shot that your imagination allows.

Plenty of other features are loaded into this compact camera as well, including Bluetooth functionality that lets you pair it with a smartphone or tablet for further viewing of the photos that you have just taken. Built-in NFC and WiFi are also included, letting you share your latest photos online instantly after capturing them. You can even use the Snapbridge app on your mobile device to control your camera remotely. With these features combined with the camera's flexibility, this fantastic Nikon Coolpix compact camera is the dream of any serious photographer.

Nikon COOLPIX A900 Digital Camera in the use

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Nikon COOLPIX B500

Point and Shoot Anywhere

Not all Nikon cameras are meant strictly for professionals. Along with their professional line of cameras are other models that retain many of the best features of their flagship line while still remaining affordable to the average consumer. This lets photography hobbyists of all kinds enjoy the professional quality features that Nikon is known for while still being able to purchase a camera without breaking the bank.

The Nikon COOLPIX B500 Point and Shoot Camera is a great example of a high quality professional grade camera wrapped up in a consumer package. Featuring a high quality 16MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS Sensor, this digital point and shoot camera gives you professional quality photos with high detail and clarity. The 40x optical zoom in conjunction with the 80x dynamic zoom lets you point and click at objects from any distance, giving you great detail even in zoomed shoots.

The body of the camera is small and compact, while retaining an ergonomic shape that feels great in your hands. The grip of the camera is such that if fits perfectly in your hand while maintaining enough grip to stay there even in the most active shooting sessions, so there shouldn't be any worry about it slipping out of your hands.

Review of Nikon COOLPIX B500 Point and Shoot Camera

Record Video and More

The camera is fantastic for point and shoot photography, but it features many other options that make it great for every day use. For instance, the camera includes video shooting at a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, giving you full 1080p video. This lets you easily combine shooting still photos along with capturing a video of the same events, opening up a myriad of possibilities for the user.

The camera also includes a slew of other options, including Lens Shift Vibration Reduction that lets your photos look great even while movement is happening with your hand. The built-in WiFi capabilities let you pair the camera with your mobile device, allowing you to view and edit photos on a larger screen right after taking them, and even giving you the ability to automatically upload them to the Internet. The Snapbridge app for mobile devices even lets you control the camera remotely, making it perfect for photos where you want to include yourself, or letting to take them from places that are out of the reach of your eyes.

Even with all of the options included in the camera, it remains easy to use, with user-friendly controls included, giving anyone the ability to take great photos and videos. Those who want an easy-to-use yet extremely powerful camera for an affordable price will find this to be the perfect choice.

Nikon COOLPIX B500 Point and Shoot Camera in the use

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Nikon W100 (Blue)

Great Features

The Nikon W100 is the kind of waterproof camera that is largely defined by all of the extra features implemented by the Japanese camera optics manufacturer. All of these extra features may not provide enough to make the camera in question one of the best options on the market but they certainly add enough value to attract the technophile crowd along with extreme photography enthusiasts.

For starters, we would like to direct your attention towards Nikon's very own Target Finding Autofocus technology that does a pretty remarkable job of automatically locating the intended subject within the frame. That said, snapping pictures underwater can be one hell of a task but it is exactly the opposite with the help of the Underwater Face Framing function. When activated, the feature looks for faces and takes a picture the moment it identifies one. And since this is a Nikon camera, the folks behind it didn't forget to include the Scene Auto Selector. In case it doesn't ring any bells with you, this very function helps the camera figure out exactly what kind of picture you're looking to take and set the appropriate mode without involving the user in this tedious process. This makes taking great quality photos a cinch for anyone.

Review of Nikon W100 (Blue) Waterproof camera

Sharp Shots

Waterproof cameras are synonymous with extreme sports along with some of the most exhilarating outdoor activities, which is why no good camera like that would be complete without the Motion Detection technology. Simply put, this technology helps the user snap sharper images by automatically selecting a faster shutter speed and higher ISO (light sensitivity) setting. The idea behind it is to compensate for subject movement or camera shake. With this technology in your arsenal, you won't have to worry about choosing the right camera setting and simply enjoy the freedom of taking great pics whenever you want them and however you want them.

And if that doesn't sound sufficient enough for you, the underwater camera also offers the VR image stabilization technology that works in conjunction with Motion Detection by detecting horizontal and vertical movement and offsetting that movement with compensating motion. As a result, you'll get sharper shots and you won't even have to rely on a tripod or flash for help. Along with these features is an ergonomic and easy to use design that gives a lot of power to anyone. This affordable yet powerful camera is a must buy for anyone who finds these features appealing.

Nikon W100 (Blue) Waterproof camera in the use

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Nikon COOLPIX A10

Powerful Budget Camera

Despite Nikon's reputation for making high quality and expensive camera equipment, they also have a budget line of products that appeal to the average consumer who is only interested in taking good quality photos without spending an arm and a leg for a camera. This even extends to their flagship line of Coolpix cameras, which includes the Nikon COOLPIX A10 Digital Camera. This very affordable budget camera gives you high detailed images at a low price, making it perfect for those who want a dedicated camera for vacations or life events such as weddings and other celebrations.

The fact that this is a budget camera doesn't take anything away from the features that it includes. The camera itself is extremely thin and light, fitting perfectly in one's pocket, without being any bulkier than a typical smartphone. The camera includes a 16.1-megapixel CCD image sensor that gives you highly detailed photos that are virtually unmatched by other cameras in its price range. The 2.7 inch QVGA LCD display gives you clear and bright picture for framing your shots, or even viewing your photos that you've taken, and it even works well and remains visible in high light conditions, such as in bright outdoor sunlight.

Review of Nikon COOLPIX A10 Digital Camera

Capture Life's Best Moments

The ease of use and compactness of this camera makes it perfect for taking it with you wherever you go, letting you capture the great moments that happen in your life. Along with its high quality photos, the camera also supports shooting video at the HD 720p resolution, making near professional quality videos that will look great on any television. The built-in microphone also works surprisingly well, meaning that no extra equipment is necessary for shooting great video.

The extra features included in the camera are numerous. Included is a SmartPortrait feature that automatically activates several features that are perfect for portrait oriented shots. There are also 15 different scene modes built-in that lets the camera match the situation perfectly, including those for the beach, snow, night shots, sunsets, and more. These feature modes let your photos come out looking brilliant for their specific situation, all without you needing to make special adjustments. The camera itself is powered by two AA batteries, and will last for a long time on each set, giving you the ability to instantly switch out batteries when necessary. For such a small and budget friendly camera, the high quality of this model makes it a must own for those who want a camera in its price range.

Nikon COOLPIX A10 Digital Camera in the use

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What Is a Nikon Coolpix Camera?

Nikon has long been renowned for their high-quality professional cameras, so much so that when the word "camera" is mentioned, many people first think of them. Their cameras can be found everywhere, especially in professional settings, and many people refuse to even consider using another brand of camera.

Nikon's Coolpix series of cameras have gained a special reputation for providing the latest in digital camera technology that is useful to both professionals and hobbyists alike. This series of cameras combines the high quality that Nikon is known for along with the latest technology in a compact camera. Many of the newest features to reach digital cameras are often found first in the Coolpix series, with different models geared towards different uses. Different model series of their cameras are made with specific situations and use cases in mind, and often contain the features best suited for those uses. The A series will often have the latest and best technology available due to it being their flagship line, but any of the Coolpix series of cameras are sure to be a great model for anyone.

If you are looking for a great camera tripod to go with your new Nikon Coolpix camera, take a look at our reviews of five of the best camera tripods.

What Features to Compare

Series

Nikon Coolpix cameras are all high-quality cameras, so people should be able to buy just any model of the Coolpix series, right? Well, not quite. The Nikon Coolpix series includes many different models, with different model series within it. Many of the Coolpix camera models are made for specific use cases. For instance, the A series is often their flagship line, which includes the high priced cameras that contain all of the latest camera techology, whereas the AW series is geared towards all weather situations. Being aware of the model of the Coolpix camera should tell you what kind of uses it is best for. The P series is made for performance, and is best for those who value the performance of the camera above anything else, and the L series is meant more for hobbyists.

Type of sensors

Beyond the specific models of the Coolpix series, there are a few other details to take into consideration before purchasing a Nikon Coolpix camera. The type of sensor that the camera uses is often a big consideration for many professional photographers. The Nikon Coolpix series tends to use CMOS sensors, which tend to be high quality sensors that remain less expensive to make than other sensor types.

Image resolution

Along with the type of sensor the camera uses, the image resolution is another important consideration. The image resolution that shows how detailed the images that the camera captures are, is measured in megapixels. A camera with a higher number of megapixels in the sensor will generally produce a higher detailed image than those with a lower megapixel counts.

Zoom

The zoom capabilities of a camera are also important to be aware of. The Coolpix series cameras will feature two different types of zoom: Optical and Digital. Optical zoom is handled by the camera's lens, whereas digital zoom is a zoom produced by the camera's internal hardware. Being aware of both types of zoom that are supported in the camera is highly recommended.

Video functionality

The video functionality of a camera is an important consideration for those who wish to use their camera for capturing video. All of the cameras of the Coolpix series support video, but not all of their video capabilities are the same. Most models will include support for standard HD (1920 x 1080) video at a minimum, but many models will support higher than this, up to 4K resolution. If video is an important aspect of a camera for you, then be sure to check this capability for whichever model you choose.

Extra features

Lastly, the extra features that are included in a camera are important to be aware of for anyone, regardless of their specific use for the camera. The Coolpix line of cameras tend to be loaded with many extra features, with some models even being waterproof, so be aware of which extra features are included in the model of your choice before you purchase it.

Photography Tips for Beginners

Not everyone looking for a high quality camera is a professional photographer. In fact, many casual photographers want to find a high quality camera that surpasses the one that is built-in to their smartphones. Nikon's Coolpix line of cameras has something for everyone, even the most casual photographer, and those who are interested in improving their photography skills will feel right at home with one. However, there is much more to taking great quality shots than with just having a great camera. Photography takes a lot of practice and patience to improve your skills. Those who are new to photography could always use a few pointers for improving the quality of their photos. If this is you, then the below suggestions should get you well on your way to taking the best quality shots possible with your new Nikon Coolpix camera.

Equipment

When people think of photographers, they often think of ones carrying around loads of camera equipment. Anyone who has been to a large event such as a ballgame in a stadium has certainly seen the professional photographers out there with their huge cameras, tripods, and much more. For the novice photographer, however, you really don't need a load of luggage just to take good quality photos. Simply having a camera is enough, and any of the Coolpix cameras reviewed here are more than sufficient. IF there is any extra equipment that is recommended to have at hand, it would be a tripod. Having a stable mount for your camera can go a long way towards giving you great quality photos.

Lighting

Lighting is one of the most essential parts of photography. If you want to take a picture, you need light of some kind not only so you can see it, but also for your camera to be able to capture the image. Having some kind of lighting is a necessity for any kind of photo, so you want to make sure that you have the right lighting for the situation. For outdoor shots, natural sunlight is always going to be sufficient. For indoor shots, you want to make sure that some kind of light is filling the room, or casting the right shadows, depending on the kinds of photos you want to take. Although every camera includes a flash, it may not be sufficient or practical for the situation, so make sure that you have extra lights handy if you need them to make the lighting perfect.

Framing

When we refer to "framing" in the context of photography, what we are talking about is the way that objects are oriented in your photos. For instance, if you are taking a picture of a person, and you want the main focus to be on that person, you may want to frame your shot accordingly, such as shooting it in portrait mode. For scenes of nature that don't focus on one specific object, landscape mode always works best. Regardless, whatever objects you want to include in your photo should be framed just right, such as having them centered in the photo, or aligned to one side if you want to capture extra objects or the space around it. When it comes to finding the perfect framing for your photos, though, don't be afraid to experiment! Take multiple photos of the same scene all framed differently and see which one works the best.

Practice!

As stated above in regards to framing, the advice about not being afraid to experiment works in general with any actions that you take in photography. After all, practice makes perfect, so make sure you practice your shots whenever you can!

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Publish Date: 2018-10-16 13:37:26