Nikon Coolpix A900 Review

27 October 2016

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James from Ted's Cameras discusses the features and benefits of the Nikon Coolpix A900

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Hi I'm James and welcome to Get Teducated.

Travel cameras are one of the most popular types of compact cameras because of their relatively small size and versatile zoom range, and leading up to holiday season they're in even higher demand. One of my personal favourites in this range was the Nikon Coolpix S9900, and when it was discontinued a few months ago I was hugely disappointed. Thankfully Nikon have finally delivered us the replacement, the new Nikon Coolpix A900.

I'm so glad to see that everything I loved about the previous model is still here - a really good, solid grip for confident one-handed shooting; a crisp, high resolution LCD screen making it easy to see what you're doing and just for a generally better user experience; as well as a beautifully simple button layout. Buttons are large enough that they're not too fiddly to use, and each one only has a single purpose, rather than changing what they do depending on whether you're in shooting mode or playback mode.

The camera is also now slightly slimmer, as the swivel LCD has been replaced with a 180 degree tilt instead. This system gives you the flexibility of low-angle shooting for better photos of kids and pets, as well as classic selfies, without the added bulk of the hinge on the side. Other improvements are mostly incremental, which is absolutely perfect because there was really no need to mess with the winning formula. We get an extra 5x zoom, bringing the total up to an impressive 35x optical zoom to bring those far away subjects in even closer.

Bringing the video specs right up to date, we now see 4K video recording for stunning detail with stereo sound via the built-in mic. Playing back the 4K video in-camera allows you to capture still frames out of the video as well, so if you feel like you missed a great photo opportunity because you were busy recording video, it's never too late to grab it. During video, 5-Axis Hybrid VR stabilisation is available as well to help you capture smooth, steady video while you're walking around.

Behind the lens, Nikon have included an upgraded 20 megapixel image sensor which will deliver the brilliant colour reproduction we've come to expect from Nikon, plus the extra resolution for the potential to print larger or crop in a little closer. If printing isn't your cup of tea, you'll be pleased to know the A900 includes Nikon's great new SnapBridge feature. With SnapBridge, it's as easy as a one-time pairing, and you can tell the app to automatically transfer images from the camera to the phone as you're shooting. The auto-transfer can be set to transfer downsized, 2 megapixel images, so they're instantly ready for uploading to Facebook and Instagram without chewing through your mobile data.

In short, it's a well designed camera that is comfortable, easy for anyone to use and powerful so if you're in the market for a travel camera, the Coolpix A900 is definitely one to look at. If it sounds like the kind of thing you're after, why not pop in store and get your hands on one, just come see myself or any of our friendly staff for a demo. Stay updaTED by following Teds on Facebook and Instagram, and join ClubTED through our website to receive discounts in store and online.

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