Sony RX10 III vs. Nikon P900



Nikon P900, the camera which is still maintaining its front place of becoming the highest optical zoom camera in and around the market. With incredible 83x zoom and a 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom range the users of P900 can capable to capture the subjects that located in the extreme distance from the shooting point even the moon in the furthest sky can be snapped with enormous ease.

Now, we have RX10 III, a camera of Sony that also provides 25x optical zoom and also has some sturdy specifications to give a joyful experience in the shooting sessions. By the way, Nikon P900 has surpassed every other camera of recent time in case of Zooming capability but exciting to see will it have the same powerful specifications to give a hard fight to Sony, Let’s see…

Features/ Models Sony RX10 III Nikon P900
Megapixel 20 megapixels 16 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Low pass filter No Yes
Optical Zoom 25X 83.3X
Aperture Range F2.8 – 4.0 F2.8 – F6.5
Macro Range 3 cm 1 Cm
Image Stabilization Optical Optical
AF system Contrast Detect Contrast Detect
AF Points 25 AF points 49 AF points
ISO Auto, 125 – 12800 (expands to 64-25600) Auto, 100-12800
Shutter Min/ mix 30-1/32000 15 sec-1/4000
Continuous shooting speed 14 fps 7fps
Video 4K @ 30fps Full HD @60fps
Display 3.0″ 1.228m-Dot Tilting Xtra Fine LCD 3.0″ 921k-Dot Free-Angle LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Electronic (100%)  Electronic (100%)
Hot shoe Yes No
Wireless WiFi and NFC WiFi and NFC
Battery life  420 shots 360 shots
Dimensions 133 x 94 x 127 mm 140 x 103 x 137 mm
Weight 1051 g 831 g

Sensor- Sony has its own identity in the sensor world and they put the same logic in the RX10 iii. They added a 1.0 type stacked 20.1 MP CMOS sensor that combined with powerful Bionz X image processor to ensure us an edge to edge sharpness in the images at whatever conditions of shooting. But looking feeble both resolution as well as the size of the sensor of P900 compared to RX10 iii. P900 equipped with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor.

Low pass filter– The chances of getting rich details of the desired subjects is much more while shooting with RX10 iii than P900 because the camera doesn’t use the low pass filter.

Optical zoom- Now we come to the point what P900 is known for. The Nikon’s camera sports powerful and unbeatable 83x optical zoom (24-2000mm equivalent) NIKKOR ED glass lens that lets the users to reach upto166x Dynamic Zoom range and also implement super extra-low dispersion (ED) glass element. On the other Sony RX10 iii offers limited zoom range of only 25X.

Aperture range- Sony RX10 iii uses the impressive 24-600mm ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens that features maximum aperture of F2.4 – F4.0, which help the users in achieving exceptional  image quality throughout the entire zoom range. On the other hand, the aperture of P900 is smaller than RX10 iii (F2.8 – F6.5).

AF system- Each one is equipped with contrast based sensor making the camera much capable to detect the motion of a subject before pressing the shutter button. But P900 has more number of AF points that is 49, enabling the users to get the quick focusing and faster tracking results. On the other hand, RX10 iii is providing the users only 25 AF points that may not be as good as Nikon P900.

ISO- Dim-light conditions will not be the hurdles of shooting if you shoot the subjects with Sony RX10 iii. This Sony camera offers an expandable ISO range of 25600, which is so far useful while photography in lowlight conditions. On the other hand the P900 offers you an expandable ISO of 12800 only, so that users may face during photography in the lesser light conditions.

Shutter speed- RX10 iii is brilliant camera to be used for sports or wildlife shooting. With 1/32000sec the camera will superbly capture the fast motion of the subjects and the plus point is the camera also able to minimize the distortion even when shooting with this maximum shutter speed. But you have only 1/4000 secs of shutter speed offered by P900.

Continuous shooting speed- RX10 iii employs 14 fps that massively seizes each action of the subjects and provide you the sharp images with blurless results where as only 7fps of continuous shooting  speed provided by P900.

Video- The versatile Sony RX10 iii lets you for 4 K (QFHD 3840×2160) movie recording with its impressive 24-600mm lens, So that users can take 4k video advantages from longer distance with the help of 25X optical zoom option. On the other side, Nikon does have 83X optical zoom option but the users can record only video in Full HD 1080p.

Battery- You can get 420 shots at one time battery charge with RX10 iii while you have only 360 shots in P900.

Verdict- If you want image quality then you must get the Sony RX10 iii and if you want optical zoom then you must go with Nikon P900.

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