The Nikon Coolpix P900 can be an ultimate camera for anybody wanting to get nearer to their subject. Using its insane zoom selection of 24-2000mm and 7 fps shooting speed, this is a versatile choice for most types of photography, including wildlife. Let’s look into this camera in greater detail. Black Friday & Cyber Monday is here for you to get amazing discounts right now.
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When I wanted to review the Nikon Coolpix P900 for Photography Life, I told Nasim I felt such as a comedian rooting for Sarah Palin to be president so he’d have four more years of material. C’mon, 24-2000mm zoom coupled with a 1:2.3” sensor? The comedic potential seemed endless. But imagine if it didn’t suck?
A box arrived for me personally with a Nikon D7200 and P900 in it for review. I went straight for the P900. I’ve got a significant case of telephoto-eyetis and I needed to see precisely what this baby could do. I’d never shot with a superzoom point-and-shoot (AKA bridge camera) before and didn’t have any photogeek friends who owned one. If you ask me such a camera was only seen around the necks of tourists at the Grand Canyon. So there is just one move to make – I grabbed the P900 and headed to the fantastic Ditch.
COOLPIX P900 @ 10.7mm, ISO 100, 1/320, f/3.5
Before we jump in to the canyon, let’s have a look at a number of the more pertinent and/or compelling top features of the P900:
83x zoom range 4.3-357mm f/2.8-6.5 lens – a 24-2000mm equivalent. Add digital zoom in addition and you will get 8000mm equivalent.
7 fps burst rate at full resolution, 60 fps and 120 fps burst rates at lower resolution
Pre-shooting cache – records images before you fully depress the shutter release
16 MP Sensor
3” LCD tilt/flip monitor
Electronic View Finder with eye control
5-stop Vibration Reduction
Macro focusing to 1cm
18 scene modes including timelapse, bird-watching, easy panorama and moon shot
not to mention wi-fi, GPS, full HD and all that stuff
Let’s get directly into the juicy stuff to check out the zoom range and lens performance. Where else is it possible to get yourself a single lens that may go from this…
COOLPIX P900 @ 5.9mm, ISO 100, 1/40, f/3.2
COOLPIX P900 @ 170mm, ISO 200, 1/500, f/5.6
Those are both handheld shots from the same spot and that’s not the entire zoom range. The foremost is 35mm equivalent and the second reason is 950mm equivalent (the P900 crop factor is 5.6). This is the view from Navajo Point toward Desert View and The Watchtower. To get a concept of the entire zoom range let’s double the length and head to Lipan Point, 1.8 miles from the Watchtower and slap the P900 on a tripod, set the self-timer to reduce camera shake and take some test shots.
The shots from 24mm to 2000mm equivalent are with the optical zoom. The shot at 4000mm equivalent has been the camera’s digital zoom enabled. Crazy, huh?
At 24-35mm, the corners are soft, but by 55mm this increases a whole lot and is virtually gone by 200mm. 500mm looks better to my eye for corner to corner sharpness. By 850mm the corners are softening a tad again, but most shots as of this length or longer is going to be wildlife or another subject that likely doesn’t demand or reap the benefits of sharp corners. At 2000mm things get yourself a little soft overall, however that we’re talking 2000mm here and shooting through 1.8 miles of atmosphere in a dusty area of the country. Once we head to digital zoom, softness drops a bunch, but however from two miles away I could tell who’s texting, who’s shooting camera phone pics, who’s got the DSLR, and oooh, I am hoping that dog’s tail is always up like this.
Overall, the lens from wide to totally optically zoomed is way much better than I expected for a lens with such design demands. Any distortion is well corrected (likely with a whole lot of help from the program). Also be aware that any comments concerning sharpness are from me resorting to Dummyvision (viewing at 1:1 with my reading glasses on). EASILY view these at web resolution, each of them look pretty decent aside from the digitally zoomed 4000mm one. But don’t take my word for this, browse the MTF chart
Whoops those aren’t the MTF curves, this is really a rock abstract and by the sharpness I’m guessing the MTF chart looks quite somewhat better.
Here’s even more at the long end – they are cropped to keep carefully the subject the same size in final output. The 2000mm shot is cropped to about 35% of the initial, the 4000mm one is approximately 70% of the initial file, which means this final view is the same as 6000mm. I did so some sharpening and touch-up on these to observe how good I could make sure they are look in final output