[ortega] Hands on the Nikon Coolpix P900


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Nikon's marketing claims that

"Take ultra high-power zoom to the next level with the new 16.1-megapixel P900 and get closer to your subjects with 83x optical zoom (24mm -2000mm equivalent in 35mm format) and 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom*[SUP]1 [/SUP](approximately 4000mm equivalent in 35mm format). With the new Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) feature, your shots are stabilised at a shutter speed of approximately 5.0 stops*[SUP]2[/SUP] faster, letting you capture clearer imagery. Shoot with the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with eye sensor, or flip out the 3-inch vari-angle LCD monitor for more unique photo compositions. Connect to your smart devices with ease by simply using the built-in Wi-Fi[SUP]®[/SUP] or NFC*[SUP]3[/SUP]. All in a compact and stylish body, with a rechargeable Li-ion battery that delivers the longest battery life in its class."

Let's see if it lives up to the hype



Every angle you look at it, it will say 24-2000mm zoom

Let's look at the official specs

Type
Compact digital camera

Effective pixels 16.0million, (Image processing may reduce the number of effective pixels.)

Image sensor 1/2.3-in.type, CMOS, Total pixels: approx.16.76million

Lens NIKKOR lens with83x optical zoom

Focal length 4.3 to 357mm, (angle of view equivalent to that of 24 to 2000 mm lens in 35mm format)

Maximum aperture f/2.8 to f/6.5

Construction 16 elements in 12 groups (5 ED lens elements and 1 super ED lens element)

Digital zoom magnification Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 8000 mm lens in 35mm format)

Vibration reduction Lens-shift VR (still images), Lens shift and electronic VR (movies)

Autofocus system Contrast-detect AF

Focus range
[Wide]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity
[Tele]: Approx. 5.0 m (16 ft 5 in.) to infinity
Macro close-up mode: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity (wide-angle position), (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)

Focus-area selection Target finding AF, face priority, manual (spot), manual (normal), manual (wide), subject tracking

Viewfinder Electronic viewfinder, 0.5 cm (0.2-in.) approx. 921k-dot LCD with the diopter adjustment function

Frame coverage (shooting mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)

Frame coverage (playback mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)

LCD size 7.5cm (3-in.) diagonal

LCD resolution Approx. 921k dot, (RGBW), wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 6-level brightness adjustment, vari-angle TFT LCD

Media SD, SDHC, SDXC

File formats
Still images: JPEG
Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: LPCM stereo)

Image size (pixels)
• 16 M 4608x3456
• 8 M 3264x2448
• 4 M 2272x1704
• 2 M 1600x1200
• VGA 640x480

16:9

• 12 M 4608x2592
• 2 M 1920x1080

3:2
• 14 M 4608x3072

1:1
• 12 M 3456x3456

ISO sensitivity
ISO100 to1600,
ISO 3200 to 6400 (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
Hi 1 (equivalent to ISO 12800) (available when using High ISO monochrome in special effects mode)

Metering method Matrix, center-weighted, spot

Exposure modes Programmed auto exposure with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, exposure bracketing, exposure compensation (–2.0 EV to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)

Shutter type Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter

Shutter speed
• 1/4000 to 1s
• 1/4000 to 15s (when ISO sensitivity is 100 in M mode)

Self-timer Can be selected from 10s and 2s

Type Electronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm

Range 10 steps of 1/3 EV (W) (A, M mode)

Built-in flash
•
[W]: Approx. 0.5 to 11.5 m (1 ft 8 in. to 37 ft)
• [T]: Approx. 5.0 to 7.0 m (16 ft 5 in. to 22 ft)

Control
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes

Flash exposure compensation
In steps of 1/3 EV in the range between –2 and +2 EV

USB connector
Micro-USB connector, (Do not use any USB cable other than the UC-E21.), Hi-Speed USB Supports Direct Print (PictBridge)

HDMI output connector
HDMI micro connector (Type D)

Built-in Wifi
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless LAN protocol)

Operating frequency 2412 to 2462 MHz (1 to 11 channels)

Range (line of sight)
Approx. 10 m

Wifi Security Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK

GPS Location data GPS Receiving frequency: 1575.42 MHz Geodetic system: WGS 84 GLONASS Receiving frequency: 1598.0625 MHz to 1605.3750 MHz Geodetic system: WGS 84

Power source One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL23 (included) or AC Adapter EH-67A (available separately)

Charging time Approx. 3 h 40 min (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-71P and when no charge remains)

Battery life
• still shooting Approx. 360 shots when using EN-EL23
• movies Approx. 1 h 20 min when using EN-EL23

Dimensions (WxHxD)
Approx.139.5 x 103.2 x 137.4mm (5.5 x 4.1 x 5.5in.) (excluding projections)

Weight Approx. 899g (1 lb 15.8 oz), (including battery and memory card)
 

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The 921k dot, 3" Vari-Angle TFT LCD and rear controls


921k-dot Electronic viewfinder with the diopter adjustment function, there is a proximity sensor that detects if you are looking into the viewfinder


Built-in Wifi


Pop Up flash
 

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Top panel controls with PSAM, GPS and stereo microphones

You can control the zoom via the T and W rocker switch on the shutter release or on the side of the lens
You are reminded on the awesome zooming power

 

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on the other side


NFC convenience and another reminder of its powerful zoom


The camera can be charged via the USB port (yeah! less chargers to carry around)
HDMI port to connect to a TV


Deep grip


Another reminder about the powerful zoom, Zoom control and a handy button to quickly zoom out when you press it and zoom back in when you release
 

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On the bottom, you will find the standard tripod mount and door for the battery and SD Card
Notice that the Coolpix P900 is made in Indonesia


Personally I think that the tripod mount should be in line with the lens and not on one side




EN-EL23 1850mAh Battery



On actual usage i manage to shoot 367 still images and 17 videos before the battery ran out of juice
 

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ok lets see, what this camera can do

[video=youtube;3CAcTYD6-YY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CAcTYD6-YY[/video]

The moon as it moves across the frame, shot from my kitchen window
full optical zoom.
 

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strangely this camera default has a hazy look to the images





note the black point in the histogram





as with all cameras, take some time to get to know the camera
at first I tried to under expose but it did not correct the hazyness
it seems that this is the default for still images

videos are better
 

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awesome zoom power. btw how did you correct the haziness in the photos? just move the black point slider? any tweak that we can do in-camera?
 

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awesome zoom power. btw how did you correct the haziness in the photos? just move the black point slider? any tweak that we can do in-camera?
i couldn't correct it in camera, yup just move the black point slider
I was frustrated with the picture quality at first, but after getting to know the camera a little better and finding out it's weakness and strengths, you can still get decent quality images.
The image quality at full digital zoom is amazing.
 

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Ok now that we have got the image quality issue out of the way, lets see what this camera can do



Great for Private investigators or shy photographers



Shooting from very very far away, talk about being invisible, can you see the bride at ion orchard?
 

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