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The Camera That Can Zoom Up To The Moon | Nikon P900
Are you blown away by the camera yet?
The Nikon Coolpix P900 is not just any ordinary zoom camera or a video camera. While earlier camcorders with powerful zoom gave us more than 60x zoom on a 480p standard quality, this camera changes the industry.
Not only does it offer an impressive (and mindblowing) 83x optical zoom, it also comes in at a very reasonable price - just $780. If the specs are translated into a good DSLR camera, it would translate into over $5,000 in lens alone and over $1,000 for the camera body. Not to mention, the DSLR would be heavier than 8 lbs.
Features of Nikon P900
You might have seen a viral video surfacing the internets a few weeks ago. In the demonstration video that now has over 5.6 million views, a YouTube user Lothar Lenz tests if the camera can live up to its hype.
Even if it does, one remains skeptic whether as to the camera will take a delay time to focus on the zoomed plane and it might give away. However, the auto-focus lived up to the expectations and even crossed it.
The zoom is so robust that it autofocuses within a fraction of a second and one can even see the moon revolving. How cool is that! If there were buildings on the moon, it is easy to bet that the camera would have caught them perfectly!
What if Galileo had the P900 and zoomed to the moon? :)
Here's the Nikon P900 original demonstration video
Let's get technical
Technical Specifications of Nikon P900
The P900 weighs just around 2 lbs which is heavier compared to some beginner DSLR cameras of its caliber, but this is justified since it has a bigger inbuilt lens. Most DSLRs only have a kit lens which basically is the smallest available lens.
A 16MP CMOS sensor provides that crisp resolution when shooting pictures and a true-HD 1080p at 60fps video quality.
A f/2.8 lens that has the range between F2.8 to F6.5 with 83x optical zoom.
Pictures and videos can be downloaded instantly to any WiFi or NFC-enabled cameras or devices. The Nikon has a minimalistic easy app one can download for iPhone and Android that works with the camera.
There is also a GPS feature that can sign your photos with coordinates of the location the picture was taken at.
The LCD screen
The 3-inch LCD screen is a great tool for using LiveView mode but the image is digitally processed, so it lags a little.
The autofocus quickly detects faces, single contrast objects or even continuous objects. This is great for shooting birds, animals or even cars when taking their videos.
As one can expect, for a camera that delivers this zoom, the picture can be quite shaky. Although the shutter speed can be reduced to less than 4000th of a second to sharpen the picture to an extent, it is not always possible. A tripod is essential in this case. And the P900 has got a tripod mount, so the picture/video can always be stable.
Like to shoot insects or small details? This camera that can zoom up to the moon also gives sharp images at just 1 cm away.
More about Nikon P900
up to 1/4000
Swiveling vari-angle (great for selfies!)
WiFi and NFC
GPS and Points of Interest (POI)