The camera’s 83x optical zoom starts at an ultrawide 24mm and leads to a fantastic 2,000mm. Its Dynamic Fine Zoom digitally escalates the range to approximately 4,000mm with reduced loss in quality.
That sort of zoom range is something I’ve little use for. I don’t visit a lot of sports. I’m not really a birder or into wildlife photography. The same applies to maritime photography. The moon is approximately the only thing I could see in the night time sky where I am and, well, you can only just take so many moon shots. My children and friends are usually close enough if you ask me a modest zoom range is enough. I’m also not really a stalker.
The actual fact that I don’t typically shoot these exact things didn’t make the camera any less fun to shoot with, though. Having the capacity to zero in on a bird you can barely see or capture a sailboat at sea or shots of athletes from very, very a long way away with what is actually a point-and-shoot camera is merely plain cool. If they are things you should do, the P900 is — at least for as soon as — likely to get you the closest to your subject in the tiniest, most affordable way possible.
A long contact lens doesn’t mean better image quality, though. Actually, it usually means the contrary, specifically for point-and-shoots. The P900 uses a tiny 1/2.3-inch 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, drastically smaller than what you’d enter a mirrorless compact or dSLR or higher-end compacts. A big sensor typically results in better image quality, so don’t expect the caliber of a dSLR just for the reason that P900 appears like one.
That said, the P900’s photographs are good. They definitely reap the benefits of some post-shoot editing to greatly help with color, sharpness and contrast. Since there is no raw capture option — it shoots JPEG only — you can only just do so much though, and that applies to bettering on Nikon’s heavy noise reduction at higher ISO sensitivities, too.
Pixel peepers won’t like what they see when viewing the P900’s images at full size. Up to ISO 200 you get yourself a fair amount of details in order that enlarging and cropping in can be done, particularly with close-up shots. Details commence to turn to mush above that, though, and you could easier see artifacts. In the event that you keep your crops modest, however, sensitivities up through ISO 1,600 are usable, if soft. I’d stay away from ISO 3,200 and 6,400. Due to this, and how slow the lens gets when zoomed in, the P900 isn’t a camera you’d want for indoor shooting.
Shots toward the finish of the zoom range lack detail no matter ISO setting, though. I’ve included several samples in the slideshow below to help you see that, while subjects can look proficient at smaller sizes, once you learn to blow things up you lose a whole lot of detail. (You will find a link to the proper of every picture to download the full-size image.) Are they shareable online or fit for small prints? Yes, but I wouldn’t go blowing them up for big prints.
Also, despite the fact that the camera’s Dual Detect Optical VR technology works perfectly, you’ll want to employ a tripod or various other support to achieve the sharpest possible shots.
Video quality is good so long as you have a whole lot of light; with low-contrast subjects the camera will battle to focus when zooming completely in. There is absolutely no mic jack, however the stereo mics along with the camera does sufficiently. In the event that you zoom in and out while recording, the mics will grab sound from the lens movement that you will hear in quiet scenes. You could also hear the autofocus system clicking away whether it’s hunting for focus. They are things that are typical because of this class of camera, though.