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Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera with 83x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi(Black)
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- 16MP CMOS Sensor 6-level brightness adjustment
- 24-2000mm 35mm Equivalent Focal Length. Sensor Size: 1/2.3 inch
- 83x Optical Zoom NIKKOR Super ED VR Lens
- Vary-Angle TFT LCD Screen
- Electronic Viewfinder
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The zoom power of the Nikon COOLPIX P900 is nothing short of spectacular. This is 2000mm of optical zoom-more than any Nikon COOLPIX yet. Advanced shooters will appreciate the outstanding image quality and DSLR styling-a sure grip, a swiveling Vary-angle display, a high-resolution Electronic Viewfinder that turns on automatically when lifted to your eye, even a PSAM mode control dial. Those who simply want great photos and Full HD videos without any fuss will appreciate the point-and-shoot ease and long battery life-up to 360 shots per charge!
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Change the way you see, capture and share the world with the most powerful zoom lens ever put into a Nikon COOLPIX camera: an 83x optical zoom/166x Dynamic Fine Zoom (an enhanced digital zoom function that effectively doubles your reach) super telephoto lens with Dual Detect Optical VR. A low-light 16 MP CMOS image sensor captures the finest details, then with the camera's built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication technology (NFC; NFC feature for Android v 4.0 or later smart devices only), you can wirelessly share photos to a compatible smartphone. Compose shots with the swiveling Vari-Angle display or the high-resolution eye-level viewfinder (EVF). Built-in GPS, full manual control for those who want it, point-and-shoot ease for those who don't, and much more.
The zoom power of the COOLPIX P900 is nothing short of spectacular. This is 2000mm of optical zoom - more than any Nikon COOLPIX yet. Advanced shooters will appreciate the outstanding image quality and DSLR styling, a sure grip, a swiveling Vari-angle display, a high-resolution Electronic Viewfinder that turns on automatically when lifted to your eye, even a PSAM mode control dial. Those who simply want great photos and Full HD videos without any fuss will appreciate the point-and-shoot ease and long battery life: up to 360 shots per charge! And everyone will appreciate the built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication technology (NFC)** connectivity which wirelessly connects the COOLPIX P900 to a compatible smartphone or tablet for instant photo sharing and remote camera control. Change the way you see, capture and share the world
**NFC feature for Android v 4.0 or later smart devices only
The sky is no longer the limit
83x Optical Zoom, 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom
With 2,000mm equivalent focal length, subjects barely visible with the naked eye can fill your frame. And if they don't, Dynamic Fine Zoom, an enhanced digital zoom effectively doubles that reach to a 4,000mm equivalent! If you lose sight of your subject while zoomed in, press the Snap-Back Zoom button for a quick zoomed-out view. Find your subject again and then release the button - the COOLPIX P900 will zoom right back in. The whole time, 5.0 stops* Dual Detect Optical VR improves VR performance using enhanced detection accuracy to help keep your photos sharp and your videos steady.
*Based on CIPA Standard; measured at approx. 350 mm (35mm format equivalent)
Send photos right to your smart device
With Nikon's Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
Nikon snapbridge describes the experience of quickly and easily sending photos wirelessly from your Wi-Fi & NFC enabled COOLPIX P900 to a compatible smartphone* or tablet. Share your great photos on the go, even in remote locations, or use a smartphone or tablet to control your camera.
See your shots in a new light
Swiveling Vari-angle display and high-resolution eye-level viewfinder
The COOLPIX P900 gives you two ways to frame your shots: a swiveling Vari-angle LCD display and a high-resolution eye-level viewfinder (EVF). Flip out the large Vari-angle display and capture photos and videos from creative perspectives overhead, down low or just comfortably in front of you. Put the COOLPIX P900 to your eye and the EVF automatically turns on and displays a beautiful and accurate high-resolution view.
Take control of your shots
Full manual exposure control
The COOLPIX P900 can go as far as you want to go. For advanced shooters, a PSAM mode dial is available right on top of the camera, much like a DSLR. Control the COOLPIX P900's aperture and shutter speed to control your shots exactly as you want them or overcome difficult shooting situations. But you don't have to understand exposure controls to get great results the COOLPIX P900 can do all that work for you.
See where you've been
Built-in GPS and Points of Interest (POI) for creating amazing photo journals
Relive the excitement of your travels in a whole new way. The COOLPIX P900 records the exact location of each shot you take, so you can follow the path of your adventure and every stunning view along the way! Share your journeys on Google Maps, Google+, and other social networking sites, or with Nikon View NX2 software. Points of Interest (POI) show you nearby photo-ops like scenic lookouts and historic landmarks. The COOLPIX P900 is the ultimate travel companion!
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- EN-EL23 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- Charging AC Adapter EH-71P
- AN-CP21 Strap
- LC-67 Snap-on Front Lens Cap 67mm
- UC-E21 USB Cable
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I took this camera on safari in South Africa. I didn't want to have to continually change lenses, plus my long lens broke on a trip to Spain last year and I was going to have to pay some big $$ to replace it. So I opted to buy the P900 instead. This was my first point-and-shoot style camera. I have always shot Canon digital SLRs with a selection of lenses. I consider myself a semi-pro; I've worked in a portrait studio, shot a few weddings for friends, and had a few photos published in magazines. I do NOT make a living at it, just a hobby
There are a number of pros and cons with the camera. Everyone has different expectations and things they think are important, so weigh the pros and cons presented below and decide if the camera is for you. The price was certainly good for what you got!
PROS - you can shoot close-up photos from an amazing distance, above all else, this is the camera's main positive feature. I have lots of things to complain about with the camera, but in the end I come back to the close-ups. I got crystal clear photos of a cheetah's whiskers, a crocodile's tooth, an elephant's eyelashes, and a baby penguin's toes - all hand-held from a safe distance! Changing settings is pretty easy once you get familiar with where things are on the dial. The grip is good and the camera is light-weight considering all that it does.
Once I figured out how to use the close-up function, it did an incredible job of shooting tiny bugs and flowers with startling clarity.
The GPS function was amazing! It's just magic that it knows where you are by specific name... in fact we were in a huge botanical garden and it knew which specific area of the garden we were in. Amazing. Sometimes when we were driving and didn't know where we were, I'd just look at the camera!
CONS - There is a long delay for the shutter trip, frustratingly long. The recovery time between photos is long and frustrating - in fairness, I was shooting at maximum resolution. It is a bit faster if you shoot at lower resolutions. Using the specialized shooting modes takes even more time (back lighting, sports mode, bracketing, etc.) I bought a high-speed card and that helped, but even that was slower than my older model Canon EOS.
The light meter/color balance was remarkably inconsistent. Two photos of a rhino at the watering hole taken seconds apart and in the same exact pose and lighting - one was a sickly blue cast and the other was a nice warm sepia (how it appeared to the naked eye). The meter does not handle extreme lighting conditions well at all - either low light or bright light. Sunsets blew out the lens, though using a polarizer filter helped a little. Low light or a cloudy overcast day confused the color balance or forced slow shutter speeds. Eventually I found that I could trick the meter by selecting what at first appeared to be inappropriate scene choices (using Sunset setting on a cloudy day gave me a truer color rendition in a lush green garden setting than the camera's automatic setting did.)
The LCD screen and zooming the lens sucks the battery dry in short order. You MUST buy extra batteries and carry them with you. The battery indicator shows full until moments before it shows partial and then it's dead - you don't get a lot of warning! The LOOOOONG telephoto lens is motor driven only - you can't do it by hand (which took some getting used to!) it took a lot of battery juice to drive that lens in and out.
I was frustrated by the fact the picture you just took only stays on the view screen for a quick second and you can't adjust that. If you looked through the eyepiece to take the shot, that's where the view displays. So if you shoot through the EVF and pull it away to see the shot (a long-held habit of mine) you see nothing, it doesn't show on the LCD screen. This seems like some decisions were made about the camera's functions that didn't take into account how people would use it. I shot twice as many pictures as I needed because I rarely knew what I had just shot. It was hard to keep switching back and forth from shooting mode to viewing mode and if you were in viewing mode when a great shot was at hand, it took a while to get the camera back to shooting mode... missed a few really great shots that way.
Finally, I struggled to convince the camera that I didn't want to focus on the leaf that was in front of the family of baboons playing on the hillside. It didn't seem to matter which of the metering/focusing modes I was in, I got a lot of crystal clear shots of a leaf with a wild animal out of focus in the background. ERRRGGGHHH.
In the end, the photos that were good were FABULOUS - though I deleted at least 80% of my shots! Other people on the safari spent the trip looking over my shoulder at my LCD screen ohhhing and ahhhing over some of the pictures I captured. When the light meter and color balance were working, it captured the colors of the markets with incredible accuracy. And as long as the animals were standing still or moving slowly, it captured some amazing wildlife shots as well. But if they were moving quickly, I got nothing useable - the camera just couldn't handle it.
It has a wi-fi transfer function, but my Android phone and the camera just couldn't seem to talk to each other to make the transfer and even on the rare occasion when we got that to work, it took a ridiculous amount of time. I eventually just bought a card reader and cable transferred my files to a laptop every evening as a back up.
The flash is relatively worthless, and there is no hot shoe to run an external flash, so you really are dependent on ambient light for whatever you want to shoot.
OVERALL - I'm keeping the camera and learning to live with its shortcomings, but I will take my Canon with me when I travel as well.
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