Sure, the Nikon P900 can focus from here to eternity (hey, that would make a great movie title!) but how does it handle and perform as an everyday camera?
Well, I’m here to tell you a bit about it. No technical jargon, no numbers, just my impression and samples of the photos. These photos have been minimally retouched using a slightly modified process from what I use on my RAW files. These JPGs were also taken with the D-Lighting active, something I don’t do on my SLR. The next batch of photos will be with center-weighted metering, which is my typical setting.
OK, OK, there is a bit of jargon; this is, after all, a post about photography.
I do have one number to report . . . a half inch . . . that is how close the macro focuses. In taking the above two photos I was very nervous about scratching the lens. I will not do that again.
All of the photos in the main body of this post are clickable to get a larger size (like my regular photos). Because I have a lot of photos (73 . . . I know, more numbers) I will only show a few and then put the rest in a gallery people can peruse if their interest moves them so.
One additional comment before I go on; there will be a post just for the movies.
OK, here we go . . .
These next four shots were taken from our third-floor balcony at the ground floor below.
I think those are perfectly fine photos even at the native resolution, but understand my criteria is meeting a level of quality for the blog. That’s different from me wanting to print something, enlarge something by cropping, etc. etc.
The last two photos are softer than I would like but the regular rig would have had similar issues with those subjects (very bright and very dark). Again, for the blog, I think both my readers and I would be pleased (if, you know, it were different subjects).
Again, I am pleased with the results. I also went out to shoot waves and surfers. The waves were high and violent and it was very bright shooting with an early-afternoon sun.
One problem with those is that they are soft . . . because I did not realize I was in aperture mode. Still, I’ll call them passable, especially since these were about 150 yards out, and a few of those farther still.
Here is a shot of things I might capture here or there . . .
I’m going to say my regular rig would have fared better . . . but this does not look bad to me. Certainly better than my phone would have done.
Here are some splashing waves.
. . . and here are some rollers . . .
The highlights are slightly blown, but I’m not sure if that’s because of the D-Lighting (hey, look; more technical jargon) making sure the rocks look good. I would have metered on the waves and recovered the rocks. You can’t recover from blown highlights.
After our walk this morning, I took a stroll on the flower/garden path near where we walk. Again, sun high in the sky and very bright.
I can’t complain about these shots. The second shot is a macro and it’s a bit soft around the edges (will you give it a rest with the technical mumbo-jumbo? Sheesh!)
One thing that’s hit and miss with the camera is shooting stuff that’s moving. I’d have to play with the shutter speed but the shutter lag is also problematic.
Both of those subjects were in constant motion and I was zoomed in quite a bit . . . a real challenge, it was.
There was a breeze, so I’m pleased with the flower shots (they too were moving):
This scene doesn’t have the impact of the actual scene . . .
. . . but these are rendered quite well . . .
Two stationary objects for comparison . . .
After that, I stopped at another site to capture surfers and waves . . .
Again, more than a hundred yards and less than three hundred.
I also saw this . . .
Look, I ain’t no pro . . . photos for me are a way to add to the narrative. Occasionally, they let me do some artistic thing or other, and occasionally I capture photos worthy of framing. That said, these do not look that bad to me.
Perhaps I’m trying to justify spending the money on this camera, but it’s not like this will replace my regular set-up. It’s just something easier to carry around when I’m out and about and not specifically looking to photograph something. It’s also something much better than my phone and much better than the Panasonic Point-and-Shoot I currently keep in the car.
We are going on a drive tomorrow, and I’ll put it through a few more shooting situations. We’ll see how it do.
I mentioned videos, and that post will drop sometime tomorrow or the next day. Meanwhile, for them interested, here is the gallery of all 73 photos (that’s the last number, I promise).
If you have any comments about the photos, my amazing writing skill, or questions you want to ask, feel free to leave a comment.
Here is the gallery . . . there is an option to view the full-size versions of each (lower right-hand corner once you enter the gallery) which for these photos will show the longest dimension set at 1280 pixels . . . dang! another number! I done broke my promise . . .
The original photos are twice again as large, but I did not set up a SmugMug gallery and typically won’t for these kinds of shots.
One more technical note and more numbers . . . the zoom given for each photo needs to be multiplied by 5.6 to get the equivalent zoom. So, for instance, 220mm on the P900 is the equivalent of a 1,232mm lens on a full-size camera.
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