As promised, sampling of videos . . . but before that, a couple of links and a photo or two or more. There will be a gallery at the bottom of the post with more samples.
That’s not a bad photo and had I shot it with my D7000, I would be able to crop the photo to show details that I’m interested in. Well, the P900 does not produce photos of such quality that you can “zoom in” by cropping . . . but, you can just zoom in with the camera . . .
. . . and keep zooming . . .
This is what I’m struggling with . . .
. . . I can get something like this from my big rig if I use a tripod and crop really close, but this was handheld.
I know I can’t do this with my D7000 (inside a thrift shop shot from a foot away) without playing with settings and post-processing.
By the way, I think the blonde looks like Loretta Swit.
I can get a better photo than this with the D7000 . . .
. . . maybe even better than this one (dang that wire!) . . .
. . . but I know I would have to play around with a shot like this one, taken against a bright sky on a cloudy and rainy day . . .
. . . but this is out of the camera with minimum processing (the border and a bit of contrast). True, deep depth of field, but I’m not one of them guys who faints if they see details behind the subject.
The P900 struggles with bright light sources (I wish I’d had my other rig with me for these):
Those I edited a fair amount, trying to remove the magenta cast. The camera has a sunset setting that I tried this evening and it still gives a magenta cast to the photo as well as blowing out the sun.
It does alright with this:
I played around with this next photo, but it’s not bad for being 3.5 miles way.
You just can’t blow it up too much beyond that, meaning it’s already blown up.
I would not use this next one for anything other than seeing if anyone parks where I usually park (4.5 miles away) when we go for our morning walk . . .
Two more . . . one shot at 2000mm effective zoom . . .
and one at about 7ooomm (in-camera digital zoom) . . .
Sure, I’m not going to print those, but not only can’t I get those photos with my rig, but I can still use these to make art . . .
Where are the videos, you ask . . . good questions.
Here are two links about the P900.
HERE you will find what I thought was an excellent review. There are six pages you can choose from the drop-down menu right under the title of the post.
HERE another review that covers a bunch of things, good and bad. There are links to other pages at the beginning of the post.
Edited to Add: HERE is another review with lots of info.
They draw the same conclusion I have . . . put better software in there (latest version as opposed to something from years ago), give me RAW and the option to switch off noise reduction, and I might not even bother with an SLR. This has me thinking that this camera is — at least to a certain extent — intentionally hobbled. Make it too good, and you start loosing the enthusiast’s demand for DLSRs. DSLR is where big names in cameras pull in a lot of money; they certainly have from me.
OK, OK, here are the videos. I have playlists that I will link at the bottom. The playlists have more videos than what I share here.
That’s hand-held and looking at the articulated screen . . . I cannot shoot this video with my D7000. Rather, I might be able to if I bought an expensive gimbal head, a longer lens, and practiced a lot.
Pictures are nice, but it’s useful to include a video once in a while . . . or, maybe two . . .
These next videos go with the shots above . . .
Those were shot at the Magic Sands beach park (the sands are currently out, blown away by recent high surf — they will eventually return).
Now, I have two “heavy surf” playlists . . . the first has these kinds of videos in it (with people) . . .
These are, again, handheld and a bit shaky (I get better) . . .
There are thirteen videos in that playlist . . . this next playlist is incomplete but I wanted to share a few of the videos because I think they are awesome . . . I will be adding more videos . . . and these are longer videos. I’d watch all three, but that’s just me.
I could have been there all day . . . but we had stuff to do.
Here are the links to the playlists with all the videos.
Heavy Surf Series II (more videos will be added in the next day or so)
Here is the gallery of sample photos:
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