Nothing but videos – P900 vs. Note 8

This post will show two versions of videos; one version captured with the Nikon P900, and the other captured with the Samsung Note 8. One quick note about the Note 8 videos: they were shot in the default mode. There is a higher version and beyond that, 4K video. However, here we hit on the limitations of the screen you have. 

For instance, it does me no good to shoot in 4K because my screen won’t show it. 

One other quick note. The last time we had waves on this side of the island (and surfers) was back in June. Well, a few days ago the waves came back . . . and took out the sand that had built up at the Magic Sands Beach.

Here’s a shot from last month . . . 

On Monday, there was even more sand with a big flat ledge covering even the rocks in the foreground. 

And now, the videos . . .  oh, before I forget, lower the volume. Surf be loud. 

Here are two more videos from the P900

So, here are a few videos from the Samsung Note 8. Obviously, no zoom function.

Here are some surfers I captured right before getting to the beach . . . er . . . rocks. These are unedited and a bit shaky as the high winds were moving me around a bit. 

Not great, but I was only there for a bit and was worried about the light drizzle.

The same area shot with the Note 8 (you can see the surfers way out there):

These next two — also from the Note 8 — were shot in town the next day (it was sunny, so better video quality).

Again, windy and difficult to keep the balance while shooting as I was perched on some lava and there was a goodly amount of wind and was worried that if I lost my balance I might drop the phone. 

Here are the P900 videos from the same area and time . . . (turn down volume):

Obviously, the zoom on the Nikon P900 gives it a big advantage when it comes to making an impact. Bringing the subject closer gives it a visual punch the wide angle shot can’t match. 

Still, I think the Samsung Note 8 showed it’s no slouch. I’ll play around with some of the options and will continue giving periodic updates on what the phone can do. 

By the way, the phone has an option to save the RAW image as well as the processed JPG. Very interesting comparing the two, but that is a topic for another post. 

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20 Responses to Nothing but videos – P900 vs. Note 8

  1. robert87004 says:

    I think phones have taken over and with those pop on lenses, well heck yeah. These videos look good on my phone, either way. If they had a wrist strap I’d use mine more often as camera. Also, those lens style cameras that use our phone as controller and viewing screen are interesting. Sure, my former full frame took sharper photos but can anyone tell on the web?


    • disperser says:

      I’ve learned not to say “never”, but I don’t think I’ll ever use any clip-on lenses. They seem — at least to me — to negate the advantage of phone cameras; small and easy to carry. If I have to go to the trouble of lugging around lenses, I’ll carry my P900 or the full photo gear.

      And yes, one of the reasons I use my full gear less and less is that 99% of the photos I take are shared on the Internet. Only a small percentage of those are viewed on high quality, calibrated, and large screens and an even smaller percentage are examined at the pixel level in SmugMug. Basically, the P900 is “good enough” since I’m not outputting high-quality prints. I suppose if I sold photos it might make sense to generate the best output possible, but my yearly sales are around $5 and those are digital not prints.

      Essentially, photos for me support the narrative, and as such need not be of the type that can be printed on a 16×20 canvas; they just need to look good on a 4×6 size screen.

      I can see a time when — except maybe for specific events — I will rarely pick up my expensive camera and lenses. Actually, that’s pretty much now.

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      • robert87004 says:

        I sold the last of my ‘big’ gear in 2015 and currently have a Sony a5000 which is so small and lightweight I can take it everywhere. Pancake kit lens only. I have an old Canon super zoom sx520, not the sx5000, lying around but I never pick it up. It’s small and light for its zoom ratio so I keep it in case I get out in nature, birds and small creatures. I think shooting your superzoom makes perfect sense. It and a spare battery and done. Typed on white Swiftkey keyboard, btw.

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  2. Wow! Love these vids, Emilio! I never tire of the ocean, the waves, and watching surfers surf!

    When we moved from San Diego, it took me years to “get over” not being close to the ocean. :-( Not sure I really am over it yet. I still miss it. Just watching your vids got my senses going and I was able to see, smell, hear, feel and taste the ocean again…they brought back good memories! :-) Thank you! :-)

    Looks like the Samsung Note 8 did a great job!

    HUGS and Happy Whee-kend!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Yeah, there’s something about watching an ocean breathe . . . I just don’t like when it sneezes.

      Yes, I’m fairly happy with the Note 8, and thank you. Hope you’re also having a great weekend. Sunday is our no-gym day, so it’s always a relaxing day.

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  3. The technical stuff is beyond me (I still use an old Nokia mobile phone) but I did enjoy the pictures!


    • disperser says:

      Uh-oh . . . your screen might not be working; most of these are videos. Unless you’re using the archaic description of “moving pictures.”

      Seriously, I didn’t think I had much in way of technical babble, but glad you enjoyed the show.

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  4. Do you ever make a phone call on your mobile/ cell phone?


    • disperser says:

      Occasionally, but it’s rare. A few family members and one friend. Typically, no more than 1-2 calls a week, often less.

      In fact, I get more solicitation calls than personal calls.

      Phones are mostly for emergencies. E-mails are for communicating stuff. Increasingly, I’m being texted at, although I try to dissuade people from doing so. In fact, I lost all of the text messages I had on the old phone when it died. I’ll now set up a schedule to manually back them up.


      • How about the other friend doesn’t he/she call now and then?
        Mt phone only rings when someone in the family wants something, half the time I don’t bother turning it on, It costs me a few hundred$ a year just to keep my phone number which I have no intention of losing. When I’m dead I wont give a damn what the hell happens to it!


        • disperser says:

          I should probably explain . . . as much as face-to-face or even voice-to-voice conversations often aid in two people understanding each other better, for me it’s also a matter that I stutter. For whatever reason, it’s more pronounced on the phone than in person.

          Without the visual cues that I’m struggling to get a word out, the person on the other end can occasionally wonder if the line went dead. I get interrupted a lot and have to repeat whole sentences because people (even people I know) — after interrupting me — lose what I said in the first part of the sentence and the second part doesn’t make sense on its own.

          I can illustrate it thus . . .

          Me: “I worked as an engineer at GM doing . . . . . . . . . ”

          Person: “Hello? Are you there? Hello?”

          Me: ” . . . . . . . . . stress analysis.”

          Person: “What?”

          Me: “Yes, I’m here. It’s just that I . . . . . . . . .”

          Person: “Hello? Are you there? Hello?”

          Me: “. . . yes, I’m here. I’m trying to say that I . . . st . . . st . . . have a speech impediment. Anyway, I worked at GM doing analysis.”

          Person: “What kind of analysis?”

          Me: “Never mind about me; I hear you’re having an affair with your secretary.”

          Person: click

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        • I can’t imagine the horror of having to live with that.
          There is the theory that a left handed child being forced to write and be right handed caused stuttering. This applied to King George VI ( they made a movie about that awhile back). Does this apply to you?


        • disperser says:

          Horror? It’s inconvenient, but it’s not horror, and don’t get the impression that I have any hangups about it. It’s part of me, who I am, and while, yes, it occasionally frustrates, it also helped shape who I am. I like who I am. Were I taller, shorter, fatter, skinnier, a different race or gender, or if I could speak fluently and without a stammer, I would probably be a different person than I am.

          Given that — as I said — I like myself, I’m not all that anxious to wish for anything different.

          As for that whole left-right thing, I find it suspect because my wife is ambidextrous for some things based on the fact she was pushed into being right-handed . . . she doesn’t stutter. It may very well be that’s the case, but then we should have many more people suffering from stuttering as many kids were forced to switch.

          In my case, it was trauma at an early age. I was made to read Shakespear and it damaged my brain.

          Ok, that’s a joke. I suffered a burn and eventually went into shock and eventually (or so I’m told) a coma. When I came out of it, I didn’t speak for a spell. Eventually I did speak but with a bad stammer that was supposed to go away after my teen years. It didn’t.

          By the way, here’s one of my favorite stuttering jokes:

          Guy goes to a bar, sits, and motions the bartender over.

          “I’ll have a b-b-beer,” he says.

          “OK. One b-b-beer c-c-coming up,” the bartender answers.

          “Hey! Are you m-m-making f-f-fun of m-m-me?”

          “No. I st-t-tutter too!” the bartender answers.

          A few minutes later, the guy is sipping his beer when a couple comes in and sits on the other side of the bar.

          “We’ll have two beers,” the man tells the bartender.

          “OK,” the bartender answers, “two beers coming up.”

          The first man nearly spills his beer. He waves the bartender over and says:

          “You were m-m-making f-f-fun of m-m-me!”

          “No, I swear; I’m m-m-making f-f-fun of them!”

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        • disperser says:

          Want to hear what’s funnier? I can write that joke but I can’t tell it.

          Liked by 1 person

        • I don’t stutter ( I do mumble though) and can’t tell jokes either so you’re not like the country dunny pal

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        • AnnMarie says:

          I didn’t have any brilliant comment to add so I initially just “like-d” your post. But now, after reading that very funny stutter joke to mother (and both of us getting a good laugh), I just thought of letting you know we liked it!

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      • disperser says:

        The answer is no. Few people want to speak to me unless it’s absolutely necessary, and that’s OK. Like I said, e-mail is much better.

        . . . “damns” and “hells” and bitching about money . . . you seem angry at your phone and number even as you hint at it being something amazing that you want to keep.


  5. love the surfers and good job! it makes me wish I was there!! They both allow you to do RAW!? I’m impressed by both.


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