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Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera with 83x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi(Black) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera with 83x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi(Black)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 111 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 6.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Video5.0   above average
Photo4.6   above average
Lens4.4   exceptional
Zoom4.3   average
Image4.2   average
Quality4.0   average
Price3.8   below average
Focus2.8   below average


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Focus

Focus:
"The only thing about focusing to complain about is no focusing between shots when doing a burst as some Panasonics can do."
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"I found that autofocus was a problem when zoomed out more than about 65x, and in the end I bought a camera in that range."
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"This was great since even in the bird-watching mode (under Scenes), it could be hard to force the camera to focus on the bird (very frustrating).Other cool features: This is not to totally dismiss the Scenes mode."
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"It does have a spectacular zoom as advertised, but has focusing problems especially when zoomed out."
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"I do find that when the lens is extended to full length it does not focus well at all."
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"The standout features of this camera are the zoom, the image stabilization, and the quick, accurate focus."
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"It does have a spectacular zoom as advertised, but has focusing problems especially when zoomed out."
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"When I do get good shots and focus from the lens I am very happy with the results."
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"But for the most part the focus is quick and perfect."
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"The images are clear even at 2000 mm focus."
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Image

Image:
"It failed in terms of image quality next to the smaller and less expensive SX50 and it failed in terms of ease of use and user customizable features."
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"I have had many photo shoots ruined because of lens and or sensor dust particles."
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"I try all the new bridge cameras as they come out...its hard to beat the Canon SX50HS for birding in my experience....You can actually use the zoom, hand held at 50 & 100X...Sorry to report, that after over a thousand pics, I am consistently disappointed in the image quality of the Nikon p900."
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"But considering that this is the only 2000mm superzoom and that it produces excellent images and that it is only $600, it deserves 5 stars."
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"I usually do short bursts but if the action is particularly interesting I'll continue with a long burst, knowing I'll miss good pics if I stop and have to wait to begin again."
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"Not only does the camera take excellent pics at full 2000mm zoom, it also does a very nice job at the 24mm wide end."
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"The standout features of this camera are the zoom, the image stabilization, and the quick, accurate focus."
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"enjoy the pics from montpelier ohio...carl"
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Lens

Lens:
"That is, the zoom lens should be fully retracted to prevent damage to the telephoto mechanism."
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"I have had many photo shoots ruined because of lens and or sensor dust particles."
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"On paper at least, we can't imagine a scene that this lens shouldn't be able to handle, whether its shooting architecture or wildlife."
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"Rented this camera as an alternative to renting a long lens for my dslr, and was pleasantly surprised by how versatile this superzoom is."
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"I also use a Nikon clear filter to protect this wonderful lens."
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"Recommend that if you use the lens on long zoom to use a monopod or tripod for extra stability."
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"The images were greatly improved but this recommendation is for any long lenses used for sharper images."
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"I just left the lens cap in my waistpack so that I didn't lose it (no way to attach to the camera when it is not on the lens).Conclusion: Perfect for safari use, especially for walking safaris."
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Photo

Photo:
"The price won't break you and you will enjoy taking photos."
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"A lot of people were complaining on the app store about the app not working since they did an update, so maybe that's the problem, and it will hopefully be resolved for those who like to share photos via Facebook."
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"While it's easy to get caught up in the idea of the 83x superzoom, and it is fun to be able to determine that the speck of white 400 feet away is actually a great blue heron, the photos at that extreme end are not really usable except perhaps for purposes of identifying a bird."
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"Battery life is good, i get about 390 photos per charge."
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"I can shoot very good sharp photos at full 2000mm zoom handheld."
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"I shoot in 16:9 format because the photos look great on my 50 inch 16:9 HDTV."
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"During the day, when the sun was out, we could get clear photos at full zoom without aid of tripod."
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Price

Price:
"The price won't break you and you will enjoy taking photos."
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"I am disappointed with this camera especially with its high price tag."
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"Had a bald eagle flying over and the camera never came back on,you should not spend good money and have a camera fail after just getting it!"
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"Well worth the price."
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"If you are looking for an easy to use camera and have the cash it is well worth the price"
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"I am very pleased with it for the price and as a really good jump up from my Canon SX50."
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"Amazing Performance for the Price! "
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"I will be traveling out of the country and instead of taking a full size DSLR and a number of lenses, I will have a relatively cheap camera that can shoot fairly good pictures with a lens range from 24 mm to 2,000 mm."
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Quality

Quality:
"It failed in terms of image quality next to the smaller and less expensive SX50 and it failed in terms of ease of use and user customizable features."
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"I try all the new bridge cameras as they come out...its hard to beat the Canon SX50HS for birding in my experience....You can actually use the zoom, hand held at 50 & 100X...Sorry to report, that after over a thousand pics, I am consistently disappointed in the image quality of the Nikon p900."
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"I looked into spotting scopes through which pictures could be taken using a phone adopter, but the quality was not good and also they require tripods and are expensive."
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"Because I don't print large blow ups I'm very satisfied with the quality of my pictures."
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"Some features I really liked about the Nikon, besides the image quality, were the image stabilization, the wi-fi capability, and the eye sensor (the camera I ended up buying doesn't have it and I miss it)."
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"The image quality rivaled that of my 18 mp dslr (a canon t4i) but I was able to get far closer to birds and other wildlife than with the 100-400 lens I sometimes use or my regular 70-300."
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"Photo quality in AUTO mode is good but i prefer the PROGRAM mode because i like to set my own Saturation, Contrast and Sharpness."
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"Pro:Quality wise, it is good under the bright light and even if you are using the max optical zoom."
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Range

Range:
"I found that autofocus was a problem when zoomed out more than about 65x, and in the end I bought a camera in that range."
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"It's not as good as an SLR but an SLR also doesn't have this range of zoom."
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"At maximum zoom, sharpness on distant mountain peaks is not as good as expected, yet, at medium-close range the same 2000-mm equivalent can make amazing wildlife shots in which a small bird can fill the frame."
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"wildlife camera for those long range shots that is hard to get."
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"I had a 42x camera before and I could take steady photos even zoomed into the digital range, so I have a very steady hand, but this zoom is phenomenal, so I will probably need a monopod at least."
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"In fact it is just a little bit smaller than my Nikon D600 or D800, but it IS smaller and I don't have to bring extra lenses on vacation since this lens has such a great zoom range."
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"The Canon will retract nicely at all zoom ranges."
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"I will be traveling out of the country and instead of taking a full size DSLR and a number of lenses, I will have a relatively cheap camera that can shoot fairly good pictures with a lens range from 24 mm to 2,000 mm."
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"That said, it does take great photos throughout it's focal range."
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Video

Video:
"Panasonic makes superzooms with very nice features, a very sensible interface, good buffers, much better video."
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"video is crystal clear."
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"Video clips at full 1080P are also very good."
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"Now here's a hugh plus - the HD videos are excellent!"
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"The P900 is not for the pros but some may find it repacing their video only cameras and still have the advantage of a decent camera."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I found that autofocus was a problem when zoomed out more than about 65x, and in the end I bought a camera in that range."
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"That is, the zoom lens should be fully retracted to prevent damage to the telephoto mechanism."
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"I plan to get a monopod because all of that zoom is hard to hold steady."
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"It does have a spectacular zoom as advertised, but has focusing problems especially when zoomed out."
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"At the near end, it is a very nice f 2.8.The long zoom factor has necessitated certain compromises, of which you should be aware."
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"It's a fun little camera with a fantastic zoom."
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"Thanks to the zoom and weather cooperation, I was able to step out my back door and take some pictures with no more effort than taking any other snapshot."
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"Not only does the camera take excellent pics at full 2000mm zoom, it also does a very nice job at the 24mm wide end."
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"The standout features of this camera are the zoom, the image stabilization, and the quick, accurate focus."
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"Amazing zoom..."
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