CNET First Look
Nikon's Coolpix P900 brings distant subjects into viewThe 24-2,000mm zoom lens is amazing especially given the camera's price and size, but that doesn't make it a perfect bridge camera.
[MUSIC] When is a zoom lens too long? Well, for zoom fiends, the answer to that question is never. And that's how we end up with this, the Nikon Coolpix P900. The camera has a class-leading 83 times optical zoom that goes from a 24 millimeters to 2,000 millimeters. The rest of the camera is good, but the lens is definitely the star attraction. It's also geared more for point and shoot users because, while you do get manual and semi manual controls, they can be a chore to use and it lacks more advanced features like raw capture, a hot shoe, or a mic jack. You do get a serviceable electronic view finder and a rotating display and there's wifi with nfc So you can use a mobile device as a remote view finder or transfer that impossible bird shot you got straight to your phone to share immediately. Now more zoom does not equal better quality photos. So while being able to capture subjects that are quite literally out of sight. Is pretty awesome. They tend to look soft and lack fine details. And although it can be fast to focus, the camera would occasionally seem like subject was in focus when it actually wasn't. It noticeably slows down in low light too and shooting moving subjects in general can be frustrating at such extreme focal lengths. Also, and this probably goes without saying, While the camera's image stabilization is good, you'll want it on a tripod or monopod for the sharpest possible shot. You can read the full review on cnet dot com. But even though it has some issues, there's no denying the shots this camera can get are remarkable for its $600 price and size. I'm Josh Goldman with Cnet. Thanks for watching.