IMAGE QUALITY & PERFORMANCE - NIKON COOLPIX P900
In terms of reach, there certainly is no beating the COOLPIX P900. The 83x optical zoom brings you an optical zoom equivalent of a 2000mm telephoto lens, in a decidedly smaller and lighter package. Focus is fairly fast even at the full extents – on par with the PowerShot G3 X, but slower than the LUMIX DMC-FZ300. Like the G3 X, the COOLPIX P900 has a feature where pressing a button zooms out temporarily to let you find your subject before zooming back in (with focus), which certainly helps with framing your subject. There isn’t RAW support on the camera, and the 7fps burst mode is also slightly limited in the sense that the buffer fills after seven shots, but the bigger factor is that images at maximum zoom tend to be a little soft. However, if you really want telephoto reach without the investment of a full DSLR and lens, then there’s nothing else quite like it.
The COOLPIX P900 retains just about enough detail to be usable at ISO 1,600.
The images of the CoolPix P900 are a little soft at the extreme tele end.