Since many potential owners of the Nikon P900 will want to capture some nature images with it, let’s look at some sample images of animals and birds.
The above close-up image of an alpaca was taken indoors at the recent Raptor Fest event in Grimsby. The P900 captured a decent level of detail.
The lizard image above was captured at Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls Canada. It was sitting below a very bright warming light and you can see how the highlights on the top of its head have been blown out by the intense lighting. Any camera using a small 1/2.33″ sensor would face the same challenge with this type of image as the Nikon P900 experienced.
I took the Nikon P900 to the Mountsberg Conservation Area to take a few images of the captive raptors that are on display at the facility. The rear swivel screen was very useful to help capture the following images. Due to some roped boundaries it is difficult to get close enough to the mesh enclosures to shoot through them. I was able to hold the P900 extended out with one hand and adjust the rear swivel screen so I could see how each subject was being captured. Then when I got the framing I wanted I could complete my ‘one-hand’ image capture.
Now let’s look at some challenging lighting conditions by viewing some additional images taken hand-held at Bird Kingdom. You’ll notice that the amount of noise varies quite a bit based on the amount of detail in the image as well as the nature of the background in the photo. The EXIF data will also provide you with shooting details including some of the slower shutter speeds at which some of these images were captured. These provide some testimony to the effectiveness of the vibration reduction on the Nikon CoolPix P900.
Outdoors in good lighting conditions the Nikon P900 is capable of capturing some very nice images of stationary birds as the following samples indicate. It’s worth noting that the two images of the cormorants were taken by my brother-in-law who has tried other long telephoto options in the past and had only partial success. He got a much higher percentage of keepers with the P900.