Meet the legendary Lunar Camera – Nikon CoolPix P900

The Nikon CoolPix P900 camera is an amazing superzoom camera. The 16.1-megapixel camera comes with an astonishing 83x optical zoom (that is equivalent to 2000mm in 35mm format) and 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom (that is 4000mm equivalent in 35mm format). The Chinese media even nicknamed it as the “Divine Lunar Camera”(摄月神器).

One of the most remarkable features is its lightweight body. Weighing at only 899 grams, the Nikon P900 is 40% lighter than my Canon EF100-400 telephoto zoom lens. The light weight offers ease of mobility. There are also other great features about this camera, it comes equipped with 3-inch vari-angle LCD monitor, an auto-sensor electronic viewfinder, WIFI/NFC photo transfers, GPS and a pretty decent battery life.

To test the camera, I went up to the Victoria Peak this afternoon. Overlooking the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong skyscrapers, I took severals wide and extreme close-up shots. Despite the gloomy foggy weather, the results were pretty impressive. Details did came up in all the shots. Shooting at 83X / 2000mm wasn’t easy, I regretted not bringing a tripod along. Thus, most of the shots were compromised with higher noise settings. Colour was fairly accurate and it worked pretty well in low lightings too. However, there is just one thing that bothers me during today’s test. The zoom is digital, therefore, I cannot adjust the speed of the zoom manually. At times, the zooms were shaky and the focus weren’t smooth. Another problem is its macro-feature, it wasn’t as sharp as I expected. Check out my photos and video test below.

Overall, this is a good bargain for those who need a powerful telephoto-zoom-camera. At under HKD5,000, this is the furthest and lightest you can get from a consumer’s point-and-shoot camera. No idea what to shoot with such powerful camera, go check out the “famous moon footage” that has been threading for the past 2 months on Youtube. Watch video below.

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