See the Nikon COOLPIX P900’s 86x Zoom Lens Take On the Moon

Jun 29, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

See the Nikon COOLPIX P900’s 86x Zoom Lens Take On the Moon

Jun 29, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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When the Nikon COOLPIX P900 was released earlier this year, it brought with is a number of convenient and exciting features, including built-in WiFi, GPS…and a lens the equivalent of 24-2000mm.  No, that is not a typo.  The 83x optical zoom lens can really reach out and touch.

YouTube user Naturbeobachtungen von Lothar Lenz decided to put the lens to the test and shoot for the moon. Literally.  (Kinda.)

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With the camera (I’m assuming) mounted onto a tripod, Baron von Lothar Lenz aimed for the moon and zoomed the lens all the way to its optical max.  Then he took it even further, employing the 166x digital zoom to zero in on every ugly crater that the orbiting sphere has to offer.

https://youtu.be/mfshAzV0FN4

Just for comparison, the optical zoom on the COOLPIX P900 is almost equivalent to the $60k modified zoom lens we posted about earlier this month…and at barely a fraction of the cost.  With the digital zoom of the P900 added, there’s no comparison anywhere close to the same price bracket.

While many purists might poke fun at these pseudo-dSLR cameras the P900 is proof that they are still amazing contenders for superb quality and functionality.

[Nikon coolpix P900 83x optical zoom world record by Naturbeobachtungen von Lothar Lenz]

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3 responses to “See the Nikon COOLPIX P900’s 86x Zoom Lens Take On the Moon”

  1. Thomas Jakob Brablec Avatar
    Thomas Jakob Brablec

    I belive it’s “only” 83x zoom.

  2. Igor Kostelac Avatar
    Igor Kostelac

    Can you please help me. I try to zoom the moon with my Nikon P900 and when I came to the maximum zoom my moon is not even half size like this moon on the video. What I shall do to enable zoom on Nikon in that mode.

  3. Mart Rod Avatar
    Mart Rod

    maybe try to put the digital zoom too