Mind-boggling 83x zoom video taken with the Nikon Coolpix P900 camera shows the earth’s rotation

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This is another mind-boggling video taken with the $600 Nikon Coolpix P900 camera at 83x zoom that actually captured the earth's rotation:

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More P900 83x zoom demos can be found here.

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  • Actually really impressive!

  • Bozo Tic

    Unfortunately I bought it and am really not satisfied with picture quality and I find it very clumsy. So if anyone wants to buy this for 500 € (or even a bit less) in Europe and pay me the postage expences, it’s theirs. Let me know.

    • outkasted

      Is it possible to show us your images that you achieved with this camera?

    • outkasted

      Why is there no activity with this account?

      • fjfjjj

        Because he wants to run away with your €500 obviously…

      • Bozo Tic

        Just because I am in desperate need of selling this disaster, so I posted a comment I normally never do. Not a forum (nor discuss guy) type of a person.

        • jimmy playinghardball2

          ya its a disaster for the helliocentric model of the earth and a big win for the geocentric model and flat earth within the firmament

    • mikeswitz

      Well at least you picked an appropriate name.

    • Synapsux

      I have gotta ask then, why the hell did you buy it? I’m sure you’re not foolish enough to have purchased a camera without first testing it! that would just be an idiots mistake!

      • Bozo Tic

        True, idiots mistake! Agreed and it was kind of a very expensive lesson. I wanted to test it beforehand but I also was to lazy to do it. So I just ordered it and got it. 🙁
        But again stupid idiots mistake!

        • Jens Hansen

          From your phrasing it seems you ordered it online? And based on your stated currency, you live in the EU. Which would entitle you to return it for a full refund within 14 days. Did you both not research it before ordering it, and not take the time to test it during those 14 days?

          • rainr

            Are you expecting logic from a Camnon fanboy?

  • Jebagi Erol Paker

    Lets see comments of scepticals and troys.Andrew also will applaude it l believe. The video seems impressive as if taken by a camera coupled with a telescope .If one looks carefully with digital enlarging, landing sites of the astranauts may be visible.

    • kaptink

      No. The Apollo sites will not be visible (assuming you’re serious, which I find hard to believe). Perhaps you don’t understand just how big the moon is compared to the lunar landers. If you want to see the landing sites look here:

      http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/apollo-11.html

      This was taken from 15 miles away, in a vacuum, with very expensive equipment indeed, not 240,000 miles through 50 miles of atmosphere with consumer-market electronics.

      There are plenty of other shots on the NASA site.

      • jimmy playinghardball2

        photoshop pal wake up the earth is flat and immovable the lights in the sky are moving not the earth, research a video called The Best Flat Earth documentary by eric dubay on youtube and check out his channel and get ready to hold on to your chair, No one has ever landed on the moon

        • kittyconrad

          Jimmy, bless your heart. I bet your mama dropped you out of the back of the truck.

  • Isaac Alonzo

    This is insane!

    • Synapsux

      In the membrane! A to the mofo’ing K huh boi!

      • Isaac Alonzo

        You sir win the comment section today, well played.

      • captaindash

        Thanks for adding a giggle to my morning.

  • Jeff Hunter

    That effect happens with any camera.

    • David Matei

      Any camera with 2 000 mm lens 😉

      • nwcs

        You can see the effect in a 300mm lens if you’re patient. Really can see it in 600mm. That’s why I have tracking mounts for such things 🙂

      • Jeff Hunter

        Try shooting the moon with a 400mm lens. Moments after you get it where you want it in the frame, it’s moved. Of course the longer the lens, the quicker it moves.

      • Eric Duminil

        Any camera. Just take a 3 minute exposure shot with a 11mm lens on DX for example.

        • Eric Calabros

          Yea, with enough time and dedication to sky watching, you end up finding the earth so much moved that night became day!

  • scott800

    We bought one for fun and found the image quality to be acceptable with a lot of processing. I really wish this camera did raw, because the in-camera sharpening is not quite right. That said, it actually has some really cool control features in MF mode (like focus peaking and two stage manual focus control) that make it pretty fun for personal shooting, albeit kinda crazy button layout when using that mode. At 2000mm(eqiv) the image gets a bit soft, but still usable and a really fun spy camera. I have been wanting to do a moonrise silhouette shoot, and the 2000mm will give the crazy compression I’ve been looking for.

    • Eric Calabros

      Is it Nikon’s first cam with focus peaking?

      • scott800

        I don’t know if it’s the first, it’s my first Coolpix and first time I’ve seen it. The focus peaking has 5 different level settings and is not very good in low light. Hopefully they bring it to the d750/d810s in an update, now we know they can do it.

      • akkual

        Depends how you define focus peaking. You can zoom in live view even in my old D700. It doesn’t do it automatically though.

      • Kevin Purcell

        The P600 (the model the P900 replaces) was the first in the P range with focus peaking. The P530 doesn’t have it.

        It makes a big difference to manual focusing!

    • Andrew

      These official pictures are impressively sharp at 2000mm (83x Optical).
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecDTHBqJ0Io

  • Erics

    A 2000 mm lens, it is not.It *is* impressive that one camera can go from about 28 to about 2000 m equivalent all optical. But I could still get the same effect with a 28 mm lens, and then a ~300 mm lens that I crop. I admit it would be more work. And image quality would be better.

  • Neopulse

    Why is it a world record?

    • kaptink

      Because the poster said so. May have been referring to the fact that there is no other camera with the 83x range.

      • LaszloZoltan

        consider that to be par for this moment- no doubt the posted youtube video will result in a lot of immediate sales. expect the competition to follow suite, improved quality, and lower price.

  • fjfjjj

    The Nikon CoolPix P900 camera is surely the most advanced camera ever produced by Nikon, or any other camera manufactured for that matter. The image quality, lens sharpness, and construction far surpass anything that has ever been offered to consumers before. I have owned over 1000 superzoom cameras, and taken millions of photographs of my pets, my family, my desk, my office window, various railroad tracks, street signs, and candid portraits of backlit people turned slightly away from me. I can already tell by reading the specifications that the Nikon P900 is a landmark event in the history of Nikon, which is sure to propel them back to the forefront of the digital camera industry, and have sold all of my gear in preparation for this important purchase.

    • neversink

      Thanks for the much needed laugh….

    • Eric Calabros

      There was too much Andrew in it

    • Bozo Tic

      Some people may be happy reading the specifications and take the camera as such, but for me, taking photos and seeing good quality photos is more important when I want my camera.
      It was not a very good choice when I got me P900. My D700 and D7000 are both far superior. I know it’s a whole different class, still I expected way better results from Coolpix.

    • Steve Griffin

      Will you marry me 😉

      • fjfjjj

        What’s your citizenship? 😉

        • Steve Griffin

          Australian.

  • SneakyPete42

    I have also found long-range scenes at 83x are a bit soft, but at intermediate distances “tele-macro” shots of birds and the like are outstanding. What makes this camera a game-changer is that it has that big zoom range but can still be lifted with one hand.

    • neversink

      That’s a very soft photo…. Or else it is a small sampling size…..

    • fjfjjj

      This is the definition of high contrast with no microcontrast.

      • mikeswitz

        Yeah but you gotta admit that’s a pretty cute bird. Maybe its the kind that doesn’t have micro contrast .

      • Looks like the gamma is too high on my monitor, but the contrast setting is probably ok…

      • rainr

        You sure could get better microcontrast with a 800mm f/5.6

  • Aldo

    wow

  • animalsbybarry

    When Nikon makes newly patented 10-600mm lens, 27-1620mm equivelent..for the Nikon 1 it should far surpass the quality of this.

  • Photobug

    Holly crap. The 83X is unbelievable. I watched the video twice. Incredible.

  • John Lewis

    Sadly academic for UK buyers as it’s been out of stock virtually since the launch and STILL no firm date for decent supplies here. You can pre-order but who knows how long they will have the money before a camera appears.

    • John Lewis

      I see rumours are now appearing that there is an as yet undisclosed fault with the P900 and so production has been halted until it can be rectified, hence the lack of stock worldwide. Of course, by the time they do start shipping in quantity the competition may have something even bigger/better to offer or tantalizingly close. Can’t help thinking this is going to be a commercial failure for Nikon despite the great reviews and publicity. This market doesn’t stay still, prospective customers will not wait forever, some will opt for the cheaper and readily available Canon Powershot SX60HS, others may wait to see what the future holds but that may not be a Nikon either.

  • nukunukoo

    Use a 12MP 1/1.7″ sensor. Then we’ll talk…

  • Flipper Tweenie

    Awesome zoom, but… still images are TERRIBLE (to me, okay? TO ME!) Nice to be able to zoom like that, of course, who wouldn’t love that… but for 600$ I don’t need to zoom. I’ll just walk there and if I can’t I don’t need a picture of it.

  • cngodles

    I see this all the time with a 500mm mounted. I have to keep moving the camera because the Moon or Sun keeps moving in the frame.

  • blp

    next thing you know, the next generation will have the ability to zoom all the way into Uranus

    • captaindash

      Your comment stinks.

  • John Lewis

    The Nikon Coolpix P900 looks like a great camera I just wish Nikon was
    making them available to customers in the UK. Launched here in March but
    since then almost no supplies. Amazon say ‘delivery 1 to 3 months’ but
    they’ve been saying that for months so clearly just a guess, and now
    they have change it to simply ‘Currently unavailable we don’t know when
    or if this item will be back in stock’ !

    Some specialist camera
    sites are taking pre-orders but with no idea when they will have stocks
    and one has now posted a red banner across the page saying that ‘Due to
    issues with Nikon securing stock for the UK we will not be able to
    supply this camera until September / October 2015’ And I have to wonder
    how sure they are even of that prediction as no-one seems to know what
    is happening with supplies.

    I’ve pre-ordered with a company that
    wants only a nominal deposit which seems fairer but none of them have
    any idea when Nikon will ship any cameras to fill even the pre-orders.

    I
    know Nikon issued an apology back in May but that was 6 weeks ago
    surely they must have some idea what is happening and IF they are still
    actually manufacturing, and it has to be a big IF, then surely they
    should have some schedule of shipments and so be able to say when the UK
    Nikon dealers will be getting their share of whatever units are being
    made. The fact that they haven’t makes me think the reason is that,
    despite the predictable denials, there is some serious technical fault
    which they are endeavouring to rectify before shipping more units. Why
    else the near total lack of stock worldwide and the deafening silence re
    future deliveries.So, who knows, by the time they get it rectified and
    in production one of the other makers will have something even better
    about to launch. There is talk of a 100 x zoom Canon Powershot for 2016.

  • John Lewis

    The Nikon Coolpix P900 looks like a great camera I just wish Nikon was
    making them available to customers in the UK. Launched here in March but since then almost no supplies. Amazon say ‘delivery 1 to 3 months’ but they’ve been saying that for months so clearly just a guess, and now they have change it to simply ‘Currently unavailable we don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock’ !

    Some specialist camera sites are taking pre-orders but with no idea when they will have stocks and one has now posted a red banner across the page saying that ‘Due to issues with Nikon securing stock for the UK we will not be able to supply this camera until September / October 2015’ And I have to wonder how sure they are even of that prediction as no-one seems to know what is happening with supplies.

    I’ve pre-ordered with Clifton Cameras as they only ask for a nominal deposit which seems fairer but none of them have any idea when Nikon will ship any cameras to fill even the pre-orders.

    I know Nikon issued an apology back in May but that was 6 weeks ago
    surely they must have some idea what is happening and IF they are still
    actually manufacturing, and it has to be a big IF, then surely they
    should have some schedule of shipments and so be able to say when the UK Nikon dealers will be getting their share of whatever units are being made. The fact that they haven’t makes me think the reason is that, despite the predictable denials, there is some serious technical fault which they are endeavouring to rectify before shipping more units. Why else the near total lack of stock worldwide and the deafening silence re future deliveries.So, who knows, by the time they get it rectified and in production one of the other makers will have something even better about to launch. There is talk of a 100 x zoom Canon Powershot for 2016.

  • rainr

    Mind bending stuff, its like a camera with a telescope!

  • Anne Payton- Cowan

    How, exactly, did this footage actually capture the Earth’s rotation? All we see is the moon, moving. Not the Earth rotating – the only movement this captured was the Moon moving out of view. ?!?

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