Nikon P900 camera captures the ISS

We have seen all kinds of interesting pictures and videos taken with the Nikon P900 ($579.95). Here are a few videos of the ISS taken with the 83x zoom compact camera:

Refurbished Nikon P900 cameras are now available for $434.95.

Thanks T.I.M.

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  • Joseph Prespare

    Looks like a tie fighter to me.

    • Where is Luke when you need him?

      • TurtleCat

        He’s in the garbage collector with Han.

  • Fly Moon

    Thanks to @T.I.M for the tip on an earlier post.

    • yes, added to the post

      • Spy Black

        Too bad Nikon doesn’t have a 4k 60P camera. I highly doubt the next incarnation of the P900 will have it. Off the top of my head I know the Panasonic GH5 has it, hook a GH5 up to a 1000mm Newtonian telescope and you’d have the same max optical focal length of the P900, a combo which should give you a pretty decent transit shot.

  • Michiel953

    I fondly recall the times they made those videos with an F. Apollo.

  • Eugene O

    Show this video to Flat Earth society members.

    • I’ve always wondered what they thought was on the other side of of a flat earth. Just a bunch of roots hanging out like sod, smooth metal, a turtle, are we just a plate flying around?

      • TurtleCat

        I think the modern people in these groups are doing it purely for attention not because they believe it. Same could be said for a number of groups these days.

      • bgbs

        Well, looks like you don’t have the right concept of a flat earth yet.

    • Robert Robinson

      This Earth IS flat.

    • destroy2153

      Well you can’t argue with the flat earth believers, and those videos don’t prove the earth is not flat, indeed…

  • Claude Mayonnaise

    In a galaxy far, far away, E.T. is shooting macro shots of his Reese’s Pieces trying to phone home to Nikon Rumors for a guest post.

  • Originaru

    LOL i’m not a flat earther, but this looks like a drone to me.

  • Someone

    How would you accurately point the camera to the right spot?
    Any tips?
    Might give this a try!

    • Gary

      I think it’s more about *being in the right spot on Earth at the right time. …point it at the moon(hard to miss) once you are there.

    • BVS

      There are websites and apps that will show you the location of the ISS and satellites and where and when they will pass. After that it’s just a matter of being in the right place and the right time and looking at the right spot in the sky I think.

    • Nikon will probably released a dot site for easier framing with the next compact super zoom:
      something like this one from Olympus:

    • TurtleCat

      Look at SkySafari for the transit info and then shoot in a burst. You usually only have a moment or two where you can do it. ISS is moving very fast.

      • Allan

        About 5 miles per second.

        I’m assuming the ISS is the biggest thing up there. What’s the next biggest thing?

        • TurtleCat

          For earth orbits? I’m not sure. There are satellites you can get transit pics of but it’s like a meteor streaking across the atmosphere.

        • Jay Hemdal

          Much brighter than ISIS are the Iridium satellites when they flare. Check out the “Heavens Above” page for transit info.

      • Spy Black

        1/3 second moon transit.

    • Eric Duminil

      Well, aim for the moon, wait for the ISS to pass in front of it ;). It doesn’t happen very often though, at least not for a given location.

  • Fernando Costa

    If this goes on and on in a few models like P990 you can shoot the astronauts in the tiny windows taking pictures with the upcoming Nikon D7s

    • Allan

      Good one! LOL.

  • Aldo

    Flat earthers: Fake video. You’ve all been brainwashed.

    • Nikkor300f4VR

      Flattards are everywhere for sure..

  • doge

    Probably just swamp gas.

  • Allan

    I wonder how well the P900 sold?

    • Spy Black

      Probably did pretty well in it’s market.

  • Steve Starr

    Oooh, the flat Earth people aren’t gonna like this!

  • MonkeySpanner

    Do we really know nothing at all about the rumored Nikon mirror less? Do we even know the probability that it is even coming next year? I am holding off on purchasing a Sony mirror less. I think Nikon can do it better – but I won’t wait forever

  • iStuntman
    • Lol, that is funny 🙂

  • Fernando Costa

    Typically Nikon updates every 2years from Dx to DXs I think there is a strong possibility that they update the D500 with an s.
    But in my opinion they will delay that update.

  • A. F.O.

    Can anyone do the math & physics for this:
    new P9XX with 1 inch sensor and the same lens of P900 (more or less)
    old D7200 with 200-500mm VR lens (croping to the 1 inch sensor size image)
    who gives the better image for the “same” focal range?

    • DaveR43

      From Nikon specs, P900 lens is 357 mm actual focal length.
      On a 1″ sensor, FF equivalent focal length is 2.7 x 357 = 964 mm
      Assume a 20.1 mpixel sensor.

      For 200-500 mm zoom on D7200, FF equivalent focal length is 1.5 x 500 = 750
      D7200 has 24.2 mpixel sensor.

      If image is cropped to 20.1 mpixels, this increases the FF equivalent focal length by Sq Rt (24.2/20.1) = 1.097.
      Therefore 200-500 on D7200 cropped to 20.1 mpixels has FF equivalent focal length of 1.097 x 750 = 823 mm


      P9XX with 357 mm lens and 20.1 mpixel 1″ sensor has FF equivalent focal length of 964 mm

      D7200 with 200-500 mm lens and 24.2 mpixel DX sensor cropped to 20.1 mpixels has FF equivalent focal length of 823 mm

      P9XX would get 17% closer, and be a lot smaller and lighter…

      • A. F.O.

        Thank you very much….it is a close call, has I suspected….but there isn’t a 1 inch P9xx sensor, yet….:-)
        I think i’ll go fot the 200-500 mm…

        Thank you again 🙂

  • TheMeckMan

    Why attack flat earthers? The earth is flat and all the evidence proves it, just like it proves that’s a Tie fighter and not some impossibility like the so called ISS fake science space station…. LOL ;P

  • AFD

    Wasn’t the P900 successor supposed to be released (or announced) this year?

  • bgbs

    The official flat earth camera captures ISS or a toy that looks like ISS?

  • disqus_hlLLDdz9K1

    where did you buy it with ISS logo on? B&H?

  • Vox Pupuli

    Good movies. As said earlier: Nikon P900 is one hell of an camera.(I captured ISS and
    Galilean moons with ease) – it came 2.5 years ago and still does not
    have any competition.
    In my opinion if Nikon is about to announce its successor ( I think too
    early ) for 100th anniversary one can assume that it should continue the
    line with the same sensor size: 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) and as rumored
    larger telephoto range.

    What I would love to see:
    – 24mm-3000mm range,
    – Keep phenomenal f2.8(or try to improve it if possible) on wide and try
    best possible on telephoto.(less than f8 would be great)
    – ISO. With newer sensor sensitivity/ISO should be better, preferably 100-12800. (Plus maybe night mode 25600 B&W only)

    As an upgrade of P900 it should keep all its functions i.e. GPS,
    WiFi/NFS connectivity, EVF, articulate screen, flash, usb charging(I
    use it to connect mobile battery pack 5200mAh 2nd gen Anker Astro) …

    I don’t care about:
    – resolution. If its (predecessor’s) 16MP its fine. Even lower 12-14MP would be ok if pixel size/sensitivity would be better.
    – size&weight – if it’s 3000mm then I don’t care if it’s larger and weights upto 1300g.
    – USB 3.0 or other better connectivity.
    – better EVF or screen resolutions.
    – price – I can pay up to 850USD for good quality 3000mm.(bargain)

    What would be nice to have but not absolute priority(most important things first/decreasing importance order):
    – better metering and AF.

    MANUAL LENS RINGS with proper markings for both precision zoom and
    focus.(so we could switch from motor and zoom using hand on ring – would
    allow precision zoom and save lots of battery life)
    – better optical stabilisation.(if it’s even possible after P900)
    – 4k 30fps recording mode.
    – shutter speed 1/8000 to 30sec.
    – RAW
    – Hot shoe (GPS module could be moved to the side)
    – Two card slots (gives possibilities as to ‘RAID’ modes: one card
    records video one taken photo while recording, two cards simultanious
    ‘safety’ record etc) Both SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-I or II or III bus
    – Better resolution EVF.
    – 4″ fully articulate screen size.
    – Super Slow Motion Video: VGA 640×480@500 or 1000 fps.
    – LUA scripts runner.(sth like in CHDK)
    – Quiter, faster motor for zoom (like Canon USM)
    – Larger/more capacity battery/400 or more CIPA.
    – Dedicated programmable buttom.(for instance for x125 zoom etc.)
    – Marks on lens indicating what zoom is used (i.e. 24mm, 50mm, 100mm, etc…)

    Meeting 90% of these requirements would be my dream superzoom camera.
    That’s my two cents.

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