Henry Falkner: 2000mm equivalent permits moon shots without Digital Zoom. With an EVF and an articulated LCD as well as a wider range of settings, it does justify getting a bridge camera again. But after the P600 compared badly against competitors for focus reliability and speed on YouTube reviews (in that time frame) - how much better is the P900? We still get new enthusiast compacts that put grinding zoom noises on videos. Will the P-900 be quiet? And will it save a video and retract the lens before the battery goes flat? I am harping on about this because I have two reliable and quiet travel pocket zooms.
I noticed the P600 zoom was very smooth and virtually noiseless. One of the quietest bridge cameras I tested. One can hope this will continue to be the case for the P900 as well. I was also impressed at the IQ of the P600 when compared to its bridge competition. When you start reaching 1440 - 2000 mm (equiv) you are talking about focal lengths that are just not readily available on a DSLR for several reasons, size, weight, cost to name a few. For folks who hate to carry tons of gear or are physically not able to lug a 2000 mm telescope around in their backpack with their DSLR, this may be an inexpensive alternative and may actually take some reasonable photos. I look forward to future in-depth reviews.
Sam Carriere: This is all pretty irrelevant. Photographers use cameras, not phones. And to everyone who wants to show me a superb picture taken with a phone, all I can say is "Just think what that person might have done with a real camera."
You mean like Ansel Adams. He had such a superb cameras, oh,wait, a iPhone is several times more advanced than anything Ansel could imagine..
Great photographers and great photos are not made great by their equipment but rather by the eye behind the equipment.
Every device that records an image is a camera. Every rich kid with a bag of expensive camera gear is not a great photographer.
I love macro photography for many of the same reasons you stated. I live in what easily could be called a nature preserve. I love walking through the place with my camera (not a very good one) and trying to slowly get close to the insects, birds and whatever else I can creep up on. I'd like to get a better camera but I don't think that my old Konica/Minolta point& shoot is the weakest link. That would be my lack of knowledge and experience. Thanks for your article, that should help me a good deal.
Some of my Macro shots: http://gallery.mac.com/jfelbab#100257
Any suggestions on how I could improve my macro shots would be appreciated.