P900/950 or B700 owners please help!

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OutsideTheMatrix Senior Member • Posts: 6,520
Re: P900/950 or B700 owners please help!

Sam808 wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

Sam808 wrote:

OutsideTheMatrix wrote:

Sam808 wrote:

Wow! I think Nikon has excelled at digital zoom algorithms.

P1000 @ 12000mm. It's beyond imagination!

B700 @ 1440mm looks a little soft! Looks like the P950 lens is sharper.

If the P950s price drops below 1K I'll get one for sure.

I just did a quick test with the P900 at full zoom and digital zooms (both 2x dynamic and 4x):

at full optical zoom- f/7.1 resulted in the best image, at 2x f/7.1 was again the clear winner, but at 4x for some odd reason it came in last, with f/8 first and f/6.5 a close second......

Did you use tripod?

I don't think I can capture good photos beyond 2000mm handheld.

I'm redoing the test at 4x (8000mm EFL), making the shutter speed 1/500 sec instead of the 1/250 sec it was for the other two (which were 2000mm and 4000mm).....those were acceptably sharp but I think a 1/250 sec shutter speed is too much to ask for, even from this camera, at 8000mm EFL!

I looked at the the sample galleries of the P900, B700 and P950 at their long end of the zoom and pixel peeped to 100%. The image looks average but still acceptable. On the other hand the Sony RX10 III and Panasonic FZ1000 II with their 1" sensor are a head & shoulder above them.

I think for printing purposes the tiny 1/2.3" sensor will benefit from less pixels (i.e max 12MP).

You're probably right..... and since you looked closely at both the P900 and P950 I'm curious (with the same settings) did you find a significant image quality difference between them?

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