EVERYONE asks me what kind of camera I use!
I constantly get asked by amateur and professional photographers alike what kind of camera I use and I’m happy to tell everyone who is looking for a good beginner camera because I absolutely love it! I love it so much that I bought it twice!
As an example of the kind of images that my camera captures, I saw the visual below as I was driving home one evening, it was so striking, I had to pull over and use my zoom to figure out what the heck I was looking at. I’m particularly impressed because the zoom capability wasn’t even maxed out.
About 3 years ago, I started getting serious about investing in a good camera to capture my images and a good friend pointed me towards a Nikon P900. I did quite a bit of research before I decided and I have not regretted it since!
I do a lot of nature and wildlife photography, I also prefer photographing people from a distance because I find that they are more natural when my camera isn’t right in their face. I also take a lot of pictures indoors of both people and products. As long as there is good lighting, my pictures turn out great! I like things to be simple and know that I would not like carrying around a lot of equipment and lenses, so weighing all of the above, frankly the built in super zoom was too good to pass up.
I wouldn’t consider myself a master photographer (yet) but I wanted to weigh the pros and cons to ensure that I was getting the most for my money. I am also an avid lifelong learner and I knew that I would be intentional and dedicated in growing into this new skill set and I wanted to be sure that I wouldn’t outgrow the camera’s capabilities too fast.
The superzoom is so great that when my camera suffered a cracked case, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to buy it a second time and I don’t regret missing the chance to upgrade for a minute.
I have been using the P900 for three years and despite the trade offs, I still highly recommend it for anyone that is either a beginner photographer or needs an easy, versatile camera for different uses. This camera is definitely for anyone that likes to take pictures of birds or the moon!
The Nikon P900 is frankly “a-freaking-mazing.” What kind of camera do you use and why do you love it so much?
How I determined the best beginner camera for me
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- I identified which camera specs were important so that I could weigh the differences.
- I asked myself what kind of photographer am I:
- What will I be taking pictures of?
- Do I want ease and convenience or do I want full capabilities?
Knowing all of the considerations below are extremely helpful because every camera has trade offs but the most important key is determining:
“What is right for us as a photographer?”
I looked at:
- ISO: higher numbers determines how much the camera captures in low light
- Aperture range: determines focal length
- Shutter speed: determines how fast or slow the shutter operates
- Lens quality: affects clarity
- Sensor size: bigger sensors mean better photos
- Megapixels: affects how big you can print before image degradation
P900 (spec orgin article)
- ISO range: 100-6400
- Aperture: f/2.8-f/8
- Shutter speed: 15 – 1/4000 seconds
- Lens: glass, point and shoot
- Sensor size: 28.0735mm2 (6.17mm x 4.55mm)
- Megapixels: 16.1 MP
- Zoom: 24-2000 mm
- Cost: $599
- ISO range: 100-25,600
- Aperture: depends on lens
- Shutter speed: 30 – 1/4000 seconds
- Lens: glass, interchangeable
- Sensor size: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS
- Megapixels: 24.2 MP
- Zoom: 18-55mm VR kit lens
- Cost: $369
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I bought or subscribe to the following to support my introduction into photography with the P900, it might give you an idea where to get started too:
- Photographers Guide to the Nikon P900 – I’m kinda a nerd and like to research the hell of out of things in an effort to master and truly understand a skill or technology. This book is pretty extensive and specific to this camera.
- Digital Photography: The Complete Course & How to Photograph Everything-Again, I’m kinda a nerd. I learn by totally immersing myself in my interest. These books were needed because I virtually had no knowledge of a big body camera and the book gave me a good idea of what to consider and what I could do in photography.
- If you don’t like to read, I’d recommend B&H Photography on Youtube or Chase Jarvis RAW.
- Sunpak Ultra 6000 Tripod – It’s very durable and the pivot head and built in levels are extremely handy. Each leg is individually adjustable for uneven ground. Necessary for long zoom, long shutter speeds and bracketing. Highly recommended.
- Neck strap – The accompanying one isn’t comfortable considering the weight of the camera. You can find a cushy one online, I got mine at BestBuy.
- Camera case – My camera body cracked the first time because I never used a camera case and it dropped during a quick stop on a bus trip. Don’t be like me. You should get one. Trust me…I have one now.
- Epson Stylus 1280 – I received this as a gift and I appreciate it so much! I like to print my favorite photos in large sizes for in house personal use and for my online shop. The prints can be very large, the ink lasts for a good while and its cheaper than paying my local drugstore for large prints. I love it!
The accessories are endless and I haven’t even listed everything that I use but I do use all of the above. I’m sure there are a lot of great products out there but these are the ones that I use and I highly recommend them. What do you suggest? If you’d like to know more about my process or the tech I use, please let me know. – xoxo