We have seen a steady increase in the number of people reaching out and asking for some Nikon P900 tips and tricks over the last year so we decided to publish this article in an attempt to help as many of our readers who own a P900 as possible. That said, due to the P900 being such a unique camera when compared to what the vast majority of us are used to using we feel that the main tip is simply to get out there and use the camera and nothing beats personal experience.
Invest In Some Solid Reading Material
We would highly recommend that you consider picking a copy up as it has an amazing reputation with the P900 community, it is jam-packed with Nikon p900 tips and tricks, and it can be picked up for around $5 if you get the kindle version and then download the free Kindle app to your smartphone.
Pick Up Essential Camera Accessories
We know that this may seem pretty straightforward and the majority of people may already have the key camera accessories for the P900 but picking these up will make your life much easier when it comes to operating the camera system. Our article on what we feel are the essential accessories for Nikon P900 cameras goes into more detail for each of these as well as a few others but we feel the main things you should be looking to pick up is:-
The tripod offers you some much-needed stability and image stabilization, especially when working at the higher zoom ranges. Picking up some spare batteries not only increase the battery life of your camera but also increases the time you can get out and about while playing with your new toy. As we mentioned earlier, we really don’t think there is a better way to learn than to just play with the camera.
The UV filter is often overlooked but we would highly recommend that you pick one up as the lens is such an important part of the P900 using a UV as a lens protector can save you a ton of money. The filter cost a fraction of the price of a brand new P900 and can help avoid damage during accidents as shown in the image below.
Pick Up A Decent Lens Protector
Improve Your Stabilization
One of the main issues that we constantly see reported from P900 owners is that they have image stabilization issues when using the higher levels of zoom. We touched on investing in a decent budget friendly tripod earlier in the article as it helps increase stabilization.
Some people even report having issues even when mounting their camera on a tripod so our advice would be to go into your camera settings and play with the faster shutter speeds. More often than not, this will be able to stop the issues from occurring, especially at the higher optical zoom levels.
Another thing that you can try is actually turning off the built in vibration reduction settings as shown in the image above. We have seen mixed reports from users on this one but there are definitley enough people reporting an improvement in some types of photography when they actually turn the VR tech off.
That said, you will have to put some time in and test your cameras performance and image stabilization in various situations to workout if it is better to have VR on or off for your particular photography niche.
Get Out And Play With The Camera
Although we have touched on it a few times throughout the article, we wanted to mention it one last time as we feel it is that important. Just think back through your life and try remember how many times you have found a random function on something that you weren’t even looking for but you simply found by using the product.
Get your P900, get some spare batteries so you can play with it for longer and head out to your favorite photography location and play with your camera. We know that everyone has different amounts of free time but even a few hours of playing with the camera and challenging yourself to work out how to do something new with it can help increase your performance with it while also increasing your photography skill level.
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