I wanted to follow up on a post I made recently where I tried to find out what a non-photographer could do with a so-called “easy to use” point and click camera (Nikon Coolpix p100). The problem is, I feel like on my previous attempt I was trying too hard to fiddle with all the settings. This sort of negated my original goal of finding out how the camera performed in a real-world application.
I wanted to do another post, but only use the camera on the “auto” settings mode. This way, all my pictures could basically be reproduced by anyone using the camera – regardless of their ability to fine-tune the settings.
Over the past few weekends I’ve been taking my daughter out for drives in the morning (sometimes very early) when she wakes up. I figured I could get some pictures, and let my wife sleep for a bit. The pictures below are just a few from these drives.
All pictures were taken using the AUTO mode, with AUTO focus enabled. I did use the zoom. In fact, most of these are zoomed WAY in. I didn’t do anything to the pictures, aside from scaling them way down for use on the web. After all said and done, I think you’ll see that the Nikon Coolpix p100 is in fact a great product for the price. Even the complete amateur (me) can get somewhat decent pictures without need to tinker too much with the settings.
These two pics are of a turkey vulture in West Newbury. I was probably 80 – 100 feet away.
This guy was super cool. It’s a wild turkey that ran across the road in Byfield
I was just parked at the Salisbury Reservation and wanted to see how much detail I could get from maybe 20 feet away. Pretty good, I think.
I got these while walking along the north jetty in Salisbury. Nothing crazy, it just caught my eye.
Seagulls where flying around everywhere. Sorry guys, I don’t have any french fries.
This picture of the needle in the Merrimack was from pretty far away. I had the zoom nearly all the way in.
I included this picture because of the distance. I’m driving along Crane Kneck Beach road, and that’s Plum Island… across the water. Even when zoomed in that far, the quality is decent.
I took this very early from the last ocean parking lot at the Salisbury reservation. I like the colors.
Again, the reason this is included is becuase the zoom was fully extended. These geese were litteraly tiny specs. I can’t believe it got this much detail from so far away.
I stopped near the Parker River to take this picture. I like the colors.
I saw this coyote in Newbury, driving along the marsh. He ran off pretty quick, but I was able to take a few pictures before he dashed into the woods. I thought this was a good example of how quick the camera is to operate.
This blue jay was near the lower artichoke, Newburyport. It’s nothing special, but I thought the color was good.
Another example of zoom; this bird was tiny, and far away.
I really wish this came out with a little more focus. It was probably 50 or 60 feet away, but the focus just wouldn’t nail it down. I’m sure with a little “tinkering” I could have taken a crisper image.