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This camera's zoom is pretty mind-boggling

And creepy.

THE INTERNET HAS become a little obsessed with this camera’s extreme (and kinda creepy) zoom over the past week.

The camera, a Nikon Coolpix P900, turns this…

PastedImage-31638 Source: Fratila Angelo/YouTube

Into this, revealing a hidden digger far in the distance…

PastedImage-77639 Source: Fratila Angelo/YouTube

It has a 83x optical zoom with a 24-2000mm lens. For comparison, the standard lens on Nikon is 18-55mm, and a standalone 2000mm could be more time twice the size of a normal DSLR camera.

The P900, which would set you back around €550, isn’t the smallest piece of equipment, but still packs a punch for its size.

Some might consider its range a bit over-the-top, and surplus to most people’s needs. Other cameras in the same range with smaller – but still significant – zooms have been better received.

In the clip below, the photographer zooms in on a tiny bird perched at the top of a tree:

Source: Naturbeobachtungen von Lothar Lenz/YouTube

With a bit of steady hand, planes flying thousands of feet above come into view.

Source: My Edition Channel/YouTube

You can even take a close look at the surface of the moon. You can actually see the photographer having to move as the Earth rotations.

Source: Naturbeobachtungen von Lothar Lenz/YouTube

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