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New Camera Nikon B700

Yesterday I tried out a new camera. I've been using a Nikon P510 for the past few years and have shot close to 19K photos and now it's coming apart. The B700 is likewise a point and shoot - the most important convenience to me is being able to switch at once from an insect subject 3mm long to a bird perched 50 meters away.

There are some new bells and whistles I need to learn, but the transition was easy without reference to the manual. My big disappointment is that Nikon took the GPS reader out and replaced it with Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities. To get GPS tagged into the photo data you must link to your smart phone with GPS. Not a great idea for me cuz when I am on the trail I usually turn off my phone to save battery. For me I would readily sacrifice the connectivity for in-unit GPS readings. Nikon: If you're listening why not put in a mini card slot so users can pick and choose the added features that they find most useful by swapping cards?

The zoom works very well and gives sharp photos of distant, wary organisms. The zoom has expanded ability for near subjects which should aid insect photography. The other big plus is the improved view finder.

Posted by mjplagens mjplagens, December 17, 2017 19:34

Observations

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Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata

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mjplagens

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December 16, 2017 03:38 PM MST

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Mule Deer Odocoileus hemionus

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mjplagens

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December 16, 2017 03:49 PM MST

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Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus

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mjplagens

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December 16, 2017 10:03 AM MST

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Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus

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mjplagens

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December 16, 2017 08:15 AM MST

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White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

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mjplagens

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December 16, 2017 08:18 AM MST

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Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Observer

mjplagens

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December 16, 2017 09:08 AM MST

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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

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mjplagens

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December 16, 2017 09:20 AM MST

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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

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mjplagens

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December 16, 2017 09:43 AM MST

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Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya

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mjplagens

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December 16, 2017 09:49 AM MST

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Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

Observer

mjplagens

Date

December 16, 2017 01:20 PM MST

Comments

My Panasonic point and shoot camera also doesn't have GPS.
My solution: I use an app on my iPhone called Theodolite. When I take a picture with my Panasonic, I also take a photo with the iPhone and Theodolite. I turn on a feature that overwrites GPS data onto the picture. When I come home I put the photos on my iPad (easy with the Camera Connection Kit). Then I use an iPad app called EXIF Wizard which allows me to manually enter the GPS data. It is several extra steps, but it does work remarkably well.

Posted by desertdutchman over 3 years ago (Flag)

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