*Please remember that the Nikon Coolpix P530 I keep discussing on this site was bought used. I had no testing done on it to see if it was 100% when I got it. With that said there is a very slim chance that I am discussing a camera that doesn’t work as well as a brand new one.
While on my trip up in the Cascades, I wanted to push my Nikon Coolpix P530 to its limits while giving it every possible chance. Sunday night was the clearest sky I have had the opportunity to shoot since I got my camera. I was positioned in a clearing at the bottom of a valley, where I was miles away from the closest humans.
I was above all of the lowland clouds and the only light pollution I had to deal with was from the 3″ display on the back of the camera. I was shooting in 15 minute intervals because it was so dang cold. 15 minutes in the cold shooting then I would put the camera in a Ziploc bag with some rice in my warm truck for 15 minutes (20-30 degrees warmer that outside). I was trying to prevent humidity building up in the camera.
I started with ISO 100 with f-stop wide open with the max 15 second shutter speed. I took shots with different zooms, and settings until about 1:30AM. This was about 45 minutes before the moonrise with a 22.1% illuminated moon. With all of those shots and no light pollution, not even from the moon, the image above was the best shot I was able to take of a sky full of stars. Something else I noticed was that my images looked different depending on the display I used. I have a 19″ Computer monitor, a 17.3″ laptop display and use my 55″ LED Samsung TV/Monitor.
I am not ok with this. I will continue to use this camera, to further my photography, until it falls apart or I get an upgrade. I need to upgrade my camera if I am going to have a chance of getting better sky shots or detailed low light shots…