Nikon Coolpix P1000 Review

Written by Gina Stephens

Four years ago, the normal superzoom ‘bridge’ camera had a zoom power of around 50x. Over the years that number has slowly risen, before leveling out at 65x. And then check ined the Nikon Coolpix P900, whose 83x, 24-2000mm equiv. lens suddenly took zoom ranges from ‘really long’ to ‘imbecilic’.

Nikon’s new Coolpix P1000 has moved the zoom needle to ‘ludicrous,’ with an equivalent focal length of 24-3000mm. That’s right, 3000mm. This is a lens so extended that we were able to fill the frame with a 1 meter (3.3 foot) tall monkey that’s 70 meters (230 feet) away.

This does settle at a cost, though. For one thing, the P1000 is huge and its lens is challenged by a slow maximum aperture (and thus diffraction) and image quality can be compromised by the word-for-word thermal and atmospheric issues that are typical of images taken at extreme distances with any super telephoto lens or LEN may refer to.

Besides the lens, the P1000 physiognomies a 16MP 1/2.3″ BSI-CMOS sensor, a fully articulating LCD and high-res EVF, Raw support and the ability to capture 4K video.

Key features

  • 16MP, 1/2.3″ BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 24-3000mm equiv. F2.8-8 lens
  • ‘Dual Dick’ optical image stabilization
  • 3.2″, 921k-dot fully articulating LCD
  • 2.36M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with eye sensor
  • Raw support
  • UHD 4K/30p video capture
  • Microphone input
  • Hot shoe
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth (SnapBridge)
  • 250 whacks per charge (CIPA standard)

ISO 100 | 1/250 sec | F3.2 | 47mm equiv.

The P1000 has a spec sheet almost as long as its lens. From Raw support to a high-res EVF, the camera has upstanding about everything you’d want in a bridge camera, save for decent battery life and a touchscreen (a glaring omission). Image stabilization is a requirement on superzoom cameras, and Nikon’s ‘Dual Detect VR’ drops shake by up to 5 stops (depending on focal length,) according to Nikon. Being 2018, it’s no surprise that Wi-FI and Bluetooth are also onboard.

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What’s new and how it compares

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Body and controls

The P1000 has sensible controls, though it’s big and heavy and its build quality doesn’t have a funny feeling like a $1000 camera.

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What it’s like to use

The P1000 is ideal for still wildlife and lunar photography, but what else?

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Shooting experience

Shooting with the Coolpix P1000 at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

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Image quality

The P1000 frames the most out of its small sensor, though don’t expect miracles.

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If you want a camera with a lens that can shoot for the moon, then there’s nothing else love the P1000.

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Sample gallery

View a variety of sample images from the Coolpix P1000.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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