Nikon is one of a handful of manufacturers still catering for those after an all-in-one camera with a mammoth zoom range, and its latest COOLPIX P1000 is its most ambitious yet. This Nikon’s latest “compact” camera has a lens with the world’s highest zoom ratio at 24-3000mm equivalence, it is capable of a staggering 125x optical zoom which can be extended up to 250x when using the camera’s digital dynamic fine zoom. That said, let’s ‘zoom’ into this superzoom camera and find more about it.
The P1000 is the successor to the Coolpix P900, which was already breaking new ground with its 83x zoom lens. P1000’s lens offers an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/8 compared to just f/2.8 to f/6.5 on P900. The biggest difference between the P1000 and its predecessor is size. It measures about 5.8 x 4.7 x 7.2 inches compared to 5.5 x 4.1 x 5.5 inches for the P900. It weighs about 3.2 pounds versus 1.15 pounds for P900, which makes it about a pound heavier than its predecessor.
With the maximum opening of f/2.8, this camera is mostly a daylight shooter and will not be able to perform that well for night photographers. The camera consists of a 16MP sensor having ISO range of 100-6400 which is supported by 5-stop Dual Detect Optical VR technology for shake free photos. It also has a dedicated focus ring that works with camera’s focus peaking feature to help make sure pics look as sharp as possible, even when that subject is miles away. Additionally, the camera can be set to shoot videos in 4K resolution at up to 30fps, and 60fps at Full HD resolution. For connectivity, the company has provided Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which lets you share your work on the go.
The P1000 is obviously designed for extreme zoom scenarios like wildlife and space photography. In case you are thinking to buy one, you have to wait till Spetember – when it will be launched. Nikon is pricing the P1000 at hefty $999, which is a lot for a superzoom.
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