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Summary

The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 is a DSLR-styled super-zoom camera with a massive 125x range, taking it from an equivalent of 24-3000mm - the World's longest optical zoom at the time of writing. In order to accommodate a lens of this extreme range, the P1000 employs a relatively small 1/2.3in CMOS sensor, although at least Nikon's kept the resolution to a sensible 16 Megapixels and it's possible to shoot in RAW too. The P1000 can also film 4k video at 25 or 30p as well as 1080 at 25-60p. Focusing is contrast-based only. The DSLR-styled body features a built-in OLED viewfinder, fully-articulated 3.2in screen, Wifi, Bluetooth and a microphone input. The combination of a small sensor and a lens aperture that closes to f8 at the long-end means the P1000 is unlikely to win any quality awards in low light, and the contrast-based AF means it may struggle with fast action too, but but there's literally nothing else which can come close to this range which takes you from wide-angle to extreme telephoto that's sufficiently long to begin to crop-in on the Moon. Check back soon for our review!

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The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 is a DSLR-styled super-zoom camera with a massive 125x range, taking it from an equivalent of 24-3000mm. Announced in July 2018, the P1000 boasts the World’s longest optical zoom range, taking you from wide-angle to extreme telephoto that’s long enough to actually begin to crop-into the Moon.

The 125x lens has a maximum aperture of f2.8-8 and an impressive closest focusing distance of just 1cm at the wide-end when set to Macro mode. The image is kept steady by optical stabilisation in the lens, complemented by optional electronic stabilisation when filming video if desired. In order to accommodate a lens of this extreme range, the P1000 employs a relatively small 1/2.3in CMOS sensor, although at least Nikon’s kept the resolution to a sensible 16 Megapixels and it’s possible to shoot in RAW too. The P1000 can film 4k video at 25 or 30p (with an optional crop up to 3.6x), as well as 1080 at 25-60p. Focusing is contrast-based only.

The body itself is styled like a DSLR, measuring 146x119x181mm and weighing 1415g (3lb 2oz) when fitted with its EN-EL20a battery, which should be good for around 250 shots or 80 minutes of video recording. There’s a built-in viewfinder with a 0.39in type OLED panel sporting 2359k dots, as well as a fully-articulated 3.2in / 921k dot screen that can flip-forward to face the subject. The P1000 is also equipped with a 3.5mm microphone input, Bluetooth for SnapBridge compatibility, and Wifi.

The combination of a small sensor and a lens aperture that closes to f8 at the long-end means the P1000 is unlikely to win any quality awards in low light, and the contrast-based AF means it may struggle with fast action too, but there’s literally nothing else which can come close to this range which takes you from wide-angle to extreme telephoto that’s sufficiently long to begin to crop-in on the Moon. The COOLPIX P1000 is expected in September and we hope to test one soon. In the meantime, there’s a selection of sample images courtesy of Nikon below which demonstrate the enormous range at its disposal.

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