Review Nikon Coolpix P1000: 125x optical zoom
The new Nikon Coolpix P1000 is an all-in-one compact camera of the highest rank. The big news is the 4.3 to 539 mm lens that lets you zoom in 125 (!) times. On many cameras, a lens of more than 500mm is already unique, and that's entirely the case here. In combination with the small 1/2.3 inch sensor, the zoom range corresponds to that of a 24-3000 mm zoom on a 35 mm. And that last number doesn't have an extra 0. With this camera, you can easily get a full moon full in frame.
MOON AND BIRD SPECIALIST: Nikon Coolpix P1000
This camera need not fear competition from mobile phones.
Compact cameras with fixed zoom lenses and a small sensor have a hard time. The photographic capabilities of smartphones are improving, and you almost always have such a phone with you. Many people therefore choose not to take a compact camera with them anymore. One category still does well, and those are the compact cameras with a lot, sometimes a whole lot, of zoom range. That is something that smartphones do not yet have. And zoom range - the Coolpix P1000 has that in spades. This is the first camera with a zoom range up to 3000mm (equivalent) and 125x zoom. A look at the specifications or the photos immediately shows why. The lens is huge, at least for compact cameras. The filter size is no less than 77mm. That is something that you expect on a professional bright zoom lens. The camera weighs in total, with lens, no less than 1.4 kg. Those dimensions and weight are not that bad when you look at the capabilities. The lens starts at 24mm (equivalent) at f/2.8, and therefore offers a lot of wide angle for beautiful landscape shots. It then zooms to 3000mm (equivalent) at f/8. On a small 1/2.3 inch sensor (6.17x4.55mm) with 16 megapixels, you really need that brightness to prevent loss of sharpness due to diffraction. After all, you don't have much use for such a huge zoom range if the shots in the extreme range weren't sharp. And that the extreme zoom position of 3000mm is not useless is shown by two unique modes on the selector button on the top of the camera. The P1000 namely has separate icons for photographing the moon and birds.
If you can see something with the naked eye, then with the Nikon P1000, you can get it full screen in frame.
With its huge zoom range, this also seems to be the ideal holiday camera for anyone who wants to have everything at hand and who also regularly wants to photograph small creatures in the wild. With the Coolpix P1000, you don't have to wait in a shelter for hours until an animal gets closer, but bring everything closer by zooming in. The zoom mode offers two speeds, so you can make good use of the big zoom range. The camera can shoot in both jpeg and RAW. And the latter wasn't possible on its predecessor, the P900. The camera can also shoot a fast series of 7 images in a second and can film in 4K and full-HD. There is also a microphone input, so you can use a directional microphone, for example. The sensor has an ISO range of 100-6400. The screen turns and tilts, and the viewfinder has 2.36 megapixels, which is very good. The camera has a built-in flash, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. And for those for whom 3000mm is not enough, there is also the option of zooming in even more digitally, up to 12,000 mm. Of course, this is at the expense of quality.
From 24mm (eq) wide angle:
To 3000mm (eq) telephoto:
Nikon P1000 Body
The Nikon P1000 is a hefty camera, both in terms of dimensions and weight. Just how big, you realize when you have it in your hand. The P1000 cannot be compared to a conventional compact camera with a small sensor. Of course, it is not a "normal" compact camera. Thanks to the zoom range, which starts at 24mm, you can use it like that, but the huge lens and the enormous range ensure that you will probably buy it for special applications. And if you have a specific goal in mind for the P1000, then the dimensions and the weight are probably not a problem. To begin with, there is hardly any alternative to this zoom range, and if you want to get close to it, you need different equipment that is even bigger and heavier.
The camera weighs nearly one and a half kilos, 1415 grams with batteries. That is about 500 grams more than its predecessor, the P900. The dimensions are 146x181x119mm. Of course, the length gets even longer when you zoom out. That is a lot of camera for a 1/2.3rd sensor (6.17x4.55mm). Due to these big dimensions, the camera does have good ergonomics. The grip is hefty and ensures that you can hold the camera nicely. The operation feels like that of an SLR, and whoever is used to Nikon's will quickly feel at home with this P1000. Furthermore, the P1000 has a built-in flash, which of course is especially effective at short distances, and a hot shoe for placing Nikon system flash units. You do not zoom with the ring on the front, but with a zoom button around the shutter release button. For video work, there is a separate zoom button on the left side of the camera that provides a slower and smoother zoom movement. The ring around the lens can be used for manual focusing but can also be programmed for other functions.
SCREEN AND VIEWFINDEr
The Nikon P1000 has an electronic viewfinder and a screen that tilts and turns but that is not touch-sensitive. So you can't use it to control the focus point or to operate the menus. The screen has the same resolution as that of the P900, with 920,000 pixels. It is a fraction larger than that on the P900. The viewfinder has clearly become much better. It now has a resolution of 2.36 megapixels. That makes judging the images much easier.