Nikon Coolpix P1000 Review

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The Nikon P1000 is a bit like an exotic supercar. Its design is focused solely on achieving big numbers, yet you’ll rarely take it to the max, but will still have to forgive its everyday inconveniences.

In our testing, we never needed more than 1500mm-equivalent reach to fill the image frame with our subject. While it’s nice to have the bragging rights that extra zoom is on tap, we’d prefer a more balanced camera with a bit less reach, but a smaller body containing a bigger sensor capable of better image quality.

We still love that Nikon has built such an incredible showcase of its optical engineering, even if the P1000 is a compromised beast that’s targeted at a very niche market.

The P1000 is a curious beast. If you absolutely need a camera with a 3000mm-equivalent lens, the fact that the P1000 is alone in offering this makes your decision easy. With a huge body, less-than-reliable autofocus, a sub-standard LCD and operational strifes, however, its appeal for anything else is more limited.

Nikon COOLPIX P1000 16.7 Digital Camera with 3.2" LCD, Black

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Features

  • 3000 millimeter optical zoom-the most powerful zoom lens; Ever put on a Nikon Coolpix camera
  • 4k ultra hd video with HDMI out, stereo sound and an accessory hot shoe
  • Rock steady dual detect image stabilization and great low light capability. Vibration reduction: Lens shift VR (still pictures) / lens shift and electronic VR (movies)
  • Raw (NRW), time lapse and super lapse shooting plus great creative modes
  • Full manual controls along with easy auto shooting

Nikon P1000 Specs

Imaging
Pixels Actual: 16.8 Megapixel
Effective: 16 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3″
Image File Format JPEG, RAW
Image Stabilization Optical
Lens
Focal Length 4.5 to 539mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 3000mm)
Optical Zoom 125x
Digital Zoom 4x Maximum (500x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (250x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 to 8
Focus Range 1′ to Infinity / 30.48 cm to Infinity (Wide)
23′ to Infinity / 7.01 m to Infinity (Telephoto)
Optical Design 17 Elements in 12 Groups
Filter Size 77 mm
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100 to 6400
Shutter Speed 1/4000 to 30 Seconds in Manual Mode
1/4000 to 1 Second in Auto Mode
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Matrix, Spot
Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation -2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Continuous Shooting Up to 7 fps at 16 MP for up to 7 Exposures (JPEG)
Interval Recording Yes
Self-Timer 3/10-Second Delay
Special Options Beach, Fireworks, Food, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Panorama, Party/Indoor, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset
Video
Recording Modes MP4/H.264/MPEG-4
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
HD (1280 x 720) at 25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Recording Limit Up to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Video Encoding NTSC/PAL
Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input
Audio File Format AAC
Viewfinder and Monitor
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 2,359,000 Dot
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Diopter Adjustment -3 to +3
Monitor Size 3.2″
Monitor Resolution 921,000 Dot
Monitor Type Articulating LCD
Flash
Built-In Flash Yes
Flash Modes Auto
Effective Flash Range ISO Auto
1.0 to 39.37′ / 0.3 to 12 m (Wide)
16.4 to 26.2′ / 5 to 8 m (Telephoto)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Interface
Memory Card Slot 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity 3.5mm Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B
Wireless Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
GPS None
Physical
Battery 1 x EN-EL20a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Approx. 250 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.8 x 4.7 x 7.1″ / 146.3 x 118.8 x 181.3 mm (Excluding Protrusions)
Weight 3.11 lb / 1415 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.775 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.85 x 7.45 x 7.15″
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