Basic Specifications
Full model name: Nikon Coolpix P1000
Resolution: 16.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
Lens: 125.00x zoom
(24-3,000mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 6400
Extended ISO: 100 - 6400
Shutter: 1/4000 - 30 sec
Max Aperture: 2.8
Dimensions: 5.8 x 4.7 x 7.1 in.
(146 x 119 x 181 mm)
Weight: 49.9 oz (1,415 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 09/2018
Manufacturer: Nikon
Full specs: Nikon P1000 specifications
16.10
Megapixels
125.00x zoom 1/2.3 inch
size sensor
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Nikon P1000 Review -- Now Shooting!

by William Brawley, Dave Pardue and Jeremy Gray
Preview posted: 07/10/2018

Updates:
09/18/2018: Field Test Part I posted
09/19/2018: First Shots posted
09/20/2018: Performance posted

10/29/2018: Field Test Part II posted

Click here for our detailed Nikon P1000 Product Overview

 

Nikon P1000 Field Test Part II

Nikon's latest superzoom is super fun

by Jeremy Gray | Posted 10/29/2018

53.9mm (300mm equiv.), f/4.5, 1/200s, ISO 200, Flash.
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If you have yet to read Dave Pardue's Field Test for the Nikon P1000, you should do so now. He covers a lot about the camera's design/handling and its image quality in a variety of situations.

When Nikon released the P900 during the spring of 2015, I was very excited about the camera for many reasons, not the least of which was its incredible 83x zoom range. There were some concerns, however, including sluggish autofocus and the lack of raw image recording. The P1000 doubles down on what made the P900 an intriguing camera by adding an extra 1000mm of reach, bringing the total focal length range to 24-3000mm while also improving upon some of its predecessor's weaknesses.

There's no such thing as free lunch, though. Nikon achieves the incredible feat of a 24-3000mm lens by utilizing a very small 1/2.3-inch sensor (although it can capture raw files this time around). It's a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, and 16 megapixels is a lot to put on a sensor that small. Further, the lens is quite large, making the P1000 a generally unwieldy camera. However, it is pretty light for its size, surprisingly so when you first pick it up, but it's far from compact. Small sensor, big camera and bigger lens.

7.6mm (41mm equiv.), f/5.6, 0.4s, ISO 100.
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Making the impossible possible

I photograph a lot of wildlife with APS-C and full-frame cameras and while these are excellent photographic tools, especially with a long lens, there are many times when I see an animal that is simply too far away. Even with a 200-500mm lens on a Nikon D500, there are a lot of times when I would love more reach. That's basically never a problem with the Nikon P1000. Not only can the P1000 photograph a very distant subject, it can also shoot at 24mm with the flip of a switch. That type of flexibility helps make the P1000 a very special photographic tool. It not only gives you unique opportunities that hardly any other camera can offer, but it also doesn't handcuff you by locking you into any specific type of photography.

102mm (567mm equiv.), f/5.0, 1/500s, ISO 320.
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117mm (650mm equiv.), f/5.0, 1/500s, ISO 110.
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117mm (650mm equiv.), f/5.0, 1/500s, ISO 110.
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117mm (650mm equiv.), f/5.0, 1/500s, ISO 110.
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But there's a price to pay when the light gets low

The P1000 has a pretty slow lens when you start to zoom in. As Dave Pardue noted, the lens may start at f/2.8, but by 105mm, it's an f/4 lens. At 800mm, it's an f/5.6 lens, and it drops down to f/6.3, f/7.1 and f/8 at 1600mm, 2200mm and 2800mm focal lengths, respectively. That is not a lot of light-gathering ability when you start zooming in. In the field, this results in pretty sluggish autofocus in low light, especially when you start to zoom in.

135mm (750mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 450, Flash.
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As you can see, it was quite dark. Nonetheless, the P1000 was able to acquire focus. It helped that the lens was not extended very far, as the low-light autofocus capabilities decrease quite rapidly as you surpass 1,000mm and 2,000mm focal lengths.

Not only is the autofocus speed underwhelming in low light and when zoomed in, but the very small sensor leads to some issues with respect to image quality. Supposing you are photographing wildlife in early morning light, you are probably at f/5 or slower and likely need a quick-ish shutter speed. If your ISO on the P1000 gets up above 400, you will start to see some pretty noticeable degradation to image quality. If you go as high as 800 or 1600, which aren't very high by modern standards, the situation only worsens, quite dramatically at the latter ISO speed. It makes sense, given the small sensor, but it's an issue that is exacerbated by the slow lens.

252mm (1400mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 1250.
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252mm (1400mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 1250.
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There's quite a bit of softening of fine details, but it doesn't look too bad when you zoom out. As you can see in this 100 percent crop, however, file quality decreases quite a bit at higher ISOs.
252mm (1400mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 1250.
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There's a pretty noticeably blotchy appearance to soft areas of images at higher ISOs.

The lens is an incredible feat of engineering

Let's take a closer look at the technology involved in the 24-3000mm zoom lens. The Zoom-Nikkor ED VR lens has 17 elements in 12 groups, including 5 ED elements and a single super ED element. The lens is a 4.3-539mm focal length lens in actual terms, but there's a 5.58 times crop factor due to the small size of the sensor, which produces an equivalent focal length range of 24-3000mm. The lens can focus as close as 11.8 inches (30 centimeters) in normal focus mode and as close as 0.4 inches (1 centimeter) in macro focus mode, which works up to 155mm.

Where the P900 struggled some in the corners, especially at wider focal lengths, I think that the P1000's lens is pretty solid. Even when shooting a macro image, such as the test shot below, it maintains a pretty good amount of sharpness across the frame.

27.9mm (155mm equiv.), f/4, 1/60s, ISO 200, Macro Focus.
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359mm (2000mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/500s, ISO 160.
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359mm (2000mm equiv.), f/6.3, 1/500s, ISO 160.
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In this crop, we can see that even at 2000mm, the P1000 can produce a detailed image. With a good amount of light, its performance is really quite impressive.
 
13.5mm (75mm equiv.), f/3.5, 1/250s, ISO 360.
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13.5mm (75mm equiv.), f/3.5, 1/250s, ISO 360.
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The flash works surprisingly well for fill

With a max flash sync of 1/4000s, which is impressive, you can easily use the P1000's built-in flash for fill, especially on a cloudy day. While it can create some iffy shadows at times, as any on-camera flash will, the camera does a nice job of balancing the power of the flash with the situation at hand. You can get some natural, pleasing results when there is some ambient light.

135mm (750mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 250, Flash.
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135mm (750mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 250, Flash.
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The P1000 is pretty big, but how does it handle in the field?

The P1000's main body is basically the size of a large DSLR camera, albeit quite a bit lighter than how a robust DSLR feels in the hands. It'll feel familiar for people who have used other Nikon cameras, although there are some differences, such as the lack of a front command dial – there is instead a dial surrounding the directional pad on the back to accompany the rear command dial – and a few different button locations.

I generally liked the layout of the camera's buttons when in the field, although I found everything is a bit too clicky and buttons don't have a lot of travel distance. The zoom mechanisms, both around the shutter release and on the lens barrel itself, felt nice and offer a good blend of speed and precision. When zooming in, there is a point around the 250-350mm range where you can start to feel the extending lens throw the balance off a bit. The image stays pretty stable when zooming in, although there is some variation in framing at times as you zoom in and out.

77.8mm (433mm equiv.), f/5, 1/400s, ISO 450.
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The electronic viewfinder is a somewhat weak aspect of the P1000's design and build quality. It is a 0.39-inch type OLED viewfinder with 99 percent coverage – which is pretty good – and 2,359K dots – also pretty good. The viewfinder image itself often looks a bit flat, although it's reasonably sharp. The primary issue I have is that the on-screen text, such as shutter speed and aperture, are not high-fidelity. It may seem like a minor issue, but clean-looking text goes a long way.

The rear display is much less sharp, offering only 921,600 dots. The 3.2-inch display delivers a soft image much of the time. On the plus side, its tilt/swivel mechanism is excellent. I do really wish that the display was a touchscreen, however, as that would make overall usability much better.

Overall, the P1000 feels pretty good in the hands although there is definitely room for improvement with handling in general and with the rear display in particular.

4.3mm (24mm equiv.), f/4, 1/400s, ISO 110.
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It isn't all about stills, the P1000 has video chops, too

The Nikon P1000 is more than a stills camera, it also has some interesting video features. It can record 4K UHD video at up to 30 frames per second and Full HD video at up to 60 frames per second. Further, the camera does not crop in from the sides when recording video, and it has vibration reduction even when recording 4K UHD video.

Nikon P1000 4K Video #1
3840 x 2160 video at 30 frames per second. ISO 125 (this is the base ISO for video recording). Three clips recorded in the camera as part of a single video.
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You can start a recording at any time by pressing on the dedicated record button on the back of the camera, which works well, but there is also a fully manual video recording mode on the mode dial. In manual video mode, you can then select an exposure mode in the camera's menu. It's rather odd that by default, M Video Mode actually goes into Aperture Priority mode, although it's easy enough to switch to a full manual mode, which gives you control over shutter speed and aperture. You can select an ISO from 125 to 6400, although by default, it is set to Auto ISO. You can also select an ISO Auto mode that goes from 125 to 400 and a second option goes from ISO 125 to 800.

Regarding video quality, it probably comes as no surprise that the P1000's small sensor does not deliver excellent 4K UHD video quality. It produces footage with quite a few artifacts, and the camera's dynamic range is not very good. Further, like with stills, low-light video is not great.

Nikon P1000 4K ISO Test Video #1 - ISO 125
3840 x 2160 video at 30 frames per second. ISO 125.
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Nikon P1000 4K ISO Test Video #2 - ISO 800
3840 x 2160 video at 30 frames per second. ISO 800.
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Nikon P1000 4K ISO Test Video #3 - ISO 6400
3840 x 2160 video at 30 frames per second. ISO 6400.
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Autofocus performance is hit or miss during video recording. When you don't zoom in very far, it is pretty good, but there are times, even in good light, when the camera cannot focus at all when you fully extend the lens. Even when focus is acquired, it is quite slow to lock in and slow to adjust if your subject moves. However, with such a small sensor, perfect focus is not quite as necessary anyways, there's a bit more leeway than you'd have with most interchangeable lens cameras.

Overall, the P1000 has pretty good video features, including manual video recording, and its 4K UHD video quality is fine for this type of camera. If you want high-quality video with responsive autofocus capabilities, the P1000 probably isn't it, but it allows an incredible amount of zoom that no other camera can really match, so you take the bad with the good.

In the video below, we see a lot of aspects of the P1000's video performance at work. First, the video is handheld, so we can see how well the vibration reduction works during video recording. Further, we see autofocus speeds at different focal lengths, particularly how slow they can be at longer focal lengths, and finally we see how the camera handles exposure adjustments on the fly.

Nikon P1000 4K Test Video #4
3840 x 2160 video at 30 frames per second. Handheld with full-time autofocus.
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Nikon P1000 Field Test Part II Summary

Very fun to use, especially in bright light

What I like:

  • 125x zoom lens offers a huge amount of versatility
  • Pretty good optical performance, especially in bright light
  • Nice image quality at low ISO settings
  • 4K video may not be great, but it is a nice inclusion
  • Great tilt/swivel mechanism on the rear display
155mm (860mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 1100.
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What I didn't like

  • Autofocus speeds are not great in low light and at long focal lengths
  • High ISO image quality is poor
  • Continuous autofocus underwhelms
  • Some aspects of the camera feel cheap
  • No touchscreen

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 is a fascinating camera. While it does have its shortcomings, especially when working in dim light, its strengths are very strong. The 125x built-in zoom lens is very fun to use and is a pretty strong performer throughout its focal length range, slow aperture issues aside. Further, the image quality may suffer when you increase the ISO, but it's pretty good at lower ISO settings. Plus, the P1000 can record raw files, something its predecessor could not do.

4.3mm (24mm equiv.), f/8, 1.3s, ISO 100.
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I recommend against stopping down to f/8 when shooting wide because of diffraction. I wanted the slower shutter speed, but you would be better off using a neutral density filter than stopping down with the P1000.

No, the P1000 is not perfect, but it is unique. You can go from photographing an expansive landscape at 24mm to photographing a very distant bird at 3,000mm in a matter of seconds. That type of versatility is special and will make the P1000 appeal to many different types of photographers. It can't replace a camera with a larger sensor when it comes to image quality, but it can make a very fun addition to any photographer's bag, especially for photographers who enjoy exploring nature and photographing everything they come across.

27.9mm (155mm equiv.), f/8, 1/50s, ISO 100.
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Nikon P1000 Review -- Product Overview

by William Brawley
Preview posted: 07/10/2018

Wildlife, birding and sports photographers, who's ready for the super-est of superzooms? Say hello to the Nikon Coolpix P1000!

Not content with the shockingly-impressive zooming performance of the popular P900, Nikon has now upped the ante with its P1000 successor. While the P900 offered a record-breaking 83x optical zoom range (24-2000mm eq.), the Nikon P1000 goes well beyond that with an astonishing 125x optical zoom lens. Yes, you read right, 125x! In 35mm-equivalent terms, the P1000's lens offers a zoom range from a nice 24mm wide-angle to a mind-boggling 3000mm! (And just wait until we tell you how far digital zoom gets you!)

The P900 was not a svelte compact camera by any means, and the P1000 is even less so. The lens is massive and the camera itself is large, but this means you get some DSLR-like features, including lots of physical controls and dials, as well as a deep hand grip and comfortable ergonomics. With excellent close-focusing capabilities and incredibly powerful telephoto chops, the Nikon P1000 makes for a highly versatile all-in-one camera for those looking to capture images both close-up and far away...far, far away.

Let's dive into the details of this formidable superzoom camera...

The Lens

As mentioned, this camera is anything but compact. Given the increased zoom ratio, the P1000 is, as expected, larger than its already-sizable predecessor. Weight alone is pretty telling, with the P1000 tipping the scales at over three pounds (1415g) whereas the P900 was about two pounds (916g). As for the dimensions, the width and height of the P1000 are slightly larger than those of the P900, while the length (depth) of the new model is close to two inches greater -- not including the extreme extension of the lens when zoomed to full telephoto. The diameter of the lens barrel has also increased, providing a larger 77mm filter thread compared to the 67mm thread on the P900. A petal-shaped bayonet lens hood is included.

As for the optical layout of the lens, the P1000 uses a lot of lens elements, 17 to be exact, situated into 12 groups (only one more element compared to the lens of the P900). The lens also utilizes a total of five ED (Extra Low Dispersion) elements and one Super ED element to help combat against chromatic aberration and color fringing.

The P1000's 4.3-539mm (24-3000mm eq.) lens uses a variable aperture design much like the P900, offering a bright f/2.8 aperture at the wide angle, before quickly narrowing down as you zoom to the longer focal lengths. With the P1000, the lens' maximum aperture falls to a rather narrow f/8 at full telephoto. While this max aperture may be sufficient for reasonably sharp, well-exposed photos in good lighting, it does make for difficult shooting in lower light or even shaded conditions, as the camera will either need a very slow shutter speed or a big boost in ISO sensitivity if you find yourself without flash or supplemental lighting.

As mentioned, the P1000 offers an impressive 3000mm eq. maximum focal length, but if you somehow need more reach, the camera offers two levels of digital zoom. With Nikon's Dynamic Fine Zoom option, the camera can reach up to 6000mm eq. while standard "digital zoom" will provide up to a whopping 12,000mm equivalent! Note that with both Dynamic Fine Zoom and digital zoom, image quality will be decreased compared to images shots within the optical zoom range; less so with Dynamic Fine Zoom than with standard digital zoom thanks to enhanced image processing.

Whether or not you shoot with optical zoom or reach into digital zoom range, we are talking about some serious telephoto reach here, and if you shoot handheld -- which is likely with this kind of camera -- you'll be glad that there's some powerful image stabilization on-board. Like the P900, the P1000 offers up to 5 stops of reported shake correction with its Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction system. For still photos, the VR system is purely optical, while for video shooting the camera uses a combination of optical VR and electronic stabilization to help steady your clips.

The Coolpix P1000 can focus as close as approximately 0.4 in. (1.0cm) from the front of the lens at wide angle in Macro mode, just like the P900. At full telephoto, minimum focus distance is 23 ft. (7.0m).

Design

When it comes to the body design itself, the P1000 is, in a sense, a bigger, beefier P900. It sports a similar DSLR-style shape with a deep handgrip and lots of physical controls and dials, as well as finally including a Nikon Speedlight-compatible ISO 518 hotshoe on top. There are two control dials, as before on the P900. There's one on the top deck right above the thumbrest area, and another, a rotary multi-selector, on the rear of the body, which rotates as well as doubles as a four-way directional control. There have been a few tweaks as well, including borrowing the AE-L/AF-L button from Nikon's DSLRs and surrounding it with an AF/MF switch. The mode dial has been changed to include a new Manual Movie mode as well as dedicated Bird Watching and Moon scene mode positions. Most other controls remain largely unchanged, with the exception of removing the dedicated Wi-Fi transfer button on the rear of the camera and relocating some buttons.

Like most superzoom cameras, the P1000 offers a zooming toggle switch around the shutter button. There's also a secondary zoom toggle on the left side of the lens barrel that provides a smoother zooming action during video recording. There's also a new control ring around the lens barrel that can be used for manual focus control as well as other programmable functions such as adjusting white balance presets.

With the high-powered zoom on the P1000, it can be challenging to keep the camera aimed at your subject, so Nikon has included its snap-back zoom button on the side of the lens (much like on the P900) that will quickly zoom the lens out some so that you can see more of the scene and help re-acquire your subject -- then simply release the snap-back button and the lens will return to its previous focal length.

Lastly, the Nikon P1000 features both an electronic viewfinder and a vari-angle LCD screen, much like on the P900. The rear TFT LCD maintains a similar 921K-dot resolution as the P900, but its size has increased slightly from a 3-inch display to a larger 3.2-inch panel. The EVF, however, undergoes a more significant refresh, moving up to a larger, higher resolution OLED panel with 2.3-million dots -- a nice change from a 921K-dot-equivalent LCD.

Image Quality Goes RAW

Sitting behind this massive lens is the same 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor as found in the P900. However, despite having the same sensor as the previous model, there are some nice photo and video upgrades compared to the earlier model. For example, the P1000 is now capable of RAW image capture whereas the P900 was a JPEG-only camera. For those more advanced photographers who want more control over the final look of their photos, the ability to capture and process RAW files is a big plus. For video shooters, the camera now offers 4K UHD video at 30p, whereas the P900 topped-out at 1080p60. The camera also allows for clean HDMI output as well as manual exposure controls in movie mode for more advanced video creators.

In addition to the typical PASM shooting modes, the P1000 offers a wide variety of scene modes, creative shooting modes and super-zoom-specific image capture modes, such as the previously mentioned Moon and Bird Watching modes in which the camera automatically adjusts settings to suit the scenario. The camera also has built-in timelapse and superlapse video capture modes, as well as an interval timer for stills.

In terms of ISO performance, the P1000 offers a similar range of sensitivities as in the P900. The full ISO range spans 100-6400, however the ISO range available varies depending on the shooting mode. ISO 3200 and 6400 are only user-selectable while in Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual mode as well as Manual exposure mode in Movie mode -- otherwise, the ISO range is limited to 100-1600. For video, the base ISO available is ISO 125.

The longest exposure in Manual exposure mode (at ISO 100) has been increased from 15 to 30 seconds, and the P1000 adds Bulb and Timer modes which support exposures up to 60 seconds. The top shutter speed remains at 1/4000 second (1/8000s for videos).

Performance

Performance specs appear similar to those of the P900, with a continuous burst rate of 7fps for up to seven frames at full resolution. Our lab tests confirmed this 7fps rate on the P900, so we expect to see similar performance here with the successor model. However, this burst rate was with JPEGs only, as the P900 did not capture RAW files. Nikon has not yet provided the continuous shooting rate with RAW images on this model. Like the P900, the P1000 also offers faster JPEG-only burst shooting rates at lower image resolutions: 1920x1080 at 60fps and 640x480 at 120fps.

The autofocus system remains a contrast-detect AF system, much like on the P900. The single-shot AF performance from the P900 in our lab was very fast for a superzoom. Our field tester found the P900's AF performance generally good but noted that it struggled some on low-contrast areas and smaller subjects. Nikon hasn't mentioned any specific AF performance improvements or technical changes to the AF system in the P1000, but we'll be sure to look for any changes or improvements to AF performance with this new superzoom model.

Connectivity, Ports & Battery

Like most modern cameras, the P1000 offers various wireless connectivity options, utilizing Nikon's SnapBridge connectivity system that incorporates Bluetooth Low Energy to pair and maintain an always-on connection to a smartphone. The P1000 then uses a faster Wi-Fi connection for image transfer and remote shooting capabilities with the SnapBridge app.

Unlike the P900, the Coolpix P1000 does not have NFC connectivity nor does it offer a built-in GPS receiver. However, it does gain the previously mentioned hotshoe, an accessory port (WR-R10 remote compatible) for additional creative control, and a 3.5mm external mic jack. The camera also includes support for a new ML-L7 Bluetooth connected remote, which allows for easy remote control of the camera including video start and smooth zoom control. Unsurprisingly, support for the ML-L3 infrared remote has been dropped.

The P1000 provides a Micro-B USB 2.0 port as well as a Micro HDMI (Type D) connection with clean output for external video capture. The camera uses SD storage media and supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. No word yet on whether UHS types are supported.

When it comes to battery life, the P1000 is actually CIPA-rated for fewer shots per charge than the P900, at just 250 shots compared to 360 shots from the previous model despite using a higher capacity 8.0Wh battery pack. The P1000 uses an EN-EL20a rechargeable lithium-ion battery -- the same battery as the Nikon 1 V3 camera -- which is different from the P900's 7.1Wh EN-EL23 battery pack.

Nikon P1000 Pricing and Availability

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 is set to go on sale later this year in September with an estimated retail price of US$999.95. The new ML-L7 Bluetooth remote control will also be available in September for an estimated retail price of US$49.95

 

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Nikon P1000 Field Test Part I

First impressions from the far away world

by Dave Pardue |

It was only a few years ago that the Nikon P900 leapfrogged the superzoom world and offered a then-unprecedented 2000mm-eq. optical focal length in a fixed lens camera, wooing birding and wildlife enthusiasts with a very powerful tool at their disposal, and one that we aptly praised here at IR. But when Nikon told us about their new P1000, with its new 3000mm-eq. offering, our heads virtually spun around on their axis... "What?!?" Needless to say, we were chomping at the bit to try it out and bring you images from the real world.

But first, a few initial handling notes...
The Nikon P1000 is not small, and yet considering that you get 3000mm-eq. optical shooting distance, with a whopping 24-3000mm optical (125x!) zoom range, it is actually surprisingly light in the hands. It's not feather-light, but you wouldn't want that anyway because you need at least a little weight to help stabilize your hands for those longer shots! In fact, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how little fatigue set in over several hours of carrying this camera around by my side on multiple occasions, and shooting virtually all of the images handheld.

At just over 3lbs (or about 1400g for the rest of the world) it is significantly lighter than anything you could get for the Full Frame, APS-C, or even MFT world even at one-third the focal distance. As the sensor sizes rise, so does the overall mass of the rig as simple physics comes into play. Yes, the ILC combinations do get lighter every year, but nothing remotely close to the fact that with the P1000 you get 3000mm for about 3lbs. That's 1000mm per pound!

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16.1 MP

Lacks viewfinder

269% smaller

4x zoom (213% less)

P1000 vs B500

$178.00 (460% less)

20.1 MP (20% more)

Lacks viewfinder

253% smaller

35x zoom (257% less)

P1000 vs H300

$382.33 (161% less)

20.3 MP (21% more)

Lacks viewfinder

250% smaller

5x zoom (150% less)

P1000 vs SX540 HS

$249.00 (300% less)

16 MP

Lacks viewfinder

250% smaller

5x zoom (150% less)

P1000 vs SX530 HS

$1198.00 (17% more)

20.2 MP (20% more)

Also has viewfinder

171% smaller

8.33x zoom (1401% less)

P1000 vs RX10 II

$798.00 (25% less)

20.2 MP (20% more)

Also has viewfinder

171% smaller

8.33x zoom (1401% less)

P1000 vs RX10

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