When you’re serious about zooming photos, don’t go with a smartphone. Trust me, it is nonsense. Basically, smartphone camera is just cropping down your photos when doing zoom. And by cropping, it means image quality will be sacrificed. Therefore, if you really mean to zoom in photography, go for a dedicated camera device. And for this purpose, the new Nikon CoolPix P1000 is the best pick in our list.
Nikon CoolPix P1000 is a successor of the previous P900 that has been released few years ago. P900 itself has performed so massively outstanding with its 83x zooming capability. You can even zoom the moon to appear so much closer. As successor, surely P1000 perform so much better than P900 does. It is also equipped with more sophistication inside. Especially for zooming capability, this camera is much further than the successor.
Nikon CoolPix P1000 Design
Nikon CoolPix P100 is basically a compact camera with style of DSLR, in which people in the past called it as “bridge”. The design is like a bridge camera design in general, it is in between DSLR and compact camera. Talking about size, P1000 looks so bulky with its 146 x 119 x 181 mm (5.75 x 4.69 x 7.13″) dimension and 1415 g of weight including the battery. Specifically for dimension, the length of the camera can extend to be 14 inches when the camera is in full-zoom mode.
On the back side, we can find 3.2 inch fully articulated LCD screen with 921,000 screen dots. For your information, this screen is not touchscreen. So, for you who are used to operate touchscreen camera, you need to learn a little bit more when using Nikon CoolPix P1000. On the top of the screen, there is 921k-dot LCD.2.3 million-dot OLED Electronic viewfinder for better viewing object. This EVF covers 99% of the actual frame. So, you can see what the actual photos look like in this EVF.
Nikon CoolPix P1000 Specification
On paper, it’s stated that Nikon CoolPix P1000 has 125x zoom, which is equivalent to 24mm to 3000mm focal range. This massive zoom capability is supported by 1/2.3″ BSI-CMOS sensor with 16 MP resolutions. Even though this sensor seems so small, but the result is not that bad. Lens aperture is F2.8-8, and the camera has ED elements as well as the Super ED. ISO sensitivity ranges between 100 – 6400, which is a little bit lower compared to other low-end DSLR or mirrorless devices in the market.
One interesting thing is that Nikon CoolPix P1000 already supports RAW shooting. This is quite a nice upgrade as this feature was not offered in the previous P900. The availability of RAW image shooting surely will be so useful, especially for post production. In continuous shoot, this camera can perform 7fps of continuous shooting for only 7 shoots. Indeed, this 7 shoots limitation is quite a bit annoying, especially when you shoot moving subject. But still, it’s better than nothing.
Furthermore, as advance zoom camera, Nikon CoolPix P100 is also equipped with advance macro shooting. For shooting in macro, it has 1cm minimum of focus distance. P1000 is also equipped with advance wireless connectivity including WLAN and Bluetooth. With these, you can do instant file sharing as well as controlling the camera from your smartphone. As for power supply, the battery life of this camera can last for 250 shots in one single charge.
Video Record and Dual Detect Optical VR on Nikon P1000
While in video recording, P1000 can record 4K/UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) video format in 30p and 25p, and 1080p video format in 60 fps and 25 fps. Video can be recorded maximally for 4GB of size or in 29 minutes of length. And when this limit is reached, the camera will start to record new video again. To support this video recording function, Nikon has equipped this new camera with microphone input for better sound quality.
Another interesting feature in this camera is Dual Detect Optical VR (Vibration Reduction) technology. This feature employs accelerometers and corrective elements within the lens to analyze scene recorded and reduce the shake effect. With such a 24-3000mm equivalent zoom lens, surely a feature like this will be very useful to result a good steady picture.
With such features, Nikon CoolPix P1000 will be very usable for shooting certain scenarios such as wildlife, nature, or eve space. To fulfill this purpose, the camera has dedicated bird-watching mode dial as well as moon shooting dial.
Nikon CoolPix P1000 Price and Impression
Overall, zoom capability on Nikon CoolPix P1000 is great. It’s even able to do extreme 125x zoom. But, in term of imaging, the camera is pretty decent. It has smaller sensor with not that impressive resolution. However, picture quality in this camera is still good. So, for you who want to afford Nikon P1000 camera, this camera is offered in 999 USD. Probably some stores have opened for pre-order. But officially, Nikon CoolPix P1000 will be ready in store this September.