16-megapixel BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sensor
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16-megapixel BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sensor

Like the P900, the Coolpix P1000 uses a small, 1/2.3"-type BSI-CMOS sensor. We don't expect miracles from sensors this small (1/2.3" used to be the standard format for pocket and travel-zoom compact cameras) but image quality from the P900 wasn't bad, and aside from the possible issues caused by an even longer lens, we'd expect the P1000 to be capable of delivering decent images in favorable conditions.

The addition of Raw mode (using the .NRW format) to the P1000 is very welcome, but it remains to be seen just how much extra resolution it's possible to eke out of the camera's Raw files. It's likely that all of that glass - especially diffraction and haze-related issues at the long end of the zoom - will place a hard limit on absolute sharpness.