Nikon Coolpix P1000

16MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor | 24-3000mm equiv. F2.8-8 lens | 4K video capture

What we like:

  • Focal range cannot be matched by any camera
  • Respectable image quality, given camera's purpose
  • Raw support
  • Well-built, with logical control layout

What we don't:

  • Large and unbalanced when zoom is extended
  • Lens is slow at long end, reducing sharpness
  • No touchscreen
  • Poor battery life
The Nikon Coolpix P1000 is the ultimate superzoom camera, with a 24-3000mm equivalent lens, Raw support and 4K video capture. The P1000 uses a 16MP, 1/2.3" sensor that's not larger than those used in a smartphone, though.
The P1000 is a large camera that weighs a substantial 1.4kg (3.2lbs). We found it can be difficult to compose a photo at 3000mm equiv since the stabilization can't fully correct hand movement. A 'snapback' function quickly zooms out so you can locate your subject. The P1000's fully articulating LCD, is not touch-enabled. Connectivity is via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and generally speaking works as expected.
When it comes to zoom power, there's no camera that comes close to Nikon's Coolpix P1000
The autofocus varies considerably depending on your focus length, being responsive and accurate at wide-angle but 'hunting' at longer lengths. This slowing at longer focal lengths and its limit of seven photos in a burst rule it out for sports. Battery life is not good, rated at just 250 shots per charge.
The P1000's image quality depends greatly on the focal length. Photos are generally on par with other small-sensored cameras, with pleasant colors and a bit too much noise reduction. It offers Raw, though, so you can choose your noise/detail balance and modestly brighten shadows. Heat haze, coupled with the lens's slow maximum aperture and JPEG noise reduction, limit image quality at the longest focal lengths.
The P1000 has very good video quality for a camera with point-and-shoot roots. It can capture 4K video at 30p (with no crop) as well as 1080/60p and time-lapse/super-lapse clips. There's a manual exposure mode a zoom microphone and a socket for addition an external mic. Electronic Vibration Reduction is available at 1080p and below.
When it comes to zoom power, nothing comes close to Nikon's Coolpix P1000. Whether it's taking a portrait from 2 blocks away or getting up close and personal with a bird in the distance, this lens can do it. That said, while other cameras can't match that lens, many will offer better image and video quality for the same money, especially those with larger sensors.

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