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Nikon Coolpix P1000 Review

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The Nikon P1000 is a niche camera which will appeal to wildlife and landscape photographers who would like to capture images of distant subjects and scenes.

The successor to the Nikon P900 and its 2,000mm lens, the new Nikon P1000 takes telephoto to a new level with its 3,000mm f/2.8 to f/8.0 zoom lens. While the camera is larger and heavier, you today get 4K video, RAW support and a slightly larger (3.2 ins versus 3.0 in .), fully articulating LCD. You’ll lose about 100 pictures of battery lifestyle (250 versus 360) and the ability to expand the ISO to 12,800, though. But before you ooh and ahh over this $1,000 Point and Shoot camera, know that a 3,000mm lens isn’t all that easy to master.

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The P1000’s, 125x, 24mm to 3,000mm (35mm equivalent) lens is an amazing feat of technology. With this wide focal range, the camera covers virtually any situation you may encounter – from wide-angle terrestrial landscapes to the craters of the moon. And, for macro shots, the lens can focus on objects as close as 0.4 inches.

Zoom controls

Two physical handles activate the zoom (which only works when there’s an SD card installed): a lever surrounding the shutter switch and a lever on the still left aspect of the camera body. A “snap back” zoom button is positioned adjacent to the latter control and temporarily displays a wider position with a framing-assist container so you can reacquire your subject if you lose sight of it in the viewfinder or on the LCD.

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Special Bird Watching and Moon functions are pretty simple, but their frame-assist features, which provide a border within which to frame the subject, can come inconvenient when you’re photographing either subject. Pressing the OK key zooms the zoom lens to 500mm for bird photos and 1,000mm for the moon. These are the default settings, which can also be adjusted.

Time-lapse

Nikon was one of the first companies to include interval shooting, which allows you to capture images at specific intervals and create your own time-lapse photos. If you’d rather not fuss with manually setting up a time-lapse shoot and then combining the images in a video in postproduction, the P1000 has a handful of options you can use to shoot and immediately create a time-lapse video.

4K UHD video

Keeping up with the days, the P1000 offers 4K UHD video (3840 x 2160 @30fps). Footage is good, with accurate shades and direct exposure. Video was generally sharpened, particularly at wider angles. There’s an external microphone jack, which is a nice touch, and its own HDMI out port allows you to record footage to an external recorder.

The camera also offers full HD (1920 x 1080) and HD (1280 x 720) at 60 frames per second and 30fps, respectively. Three high-speed/slow-motion options are also available: 640 x 480 4x, 1920 x 1080 0.5x and 1280 x 720 2x.

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Bottom line

I actually really wanted to like the Nikon P1000 more than I did after shooting with it. While it’s very cool to get a 3,000mm focal range at your fingertips, working with a lens that long requires a level of practice, endurance and a very steady hand (and tripod).

For me, it took too much work to get good photos while taking advantage of the lens’ long zoom. But if you’re into birding, for example, you are probably used to the discipline it takes to photograph these beautiful creatures from afar, and you’ll really appreciate the close-up pictures that are possible with the P1000’s 3,000mm lens.

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