The mine-is-longer-than-yours bragging in superzoom cameras continues with Nikon now beating everybody by reaching an effective focal length of 3000mm in the new Coolpix P1000. Yep, that’s right, 3000mm.
Of course, it’s only possible because of a smaller sensor size, but the P1000’s 1/2.3-inch BSI-type CMOS still packs 16.79 megapixels of resolution (16 MP effective) and the test images we’ve seen so far look pretty impressive. Not surprisingly, the P1000 is actually quite a big camera (and weighs a hefty 1.415 kilograms), but that zoom spans the equivalent of 24-3000mm – a zooming range of 125x – with a maximum aperture of f2.8-8.0 and macro focusing down to just one centimetre. If 3000mm isn’t long enough for you, 6000mm is available via a ‘Dynamic Fine Zoom’ function, although this is essentially a digital zoom so there’s some loss of image quality. Still… 6000mm! The lens's optical construction employs 17 elements in 12 groups and six of these are special types made from extra-low dispersion glass to minimise various aberrations, including chromatic. Incidentally, the zoom’s actual focal range is 4.3-539mm.
The P1000 has optical image stabilisation which Nikon claims gives up to five stops of correction for camera shake (and you’ll need all of this hand-holding at 3000mm). A combination of optical and electronic stabilisation operates when shooting movies and, by the way, the P1000 can shoot 4K video in the UHD resolution of 3840x2160 pixels at 25 fps. The power zoom has two speeds, but there are also dedicated modes for subjects such as the Moon or birds which will automatically zoom in at the push of a button.
The sensor has a sensitivity range equivalent to ISO 125 to 6400, and both JPEG and RAW (NRW) capture is available with a maximum shooting speed of up to 7.0 fps. The P1000 offers a full set of ‘PASM’ exposure modes with a choice of multi-zone, centre-weighted average and spot metering patterns plus TTL auto flash control. There is a total of 19 subject modes with the option of auto scene detection. The shutter speed range is 30-1/4000 second with flash sync at all speeds. A separate ‘Bulb’ mode is available for making long exposures. The camera’s built-in pop-up flash is supplemented by a hotshoe. Autofocusing is via contrast detection with a target-finding mode, face priority and subject tracking.
The EVF is a 1.0 cm OLED-type panel with a resolution of 2.36 megadots while the TFT LCD monitor screen is adjustable for tilt and swing and has a resolution of 921,600 dots. Other notable features including auto exposure bracketing, a dual-delay self-timer, an external microphone input, WiFi and Bluetooth LE (a.k.a. Nikon’s SnapBridge) wireless connectivity, a ‘clean’ HDMI video output and an intervalometer.
Nikon Australia hasn’t issued an RRP, but digiDirect is listing the Coolpix P1000 at $1548 (www.digidirect.com.au) and Ted’s Camera Stores at $1599.95 (www.teds.com.au) which gives you a bit of a guide. For more information visit www.mynikonlife.com.au