Nikon’s uber-zoom Coolpix ‘P’ range has been a good seller in the Australian market, so the announcement of the 125x zoom P1000 should be welcome mid-winter news for camera retailers. It will be released on September 6.
It’s a big step up in zoom range from the 83x P900, with a step up in price as well. No local pricing, but US recommended price is US$1000, so Nikon Australia would be doing well to bring it in for under $1600.
The 125x optical zoom f2.8-f8 lens (24-3000mm equivalent) is matched with a 16-megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor (1/2.3-inch), a 2.3-million dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a vari-Angle 3.2-inch 921K-dot TFT LCD screen. It shoots video at 4K as well as time lapse, and shoots stills in Raw format.
Optical image stabilisation delivers the equivalent of five stops camera shake compensation – handy with a lens which extends to 3000mm – and 6000mm when digital zoom is thrown in!) There’s a ‘snap-back zoom’ feature which temporarily expands the field of view for super-telephoto shots when tracking a subject from afar.
The P100 is big on manual controls, with a a function button, command dial and mode dial to quickly call up frequently used functions. There’s a focus mode selector that can be used to change the focus mode, and a control ring that allows for the adjustment of settings such as the white balance and manual focus.
The P1000 in macro mode can focus from as close as 1cm (although files size drops down to 12-megapixels). There’s the usual plethora of creative modes and filters, augmented by a couple of superzoom-specific settings – Moon Mode and Bird Watching Mode.
Lastly, with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, images will transfer automatically to a photographer’s compatible mobile device so family and friends can view stunning vacation moments or epic shots of the night sky in real time.
New Coolpix P1000 is also equipped with an accessory terminal and an accessory shoe that supports a wide variety of compatible devices, including Speedlights. Nikon also announced the new ML-L7 Bluetooth connected remote, a useful accessory for a superzoom camera to trigger various camera functions, including video start and smooth zoom control, remotely.