If you're going to make an all-in-one camera or compact mirrorless ILC in today's market, you'll need to do something to stand out from the crowd, and boy oh boy, has Nikon delivered with its new COOLPIX P1000.
This 16MP camera has an insane 125x optical zoom NIKKOR lens on it that can achieve a 35mm equivalent lens range of 24-3000mm. (Yes, that's three zeros as in thousand.)
At $1000 dollars, the P1000 isn't cheap nor is it necessarily entry-level in price. It's basically an upgraded P900
, which will likely stay on the market as a more affordable superzoom option.
(P1000 with the lens in and fully extended)
Even though it has the same 16MP BSI CMOS sensor as the P900, the P1000 isn't just a P900 with a new lens; it also boasts an increased ISO range up to 6400, can shoot Time-lapse, Superlapse, 4K UHD video at 30p, HD 1080p up to 60p, has a stereo microphone, HDMI out, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, enabling you to share your images with the people you love through your phone or tablet while you're shooting.
The P1000 also features a 2.3 million dot OLED and a 3.2" Vari-angle LCD and a ton of manual options, from Snap-back zoom button (de-zoom quickly) to a customizable control ring. You can also take RAW images and for the first time a Coolpix will be able to use DSLR accessories like hot Shoe, mic input, accessory port for wireless releases, AC power.
But the big deal with the Nikon P100 that makes it such a desirable camera is its versatility. You can shoot at 24mm and get the wide shots you need and then zoom in all the way to 3000mm and can focus on a bug or a plant from up to 1cm away like this:
(image captured with Nikon COOLPIX P1000)
But if you use the cameras dynamic fine zoom function you can digitally double the 3000mm to a jaw-dropping 6000mm lens, enabling you to take photos of the moon, like this:
(image captured with Nikon COOLPIX P1000; tripod not included)
I'm guessing the camera was on a tripod, but it also has Nikon's EXPEED image processing system and Dual Detect Optical VR technology giving it 5-stops of camera shake compensation which helps when you're taking 4K UHD video of that same moon.
The camera isn't small. You're not going to toss it in your pocket. It's also not quite as large or as heavy as a Nikon D850. What you get is a kind of the perfect sized camera for never missing a shot. It has some great modes built in like "Moon Mode" and "Bird Watching Mode" which automatically adjusts the settings on the camera for the exact environment you're currently shooting.
The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 could be the perfect all-in-one camera for those who don't want to invest in multiple lenses or risk missing a shot while swapping lenses. That said, when we reviewed the P900
, we didn't love the image quality in the same way we do when shooting with Nikon DSLRs and NIKKOR lenses. I suppose there's no way to expect a $1,000 camera to compete with setups that cost $1,500-$5,000, but we're still eager to put this one through its paces. Nikon has done something really fun and interesting with this camera and it'll be worth checking out when it comes out.
The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 will available in September 2018 for $999.95.