Nikon turned heads and struggled to meet demand with the P900, with its record-setting 83x zoom lens. It is upped the ante—together with value, dimension, and performance—with its latest bridge camera, the Coolpix P1000 ($999.95). It does not exchange the P900, which is cheaper and rather a lot smaller. As a substitute, it steps in to fill a distinct segment for photographers who need an excessive quantity of zoom with its Three,000mm lens. It is unapologetically large, with a lens that is as audacious as it’s massive—however we would anticipate nothing much less from a 125x zoom.
Design: Huge Lens, Huge Digicam
The P1000 is the biggest “compact” digicam we have ever seen. Its physique is concerning the dimension of a small SLR—it resembles the D5600—with a protruding fastened lens, bigger than any SLR starter zoom. The P1000 measures Four.7 by 5.Eight by 7.2 inches (HWD), weighs Three.1 kilos, and helps 77mm entrance lens filters.
The superlative zoom vary is the explanation for the majority. The lens is a Four.Three-539mm f/2.Eight-Eight, equal to a 24-Three,000mm in full-frame phrases. It will probably snap photographs of wide-angle landscapes, and zoom in to deliver distant topics into clear view. You will get an concept of what that will get you by having a look on the picture above, shot at 24mm, and the one under, at Three,000mm. The entire pictures and video included on this first look are offered by Nikon—PCMag has not but had an opportunity to make use of the digicam within the area.
There’s truly a great macro functionality too—on the vast angle, the lens can deal with topics simply zero.Four-inch (1 centimeter) from the entrance of the lens. A Three,000mm focus is accessible to 23 toes (7 meters)—we’ll must see simply how a lot macro magnification that delivers once we check the P1000.
The large physique leaves loads of room for bodily controls. The left facet of the lens barrel holds a zoom management rocker together with a framing help button—it quickly widens the sphere of view of the lens, in contrast together with your set place, and reveals an on-screen field overlay to point the precise zoom setting. This allows you to discover your goal, body it, and launch the button to return the lens to the earlier zoom place. When zoomed in, it’s usually troublesome to search out or observe your topic as a result of extraordinarily slender angle of view.
There is a sizzling shoe (for an exterior flash) and a pop-up flash, each centered behind the lens, on the highest plate. To the precise of the Mode dial, on the precise facet of the highest, are a further management dial, the On/Off button, the Fn button, the zoom management, and the shutter launch.
Rear controls embrace a spotlight toggle swap with the AE-L/AF-L button at its heart. The P1000 features a handbook focus ring across the lens, an improve from the P900. There’s additionally buttons for EVF toggle, File, Play, Show, Menu/Delete, and OK. A flat command dial, with 4 directional press capabilities, rounds out the bodily controls.
The three.2-inch LCD is a bit larger than you may discover on most compacts. It packs a 921k-dot decision and seemed advantageous in a briefing room setting, however we weren’t ready to make use of it beneath direct daylight. It’s mounted on a hinge, so it might swing out from the physique and face all the best way ahead. But it surely does not assist contact enter, which looks like an odd omission for a $1,00zero digicam.
There’s additionally an EVF, which is about zero.39-inch (1cm) diagonal with 2,359okay dots and OLED tech. It seemed good in an workplace setting, however as with the remainder of the digicam, we have not had an opportunity to make use of it in the true world.
Connectivity choices embrace Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—Nikon calls its Wi-Fi system SnapBridge. The P1000 can ship pictures to your smartphone mechanically or on demand by way of Bluetooth, and it may be remotely managed by way of your telephone by way of Wi-Fi with a reside feed to your telephone’s display screen. Nikon additionally affords a wi-fi Bluetooth distant for distant picture seize.
The battery is rated for 250 photographs, or about 80 minutes of video seize by CIPA requirements. That is on the low facet, so you might need to think about selecting up a spare. The P1000 helps in-camera charging, however we’re undecided if you should use it and cost it on the identical time.
There is a single reminiscence card slot, with assist for UHS-I speeds and SD, SDHC, and SDXC card codecs. Interface connections embrace micro HDMI, micro USB, and a Three.5mm microphone enter.
Efficiency and Picture High quality: Query Marks
The P1000 makes use of a half of.Three-inch picture sensor with 16MP decision and a BSI design. It helps Uncooked and JPG seize, can shoot from ISO 100 by means of 6400. We anticipate Nikon to ship high quality imaging and efficiency, however there’s one large query mark with regard to picture high quality—diffraction.
When mild enters the lens by means of a slender opening it tends to scatter, harming picture high quality. We discovered that it was a problem with the P900 and its lens, which closes all the way down to f/6.5 when zoomed all the best way in. The P1000 is even narrower, f/Eight, and we’ll be certain to take loads of pictures at full zoom to see the way it holds as much as diffraction.
Video is accessible at as much as 4K decision at 25fps or 30fps, and you may also shoot at 1080p or 720p at as much as 60fps. There isn’t any 24fps seize choice, which is able to disappoint videographers preferring the look of the cinema to video. There’s uncompressed output obtainable by way of HDMI, so it’s doable to attach a area recorder to internet video at a better high quality than the digicam can handle internally.
The phrase distinctive will get thrown round an excessive amount of, however it’s aptly used to explain the Nikon Coolpix P1000. We have not but seen a digicam fairly prefer it—unabashedly large, with a lens that delivers extra telephoto attain than you may want for many pictures. You will not all the time need to shoot at Three,000mm, however there’s not one other client digicam that may allow you to achieve this with out resorting to heavy digital zoom.
Even when you do not want the additional zoom, there are some interesting upgrades over the P900. The P1000 provides Uncooked seize, a handbook focus ring and sizzling shoe, 4K video, and a palpably bigger EVF. It is also costlier, however you might discover that the options are value the additional value, even when you do not all the time make the most of the complete breadth of the lens’ vary.
There are a selection of excellent bridge cameras available on the market. The P1000 appears a bit extra area of interest than the P900 and our favourite mannequin with at the very least a 50x lens, the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS. We’ll have to attend and see how the P1000 compares.
For not way more than the P1000 you may also go for the Sony RX10 III, which has a shorter 24-600mm f/2.Four-Four zoom, however one which’s brighter and backed by a sensor that is 4 occasions as massive and packs 20MP decision. The zoom vary is not practically as huge, however it’s going to ship higher picture high quality than any half of.Three-inch sensor digicam when you constrain your self to 600mm.
The Nikon Coolpix P1000 is scheduled to ship in September. We hope to have a evaluation prepared round that point.