Nikon P1000 Release Date Announced as September 2018
I was constantly amazed at the videos and stills produced by the Nikon P900 and its 83x zoom lens. I was always recommending it to friends. Nikon have now blown that out of the water with the latest successor, the Nikon P1000.
I have always taught people to use fixed focal length lenses where possible and use your feet to compose your shot. This way, you get to really study your subject from all angles. However…
Sod that! Have you seen the zoom on this baby???
The Nikon P1000 has an incredible 125x zoom lens. That is the equivalent of a 24-3000mm lens! Shooting the moon, animals, birds and sports has never been this good.
Not only that, here are the full features of this little powerhouse.
Nikon Coolpix P1000 Specs
- 125x optical zoom (24-3000mm equivalent)
- Digital zoom (lol) 4x (equivalent to a 12,000mm lens)
- 4K Ultra HD video at 30fps with clean HDMI out (264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
- Stereo sound and accessory hot-shoe
- Dual Detect image stabilisation
- RAW stills shooting
- Time lapse and superlapse with more creative modes
- Full manual control or easy auto modes
- Focus peaking for video (hurrah)
- 16mp CMOS sensor
- 2″, 921,000 dot vari-angle rear LCD screen (excellent)
- Viewfinder 2.3m dot OLED
- Macro shooting at up to 1ft from your subject
- 8 maximum aperture (note: restricted to f8 at full zoom)
- EXPEED 4 image processor
- Remote control with the ML-L7 Remote Control (sold separately for $49.95)
- Remote control using a Smartphone app (and Nikon SnapBridge app)
- Storage media: SD, SDHC, SDXC
- ISO 100-1600 (expandable to 3200 and 6400)
- 7fps shooting
- Weight: 49.90z (1,415g)
- Sensor size: 1/2.3in
- Is it bonkers: Yes
Price and Availability
The Nikon Coolpix P1000 will have a suggested retail price of $999.95 and should be available in September 2018.
My first thought after seeing the P900 in action was “I want one”. After seeing the P1000, it’s “I’m having one”!
I love the addition of 4k @ 30fps but I REALLY love the clean HDMI out. Even the (grrr) Canon 5D Mark IV doesn’t have that but I do love it on the Panasonic GH5. This means you can record to an external device in a non-compressed format such as Pro Res.
However, the main attraction has to be that lens. I am sure that 90% of sales will be for that beast with people using it for:
- Astro photography
- Bird photography
- Other types of “bird watching” if you catch my drift (not me of course)
- Proving the earth is indeed not flat
It is a lot of camera and I think the price tag of $1000 is pretty good. I will wait to see some professional samples (stills and 4k video) before putting my hand in my pocket for one.
However, it is a lot of fun and a lot of camera in one little (well, quite large) bundle.