The new Nikon Coolpix P1000 features a frankly mad 125x optical zoom


Nikon’s Coolpix range of cameras are usually the lower end of the camera company’s selection. They tend to include fixed lenses and limited features, making them the sort of thing that you sling into a bag to er… bag some holiday snaps on your budget walking tour of Italy. The newly-announced Nikon Coolpix P1000 though… it’s something a little different.

The Coolpix P1000 is a step up from the company’s P900 superzoom camera, which features a hefty 83x optical zoom — pretty much overkill for a fixed-lens camera — and which will set you back about R10,000 locally. The P1000 takes its predecessor’s example to the extreme, with a massive 125x optical zoom. Expect the fixed lens to protrude a lot for it to reach full zoom. Also, if you’re planning on shooting images of the International Space Station zooming overhead with it you’re probably going to want to use a tripod.

Other key numbers include: a 16MP f/2.3 sensor, which starts at f/2.8 and closes down to f/8 when fully extended, 4K video at 30fps, and 1.4kg of weight. A tripod’s looking more and more attractive. It’s got an electronic OLED viewfinder, can shoot in RAW, and supports Nikon’s SnapBridge Bluetooth image transfer system.

Extreme nature photography and possibly even some space-based stuff are the point of this one — you’re not going to be whipping it out to snap party shots, unless the party’s happening a few kilometres down the road (note: don’t do this if you don’t have an invite to said party). The camera has dedicated settings for both bird-watching and moon photography to that end.

For a Nikon-flavoured overview of the features included in the P1000, check out this short explainer from Nikon Canada. You’ll also get a great all-over look at the camera itself.

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 is available overseas for pre-order, where it’ll cost you $999, or about R13,500 to book your superzoom shooter before it arrives in stores. Local pricing and availability hasn’t been announced yet, but it’ll be hitting the international market in September. Expect it to appear here shortly afterwards.

Source: The Verge


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