Best Extreme Superzoom: Nikon Coolpix P1000

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The Nikon Coolpix P1000 is a bit smug. The mother of all superzooms, takes the concept to a whole new level with a 125x lens. It is an equivalent focal length range of 24-3000mm, a telephoto length that is simply not known in interchangeable lens cameras. It is enough to take photos of the craters on the moon. Even with its powerful optical stabilizer, getting sharp shots at 3,000mm will be tricky without a tripod.

At the 24mm end, the P1000 has a maximum aperture of f / 2.8, which is not a bad thing, but it drops severely as it gets closer, dropping to f / 8 when it reaches 3000mm. That means that its light gathering capacity at the telephoto end is only 1/8 of what it is at the wide end. No, we don’t expect anyone to need 3000mm indoors, but it could still produce louder shots when shooting outdoors in less than ideal light.

Light sensitivity is also limited by the small sensor. Behind the monstrous lens is a standard 1 / 2.3-inch 16-megapixel sensor, a normal size for point-and-shoot. It’s backlit (BSI), which should help slightly with light sensitivity, but it will be no match for the older FX2500 and RX10 IV.

On the video front, you get 4K at 30fps, albeit without the advanced features of the FZ2500.

Overall, while the P1000 is certainly an exciting camera, you need to consider how much zoom you really need before deciding on it.


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