Nikon Coolpix P1000 Bridge Camera is biggest bridge camera in market with longest range. It’s 125x optical zoom is equivalent to 3000mm. This is the most powerful zoom lens Ever put on a Nikon Coolpix camera. This beyond something you can achieve with a interchangeable telephoto lens those DSLR cameras use. The previous model which is Nikon Coolpix P900 only has a 83x Optical Zoom or upto 2000mm. It’s really big when you compare with other bridge cameras in market but when you compare it with this Nikon P1000, there is a huge difference. So this monster is beyond anything what you can call a point and shoot camera. This is probably the most powerful non-DSLR digital camera ever built.
So far there isn’t any other bridge camera which can complete with Nikon Coolpix P1000. Canon hasn’t released one after SX60 HS Camera which has only a 60x optical zoom. The only downside of this camera is
Main Features of Nikon Coolpix P1000 Bridge Camera
- 125x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens.
- Angle of view equivalent to that of 24-3,000mm lens in 35mm.
- Aperture 2.8 – 8.
- ISO 100 – 1600.
- Continuous Shooting Up to 7 shots at approx, 7 frames per second.
- CMOS 1/2.3 in. Sensor.
- Image Size 4608 x 3456 (16M).
- 22 Scene Modes.
- 3.2 in. Vari-Angle TFT-LCD Screen.
- Storage SD, SDHC,SDXC memory cards.
- Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20a Battery.
- 4K UHD 3,840×2,160/ 30p videos.
Above you have all the basic feature of Nikon Coolpix P1000 Bridge Camera you need to know. There are lots of more details but these are the main points. If you are a beginner photographer or bridge camera user then these will be useful to get an general idea about this camera. You can find more information on manual or Amazon sales page.
If you want to learn about photography, specially do wildlife photography then Either you need a big budget like 2000 usd for DSLR camera setup or go for a Good Bridge camera like Nikon P1000. About 10 years ago when I had my first bridge camera, Canon Powershot SX10 IS things were not this good. Well, it was the first bridge camera ever came to the market. It had a CCD sensor, 20x optical zoom, 10-megapixel resolution. It was really great for standards of those days. Today, models like Nikon Coolpix P1000 Bridge Camera has 125x zoom, CMOS Sensor and many more things which makes it closer to a DSLR camera.
For someone who want to take high quality birds and outdoor photos, there are some really good Scene modes in this camera. Birds mode is good for anyone who want to take nice birds without bother about manual settings. I used to get amazing bird pics with 20x optical zoom. Imagine what 125x optical zoom could do! You are going to need a Tripod to take good photos using full 125x but that’s something normal.
Well, No camera is perfect. So what are the cons of this Nikon Coolpix P1000 Bridge Camera ? It’s not tiny camera you can keep in your purse. It’s big has entry level DSLR camera. These days DSLR cameras are heavy as those used to be but it’s heavier than a usual compact camera. That’s the only con I can find about this camera. But I don’t think it will be a big issue for those who need a camera with big zoom.
I have seen few reviews says photos at 3000mm is not good enough. In most cases these photos were taken held or in bad light condition. This is a common complain about bridge cameras. What some people don’t understand is if you are going to take sharp photos of a far away object, then you must use a tripod. I use tripod for 300mm so imagine 3000mm ? Another thing is these far away photos won’t be super sharp if light is bad. It will give you amazing photos if you use it right but don’t expect miracles.