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The Nikon Coolpix P1000 is a bridge camera with medium-high level features and price, suitable for the photography enthusiast who is willing to spend a good sum for having a higher level camera than the mid-range bridge.

The most prominent feature of this new model is the presence of a lens that covers large focal lengths, with 125x zoom and equivalent focal range from 24 to 3000 mm, making it the most capable bridge model ever in this department.

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ƒ2.8 1/1000 24mm ISO100

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ƒ8 1/50 3000mm ISO100

The sensor is 1 / 2.3 inch with 16 megapixel resolution and the lens has a maximum aperture of f / 2.8-8, there is a good electronic viewfinder from 2.36 million points, possibility to shoot in RAW format, good manual controls and shooting modes as in the most professional reflex and mirrorless cameras.

The dimensions are not those of a camera designed for those who want to travel light, and the price is certainly not entry level, this product is aimed at the intermediate market of users looking for a good quality camera, not only to take photographs on vacation, but for a more constant use.

The P1000 is the next version to the Nikon P900, released in 2015 and with an 83x optical zoom. The differences between the two models are multiple and remarkable, the P1000 is definitely a more advanced level machine. The sensor remains the same size, but almost all other technical specifications receive an update, making the purchase attractive to users of the previous model.

But…is the Coolpix P1000 a camera for you?

Design and features

It must be said immediately, the Nikon P1000 is a camera of significant size, so for those looking for portability, lightness and small footprint, we advise you to take other roads and position yourself on smaller bridges or choose one of the best compact cameras currently available .

The design of the P1000 is therefore suitable for those interested in holding a bridge that resembles a digital reflex, with a well pronounced grip and a set of controls similar to the more professional DSLRs and mirrorless.

The electronic viewfinder is placed on the central part of the camera body, and although most of the controls and controls are placed on the right side, it will be quite difficult to use this camera with one hand, since you will always have to hold your left hand under the goal to balance the weight.

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I like the rough material of which the grip is made, it makes the grip very comfortable and there is enough recessed space to relax the rest of the fingers while the right forefinger is resting on the shutter button.

Around the lens there is a control ring, which can be customized to control three functions with exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity and white balance.

Still on the outside of the lens, easily reachable with the thumb of the left hand, there is the lever to control the zoom and a button to deactivate it momentarily, very useful if P1000_4you are at high focal lengths and you don’t know where the subject is. Keeping this button pressed the machine will return to wide angle, so as to allow you to track down the subject in the frame, when you release it the camera will return to the zoom level previously in use and ready for shooting.

P1000_5Around the shutter button, typical of bridge cameras, you will find another zoom control lever, so you can select the focal length even with the right hand index for those who prefer this type of use. Next to the shutter button is the on / off button, and an Fn button that can be used to control various features such as shooting mode, ISO, white balance, image effects, AF area and other options. Above the grip to the right of the viewfinder you will find the mode selection dial, with all the usual options of modern cameras, with manual and semi-automatic modes (M, A, S, P) and other preset scenes also for photographing the moon or for bird-watching.

In the back there is a good amount of buttons, with sets very familiar to those who already know Nikon DSLR cameras. The space to support the thumb of the right hand is very wide and comfortable, with a rubber texture to favor a good grip.

The central set of buttons consists of a scroll wheel that also functions as a directional button, with different functions assigned to each direction: macro mode, flash function, exposure compensation and self-timer.

In addition to the menu buttons, display, playback and image deletion (recycle bin), here is also the video recording button and the switch lever to switch from AF to MF with the relevant AE-L and AF-L button to block exposure point of fire..

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The P1000 is equipped with an integrated pop-up flash, and I appreciate the addition of a hot shoe to also connect external flashes and other compatible accessories.

The camera offers a memory card slot and is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC media.

Viewfinder and display

In the Nikon Coolpix P1000 you find one of the best electronic EVF viewfinders currently mounted on a bridge camera. It is an electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million point OLED technology and an eye detection sensor for automatic activation and deactivation. The image is clear, bright, with virtually invisible delay, 99% coverage of the frame, the scene can be seen very well even when the brightness is very intense.

Even the LCD monitor is of good quality, 3.2 inches, with a resolution of 921,000 points. It is possible to orient the screen in all directions, even for selfies shots.

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To be continuted with Image Quality…