Nikon Coolpix P1000 review

With its 125x zoom, the P1000 shows Nikon can produce incredible lenses, even if the rest of this bridge camera is more mundane

Digital Camera World Verdict

The P1000 is a loveable beast and an optical marvel, but it’s difficult to recommend. Max zoom is rarely required in real world shooting, and the optic necessitates a small sensor with underwhelming image quality. Even so, if you’re going on safari and can’t carry - or stretch to - a super-telephoto DSLR set-up, the P1000 may just be worth the money.


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    Stunning zoom range

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    Good EVF

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    Excellent image stabilisation

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    4K video and RAW photos


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    Average image quality

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    Poor low light performance

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    Big and heavy

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    Focusing and VR struggle at extreme zoom

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125x optical zoom. Yes, you read that correctly. The Nikon Coolpix P1000's lens is capable of covering 24-3000mm (scaled to 35mm camera figures), making it by far the most zoom range available on a consumer camera.

Given the old Coolpix P900 already held the optical zoom range record at 83x, it's come as some surprise that Nikon has seen fit to obliterate its own record. We examine this new ultra-zoom bridge camera benchmark to see if there's more to the P1000 than just big numbers.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.