NIKON’S VERY LONG SHOT

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longer-than-yours brag­ging in su­per­zoom cam­eras con­tin­ues with Nikon beat­ing ev­ery­body by reach­ing an ef­fec­tive fo­cal length of 3000mm in the new Coolpix P1000. Yep, that’s right, 3000mm. Of course, it’s only pos­si­ble be­cause of the smaller sen­sor size, but the P1000’s 1/2.3inch BSI-type CMOS still packs 16.79 megapix­els of res­o­lu­tion (16 MP ef­fec­tive) and the test im­ages we’ve seen so far look pretty im­pres­sive. Not sur­pris­ingly, the P1000 is ac­tu­ally quite a big cam­era (and weighs a hefty 1.415 kilo­grams), but that zoom spans the equiv­a­lent of 24-3000mm – a zoom­ing range of 125x – with a max­i­mum aper­ture of f2.8-8.0 and macro fo­cus­ing down to just one cen­time­tre. If 3000mm isn’t long enough for you, 6000mm is avail­able via a ‘Dy­namic Fine Zoom’ func­tion, al­though this is es­sen­tially a dig­i­tal zoom so there’s some loss of im­age qual­ity. Still… 6000mm! The op­ti­cal con­struc­tion em­ploys 17 el­e­ments in 12 groups and six of these are spe­cial types made from ex­tra-low dis­per­sion glass. In­ci­den­tally, the zoom’s ac­tual fo­cal range is 4.3-539mm.

The P1000 has op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion which Nikon claims gives up to five stops of cor­rec­tion for cam­era shake (and you’ll need all of this hand-hold­ing at 3000mm). A com­bi­na­tion of op­ti­cal and elec­tronic sta­bil­i­sa­tion op­er­ates when shoot­ing movies and, by the way, the P1000 can shoot 4K video in the UHD res­o­lu­tion of 3840x2160 pix­els at 25 fps. The power zoom has two speeds, but there are also ded­i­cated modes for sub­jects such as the Moon or birds which will au­to­mat­i­cally zoom in at the push of a but­ton. The sen­sor has a sen­si­tiv­ity range equiv­a­lent to ISO 125 to 6400, and both JPEG and RAW (NRW) cap­ture is avail­able with a max­i­mum shoot­ing speed of up to 7.0 fps. The P1000 of­fers a full set of ‘PASM’ ex­po­sure modes with a choice of multi-zone, cen­treweighted av­er­age and spot me­ter­ing pat­terns plus TTL auto flash con­trol. There is a to­tal of 19 sub­ject modes with the op­tion of auto scene de­tec­tion. The shut­ter speed range is 30-1/4000 sec­ond with flash sync at all speeds. A separate ‘Bulb’ mode is avail­able for mak­ing long ex­po­sures. The cam­era’s built-in pop-up flash is sup­ple­mented by a hot­shoe. Aut­o­fo­cus­ing is via con­trast de­tec­tion with a tar­get-find­ing mode, face pri­or­ity and sub­ject track­ing.

The EVF is a 1.0 cm OLED­type panel with a res­o­lu­tion of 2.36 megadots while the TFT LCD mon­i­tor screen is ad­justable for tilt and swing and has a res­o­lu­tion of 921,600 dots. Other notable fea­tures in­clud­ing auto ex­po­sure brack­et­ing, a dual-de­lay self-timer, an ex­ter­nal mi­cro­phone in­put, WiFi and Blue­tooth LE (a.k.a. Nikon’s SnapBridge) wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity, a ‘clean’ HDMI video out­put and an in­ter­val­ome­ter. Sounds tempt­ing, doesn’t it?

As usual, Nikon Aus­tralia hasn’t is­sued an RRP, but digiDirect is list­ing the Coolpix P1000 at $1548 (www.digidirect.com.au) and Ted’s Cam­era Stores at $1599.95 (www.teds.com.au) which gives you a bit of a guide.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.mynikon­life.com.au

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