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Nikon COOLPIX P1000 – A Small Camera With a Giant Zoom Range

Bridge cameras aren’t exactly the headliner topic ’round here. However, we have to make an exeption for the new Nikon COOLPIX P1000. Its massive 125x zoom range is just too impressive to ignore. So let’s dive in and explore this compact, yet powerful little camera! The COOLPIX P1000 is a so-called bridge camera. More than a pocket-sized point’n’shoot camera but less than a full blown DSLR. The Nikon sports a fixed lens but that lens is quite a piece of glass, indeed! Nikon COOLPIX P1000 The built-in lens offers a zoom range of 4,3mm – 539mm, that’s a factor of 125. Still not impressed? Well, these figures refer to the somewhat tiny sensor size of 1/2,3″. If we translate the numbers to a standard 35mm sensor, we end up with much more impressive values: 24mm – 3.000mm. That’s not a camera, that’s a telescope! There must be a catch, right? Well, there is: The F-stop drops from f/2.8 down to f/8 over the zoom range and the image circle is not the biggest since the 16MP CMOS sensor isn’t the biggest either. Such focal lengths scream for some kind of stabilization and that’s exactly what Nikon has put into the COOLPIX P1000: optical image stabilization. If you are serious about (distant) wildlife or plane spotting, you might want to add a decent tripod to your kit, though. In terms of video, this camera offers 4K (UHD – 3840 x 2160) in 30p or 25p and 1080p in up to 60...

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Published By: Cinema5D - Thursday, 12 July

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