The New Nikon P1000 Has a 125x Optical Zoom with a Laughable 1/2.3 inch Sensor for $999.95

We’re not exactly sure why the Nikon P1000 is being announced in 2018; 2012 happened years ago.

Today, for some odd reason, the Nikon P1000 point and shoot camera is being announced. Odd, you ask? The fact that it is a point and shoot isn’t such a big issue at all; the fact that it’s a superzoom camera being marketed as one with a 125x optical zoom is what’s insane. Kudos to Nikon for being able to do something like this, but then you read the fine print (or in this case, print that’s not even in the press release) and see the bait and switch–this Nikkor lens is having its potential wasted by being placed in front of a 1/2.3 inch sensor.

Insane, right? In 2018, a small sensor point and shoot is being announced. Where is the 1 inch sensor? Where is the APS-C point and shoot camera? Why the hell is this being produced? To be fair, I do see folks around cities using super zoom cameras like this; but they’re very rare and many more people are using DSLRs, large sensor point and shoots and mirrorless cameras. I’d love to know why Nikon decided that this was a great idea. In addition to that, I want to know who decided that nearly $1,000 was a good price tag. It isn’t weather sealed, the aperture starts at f2.8 and goes to f8 and it has a “moon mode.”

Tech specs, and the laughable press release are below.

Nikon P1000 Tech Specs

Launch Time and Date

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 12:01 A.M. EDT

Product Name

Nikon COOLPIX P1000


Compact Digital Camera

Effective Pixels

16.0 million

Image Sensor


Sensor Size

1/2.3 in.

Total Pixels

16.79 million


(include glass lens in specs)

125x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens

Lens Focal Length

4.3-539mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-3,000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)

Lens f/-number


Lens Construction

17 elements in 12 groups (5 ED lens elements and 1 super ED lens element)

Lens Zoom


Digital Zoom

Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 12,000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)

Vibration Reduction

Lens shift VR (still pictures)

Lens-shift and Electronic VR (movies)

Motion blur reduction


Autofocus (AF)

Contrast-detect AF

Autofocus (AF) Focus-area selection

Face priority

Manual (normal)

Manual (spot)

Manual (wide)

Subject tracking

Target Finding AF

Focus Range

[W]: Approx. 1 ft. (30 cm.) to infinity

[T]: Approx. 23 ft. (7.0 m.) to infinity

Macro close-up mode: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm) (wide-angle position), Approx. 23 ft. (7.0 m) (telephoto position) (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)

Focus Lock



Electronic viewfinder, 1 cm (0.39-in.) approx. 2359k-dot equivalent OLED with the diopter adjustment function (-3 to +3 m-1)

Viewfinder coverage (shooting mode)

Approx. 99% horizontal and 99% vertical shooting mode (compared to actual image)

View Finder  coverage (playback mode)

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical playback mode (compared to actual image)

Monitor Size

3.2 inch

Monitor Type

Vari-Angle TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating

5-level brightness adjustment

Monitor Resolution

approx. 921k-dot

Monitor Frame coverage (shooting mode)

Approx. 99% horizontal and 99% vertical shooting mode (compared to actual image)

Monitor Frame coverage (playback mode)

Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical playback mode (compared to actual image)

Storage Media

SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card

Internal Memory


Storage File System

DCF and Exif 2.31 compliant

Storage File formats

Still pictures: JPEG, RAW (NRW) (Nikon’s own format)

Movies: MP4 (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)


4K UHD 3,840×2,160/ 30p

4K UHD 3,840×2,160/ 25p

Full HD: 1920×1080/ 60p

Full HD: 1920×1080/ 50p

Full HD: 1920×1080/ 30p

Full HD: 1920×1080/ 25p

HD: 1280×720/ 60p

HD: 1280×720/ 50p

HD: 1280×720/ 30p

HD: 1280×720/ 25p

HS 640×480/ 4x

HS 1920×1080/ 0.5x

HS 1280×720/ 2x

Image Size (pixels)

4608 x 3456

ISO Sensitivity

ISO 100-1600

ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using P, S, A or M or Movie manual mode)

The lowest ISO sensitivity in Movie manual mode is ISO 125

Lowest ISO Sensitivity


Highest ISO Sensitivity


Exposure Metering

Matrix, center-weighted, spot

Exposure Control

Programmed auto exposure with flexible program

aperture-priority auto

exposure bracketing


shutter priority auto

exposure compensation (–2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)

Exposure Modes



Scene Auto Selector

Smart Portrait

Special Effects

Scene Modes





Easy Panorama

Fireworks Show



Multiple Exposure Lighten

Night Landscape

Night Portrait


Pet Portrait


Scene Auto Selector

Selective Color





Superlapse Movie

Time-lapse Movie

In-Camera Image Editing



Filter Effects

Quick Retouch

Skin Softening

Small Picture

Exposure Compensation

–2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV

Auto Exposure/Auto Focus  Lock


Auto Exposure Bracketing


White Balance

Auto 1

Auto 2

Choose color temp






White Balance Preset


Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter

Shutter Speed

1/4000 – 1 sec.

1/4000 – 30 sec. (when ISO sensitivity is 100 in M mode)

At wide-angle position, with largest f-number setting (smallest aperture)

Bulb and Time setting (can be set when ISO sensitivity is 100 in M mode): Up to 60 seconds

1/8000 – 1/30 sec. (when recording movies)

Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution

7 fps up to 7 shots

Continuous Shooting Options

Continuous H

Continuous H 60

Continuous H 120

Continuous L

Interval Timer

Pre-shooting cache



Electronically-controlled 7-blade iris diaphragm


Can be selected from 10 or 3 seconds duration

Accessory Shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with sync and data contacts and safety lock

Built-in Flash Control

TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes

Built-in Flash


Built-in flash Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto)

[W]: 0.3 to 12m (12 in. to 41 ft.)

[T]: 5.0 to 8.0m (17 ft. to 26 ft.) (focal length equivalent to that of 2,000 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)


Hi-Speed USB

Interface Data transfer protocol


Video Output


HDMI Output

HDMI micro connector (Type D)

I/O terminal

Digital I/O (USB)

Wi-Fi Functionality


Smart Device App Connectivity



Yes, Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1



Supported Languages




Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)



















Portuguese (European and Brazilian)












Power Sources

One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20a (supplied)

AC Adapter EH-5b/EH-5c; requires EP-5C Power Connector (available separately)

Charging Time

3 hours (when using EH-73P/EH-73PCH Charging AC Adapter and when no charge remains) (Approx.)

Battery / Batteries

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20a

Battery Life (shots per charge)

Still pictures*: Approx. 250 shots

Movie: Approx. 1 hour 20 minutes

*Based on Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards for measuring the life of camera batteries. Measured at 23(-/+2)°C (73(-/+4)°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, flash fired with every other shot, image quality set to Normal, image size set to 4608 x 3456 (16M). Battery life may vary depending on shooting interval and length of time menus and images are displayed.                                  

Tripod Socket

1/4 (ISO 1222)

Approx. Dimensions

W x H x D

Approx. 5.8 x 4.7 x 7.2 in. (146.3 x 118.8 x 181.3 mm) excluding projections

Approx. Weight

Approx. 3 lb. 2 oz. (1,415 g) with battery and memory card

Operating environment

0°C-40°C (32°F–104°F)


With its Impressive NIKKOR 24-3000mm Equivalent Optical Zoom Lens and Advanced Shooting Controls, the New COOLPIX P1000 Brings Creative Possibilities Closer Than Ever

MELVILLE, NY (JULY 10, 2018 AT 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the COOLPIX P1000, the new undisputed powerhouse of superzooms. With an incredible 125X optical zoom (24-3000mm equivalent) powered by high performance NIKKOR optics; the P1000 is the ideal companion camera for birding, sports, wildlife and celestial-photographers seeking superior performance from extreme distances. Beyond its incredible zoom range, the versatile 16-megapixel COOLPIX P1000 captures 4K UHD video and offers a myriad of manual controls, as well as user-friendly functions including built-in Wi-Fi1 and Bluetooth2 connectivity, letting photographers of all levels explore and share their creativity.

“The COOLPIX P1000 is the first of its kind for a compact digital camera,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “It raises the bar for superzoom cameras and is a testament to our commitment to delivering innovative tools that offer creative freedom to capture and allow users to share their unique visions of the world.”

Powerful Optics go the Distance

The COOLPIX P1000 incorporates state-of-the-art NIKKOR technology, designed with ED and Super ED lens elements, boasts the world’s most powerful3 125X optical zoom lens (24-3000mm f/2.8-8) and 250X Dynamic Fine Zoom4, equivalent to a staggering 6000mm from macro to extreme distances. This powerful zoom range gives the P1000 the versatility to chronicle an adventure filled vacation, capture a favorite ballplayer from the top tier of a stadium or fill the frame with celestial objects like the moon, that normally only a telescope could reach.

To handle such extreme distances, the camera is equipped with the latest Nikon EXPEED image processing system and Dual Detect Optical VR technology for 5-stops5 of camera shake compensation that help capture sharp images and reduce blur. Featuring a 16-megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor and expanded ISO range up to 6400, the P1000 affords users the versatility to capture superior image quality even under challenging lighting conditions. The COOLPIX P1000 also boasts a variety of high-speed features including a quick start-up and fast Autofocus (AF) system, making it an ideal choice for capturing action from the sidelines of your kid’s soccer game or from an adventure-packed safari. Additionally, whether capturing a ballplayer sliding into home plate or photographing a bird in flight from afar, users will feel confident finding, tracking and capturing these far-away subjects using the camera’s snap-back zoom feature which temporarily expands the field of view for super-telephoto shots.

Versatility Ignites Creativity

The COOLPIX P1000 makes it easier than ever for photographers to express their personal creativity. Through its host of manual functions and RAW (NRW) image output, the P1000 is great for advanced users seeking precise control from point of capture to post-production. The COOLPIX P1000 offers an innovative control layout complete with a function button, command dial and mode dial to bring frequently used functions to a photographer’s fingertips.

Additionally, the camera includes a focus mode selector that can be used to change the focus mode and a control ring that allows for the adjustment of settings such as the white balance and manual focus. Photographers will find the camera’s built-in 2.3-million dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) helpful when composing their shot, while the Vari-Angle 3.2-inch 921K-dot TFT LCD display is ideal for capturing challenging angles like framing a performer on a concert stage.

The COOLPIX P1000 offers numerous picture controls, creative modes and filter effects to help photographers bring their creative vision to life. Whether capturing the night sky or a bird perched on a tree branch, users can take advantage of the camera’s designated scene modes, such as Moon Mode and Bird Watching Mode, to automatically adjust settings to deliver brilliant results in a variety of environments. While amazing for extreme zoom, the COOLPIX P1000 also supports versatile shooting scenarios like capturing macro images from as close as 1 cm away. Beyond mastering still photography from both near and far, the P1000 is also capable of incredible 4K UHD video with stereo audio recording and time-lapse effects to further expand artistic expression. Lastly, with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, images will transfer automatically to a photographer’s compatible mobile device so family and friends can view stunning vacation moments or epic shots of the night sky in real time.

New Accessory: Bluetooth Connected Remote

The new COOPLIX P1000 is equipped with an accessory terminal and an accessory shoe that supports a wide variety of compatible devices, including external Nikon Speedlights. To bring more capabilities and creative control to photographers, Nikon also announced the new ML-L7 Bluetooth connected remote as another optional accessory available for the COOLPIX P1000. The ML-L7 Bluetooth connected remote control expands the shooting possibilities of the P1000 by enabling users to trigger various camera functions, including video start and smooth zoom control, remotely.

Price and Availability

The COOLPIX P1000 will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95* and will be available in September 2018. The new ML-L7 Bluetooth connected remote control will also be available in September 2018 for a SRP of $49.95*. For more information on COOLPIX P1000 and other Nikon products, please visit

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Chris Gampat

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