Photographers do not always have the luxury of getting up close and personal with their subject matter. So, it's sometimes up to the zoom capabilities of the camera. Nikon is hoping to help with far away shots with its Coolpix P1000, a compact digital camera with an mind boggling 125x optical zoom, which is the world's highest on any digital camera to date.
The zoom lens on the Coolpix P1000 has the 35mm-equivalent focal range of 24-3000mm. On top of the optical zoom capabilities, Nikon's latest camera has a 250x Dynamic Fine Zoom to shoot up to 6000mm, when those situations arise.
"The Coolpix P1000 is equipped with a 125x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers the wide-angle 24mm to super-telephoto 3000mm focal lengths. It supports an incredibly broad zoom range, offering users the opportunity to enjoy the recording of photos and movies at focal lengths that were never before possible," Nikon says. "Furthermore, super ED and ED lens elements were adopted for this lens, providing superior compensation for chromatic aberration. High-resolution images can be captured throughout the entire zoom range."
Nikon's P900 already boasted an impressive 83x zoom lens, and now its successor takes things to a new level. The P1000 also boasts a variable aperture of f/2.8-f/8 through the zoom range. Photographers will likely want the benefit of a tripod when shooting subjects at far distances, such as bird watching, sports, and celestial photography.
To handle the extreme distances the P1000 is capable of, Nikon outfitted with with its latest EXPEED image processing system and Dual Detect Optical VR technology. It also has a 16-megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor and expanded ISO range of up to 6400.
"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," Nikon says.
Nikon will sell the Coolpix P1000 in September for $999.95. Photographers will also be able to pair it up with Nikon's new ML-17 Bluetooth remote ($49.95), which will also be available in September.