Nikon P1000 Review

September 12, 2018 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The Coolpix P1000 is a high-end, enthusiast-level bridge camera from Nikon. Its headline feature is its 125x optical zoom lens, which gives you a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 24-3000mm, making it unsurpassed in the market. It follows on from the Nikon P900, which made its debut back in 2015, and features a 83x zoom.

Aside from the zoom, the Nikon P1000's key specifications include a 1/2.3-inch 16 megapixel sensor, an f/2.8-f/8 maximum aperture range, a 0.39-inch, 2359k-dot electronic viewfinder, RAW format shooting, manual control and a 3.2-inch 921k-dot vari-angle TFT LCD.

Another thing about the Coolpix P1000 that made headlines when it was announced is its price - it currently retails for around £999 / $999, so it’s by no means a cheap, or bargain proposition.

Ease of Use

There are two ways to think about the Nikon P1000. It’s either massive compared to every other camera you’ve likely used - certainly a bridge camera - or it’s tiny considering the fact that it’s packing a 3000mm zoom.

Either way, you’re certainly not going to be able to slip this into your pocket - even a bag you might struggle with. Of course because of the huge lens, the bulk of the camera is taken up by that, with a very wide lens diameter and very weighty feel to it. Again, you might think it’s lightweight compared to carrying the equivalent DSLR equipment around, but this is by no means a discreet model - and it gets even larger when you zoom the lens out, too.

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Front of the Nikon Coolpix P1000

The Nikon P1000 is roughly DSLR-like in design, in that it has a deep, chunky grip, a familiar array of dials and buttons (familiar to DSLR users), and a viewfinder which sits in the middle of the back of the camera. The grip has a textured coating, while it is recessed in to accommodate your middle finger while your forefinger rests on the shutter release.

Although almost all of the Nikon Coolpix P1000’s buttons are on the right hand side of the camera, it’s unlikely you’d be using this camera one handed - it’s just too heavy. You’ll need to use your second hand to balance the lens and keep it as steady as possible. Around the end of the lens barrel there’s a control ring, which you can customise to control different functions - but there are just three options (exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity and white balance). Alternatively you can switch it off and have the ring not control anything.

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Rear of the Nikon Coolpix P1000

On the side of the lens barrel is a zoom switch, which you can use to move the lens in and out, and the extremely useful “snap-back zoom” button. This can be used when you’re shooting at the far end of the telephoto zoom and something goes out of the frame - something which is especially common when shooting at such long focal lengths. By holding down this button, the lens will zoom out, allowing you to find your subject, and once you let go of the button, the zoom will resume to the same length.

Found on the top of the grip is a mode dial, which contains all the usual automatic and semi-automatic modes (P,A,S) as well as manual mode. You’ll also find “Scene auto selector” as well as some special modes which are designed to make the most of the camera’s specific capabilities. There’s a “bird-watching” mode - which gives you the option to quickly jump to 500mm, and a “moon” mode - which gives you the option to quickly jump to 1000mm, as well as switching on a self-timer and giving you quick access to different white balance options.

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Top of the Nikon Coolpix P1000

Another dial is found on the top of the Nikon Coolpix P1000, which can be used to adjust shutter speed when shooting in either manual mode or shutter priority. Around the shutter release button there is another zoom switch, which you can use instead of the zoom switch on the side of the lens if you prefer. A small function button can be found just behind the shutter release, and can be customised to control a wide variety of different settings, including drive mode, ISO, white balance, Picture Control, AF area mode and so on.

Flipping to the back of the P1000, and Nikon has used a familiar array of buttons to anybody who’s used a Nikon DSLR, or previous Nikon bridge camera before. For example, there’s a scrolling dial which doubles up as a four-way navigational pad, with different functions assigned to each key, including macro focusing, flash functionality, exposure compensation and self-timer.

On the back, you’ll also find dedicated buttons for various functions, including video recording, a button to switch the viewfinder on and off, a playback button, a display button and a delete button. There’s also a menu button, which you can use to access the main settings of the camera. One button which is arguably missing from the P1000 is a “quick menu” option, but since most functions have a dedicated dial or button, it’s easy to see why one has been left off.

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Side of the Nikon Coolpix P1000

The electronic viewfinder found on the back of the Nikon P1000 is one of the best viewfinders ever to grace a bridge camera - but it’s certainly no less than you’d expect from a camera with a retail price of £999. It shows a bright and clear view of the scene in front of you, with no noticeable lag. There is a sensor just next to the viewfinder which gives you a seamless transition between using the camera’s screen and switching to the viewfinder.

Speaking of the screen, the P1000 has a fully articulating device. That makes it very useful for shooting from awkward angles, including for selfies and for video use. On the downside, the screen is not touch-sensitive, which is a bit of a shame for such an expensive camera.

Sitting above the lens barrel is the camera’s inbuilt flash. It has a lengthy housing to ensure that the flash can stretch over the P1000’s huge zoom, and it can be released from the housing via a switch. The flash itself pops out quite high above the lens, and can just be pushed back into place when not in use.

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The Nikon Coolpix P1000 In-hand

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 takes an EN-EL20a battery, and has an official CIPA rating of 250 shots. In real-terms, you’ll probably find that it lasts a little longer than that in most situations. It can be charged via USB. There is a single SD memory card slot found next to the camera’s battery.

On the whole, focusing is quick and accurate when using the Nikon P1000. However, when the lens is zoomed to its full length, it can sometimes struggle to acquire focus on very distant subjects. Switching on vibration reduction (via the main menu) is an absolute necessity when using long focal lengths, but it keeps things relatively stable and smooth. That said, if you’re going to shoot something at 3000mm, using a tripod is the best way to ensure that your composition is exactly what you want - it’s very easy when working at this focal length to make a micro movement and completely change the framing.

Image Quality

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It can be easy to forget that the Nikon Coolpix P1000, despite its huge size, is at its heart, a compact camera. The 1/2.3-inch sensor is actually smaller than some of the sensors you find in smartphones, such as the Huawei P20 Pro. What that means in real terms is that image quality is nowhere near as high as you might find from a typical mirrorless or DSLR camera - it even struggles to beat cameras with a one-inch type sensor.

As is often the case with compact style cameras, the best results can be seen when shooting in good light. When light conditions are favourable, then detail is well represented, while colours are nicely saturated and realistic. The Nikon P1000’s all-purpose metering setting does a good job of creating balanced exposures, while the automatic white balance setting copes well with a variety of different lighting conditions, including under artificial light.

At the far end of the telephoto zoom, there is a fair amount of detail lost, meaning that while it’s quite a novelty to be able to take photos of very distant subjects, the resulting images are more likely to be used for “record” shots than anything else. Sharpness is better maintained towards the wider end of the zoom lens, still giving you plenty to work with.

In low light, it’s best if you can keep the ISO down to 800 or below. In fact, the automatic ISO setting won’t let you go above 800 as if to hammer home that point. You can select ISO 1600 or ISO 3200 from the main menu, but shots taken with this setting see a significant loss of detail, with a painterly effect rendered.


The Nikon Coolpix P1000 has 7 sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 6400 at full resolution for both JPEG and RAW files.


ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Nikon Coolpix P1000's 125x zoom lens provides an astonishing focal range of 24-3000mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.






The Nikon Coolpix P1000 allows you to get as close as 1cm to your subject, in this case a Compact Flash card.




The flash settings on the Nikon Coolpix P1000 are Auto, Auto with Red-eye reduction, Fill Flash, Manual (Full, 1/2, 1/4 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 and 1/64), Slow Sync, Rear-curtain Sync and Flash Off. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle

Flash On - Wide Angle

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto

Flash On - Telephoto

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots with the flash on.

Flash On


Flash Red-eye Reduction



The Nikon Coolpix P1000's maximum shutter speed is 15 seconds in the Manual mode, which is good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 15 seconds at ISO 100.



Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Nikon P1000 camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Nikon RAW (NRW) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 18 second movie is 136Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 17 second movie is 72Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 18 second movie is 37.8Mb in size.

This is a sample slow-motion movie at the quality setting of 640x480 pixels at 120 frames per second. Please note that this 54 second movie is 23.4Mb in size.

Product Images

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In many ways, the Nikon Coolpix P1000 feels more like a “concept camera” than one that Nikon expects to sell in any great numbers.

Once you get over the initial novelty of (for example) being able to stand in Cardiff, Wales and take a photo of Weston-Super-Mare, England (11 miles away, as the crow flies), you realise that you’re carrying around a camera of enormous heft and weight for situations that are pretty few and far between.

Even wildlife and bird photography rarely calls for such long focal lengths of 3000mm, while it’s likely to feel impractical to those wanting a holiday or travel camera to have a weighty and large model on their person.

It’s also important to remember that despite its massive size, the Nikon Coolpix P1000 is really still a compact camera in essence (as in, it has a compact camera sized sensor), meaning it struggles to produce images of high quality in low light conditions.

Then there’s also the high cost to consider. Given that 3000mm is more than most photographers would ever need, and, that image quality at that focal length is not particularly amazing, it’s hard not to recommend going for something cheaper and smaller, with a more restricted focal length.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some good points about the Nikon Coolpix P1000. It has a great viewfinder, can shoot in RAW format and in manual mode. There’s also 4K video recording, too. Build quality is high, especially around the grip. Then there’s the fact that creating a camera with a 125x / 3000mm focal length lens is quite a feat of engineering - it deserves applause for the technological innovation.

How well the Nikon Coolpix P1000 sells will be interesting to see, especially if the high, almost £1000 / $1000 price point is maintained for a while. In the meantime, we’ll see if any other camera manufacturers decide to try and outdo it!

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 3

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon P1000.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is a bridge super-zoom camera with a massive 50x zoom lens. The Canon SX530 also offers 16 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD screen, full manual controls and 1080p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX530 HS review now...

Kodak PixPro AZ901

The Kodak PixPro AZ901 superzoom camera has a jaw-dropping 90x optical zoom lens, which offers a maximum telephoto length of 1980mm - try doing that with your smartphone! Other stand-out features include 5fps burst shooting, an articulating LCD screen, RAW file support and wi-fi connectivity. Find out if the Kodak PixPro AZ901 can live up to its far-reaching potential by reading our in-depth review...

Nikon Coolpix B700

The Nikon Coolpix B700 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a whopping 60x zoom lens. Retailing for around $499 / £359, the 20 megapixel Nikon B700 comes complete with built-in wi-fi connectivity, manual control, Raw support, a 3-inch tilting screen and 4K movie recording. Read our Nikon Coolpix B700 review to find out if this superzoom camera is worth a look...

Nikon Coolpix P900

The Nikon Coolpix P900 is a new super-zoom bridge camera with an astonishing 83x zoom lens, providing a focal range of 24-2000mm! The Nikon P900 also has a back illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3-inch 921K-dot vari-angle LCD screen, full 1080p high-definition movies with stereo sound, built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, an electronic viewfinder and 7fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix P900 review now...

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ82

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ82 super-zoom camera (also known as the DMC-FZ80) features a massive 60x zoom lens with a focal range of 20-1200mm. Other highlights of the FZ82 / FZ80 include a 3 inch LCD touchscreen, 4K movies, 10fps burst shooting, P/A/S/M modes, RAW support, a flash hotshoe and an 18.1 megapixel MOS sensor. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ82 review now...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 is a new super-zoom bridge compact camera. A 50x, 24-1200mm lens, 20.4 megapixel CMOS sensor, BIONZ X processor, 1920x1080 50p Full HD video with stereo sound, high-resolution tilting 3-inch screen, manual shooting mode, 10fps continuous shooting, and a full range of creative shooting modes are all offered by the HX350. Read our expert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 review to find out if it's the right bridge camera for you...

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

​The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV is a super-zoom camera with a 24-600mm lens and 20 megapixel sensor that can shoot still images at an amazing 24 frames per second, complete with full-time auto-focusing. Is this the only camera that you'll ever really need? Find out by reading our detailed Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV review...



Compact digital camera

Effective pixels

16.0 million (Image processing may reduce the number of effective pixels.)

Image sensor

1/2.3-in. type CMOS, total pixels: approx. 16.79 million


NIKKOR lens with 125x optical zoom

Focal length

4.3 to 539 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24 to 3000 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format)


f/2.8 to 8

Lens construction

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


Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 12000 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format); Up to 3.6x when recording movies with 2160/30p (4K UHD) or 2160/25p (4K UHD)

Vibration reduction

Lens shift (still images), combination of lens shift and electronic VR (movies)


Contrast-detect AF

Focus range

[W]: Approx. 30 cm (1 ft) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 7.0 m (23 ft) to infinity, Macro close-up mode:: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity (wide-angle position), Approx. 7.0 m (23 ft) to infinity (telephoto position), (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)

AF-area mode

Target finding AF, face priority, manual (spot), manual (normal), manual (wide), subject tracking


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

Frame coverage

Shooting mode: approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture); Playback mode: Approx. 100% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)


8.1 cm (3.2-in.) diagonal; Approx. 921k-dot (RGB), wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment, vari-angle TFT LCD

Storage media


File system

DCF and Exif 2.31 compliant

Storage file formats

Still images: JPEG, RAW (NRW) (Nikon’s own format); Movies: MP4 (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)

Image size (pixels)

16 M 4608 x 3456, 8 M 3264 x 2448, 4 M 2272 x 1704, 2 M 1600 x 1200, 16:9 12 M 4608 x 2592, 3:2 14 M 4608 x 3072, 1:1 12 M 3456 x 3456

Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate

2160/30p (4K UHD), 2160/25p (4K UHD), 1080/30p, 1080/25p, 1080/60p, 1080/50p, 720/30p, 720/25p, 720/60p, 720/50p, HS 480/4x, HS 720/2x, HS 1080/0.5x

Movie - ISO sensitivity

ISO1001 to 1600

Exposure metering

Matrix, center-weighted, spot

Exposure control

Programmed auto exposure with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, exposure bracketing, exposure compensation (–2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)

Shutter type

Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter

Shutter speed

1/4000to 1 s, 1/4000to 30 s (when ISO sensitivity is 100 in M mode)

Flash sync speed

Synchronizes with all shutter speeds


Can be selected from 10 s and 3 s


Electronically-controlled 7-blade iris diaphragm

Aperture range

10 steps of 1/3 EV (W) (A, M mode)

Flash range (approx.)

ISO sensitivity: Auto, [W]: Approx. 0.3 to 12 m (12 in. to 41 ft) Approx. 5.0–8.0 m (17–26 ft) (focal length equivalent to that of 2000 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format); When focal length is equivalent to that of 3000 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format: Approx. 7.0 to 8.2 m (23 to 26 ft) (ISO sensitivity: 3200), Approx. 7.0 to 11 m (23 to 38 ft) (ISO sensitivity: 6400)

Flash control

TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes

Exposure compensation

In steps of 1/3 EV in the range between –2 and +2 EV

Accessory shoe

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


Micro-USB connector (Do not use any USB cable other than the included UC-E21 USB Cable.), Hi-Speed USB Supports Direct Print (PictBridge)

HDMI output

HDMI micro connector (Type D)

External microphone connector

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

Accessory terminal(s)

Compatible with the following accessories (available separately): MC-DC2 Remote Cord WR-R10/WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards

IEEE 802.11b/g (standard wireless LAN protocol)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency

2412 to 2462 MHz (1 to 11 channels)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) maximum output power

9.2 dBm (EIRP)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security

Open system, WPA2-PSK

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) communications protocols

Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1

Bluetooth standards

Operating frequency: Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz, Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz

Power sources

One EN-EL20a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (included), EH-5b/EH-5c AC Adapter, requires EP-5C Power Connector (available separately)

Charging time

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

Battery life

Approx. 250 shots when using EN-EL20a

Actual battery life for movie recording

Approx. 1 h 20 min when using EN-EL20a

Tripod socket

1/4 (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

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


Approx. 1415 g (3 lb 2 oz) (including battery and memory card)

Operating environment - temperature

0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)

Operating environment - humidity

85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

Strap, LC-77 Lens Cap, EN-EL20a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-73P Charging AC Adapter, UC-E21 USB Cable, HB-CP1 Bayonet Lens Hood


The Nikon Coolpix P1000 superzoom bridge camera features an incredible 125X optical zoom lens offering a focal range of 24-3000mm. Nikon also announced the new ML-L7 Bluetooth connected remote as another optional accessory available for the P1000.

The Nikon P1000 will have a suggested retail price of $999.95 / £999 / €1499.00 and will be available in September 2018.

Nikon USA Press Release

The Superzoom COOLPIX P1000 Offers an Astounding 125x Zoom to Capture Your World and Beyond

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 – 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 Bluetooth2connectivity, 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 COOLPIX 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

Nikon 100th Year Anniversary

Since the company was established in 1917, Nikon has cultivated its status as a pioneer of optical technologies around the world. Guided by a corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity,” Nikon provides a wide range of products and services globally by harnessing advanced opto-electronics and precision technologies. Nikon is proud to celebrate their 100th anniversary from July 2017 to July 2018.

About Nikon

Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo and video capture technologies; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enable visual storytelling and content creation. In 2017, Nikon celebrated a legacy of innovation with its 100-year anniversary celebration. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories, Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras and Nikon software products. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., announced the production of 100 million NIKKOR lenses, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit, which links all levels of photographers and visual storytellers to the Web's most comprehensive learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon on FacebookGoogle+TwitterYouTubeInstagramVimeoFlickr and Snapchat (@NikonUSASnap).

  1. This camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
  2. The camera’s built-in Bluetooth® capability can only be used to connect the camera to a compatible smart device running the SnapBridge app, and to take advantage of SnapBridge features. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.

Using the SnapBridge App System Requirements: 

  • Android 5.0 or later or 6.0.1 or later
  • A device with Bluetooth 4.0 or later (i.e., a device that supports Bluetooth Smart Ready/Low Energy) is required.
  • The SnapBridge app is available for compatible iPhone®, iPad® and/or iPod touch®, and for smart devices running the AndroidTM operating system. The app can be downloaded free of charge from Apple’s App Store® and GooglePlayTM. Nikon SnapBridge can be used only with compatible cameras.
  1. Among compact digital cameras available as of July 10, 2018. Statement based on Nikon research.
  2. At the maximum image size. The maximum zoom ratio varies by image size. The zoom ratio indicated for Dynamic Fine Zoom is the combined ratio of optical zoom from the maximum wide-angle position and digital zoom.
  3. Measured in accordance with CIPA standards at approx. 350mm (equivalent focal length in 35mm [135] format).

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Preview Images

Ahead of our full review, here are some JPEG and Raw sample images and videos taken with the new Nikon Coolpix P1000 superzoom compact camera. The Nikon Coolpix P1000 is a 16 megapixel superzoom camera featuring a massive 125x zoom lens equivalent to 24-3000mm!

A gallery of sample images taken with the Nikon Coolpix P1000 compact camera.

Nikon Coolpix P1000 Sample Images

Sample RAW Images

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Nikon RAW (NRW) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 18 second movie is 136Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 17 second movie is 72Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 18 second movie is 37.8Mb in size.

This is a sample slow-motion movie at the quality setting of 640x480 pixels at 120 frames per second. Please note that this 54 second movie is 23.4Mb in size.

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