Nikon P1000 Review

September 12, 2018 | Amy Davies |

Nikon P1000 Image Quality

p>All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine
JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around
7Mb.

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.

Noise

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

JPEG RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (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.

24mm

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3000mm

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Macro

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

Macro

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Flash

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

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Flash Red-eye Reduction

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Night

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.

Night

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