There’s a school of thought in the photography world that suggests you “zoom with your feet,” but I don’t imagine any of its adherents ever conceived of the Nikon Coolpix P1000. Nikon’s latest “compact” camera has a lens with the world’s highest zoom ratio: at 24-3000mm equivalence, it’s capable of 125x optical zoom.
The P1000 is the successor to the P900, which was already breaking new ground with its 83x zoom lens. The P1000’s lens only opens up to f/8 at the long end versus f/6.5 on the P900, but that tradeoff may be worth it for the extra reach — at that focal length, you’ll want to use a tripod anyway. Both cameras’ lenses start at f/2.8 and are paired with an understandably small 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor.
The P1000 is obviously designed for extreme zoom scenarios like nature and space photography, and to that end it has dedicated bird-watching and moon-shooting settings on its mode dial. The camera can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second, has an OLED electronic viewfinder, supports RAW image capture, and works with Nikon’s SnapBridge Bluetooth image transfer system. It weighs 3.1 pounds / 1.4 kilograms, so it’s probably not something you’ll casually sling around your neck.
Nikon is pricing the P1000 at $999, which is a lot for a superzoom. But then, this is the zoomiest superzoom ever. Can you really put a price on that? It’ll be out in September.