And you thought the Nikon P900‘s 83x zoom lens was impressive. Nikon has just announced the Nikon COOLPIX P100, the “new undisputed powerhouse of superzooms.” It packs a ridiculous 125x zoom lens that has the 35mm-equivalent focal range of 24-3000mm — the most powerful range available in a compact camera.
“The P1000 is the ideal companion camera for birding, sports, wildlife, and celestial-photographers seeking superior performance from extreme distances,” Nikon says.
Inside the camera is a 16-megapixel back-side illuminated CMOS sensor that has an expanded ISO range of up to 6400.
The camera’s lens uses ED and Super ED lens elements and features a variable aperture of f/2.8-f/8 through the zoom range. 250x Dynamic Fine Zoom gives the camera extra digital reach, allowing it to shoot up to 6000mm (in 35mm terms).
“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,” Nikon says.
Here’s what the Moon looks like when shot in 4K with the P1000 at 125x zoom:
Dual Detect Optical VR in the camera provides 5-stops of camera shake compensation — helpful for when you’re trying to capture a scene or subject at the telephoto end of the camera’s range.
On the back of the camera are a 2.3-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and a swiveling 3.2-inch 921K-dot LCD screen.
Other features and specs of the camera include 4K video recording, stereo audio recording, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, quick start-up, RAW photos, a focus mode selector, a control ring (for adjusting things like white balance and manual focus), picture controls, creative modes (e.g. Bird Watching, Moon Mode, and 1cm Macro), filter effects, and time-lapse effect.
Here are some sample photos captured with the P1000:
Here’s a 5-minute first look at the P1000 by the camera superstore B&H:
The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 will be available in September 2018 for $1,000.