Nikon’s New Superzoom Camera Has a 125X Optical Zoom Lens

Nikon’s just announced the COOLPIX P1000, a potentially groundbreaking superzoom camera with an impressive 125X optical zoom.

“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.”

But a large zoom range isn’t all that this camera’s packing. It’s also got a 16-megapixel sensor that can capture 4K UHD video and offers an ISO range up to 6400. Nikon also says the camera will have a fast autofocus system and offer a number of manual controls and user-friendly functions, like built-in Wi-Fi.

‘The World’s Most Powerful’ 125X Optical Zoom Lens

The P1000’s headlining feature is its zoom range. Nikon claims this camera sports the world’s most powerful 125X optical zoom lens — a 24-3000mm f/2.8-8. Also featured is 250X Dynamic Fine Zoom — which is equivalent to a 6000mm focal length.

With this extensive zoom range, the P1000 looks like it’d be ideal for applications like wildlife videography and sporting event capture. “… 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,” says Nikon.

The COOLPIX P1000 angled shot
Nikon claims the P1000 features the world’s most powerful 125X optical zoom lens and 250X Dynamic Fine Zoom

The camera includes the latest Nikon EXPEED image processing system and Dual Detect Optical VR technology for 5-stops of camera shake compensation to sharpen up images and reduce blur.

The Layout

This superzoom’s control layout looks to give users easy access to a function button, command dial and mode dial. It includes a focus mode selector and a control ring that can adjust settings like white balance and manual focus.

The camera also includes a built-in 2.3-million dot OLED electronic viewfinder and a Vari-Angle 3.2-inch 921K-dot TFT LCD display.

The P1000's LCD display
The P1000 sports a Vari-Angle 3.2-inch 921K-dot TFT LCD display on its back

Numerous Picture Controls

Nikon promises a number of picture controls, creative modes and filters on the P1000.
“Whether capturing the night sky or a bird perched on a tree branch, users can take advantage of the camera’s designated scene modes,” Nikon says. In those instances, you could use the camera’s Moon Mode and Bird Watching Mode.

For videographers who adjust their camera’s settings often or those who need to adjust their settings quickly, these modes could prove to be pretty handy.

Pricing and Availability

The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 will be selling for $999 this September.

You can read more about the P1000 at

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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