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Nikon Coolpix P1000's giant zoom has the reach of a telescope

The 125X optical zoom (24-3,000mm equivalent) is the most extreme you'll find on a camera this size.

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A stellar zoom range

Nikon outdoes its own 83x 24-2,000mm megazoom P900 with the 125x zoom P1000 that goes from 24mm to 3,000mm. 

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Nikon Coolpix P1000

Despite the long zoom lens, the size is still manageable. 

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Here it is with the lens in the 24mm position. 

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And here it is fully extended to 3,000mm. Those are 35mm equivalents, of course. The sensor is the same as the P900: a small 1/2.3-inch 16-megapixel BSI CMOS.

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The AF-assist lamp is much larger than usual and in the top of the handgrip.

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Nikon bulked up on more manual shooting options including raw capture in Nikon's NRW format. 

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Nikon added a hot shoe above the built-in 2.3-million dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF).

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Yes, there's a pop-up flash, too. 

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You can attach external power, a display via micro-HDMI and an external mic. Although there is no headset jack, you can use it with something like Nikon's ME-W1 wireless microphone that has its own headset jack. Also,  there is built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and Nikon will have a new $50 ML-L7 Bluetooth-connected remote. 

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Manual controls are in reach. 

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There's a vari-angle 3.2-inch 921K-dot LCD to frame your shots.      

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There's a zoom toggle around the shutter release and on the lens barrel. You'll also find a lens snapback button so you can back out of a tight shot if you lose your subject. 

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The programmable ring around the lens that can be used for manual focus or exposure among other things. 

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Another new feature is the switch that lets you go from autofocus to manual. The P900 required you to go menu diving to do that. 

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The battery is rated up to 250 shots or 1 hour and 20 minutes of video. The SD card slot is in the bottom with the battery, so you may have to take it off your tripod to swap them out. 

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Controls are pretty straightforward. 

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Compared to a DSLR, the P1000 is still small and weighs a little over 3 pounds (1.415 kg). 

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Here's the P1000 next to Nikon's former class leader, the 83x zoom P900. The Nikon Coolpix P1000 arrives in September for $1,000 (approximately £755 or AU$1,340).

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