Nikon Coolpix P1000 in a Nutshell

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 looks like a small SLR ( available from 09/2018 ).

It weighs just over 1.4 kg, which is less than a DSLR with a zoom. This makes it easier to handle this camera in situations where you find yourself shooting with the zoom open and without a tripod.

The measurements of this camera are: 146.3 × 118.8 × 181.3mm.

The handle is very wide and therefore guarantees a safe and easy grip. All buttons are well positioned for an easy access. Even the zoom button, which is positioned on the side, allows you to recall it quickly and easily.

  • Sensor
    • BSI-CMOS, backlit by 16 Mpx – 1 / 2.3 ”.
  • Lens
    • the zoom consists of a Super ED lens and 5 ED elements. It has a 125x optical zoom, which start from 24mm to reach up to 3000 mm equivalent. The lens is very bright: f / 2.8.
  • Supported files
    • RAW & JPEG
  • Electronic viewfinder
    • high resolution with its 2359k points OLED. It guarantees excellent visibility of details even in very strong light conditions.
  • LCD monitor
    • it measures 3.2 ” and it has an anti-reflective coating. It is fully adjustable in almost any position.
  • Media
    • SD , SDHC , SDXC – DCF and Exif 2.31 compliant.
  • Vibration reduction
    • the stabilization system of the P1000 reduces blur by up to 5 stops. Lens shift for still images and Combination of lens shift and electronic VR for movies.
  • ISO sensitivity 
    • ISO 100 to 1600. Better use max 400!
  • Communication protocols
    • Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy.
  • App ( Android / IOS )
    • SnapBridge.
  • Battery life
    • Approx. 250 shots: better to have 2 batteries for a full day coverage.

Good for capturing the moon and still wildlife or the city from incredible distances.

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Astrophotography with Nikon P1000 – 1

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 as a very impressive zoom : 24 – 3000 mm ( 135x ). Is the only camera ( today ) with this kind of superzoom … so it’s a natural though to use it for astrophotography. This is also the idea of Nikon because there are two  dedicated astronomic shooting modes: Star Trails ( used to capture the motion of the stars ) and Moon.

 

Let’s start with the Star Trails. To select this shoot mode rotate the  mode dial to Scene, press the Menu Button to display the shooting menu  and then, with the Multi Selector, choose Multiple Exp. Lighten – > Star Trail

 

Now point the camera to the sky, focus to a star ( or set focus to infinity) and simply press the Shutter-release button! You have only to wait…..yes…but wait for? and how long?

In the Star trails mode the P1000 shoots at a shutter speed of 25 seconds, with an interval of 5 seconds between every shots.  Every 30 shots taken a picture is saved with the trails overlapped from the start. For good result you have to wait for almost 2:30 hours.

 

Here the slideshow of 9 pictures

Here the last picture after a little Lightroom’s editing

 

In the sample above I didn’t move the camera,  but in the next shooting session , I moved the camera after 1:30 hours…

Remember that during the Star Trails mode:

  • The display may turns off during the interval between shoots. The camera seems power off, but it’s no true: wait a little to see a shot..
  • To finish the session before the time ( 250 mins ) press the OK Button. After 50 shots the P1000 automatically stops.
  • It’s reccomended the use of manual focus or focus to infinity.
  • You cannot use the exposure compensation.
  • The Auto Off function is disabled.
  • USE BATTERY WITH 100% AMOUNT OF CHARGE! 🙂

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