Nikon P1000 Birding + Manual Download

Well, depending on what time zone you're in, it's basically release day for the Nikon COOLPIX P1000 the world over. And what better way to welcome the new telescope, I mean super zoom camera to the public then with a birding test video. Of course, the P900 is already a great camera for birding (see some sample images), but the P1000, with its enhanced features and even further zooming capabilities has the potential to be even better. Hopefully much better. Take a look at the test video below, where Alberto Ghizzi Panizzs seizes the opportunity to film the beautiful Bee Eater bird.

Bird In A Tree | Super Zoom Example Video

The 125x zoom COOLPIX P1000 is now for sale at the following outlets: B&H, WEX, Jessops, Adorama, eBay and Amazon. 

If you want to find out more information about the specification of the new Nikon, and view some more test videos, have a read of this post. Also, as mentioned in the title, the manual and quick start user guide are now available to download online in PDF format. View / Download the manuals. Software also available for download, compatible with the P1000, is ViewNX-i and the NRW Codec. Both of those can be found at the download link above.

With such a highly anticipated release such as this, a fast sell out is a distinct possibility. Apparently, allocated pre-order quantities have already been met with some retailers, and as a result a few listings have been removed. However, once the initial buying frenzy simmers down a little, there should be more stock coming, and ultimately enough to go round. So everyone who wants to buy one can do so.

Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Vs P900 Super Zoom

Packing an 83x optical zoom, the P900 has one of the most incredible zoom ranges ever seen in Bridge camera before. But now Nikon have raised the bar even further with the P1000, which boasts an unbelievable 125x optical zoom. That's 24-3000mm, the largest ever seen. First things first, the release date in the UK and USA is 6th September 2018. There's no need to wait until then if you're eager to get your hands on one, as you can pre order the COOLPIX P1000 online now if you want be ahead the game and secure yours before they potentially sell out.

No doubt, with the release date being fairly near to Christmas, I'm sure there will be many people either hoping to find one in their Xmas stocking (It'll be one heavy stocking), or biting the bullet and finding an excuse to buy one for themselves. Whatever the route, everyone who can afford to wants to experience the sheer power of the P1000. So, other than the furthest zoom ever seen what else does the P1000 offer in terms of specification.

Well, it has a 16MP - 1/2.3" CMOS sensor (same one as used in the previous model), a 100-6400 ISO range, 2.3m OLED viewfinder, maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 sec and a slowest of 30sec, 4K Ultra HD Video recording @30fps + 1080@ 60fps, RAW shooting mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, excellent image / video stabilisation features, 3.2 Inch full swivel (articulated) LCD screen, USB 2.0, Microphone port and HDMI. Note: No GPS is present in this model.

There are some great sample images and video already out there that not only show super close up footage of the moon, but also some decent shots / video of Jupiter and Saturn. Very impressive. Beware of individuals posting fake video tests / examples online stating they are using a P1000, as many people making these claims before the official release date are doing so for views. Basically, most are either clickbait (using the older model), or the uploader has copied someone else's copyrighted video that was genuinely testing the newer model and claiming it as there own. This is nothing new. Just something to be aware of. Anyway, check out the video below made by Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, which I believe is a real zoom test using the P1000.

Nikon P1000 Amazing Zoom Test Video

P1000 Versus The P900

The Flash on the P1000 covers a little more area compared to the P900. 12 Meters Vs 11.5 Meters. It's not much but it is an improvement over the previous model. The P100 also has a Hotshoe should you need to use it. Of course, 4K video and RAW shooting mode are two major upgrades over the previous model. Due to the huge zoom range on both models, on the P900 it took quite some time to zoom out completely when using using full zoom.

On the P1000 the ability to zoom out fast has been made a much easier, less tedious process. As mentioned above, an external microphone port is present on the COOLPIX P1000, which is great news for owners of the P900 who complained about its poor quality built-in microphone. Another excellent feature added to the new model is a manual focus ring and a dedicated focus mode, which makes it much more easy and convenient to operate. Some people are curious as to whether the newer model has retained Bird Mode. The answer is yes, like the previous model, the P1000 also has Bird Mode. And rightfully so.

The P900 was / is a big camera, but due to the larger lens that's in the Nikon P1000, it's now even bigger and heavier than the previous model. It weighs in at a little under 1.5KG (1,410 grams). Yes, you read that correct. That's around one and a half Kilograms. It's no lightweight. A larger lens, with considerably more range needs more energy to function. As a result, the battery life on the P100 offers significantly less shots from a full charge at 250 images Vs 360 from the P900. Weighing up the Pros and Cons, there's a lot to consider. I didn't even mention the price. Are you sure you want to know. Obviously it's not going to be cheap. It's priced up at a few dollars shy of $1000USD (America) or £1000GBP (United Kingdom).

Photo Fakery For The "Perfect" Shot

This isn't the first time such tactics have been used, there's a lot of fakery in photography, but it is the latest to be reported as far as being featured on mainstream media is concerned. A contestant who took part in a photography competition (2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year), and just happened to snag first prize, is now under investigation to try and determine with certainty if he may have cheated his way to victory.

Photographer Marcio Cabral won first prize with his picture of a glowing termite mound which appeared to have an Anteater at the base. See the picture in question and read the informative Guardian article about photo fakery here. Suspicions were aroused when one of the judges remembered seeing a stuffed (taxidermy) Anteater that usually greets visitors to the park where this image was taken.

Now judges suspect Marcio may have used the stuffed Anteater for the winning shot. As a result he has been relinquished of 1st place. Marcio Cabral has proclaimed his innocence, and it's still not 100% confirmed that he cheated. Although there is enough suspicion for the 1st place award to be given to someone else. And I presume the original runner up (second place) now wins the top award spot. Update: Judges have deemed the work to be fake and he has been disqualified.

Image: Not related to the competition - A real, very much alive Giant Anteater.

This isn't the first time this has happened. Some people are chancers, and will try and cheat the system. But in some ways that's just human nature, and it's also part of the judges job, to be able to spot the fake images. And overall they do a great job in weeding out images that are unnatural.

Faking is one thing, but cruelty to animals an Insects in order to get the "perfect" shot is on a whole different level. Although again nothing new, stories are emerging of photographers using tamed animals (deemed as wild), and shady tactics such as buying food (bait) to try and entice the animal into a certain spot or position, and even using insects that have been stuck into place, or frozen to make them move in slow motion. These types of tactics are just cruel and totally unnatural.

However, they are widely used, and if they are not being used for entering a competition that requires all natural photography, many people don't see much wrong with it. This may sound naive considering we live in a money driven, desensitised world, but Isn't nature photography meant to be about the love we have for seeing animals and insects in their natural environment, going about their natural business. That's what I see it as. But the pressure for great images, captured in quicker time-frames than ever before, seems to drive a growing percentage of people into going against what some see as ethical photography.

I suppose it comes down to an individuals morals, pressure to earn money (or have a career) from photography, and how they view photography as a whole. Photography for me is all about the natural moment. It's meant to be natural, and any image that isn't is void in my humble opinion. But I'm old school, and most of the time I don't even use editing software like Photoshop to touch up my own images. They remain just as raw as when they were first taken.

Although I will admit, some of the instant effects that can be added when uploading images to Instagram for extra "pop" are impressive. That's about as much as I have dabbled in image enhancements. Overall, though, so many people now use digital enhancements of some kind, that it makes it more difficult for the true purists to compete. But competition is healthy, and I guess with so much editing software now available to everyone, that is just part of the age we live in.

Olympus PEN E-PL9 Mirrorless 4K Camera

The Olympus PEN range has another model to add to its growing family. This time its with the mirrorless compact E-PL9, which boasts a 16.1 mega pixel Micro Four Thirds (4/3'' Live MOS) sensor, 4K video recording @ 30fps (+ HD@ 30p, 25p, 24p), 3 Inch touch screen LCD Display (tilt enabled), TruePic VIII image processor, excellent 3-axis picture stabilization, Bluetooth LE (low energy + always on), WiFi, Eye-Fi compatible, JPEG + RAW modes, built-in pop up flash, Micro USB, Micro HDMI and a BLS‑50 Lithium‑Ion Battery.

The Olympus PEN E-PL9 is a fairly small, light in weight compact camera that's very versatile, making it a definite contender for those who like to travel light and shoot a wide array of different subjects on the go. Build quality is excellent. It feels solid and sturdy in the hand, and certainly has a look of professionalism. But it should have that for the money it costs. Stand out features are, great video quality, RAW mode and superb JPEG capabilities + Macro from the standard lens kit. However, if you're somewhat of a lens geek, there are many lenses available for the E-PL9. From the M.Zuiko, to the Legacy range (adaptors required for legacy's).

Whilst this is a great, trendy looking compact that can more than hold its own in most situations, it isn't much of an upgrade from the E-PL8. Olympus state that the E-PL9 is targeted toward Smartphone users who are looking to make the transition from using their Smartphone for filming and snapping away, to using a real camera that operates the same way as a Smartphone. Just aim and shoot. If that is the case, then they haven't made it a very affordable move. I mean, for what they describe as an entry level camera, it's retail price does not match the entry level label it has been given. I think Olympus have marketed this product wrong (Not that it matters much if the camera is excellent).

And I'm sure that not all Smartphone users who are looking to make the transition over to a compact wouldn't want things exactly the same anyway. Perhaps they would like to have the experience of using a view finder to look through in order to get a feel for what's to come as they make progress in their photographic journey. Sounds great. Only on the E-PL9 that is not possible. The electronic view finder attachment which was available for the previous model is not usable with the PL9.

Overall a great compact with some excellent features, but expensive for an "entry-level" camera, and not much better than its younger brother, the Olympus E-PL8. Available in Black, Brown and White. Although I have seen that there's also a limited edition blue out there that someone was using to review this model. Not sure how obtainable it is, though, if buying this camera from a retail store, especially in the UK.

In certain country's, such as America, I believe the blue model will be a bit more obtainable. I think the reviewer got hooked up with the limited edition model before the initial release date in order to write the review. Read that review. Release date is 16th March 2018. However, it is available to pre-order from Amazon (UK + USA). Options: Body only, or complete with the M.Zuiko 14 - 42 mm Pancake Lens.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Camera

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Micro Four Thirds camera has a lot going for it. There's a lot to like. With the ever growing competition between the top brands, there is now a new standard for this moment in time. It changes every few years. People have now come to expect 4K video quality, built-in WiFi, touchscreen displays, Live Composite, electronic view finders, built-in flash, various filters, in-body image stabilization and a massive selection of different lenses that can be attached. Thankfully, the Mark III has all these features. And, it's also extremely easy to use.

Like the Olympus PL9, the E-M10 Mark III is mildly aimed at newcomers to camera photography, or those looking to upgrade from something less capable but still very simple to get the hang of. This is great in some ways, as the more people getting into photography at a higher level the better. It means more great images potentially being created.

But on the other hand, it seems a little off-key that Olympus are marketing the MK III at newcomers / beginners if we compare the Mark III to the Mark II. In terms of customizable navigation and a few fairly important features, The E-M10 Mark III seems to have taken a few steps backwards. While it is a great camera, with 4K video, excellent 5-axis image stabilization and auto focus, and a 16 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor + TruePic VIII Image Processor that can produce some impressive results, I would definitely go with the Mark II over this model.

While some amateur users, and even professional photographers may prefer a simple to use menu, the ability to assign certain buttons to specific settings and modes has been largely taken out. The navigational pad buttons are set in stone and can not be changed to suit the users individual preferences. There's also no remote shutter cable connector, no audio jack line-in so the user can connect an external microphone when recording 4K HD video. And there's also no wireless RC flash option. You can of course work around this by using a third party trigger, but this can be rather long winded and off-putting for those who need and use this feature on a regular basis.

Compared to the OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Other than 4K video, and a super attractive, classic-style SLR body (which the older model has also), you're not really missing out on much from not buying this camera. Better image quality has been a feature which has been referred to about this model. However, if you look at some of the comparison images side by side from the Mark II and 3, you will be hard pressed to find much difference between them at all. Yes, for newcomers the MK III may require less of a learning curve than the previous model to get the hang of in terms of navigating around the various functions and features.

But in some ways, more complexity and customization is all part of the learning process and an integral part of laser targeting your own personal set up once you master the camera. On a professional level, that is somewhat missing on this model. Easier to use, with less personalization is good for some and not so good for others. Of course, this in itself is a personal preference. It's a very capable camera, but the Mark II beats it in almost every department other than the 4K video quality. And with the E-M10 MKII being cheaper in price, it makes for the better choice. But each to their own. Both are good, versatile cameras, but the earlier model is the more equipped of the two.


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