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Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Review: The Perfect Camera for Cruises

The Nikon COOLPIX P1000 has a powerful telephoto lens that makes it the perfect camera for cruises, wildlife photography, or any moments you want to capture up close.

I tested out this camera on a cruise, and was able to capture clear images onshore from the deck.

As an example, from the top deck of the ship, I saw the scene below and was able to zoom in on a far-away detail (the penguin) and still capture a clear image:
Nikon coolpix 1000 photo example

Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Review:

Price and Where to Buy: The camera is available on Amazon or Nikon’s website for $999.

[st_content_ad]How the Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. The powerful zoom lens allows you to take photos from far away, so you can get clear images of things like wildlife without getting too close. The camera also has built-in VR image stabilization, so you can take clear and steady video in 4K Ultra HD. It has built-in Wi-Fi, so you can share your photos easily to your phone.
  • Value: 7/10. Although it’s expensive, a camera with this type of zoom lens is worth the price for serious photographers.
  • Durability: 8/10. Like any camera, you’ll need to handle this carefully, but it held up well in extreme cold temperatures and withstood long travel days.
  • Portability: 9/10. The COOLPIX P1000 is surprisingly lightweight. 
  • Cool Factor: 10/10. I had so many people come up to me on the cruise to ask about this camera, including professional photographers. Plus, I was able to get many cool images while shooting with the COOLPIX P1000.

Final Verdict: Get the best close-up shots on your next trip with the Nikon COOLPIX P1000.


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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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