As someone who loves cameras and has used pretty much all them, from the Brownie to advanced digital, from Polaroid to medium format, from range finders to 35mm and point and shoot, this one clearly stands out as the camera that can do it all. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, a hiker, birder or just a nature lover, however, there is no better camera to take along with you than this one. It does it all.
The zooming is obviously incredible, but there are so many features that are worth exploring and using on a regular basis, it would be impossible for me name a favorite. It's like listening to a Beethoven Symphony. It is always the one that you are listening to in the moment, in this case using, that you love the best. Frankly, I postponed reviewing the camera because of all the features, and I have still not mastered every one of them, so I was hesitant to respond to today's invitation to review, but I'm doing so for the simple reason that I truly do love this camera, and I believe others will too. As dazzling as is the zoom capability, I have to say that I use the close up feature as much or more. It is phenomenal for photographing mushrooms, for example. I'm still trying to master the birding feature. I have had some luck, but I need to practice more. The snap back feature is very useful and this has helped a lot. There is nothing to say bad about the camera. The quality of the photos are awesome and the connectivity of the camera in the field and at home enhance the entire experience. As well, the network feature is awesome in tandem with the remote control.
One issue that might come up while trying to make a decision is the weight of the camera. It's like a regular camera, not the traditional "point and shoot." For me, the weight of the camera, though, is not a problem at all. I use a chest mount to carry the camera, when I'm in the field. Since the carrier puts the weight on the shoulders, you hardly feel it at all, but the camera is right there, ready to use. In the past, I had gone the route with both a film and a digital camera, at one time or another, and with all the accompanying lenses, the weight and space of an outfit like that far exceeds the P1000. Maybe at one time, the lure of changing lenses for something in particular attracted me, but it does so no longer. This camera makes everything possible without much ado.