Here’s an Early Hands-On Look at the New 125x (24-3000mm) Nikon P1000 Superzoom Camera (VIDEO)

Nikon turned heads last night when it unveiled the Coolpix P1000, an all-in-one “bridge” camera with a whopping, 125x built-in lens with a 24-3000mm optical zoom range. While photos and videos shot with the P1000 have emerged, hands-on evaluations of this stratospheric zoom camera have been few and far between so far.

One photographer who got his hands on an early Nikon Coolpix P1000 camera is David Flores, who puts it through its paces in the below “first look” video for B&H Photo. In the clip, Flores tries out the various features of the P1000 while shooting with it in New York City’s Central Park.

“The lens is bananas,” Flores says in what is, perhaps, the understatement of the year. What’s also “bananas” about the P1000 is the sheer size of it. As you can see in the video, the camera is a humongous, odd-looking beast, which weighs over three pounds and looks at least twice the size of its predecessor, the P900.

As Nikon told us before the camera was officially launched last night, the unique P1000 “is not for everyone.” Check out Flores’ video below where he shoots with this $1000, superzoom camera from Nikon and see whether it’s right for you.

You can also see our preview of the Nikon Coolpix P1000 here and an incredible video captured with the camera’s 125x optical zoom lens of the surface of the moon here. You’ll also want to check out our review of the Nikon P900, which boasts and 85x optical zoom lens.