Nikon Coolpix A1000
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- Optical zoom versatility
- Has RAW imaging and 4K video
- Fast autofocusing
- Ergonomic body controls
- Very tiny EVF
- Price pinches hard on the pocket
- Screen does not flip fully forward
- Not good in dim light
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Nikon Coolpix A1000 Review
The 3-Minute Nikon Coolpix A1000 Review
Nikon’s A1000 – Here’s What We Know
Nikon is on a mission to prove that compact cameras are still a thing. The Coolpix A1000 is a compact superzoom camera from Nikon. It comes with an optically stabilized 35X lens equivalent to 24-840mm. There’s also a BSI-CMOS sensor (1/2.3”), with a 3” downward-tilting touchscreen LCD and electronic viewfinder.
The Coolpix A1000’s electronic viewfinder is notably absent from the Coolpix A900. The viewfinder compliments the 3-inch LCD monitor. The monitor also boasts superior resolution, having a 1036k-dot panel with touch sensitivity, whereas the A900 only had a 921k-dot screen.
The Coolpix A1000 can capture video at 4K/30p. WiFi and Bluetooth are built-in. To put the image quality in context, the 3-inch LCD monitor provides memorable viewing even in bright sunlight. The touch sensitivity is fast and responsive, and the tilting hinge makes it easy to compose high and low angle shots.
The biggest upgrade on the Coolpix A1000 is with the sensor. In an unusual move for a compact camera, Nikon has dropped the sensor resolution from the 20.3MP (found in the A900) to 16MP. The outright image size will be smaller, but more light-sensitive photosites on the sensor should generate less noise and reveal more detail, in theory. RAW image capture is also unlocked, and maximum ISO sensitivity has gained from ISO 1600 to ISO 6400.
Full HD footage can be captured at 60fps, while 4K movie recording at 30fps is possible. Nikon has also included their wireless SnapBridge connectivity for always-on image transfer to smartphones for easy photo sharing. SnapBridge uses low-energy Bluetooth connection and can control the A1000 remotely from a phone.
Features & Design: 4/5 | Performance: 4/5 | Value: 4/5 | Battery Life: 3/5
The ergonomics of the Coolpix A1000 is too impressive for the sexiest smartphone camera to match. This little gadget has a pronounced, grippy finger and thumb rests, so it sits securely in the user’s hand, even when winter is at its coldest.
A compatible firmware package (version 1.1) released in August 2019 fixed a bug that affected movie audio for movies fixed in certain conditions. Aside from that, the current update excludes bluish cast from photos taken with Auto selected in White balance, and make sure frame rates don’t slow down as shutter speeds became faster 9in Continuous H, M, and L modes).
Firmware 1.1 also makes sure cameras will work as expected during burst RAW photography (or during playback) and records location data downloaded via SnapBridge to pictures.
Is it for you?
The Nikon Coolpix A1000 is really easy to use. It offers plenty of effects filter if your background is phone photography. However, more advanced photographers can get some satisfaction with its semi-auto and manual modes, plus the ergonomic physical controls.
While frustratingly small, the electronic viewfinder (an interesting feature by itself) is not smaller than electronic viewfinders on similar compact screens.
What we like
The A1000 is definitely enjoyable to use. It powers up really quickly and benefits from very fast and accurate autofocus. Despite having the tiniest of lags in low light since it requires brief assistance from its AF-assist lamp, focusing this Coolpix variant is hardly frustrating, and the focus result is reliably accurate.
Nikon’s exposure metering does not let the side down, as it is highly dependable, ensuring highlight detail rarely overexposes.
What we don’t like
That said, there is a significant highlight and shadow detail within each capture. The A1000 can barely contain high-contrast situations, and dynamic range is absent. The highlights are preserved often, and shadows suffer much, looking dark and murky. Even scenes with more balanced lighting can end up looking dull and unappealing.
Fine detail picture appears to look better, but over-processing and detail smearing is visible if we pixel-peep at 100% image size.
Should you buy it?
The Coolpix A1000 is an enjoyable camera. The optical zoom can handle almost any shoot any scenario. However, a serious exterior surprisingly sports an average 1/2.3-inch-type compact camera sensor submitting a picture quality that doesn’t blow any minds. The hefty launch price. We would only recommend you buy it if your budget can handle it.
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- The Nikon Coolpix A1000 is manufactured by Nikon and was added in January 2019 in the Digital Cameras section
- This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5
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