The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 is a compact point-and-shoot camera with a built-in 35x optical zoom lens. It's fantastically portable and feels decently well-built, which makes it a good option for on-the-go use. While image quality is decent overall, sharpness decreases significantly at higher ISO levels, so it isn't the best option for shooting in poorly lit environments. Its autofocus system also struggles to track subjects consistently in both photography and video. While video quality in both FHD and 4k is sub-par overall, it can record 4k footage at 30 fps without a crop, which is somewhat useful.
The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 is okay for travel photography. It's small and lightweight, so you can carry it around in a coat pocket without too much difficulty. Its built-in lens' wide zoom range gives you the flexibility to shoot fairly wide-angle shots or snap a clear picture of far-away subjects. Its optical stabilization feature is remarkably effective, allowing you to shoot clear photos even at fairly slow shutter speeds. However, the lens' maximum aperture is rather narrow, which can present an obstacle to shooting well-exposed images in dimly-lit settings. Its autofocus system has a hard time maintaining focus on moving subjects, and image sharpness isn't particularly impressive, even at moderately high ISO levels.
The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 is alright for landscape photography. Image quality is decent overall, with a relatively wide dynamic range that preserves a fair amount of detail in high-contrast settings and good noise handling capability. Unfortunately, you're likely to notice some softness in your image at moderately high ISO levels, which makes it hard to snap sharp images at night or in poorly lit environments. Its built-in lens has a wide focal range that gives you plenty of flexibility in framing your shot but has a very narrow maximum aperture, which is somewhat limiting in darker environments. On the plus side, it feels decently well-made and is exceptionally portable, making it easy to bring to remote shooting locations.
The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 is a fair option for sports and wildlife photography. Its maximum continuous shooting speed isn't particularly rapid, but it can clear its buffer very quickly, so you shouldn't have to wait around for too long between firing off a couple of bursts. Its very long maximum focal length also allows you to zoom in on far-away subjects, while its Snap-back zoom function helps let you reacquire focus on moving subjects at long zoom lengths. Unfortunately, its autofocus system does a poor job of tracking moving subjects in photography.
The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 is adequate for vlogging. You can flip its tilting screen downwards to let you see what's being displayed even when the camera is pointed at you. The camera's lightweight, compact construction also makes it easy to carry around for extended periods. You can also record 4k video at 30 fps without a crop, so there's no reduction in the field of view. Unfortunately, video quality in 4k and FHD isn't particularly sharp, and its autofocus system does a terrible job of tracking faces while recording.
The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 is a sub-par choice for studio video. Video quality in 4k and FHD is middling, with noticeable visual noise in poorly-lit environments and poorly-defined object contours and surfaces. Its autofocus system also struggles to track moving subjects. The selection of inputs and outputs is also rather limited, with no headphone or microphone jacks to help improve the audio quality of your recording. Thankfully, its menu system is easy to navigate, and you can easily pair your smartphone with the camera to operate it remotely, though we don't currently test that feature.
The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 isn't designed for action video. It's compact, lightweight, and feels decently well-built, but isn't rated as being rugged or weather-resistant, though we don't currently test for that. It does a decent job of smoothing out camera shake in FHD video, though its performance in this respect in 4k is mediocre. It also only supports 30 fps recording in 4k and can only record at a maximum of 60 fps in FHD, so it isn't especially well-suited to shooting smooth action video in 4k or high-quality slow-motion video in FHD.
Update 04/28/2021: Corrected input error in calling the 'Quick Start Guide' an 'Owner's Manual'.
The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'Silver'. We tested the 'Black' variant, and you can see its label here. We expect the other variant to perform similarly.
If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.