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Nikon COOLPIX A1000 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Apr 13, 2021 at 09:47 am
Nikon COOLPIX A1000 Picture
6.6
Travel Photography
6.9
Landscape Photography
6.8
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.9
Vlogging
5.9
Studio Video
4.6
Action Video
Body Type
Compact
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
1/2.3-inch
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

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.

Our Verdict

6.6 Travel Photography

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.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Wide focal length range.
  • Exceptional image stabilization performance.
Cons
  • Poor overall autofocus performance.
  • Narrow maximum lens aperture.
  • Image sharpness can degrade at moderately high ISO levels.
6.9 Landscape Photography

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.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Exceptional image stabilization performance.
Cons
  • Narrow maximum lens aperture.
  • Image sharpness can degrade at moderately high ISO levels.
6.8 Sport & Wildlife Photography

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.

Pros
  • Wide focal length range.
  • Exceptional image stabilization performance.
  • Fast buffer clearing speed.
Cons
  • Poor overall autofocus performance.
  • Narrow maximum lens aperture.
  • Image sharpness can degrade at moderately high ISO levels.
6.9 Vlogging

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.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Tilting screen.
Cons
  • Poor overall autofocus performance.
  • Middling video quality.
5.9 Studio Video

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.

Pros
  • Easy-to-use menu system.
Cons
  • Poor overall autofocus performance.
  • Middling video quality.
  • Limited selection of inputs and outputs.
4.6 Action Video

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.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
Cons
  • Middling video quality.
  • Limited selection of frame rates in video.
  • 6.6 Travel Photography
  • 6.9 Landscape Photography
  • 6.8 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.9 Vlogging
  • 5.9 Studio Video
  • 4.6 Action Video
  1. Updated May 03, 2021: Corrected input error in 'In The Box' section.
  2. Updated Apr 13, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Apr 08, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.0
Design
Portability
Height 2.8" (7.2 cm)
Width 4.5" (11.4 cm)
Depth 1.6" (4.1 cm)
Volume
20.5 in³ (336.5 cm³)
Weight
0.71 lbs (0.32 kg)
Weight With Lens
0.71 lbs (0.32 kg)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Metal and plastic construction
  • Flash mechanism feels fragile
  • Control dials and buttons offer decent physical feedback
  • Tilting screen mechanism is solid
  • Input and output compartment is covered by a hard plastic flap

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
No
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes
Design
In The Box

Update 04/28/2021: Corrected input error in calling the 'Quick Start Guide' an 'Owner's Manual'.

  • Nikon COOLPIX A1000 camera
  • Wrist strap
  • Battery charger
  • 1x Nikon EN-EL12 battery
  • USB-A to Micro-USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide

7.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
No
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
No
Hand Grip: Large Hand
No
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No

  • Textured handgrip provides a secure hold, but it isn't especially comfortable to hold due to its small size, and doesn't really constitute as an actual handgrip
  • Two control dials make it easy to adjust shutter speed and aperture quickly
  • No quick menu to let you quickly access frequently-used functions or features

8.5
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Nikon SnapBridge

  • Camera's limited feature-set makes the menu system easy to navigate, either via physical controls or with touch inputs
  • Guide Mode provides additional information concerning some settings and features
  • No separate video mode
  • You can pair your smartphone to the camera via the Nikon SnapBridge app to instantly share photos or operate the camera remotely, though we don't currently test this function

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
98%
Advertised Resolution
1.166 million dots
Advertised Magnification
N/A
7.7
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Tilt and Flip
Screen Max Brightness
430 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.036 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
16 MP
Processor
Unspecified
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
6,400
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.2
6.2
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Nikon EN-EL12
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
250 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
70 min
6.4
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
3.4 - 6.9
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/19.1
Minimum Focal Length
4.3 mm
Maximum Focal Length
151 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
840 mm
Luminance
81.9%
Light Falloff
64.1%
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
NRW
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
8 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
No
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
No
Time Lapse
Yes
6.6
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
8 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
8 fps
Raw Buffer Size
7 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
60 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
9 s
3.7
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
99
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
165" (420 cm)
Eye Detection
No
Face Tracking Success Rate
37.8%
Object Tracking Success Rate
5.9%
9.0
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/5 s
7.3
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
9.68 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
12.17
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
38.22 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
3.93 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
34.89 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
6.903 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
33.01 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
7.568 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo

4.5
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 35.23 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 32.63 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 30.59 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 27.54 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 23.74 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 20.53 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 16.08 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
No
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
4.5
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
No
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
3.8
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
No
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
1.9
Object Tracking In 4k
5.3
6.4
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
16.44 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
33.22 pixels/frames
Crop
1 x
7.0
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
60 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit 30 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
5.7
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
5.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
6.5
4k Rolling Shutter
5.43°
Full HD Video
5.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
No
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
4.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
No
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
1.9
Object Tracking In FHD
6.0
7.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
9.46 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
18.86 pixels/frames
Crop
1
7.5
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
40 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
20 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit 30 min
5.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
5.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
6.5
FHD Rolling Shutter
4.67°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
5.8
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

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