Nikon COOLPIX A1000: A Powerful Camera with a 35x Optical Zoom

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Nikon has a great line of COOLPIX point-and-shoot cameras. It ranges from basic models like the COOLPIX W150 through to advanced models like the COOLPIX P950. The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 sits somewhere in the middle and offers excellent photo and video recording quality.

If you want a quality point-and-shoot camera that allows you to record 4K video, the COOLPIX A1000 is a great choice. It also has a solid set of features and is relatively easy to use. In this guide, we look at the COOLPIX A1000 and see what it has to offer in terms of features, design, and usability. We also compare it to a similar Canon PowerShot model.

Main Features

The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 is a decent point-and-shoot camera that has a great set of basic features. It offers much more than basic models like the COOLPIX W150 and gives higher-spec models like the COOLPIX P950 a run for their money, too. You can see the main technical specifications below:

  • Size: 114.2×71.7×40.5mm
  • Weight: 330g
  • Sensor: 16.0MP CMOS
  • Max Video Resolution: 4K UHD at 25p
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Image Stabilization: Yes

We like that this compact point-and-shoot camera has a touchscreen and image stabilization. The touchscreen is three inches and has a resolution of 10,360,000 dots. It can also be fully tilted and has five adjustment levels for brightness.

For image stabilization, the Nikon COOLPIX A1000 uses Nikon’s Vibration Reduction technology. This can be used for both still images and videos. It greatly helps improve stability, and means you can comfortably use the camera handheld, even when using the optical zoom.

The lens of this camera features a 35x optical zoom. This gives it a focal range of 4.3-151mm or a 35mm equivalent of 24-840mm. This means you can shoot anything from ultra wide-angle through to super-telephoto. The lens also has a decent maximum aperture range of f/3.4-6.9.

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The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 has a unique design that differs greatly from other COOLPIX cameras. The Nikon COOLPIX B500, for example, has a design similar to traditional DSLR cameras. The A1000, however, has a simple, rectangular design and a small, lightweight body.

It has a solid grip on the right-hand side. You can comfortably hold the camera and support the zoom lens from underneath. The LCD touchscreen can be tilted 180-degrees so that it faces downwards and towards the lens. This means you can easily record movies and take selfies while still seeing a clear preview on the screen.

It also has a simple set of buttons on both the rear and top panels. The top panel features a program dial to change the shooting mode and shutter release. On the rear, there is a high-quality EVF and a simple set of buttons on the right-hand side.

The viewfinder is 0.5cm and has a resolution of 1,116,000 dots with a diopter adjustment function. If you don’t want to use the EVF, you can use the LCD touchscreen instead to compose your photos and change the camera settings.

Weighing just 330g, the Nikon COOLPIX A1000 is still quite lightweight, and it could be used as a travel camera due to its small overall dimensions.

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For taking photos, the Nikon COOLPIX A1000 has an okay autofocusing system. It is not the best compared to some other cameras, but you can still focus easily on stationary and moving subjects. It also has a maximum ISO of 6400, which means it is a relatively versatile point-and-shoot camera for low-light photography.

In terms of raw quality, the 16.0MP sensor performs well enough. We would like to see a better sensor, however, as many point-and-shoot cameras can now produce 20MP resolution images or higher.

For connectivity, the camera features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You can connect it to Nikon’s SnapBridge app for both iOS and Android devices. This allows you to easily share photos between your camera and smartphone. Also, you can track your photos using the built-in GPS feature.

The 4K UHD movie quality is fantastic and one of the strongest points of this point-and-shoot camera. It can record 4K UHD at 30p, and 1080p HD at 60p. There are also some useful features like a dedicated function for time-lapse photography.

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Nikon COOLPIX A1000 vs. Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

It is important to look at other point-and-shoot cameras so you can see the relative quality of the Nikon COOLPIX A1000. A suitable comparison is the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS. Canon has a great range of PowerShot cameras that match Nikon’s COOLPIX range. You can see a comparison of the technical specifications below:

Nikon COOLPIX A1000Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
Megapixel Count16.0MP20.3MP
Video Quality4K UHD, 25p1080p, 60p
Max ISO64003200
Max Aperturef/3.4f/3.2

The first noticeable difference is the image quality. The Canon PowerShot SX730 HS has a much higher maximum image resolution. As a result, you can expect clearer and sharper images, with greater detail and depth.

On the flip side, the Nikon COOLPIX A1000 has superior video recording capabilities. It is one of the few point-and-shoot cameras that can record in 4K UHD. Combined with its titling screen and Vibration Reduction, this is the clear winner for video recording.

In terms of size and portability, there is little difference between the two cameras. Both are portable and compact and either would make a great travel camera. Finally, the COOLPIX A1000 does have a higher maximum ISO, which means it has greater flexibility for low-light photos.

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The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 Offers Powerful 4K UHD Video Recording

This camera makes a decent choice for basic photography and excels at video recording. It is hard to ignore the 4K UHD recording capabilities for such an affordable price. It is also easy to use, and the various recording features mean you can be creative, with no advanced camera knowledge needed.

While some point-and-shoot cameras may offer great image resolution, this camera is a beast for video recording.

The Review

Nikon COOLPIX A1000

The Nikon COOLPIX A1000 is a great point-and-shoot camera for video recording. Sitting toward the middle of Nikon's COOLPIX line, it shines at producting stunning 4K UHD movies.


  • 4K UHD video recording
  • A portable and lightweight design
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity


  • 16MP image sensor
  • Limited maximum ISO
  • Lackluster autofocus


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