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Nikon CoolPix A1000 Hands-On And Opinion

January 2, 2020


Hey, this is Scott of Photography Banzai. Today we’re taking a look at the Nikon CoolPix A1000. Thanks to Camera Craft in Rockford Illinois
for let me try this out at their shop. The A1000 is a step up from the previous A900 quite a few ways, which we’ll get to. I did try the A900 out previously that
you can check out that video if you would like. The A1000 has a 16 megapixel
1/2.3 inch sensor. The same physical size as A900 sensor, but less
megapixels. So each little photo-site is probably larger. ISO range is 100 to 6400.
There is a built-in flash on the camera. Very nice to see. It doesn’t have a
hot shoe. In a step up from the A900 this camera has a built-in electronic
viewfinder. Now, it’s not the best ever but it is in there. It’s nice to have
that viewfinder on there. So you can have a more traditional photographic
experience with this camera. The view on the viewfinder and the screen are around
98 percent according to the spec, which is a little unusual. The biggest feature of a
camera like this considering its size is the long zoom lens. 35x, it’s 4.3 to 151
millimeters with F/3.4 to 6.9 aperture throughout that zoom range. The equivalent
focal length range in 35 millimeter format is 24 to 840 millimeters. So you
definitely get a lot of range with a camera like this. The lens has vibration
reduction in there, which is very important for a camera like this. And in
video mode you can do a mixture of lens based VR plus electronic stabilization.
Another big change for the A1000 compared to the previous model is that
it has a flip down and forward screen. And it’s full touch enabled. So you can
go through the menus with the touch screen if you’d like. You can change
focus points. Very nice improvement to the interface with the A1000. The camera
has two ports on it. You’ve got the micro HDMI and the micro USB port. The camera
uses EN-EL12 batteries. A very small battery. Get around 250 photos or 55
minutes of video per charge. So it’s about average for a camera like this. The SD
card is located very close to the battery.
That’s a usual spot for a camera like this. On the bottom of the camera where
the tripod socket is, is not ideal. So if you’re doing panoramas, which
did do a little test of the panorama feature… It would be nice to have a
tripod socket in-line with the lens. In this case it’s not, but considering how
large the lens is I can understand why they put the tripod socket on the side.
Now, actually a good thing about that position of the tripod socket is that
you should be able to change the battery with a quick release plate on the
camera. That’s a nice benefit of this unusual
placement. You have a main mode dial with the standard program, aperture, shutter, and
manual modes on there. So it is great that with a camera like this you’ve got
full manual control. There are a few easy modes or creative modes on that main
dial as well. As usual with Nikon cameras like this, the bridge ones and
the compact long zoom, you have two different zoom controls. One near the
shutter and one around the lens. They did include the snap-back focus feature. So
what you do is when you’re fully zoomed into something, and you have a very small
view… You can hold that button down and it’ll zoom back quickly to give you a
easy way to see where you are. You let the button go and I’ll zoom back. Very
nice feature on the Nikon long zoom cameras. There is an Fn button that you
can customize on the front of the camera. A little difficult to press, but it’s
nice that it’s there. Gives you a little more direct control when you need it.
There is a dedicated button to switch between the viewfinder and the screen,
which is nice to have. However you can also just use the standard sensor on
there to switch. I did do a quick test to see how fast it changes from the back
screen to the viewfinder. It’s pretty quick. Just general build quality of the
camera feels nice and rugged. It’s not really a tiny camera. It’s relatively
compact, but still pretty large. A nice photographer focused benefit of this
camera is you can shoot in RAW format. Previous one, the A900 you weren’t able to
do that. But in this one you can. So if you have the right software you can get
a little bit more out of your photos potentially than just standard JPEGs.
There is wireless connectivity on the camera. I did try it out. It’s very quick
to connect with that Snapbridge application, but it is very limited in the
features as far as I could tell. I didn’t do too much with it. But I wasn’t able to
change any setting while taking photos remotely. I could just do the shutter. Not
sure if it was something I was doing or the app is just very limited. But it
there and it’s an option. There are various scene modes in camera, which is
nice to have. You can do time-lapse in the camera. Or also panorama. If you’re
into creative modes and filters they have quite a few in there. I did quickly
scroll through those. They have manual focus ability on the camera with
peaking, which is very nice to have in a camera like this that has an integrated
lens. So if you want to do manual focus it is an option. Some important aspects
of the camera. One is with autofocus. This is contrast based autofocus, which is not
ideal in any camera these days. It’s just an older not as capable version
compared to on sensor phase detect. So with contrast detect autofocus, you
sometimes will get quick autofocus especially with nice bright light.
Autofocus area modes… you got face priority, manual spot, manual normal, wide,
subject tracking, and then the default is that target finding autofocus. There are
a few autofocus modes you have pre-focus, full time autofocus, and single autofocus.
This camera has quite a few video modes. Especially with the flip down screen
that can be a nice feature on a camera. I did not see any 24 frames per second
modes on this camera. If you’re into 24 frames a second this would not be a
camera for you. However, it does have 4k 30 frames a second full sensor as far as
I can tell. You have 1080p with 30 or 60 frames a second. And you have a slo-mo
mode. Basically the 60 frames a second slowed down in the camera. A few missing
features, at least things I think this camera should have had compared to other
models of camera that are similar price points or similar feature sets. No mic
ports. In a camera like this, especially with the flip down screen for vlogging… would
be nice to have that mic port. And no hot shoe on the camera. It is a smaller
camera so I don’t see it as being a huge issue. As I was trying the camera out, of
course, I don’t have a lot of time… Autofocus was a mixed bag. Some
situations it felt very quick. Other situations it was very slow if not unable to focus. Especially when you zoom out all the way in dark situations
you’re getting a really small aperture at that long zoom. And also it’s contrast
based autofocus. Just gonna have some troubles with autofocus. Compared to the A900 this camea went down in megapixels, which I think was a good idea
for camera like this with a small sensor. Trying to get better quality, and
definitely a good move on their part. Let’s check out those videos samples… I did take a few test photos. let’s check
those out. I’ll show you a full view and then I’ll show you a cropped
hundred-percent view on each photo… For around two or three years now I’ve
been very critical of cameras like this. Because they have the small sensors,
which was smartphones these days they’re getting larger and larger sensors. More
and more cameras built-in to each phone with different focal lengths. So with a
camera like this you have that extremely long zoom lens, which is its main feature.
But with this specific one you actually have the flip down screen. You have touch
controls. I really like this one a lot more than the A900. Because it has some
quality of life features that are very nice. So it’s hard for me to give any
type of recommendation for a camera like this. Because there are a lot of other
options out there. But if you’re interested definitely check it out for
yourself. Get a feel for the autofocus system, and see if it works well enough
for you. And consider if it’s small enough to give you what you’re looking
for. And give you the amount of zoom range you want. Think about all those
features together, and see if it works for you. That was a look at the Nikon CoolPix
A1000. Again, thanks to Camera Craft in Rockford Illinois for letting me try this
out at their shop. Hope you enjoyed the video. If you did, please consider
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1 Comment

  • Reply MilesAndHeights January 1, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    What’s up with Nikon? Trying to be Canon M5 with the flipdown screen 😉 In my opinion, flipdown screens are the best for vlogging though.

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