Nikon Coolpix A1000 Review

Nikon Coolpix A1000 Review & Unboxing

This is the first true hands-on review of the Nikon Coolpix A1000.  I got this camera on March, 29/2019 to replace my older Nikon Coolpix S9700. I’ll kinda be comparing it to that one.   Since I have a lot of knowledge from that camera, I took my skills to this one to see if it was an improvement or not.  I can tell you that there are some things I dislike about the A1000 and but theirs a lot that has been an improvement it.

I can tell you right now that if you are wanting this camera for the touchscreen to work similar to the autofocus touch on a smartphone, this will not work like that.  Nikon can still release a firmware patch yet to do that as the screen has the potential.   Right now, you can use that for zooming in on your gallery, touch menu settings, start-stop and take images by one touch.  Basic touch features.

Another thing, If you are looking to get this camera for low light bogging, it’s not good in low light.  However, you can somewhat tweak that by a filter.  Scroll down to (Video recording) to read more about that.  You can take somewhat night shots within the Scene menu (Backlighting) “tripod recommended” as it takes two images and if there is the movement you will see a blur.   This was a feature on the S9700 that I used quite a lot.


 

In the box

  • Strap
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charging AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • User’s Manual
  • Warranty Slip
  • And of course the camera


 

What I was looking for in this camera

  • 1920×1080 60fps and 4K video
  • Touchscreen to manually focus into macro shots
  • Control the video
  • Flip screen
  • better quality from my last camera.

 

Pros

  • Uses the same EN-EL12 Batteries as the older S9700 I owned.  This means I can use my charger and my batteries on it.
  • Shoots in RAW but not in 16:9 of course.
  • A bit better quality than the S9700
  • Navigating the menu is familiar and easy.
  • More options than the S9700 but the same for video options.
  • Has a viewfinder
    I found this to be nice for one reason.  If you have the touch screen facing down and you need to see the options you can look at the viewfinder instead of flipping the screen back into it’s the original position.
  • The side zoom on the lens can be mapped to other options like Manual focus in the settings.

 

Cons

  • Screen Flips Down
    This is a huge problem for those who want to use a tripod or a selfie stick as the screen will be blocked / cannot open or can be damaged easily.  You can get a light bar mount.  You can get something similar like the one I have here: Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod and Optex 36 LED Video Light Kit for cameras
  • The touchscreen is missing the autofocus touch that phones have.
    I was crossing my finders that Nikon would have finally added the autofocus touch to this camera.   As I mentioned above, If you were expecting touch focus like your phone, sadly there is none.   This can be fixed with a firmware upgrade, and I hope they do!  However, there is a manual focus option with the side zoom.  Read below titled (To manually focus in video)
  • You cannot control the video exposure when recording. However, Read below titled (Video recording).
  • The viewfinder eye sensor is quite irritating.
    If you put your hand near it, the touchscreen blacks out to display the video on the viewfinder.
  • 16MP, yeah same as my old camera from years back.
    I’m not sure why Nikon decided to downgrade from 20MP that the A900 had to 16MP maybe processor limitations for having RAW and the touch screen?  Possible.
  • Video looks overexposed at times and where that is needed in low light it’s lacking.  Same as the A900 quality.

 

Recommending (video)

  • Keep the video in 4K 2160/30p
  • If you run a Youtube channel, this seems to be the best at 1920×1080 looks washed out.  Not much of a difference in 30fps and 60fps unless you have really fast movement.
  • Autofocus mode AF-S for face and AF-F for full frame
  • Movie VR On (hybrid)
    This one is good if you have the camera in a handheld position.  But if the camera is on the tripod I recommend disabling it as the video quality will be zoomed in to compensate for the vibration issue.
  • Frame rate 30
    Your 60fps and 50fps and so on are in this option.

 

Video Recording

Video recording (the only way to make the video a bit brighter in low light)

  • Kinda make it a bit brighter in low light.
    Turn the dial to Creative mode / go to options and set it to light.  Now press record.  It’s kind of creamy colored effect but seems to work ok.
    I tried changing the ISO to manual you can touch the screen that shows ISO Auto.  You can change this to Auto, Auto 400, Auto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400.  The exposure still is set to auto.
  • It’s all completely auto for Single and Full-time AF.  There is a bit of setting like Autofocus, Resolution, VR, Wind noise reduction and Frame rate but it’s extremely basic and again cannot be controlled when recording.

 

Manually Focus In Video

To manually focus in video follow these steps

  1. Set camera to Manual
  2. Go into the menu / Set up / Assign side zoom control / Manual focus
  3. Press the macro button (flower) change to Manual focus
  4. Press record and use the side zoom to manually change it.

 

.NRW (RAW)

Thumbnails

The first thing you will notice is the image icon will not show a thumbnail when pulling Raw photos from the camera.   You will need to get the codec from Nikon.  Not even Icaros It’s highly recommended to install Nikon’s NRW Codec from here: //downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/download/sw/131.html
After installing you will be prompted to restart your computer.   Do so.   After everything is loaded you should now see the thumbnail icons of your .NRW images.

Photoshop

If you come across this error on any of the Photoshop programs your RAW plugin needs to be updated.  Since not all companies use DNG standard yet, these companies have multiple types of filename extensions that this plugin needs to be updated to read.   This camera is just one of those.

To do this please follow (Windows)

  1. Go to Help at the top
  2. About Plug-in / Camera Raw
    This will tell you the version of the RAW Plug-in in my case it’s v8.0.0.137

You will need to install Adobe Camera Raw 11.2 or later.  Download here: //helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html
Cameras supported by Camera Raw //helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-supported-cameras.html

You should now be able to edit your RAW camera images.


 

Full Image examples here

Unedited and straight from the camera.  I uploaded the images to Google Drive.  You can view them here:
I’ll eventually upload more when things outside start to grow and Blume.


 

Camera Specs

General

  • Product Type Digital camera – 4K – compact
  • Enclosure Colour Black
  • Sensor Resolution 16.0 Megapixel
  • Optical Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
  • Total Pixels 16,790,000 pixels
  • Effective Sensor Resolution 16,000,000 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3″
  • Frame Rate (Max Resolution) 30 fps
  • ISO (Max) 6400
  • Optical Zoom 35x
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • Image Stabiliser Optical
  • Built-in Optical Image Stabiliser Yes
  • Face Detection Yes
  • Print Standard Direct print, Exif Print support, PictBridge support
  • Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
  • Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 99
  • AE/AF Control Face-priority AF, Subject-tracking AF, Target Finding AF
  • Face Detection Blink Detection technology, Face Detection AF/AE, face-priority AF function, Smile Detection technology
  • Digital Video Format H.264
  • Image Recording Format JPEG, NRW (RAW)
  • Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
  • Audio Signal Format AAC
  • Auto Focus Features Focus Peaking function
  • Interface HDMI, USB 2.0, IEEE 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 4.1
  • Connectivity Features SnapBridge
  • Exposure & White Balance
  • Light Sensitivity ISO 6400, ISO 3200, ISO auto, ISO 100-1600
  • Exposure Metering Centre-weighted, spot, matrix
  • Exposure Modes Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority
  • Retouch Glamour Retouch
  • White Balance Custom, automatic, presets
  • White Balance Presets Incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, Flash, daylight
  • Shutter Type Mechanical, electronic
  • Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
  • Min Shutter Speed 25 sec
  • Exposure Compensation ±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

  • Type Zoom lens – 35x zoom – 4.3 – 151 mm – f/3.4-6.9
  • Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 24 – 840mm
  • Focus Adjustment Automatic
  • Min Focus Distance 50 cm
  • Macro Focus Range 1cm
  • Zoom Adjustment Motorised drive
  • Lens Construction 11 groups / 13 elements
  • Features Built-in lens shield, ED glass
  • Camera Flash
  • Camera Flash Pop-up flash
  • Effective Flash Range 0.5 m – 6 m: ISO auto (wide lens)
    2 m – 3 m: ISO auto (tele lens)

Additional Features

  • Continuous Shooting Speed 10 frames per second for 10 frames
  • Self-Timer Delay 10 sec, 3sec, 5 sec
  • Additional Features Audio recording, AE lock, AF lock, in-camera red-eye fix, Active D-Lighting technology, built-in help guide, Scene Auto Selector, Smart Portrait System, Dynamic Fine Zoom

Tripod Mount

  • Connection Point 1/4″ socket

Viewfinder

  • Viewfinder Type Electronic – LCD
  • Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.5″
  • Viewfinder Resolution 1,166,000 pixels
  • Optical Viewfinder Dioptric Correction Range -4 to +4

Display

  • Type 3″ LCD display
  • Display Format 1,036,000 pixels
  • Display Form Factor Folding
  • Touch Screen Yes
  • Display Features Display brightness control

Microphone

  • Microphone Operation Mode Stereo

Connections

  • Connector Type USB 2.0 (micro-USB)
  • HDMI output (19 pin micro HDMI Type D)

Miscellaneous

  • Included Accessories Carrying strap, AC power adaptor, USB cable

Battery

  • Battery Type Nikon EN-EL12 Lithium Ion – manufacturer-specific
  • Details 1 x Nikon EN-EL12 Li-ion rechargeable battery (included)
  • Battery Life Details Photo shooting – 250 shots
  • Video recording – 55 minutes

Memory / Storage

  • Memory Card Slot SD card
  • Supported Memory Cards SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
  • Image Storage JPEG 4608 x 3456
  • JPEG 4608 x 2592
  • JPEG 4608 x 3072
  • JPEG 3264 x 2448
  • JPEG 2272 x 1704
  • JPEG 1600 x 1200
  • JPEG 3456 x 3456
  • Video Capture H.264 – 1920 x 1080 p – 60 fps
  • H.264 – 1920 x 1080 p – 50 fps
  • H.264 – 1920 x 1080 p – 30 fps
  • H.264 – 1920 x 1080 p – 25 fps
  • H.264 – 1280 x 720 p – 60 fps
  • H.264 – 1280 x 720 p – 50 fps
  • H.264 – 1280 x 720 p – 30 fps
  • H.264 – 1280 x 720 p – 25 fps
  • H.264 – 3840 x 2160 p – 30 fps
  • H.264 – 3840 x 2160 p – 25 fps

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Service & Support Limited warranty – parts and labour – 2 years

Dimensions & Weight

  • Width 11.42 cm
  • Depth 40.5 cm
  • Height 7.17 cm
  • Weight 330 g
  • Weight Details Camera with battery and memory card: 330 g

Environmental Parameters

  • Min Operating Temperature 0 °C
  • Max Operating Temperature 40 °C
  • Humidity Range Operating 0 – 85% (non-condensing)

 

Product Brochures & Manuals (PDF)

 

Overall this camera is a big upgrade from my last one.

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