Nikon Coolpix A1000 review

Nikon's latest compact camera goes big on zoom and extra features

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Coolpix A1000 is an enjoyable camera to shoot with and it boasts enough optical zoom to cover virtually any shooting scenario. However, beneath its serious exterior is nothing more than an average 1/2.3-inch-type compact camera sensor that produces image quality that's nothing special. Considering the hefty £409 (US pricing is yet to be announced) launch price, we'd only recommend the A1000 if you simply must have this much zoom range in your pocket.


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    Optical zoom versatility

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    4K video

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    Ergonomic body and controls

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    Fast, accurate autofocusing


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    Lacklustre image quality

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    Very small EVF

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    High launch price

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    Screen won't flip fully forward

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Nikon is out to prove that the good old compact camera isn’t dead yet. The Coolpix A1000 will slide easily into a jacket pocket, yet you can unleash 35x optical zoom and it'll record 4K video. We see if there's more to the A1000 than just a big lens.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.