Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models from Small Sensor Superzoom category, introduced by Nikon. We are going to take a closer look at the technical and physical characteristics, features, and performance. The models we are going to assess and compare in this review are Coolpix A900 and Coolpix A1000. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - BSI-CMOS. However, they have different resolution. Thus, Nikon Coolpix A900 comes with a 20.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor, while the Nikon Coolpix A1000 features a 16.0 MP BSI-CMOS sensor.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Nikon Coolpix A900 and Nikon Coolpix A1000.
Nikon Coolpix A900 Key Features:
Nikon Coolpix A1000 Key Features:
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||20% more pixels|
|Continuous Shooting||7 fps vs No fps||7 fps faster|
|Battery Life||300 shots vs 250 shots||50 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||289 g vs 330 g||41 g lighter|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots | 921k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps | fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Nikon Coolpix A900 and Nikon Coolpix A1000 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Nikon Coolpix A900 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 41g less than the Nikon Coolpix A1000. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Nikon Coolpix A900 and Nikon Coolpix A1000 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Nikon Coolpix A900 features a 20.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Nikon Coolpix A1000, in its turn, comes with a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon Coolpix A900 and Nikon Coolpix A1000 by the size of their sensors.
Nikon Coolpix A900 and Nikon Coolpix A1000 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Nikon Coolpix A900 and Nikon Coolpix A1000 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Nikon Coolpix A900||Nikon Coolpix A1000|
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Nikon Coolpix A900 or Nikon Coolpix A1000, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Nikon Coolpix A900 and Nikon Coolpix A1000 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Nikon Coolpix A1000 deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon Coolpix A900. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Nikon Coolpix A900||Nikon Coolpix A1000|
|Model||Coolpix A900||Coolpix A1000|
|Announced||Feb 23, 2016||Jan 18, 2019|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5184 x 3888||4608 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||125|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||1,166k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||8 s||8 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps||fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p, 25p)||3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB EN-EL12 lithium-ion battery & USB charger|
|Weight||289 g||330 g|
|Physical Dimensions||113 x 67 x 40 mm||114 x 72 x 41 mm|
|Battery Life||300 shots||250 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card|