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Nikon A1000 vs P950

The Nikon Coolpix A1000 and the Nikon Coolpix P950 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in January 2019 and January 2020. Both the A1000 and the P950 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 15.9 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Nikon A1000 versus Nikon P950
Nikon A1000 Nikon P950
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-840mm f/3.4-6.9 24-2000mm f/2.8-6.5
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 100-6,400 ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800)
Electronic viewfinder (1166k dots) Electronic viewfinder (2359k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1036k dots 3.2 LCD, 921k dots
Tilting touchscreen Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive)
7 shutter flaps per second 7 shutter flaps per second
250 shots per battery charge290 shots per battery charge
114 x 72 x 41 mm, 330 g 140 x 110 x 150 mm, 1005 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Nikon Coolpix A1000 and the Nikon Coolpix P950? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Nikon A1000 and the Nikon P950. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The A1000 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the P950 is only available in black.

Size Nikon A1000 vs Nikon P950
Compare A1000 versus P950 top
Comparison A1000 or P950 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon P950 is considerably larger (88 percent) than the Nikon A1000. Moreover, the P950 is substantially heavier (205 percent) than the A1000. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the A1000 nor the P950 are weather-sealed.

Concerning battery life, the A1000 gets 250 shots out of its EN-EL12 battery, while the P950 can take 290 images on a single charge of its EN-EL20a power pack. The power pack in the P950 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon A1000 114 mm 72 mm 41 mm 330 g 250 n Jan 2019 429 i
2.
 
Nikon P950 140 mm 110 mm 150 mm 1005 g 290 n Jan 2020 799 i
3.
 
Canon SX740 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 265 n Jul 2018 399 i
4.
 
Fujifilm XF10 113 mm 64 mm 41 mm 279 g 330 n Jul 2018 499 i
5.
 
Leica V-LUX 2 124 mm 80 mm 95 mm 520 g 410 n Sep 2010 849i
6.
 
Nikon B600 122 mm 82 mm 99 mm 500 g 280 n Jan 2019 349 i
7.
 
Nikon P1000 146 mm 119 mm 181 mm 1415 g 250 n Jul 2018 999 i
8.
 
Nikon P900 140 mm 103 mm 137 mm 899 g 360 n Mar 2015 599i
9.
 
Panasonic ZS80 112 mm 69 mm 42 mm 327 g 380 n Feb 2019 449 i
10.
 
Panasonic TS7 117 mm 76 mm 37 mm 319 g 300 Y May 2018 449 i
11.
 
Sony HX99 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 i
12.
 
Sony HX95 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 i
13.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The A1000 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 46 percent) than the P950, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Nikon A1000 and Nikon P950 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 15.9 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the A1000 and the P950 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the P950 is a somewhat more recent model (by 11 months) than the A1000, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The Nikon Coolpix A1000 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400. The corresponding ISO settings for the Nikon Coolpix P950 are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-12800.

A1000 versus P950 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Nikon A1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
2.
 
Nikon P950 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
3.
 
Canon SX740 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
4.
 
Fujifilm XF10 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p........
5.
 
Leica V-LUX 2 1/2.3 14.0 4320 32401080/60i........
6.
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
7.
 
Nikon P1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
8.
 
Nikon P900 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
9.
 
Panasonic ZS80 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
10.
 
Panasonic TS7 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
11.
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
12.
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
13.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/30p).

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The two cameras under review are similar with respect to both having an electronic viewfinder. However, the one in the P950 offers a substantially higher resolution than the one in the A1000 (2359k vs 1166k dots). The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Nikon A1000, the Nikon P950, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Nikon A10001166 n 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
2.
 
Nikon P9502359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX740none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 10.0 Y Y
4.
 
Fujifilm XF10none n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
5.
 
Leica V-LUX 2202 n 3.0 460 swivel n 1/2000s 11.0 Y Y
6.
 
Nikon B600none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
7.
 
Nikon P10002359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
8.
 
Nikon P900921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
9.
 
Panasonic ZS802330 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
10.
 
Panasonic TS71170 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/1300s 10.0 Y Y
11.
 
Sony HX99638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
12.
 
Sony HX95638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
13.
 
Sony WX800none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The A1000 has a touchscreen, while the P950 has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

The Nikon P950 has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Both the A1000 and the P950 have zoom lenses built in. The A1000 has a 24-840mm f/3.4-6.9 optic and the P950 offers a 24-2000mm f/2.8-6.5 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the A1000 and P950 provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the P950 has more tele-photo reach at the long end. The P950 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the A1000 and the P950 write their files to SDXC cards. The A1000 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the P950 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Nikon Coolpix A1000 and Nikon Coolpix P950 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Nikon A1000-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Nikon P950YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Canon SX740-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Fujifilm XF10-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Leica V-LUX 2Ystereomono--mini2.0---
6.
 
Nikon B600-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Nikon P1000YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Nikon P900-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Panasonic ZS80-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
10.
 
Panasonic TS7-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
11.
 
Sony HX99-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
12.
 
Sony HX95-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
13.
 
Sony WX800-stereomono--micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the P950 has a microphone port, which can help to improve the quality of audio recordings by attaching an external microphone. The A1000 does not feature such a mic input.

Both the A1000 and the P950 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The A1000 replaced the earlier Nikon A900, while the P950 followed on from the Nikon P900. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Nikon website.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is there a clear favorite between the Nikon A1000 and the Nikon P950? Which camera is better? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Arguments in favor of the Nikon Coolpix A1000:

  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1036k vs 921k dots).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Is equipped with a touch-sensitive rear screen to facilitate handling.
  • More compact: Is smaller (114x72mm vs 140x110mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 675g or 67 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (46 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in January 2019).


Reasons to prefer the Nikon Coolpix P950:

  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • More detailed viewfinder: Has higher resolution electronic viewfinder (2359k vs 1166k dots).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.2" vs 3.0") for image review and settings control.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.4).
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (290 versus 250) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (11 months) more recently.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the P950 is the clear winner of the contest (11 : 7 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

A1000 07:11 P950

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Nikon A1000 and the Nikon P950 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the A1000 or the P950. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon A1000..+ +..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 429 i
2.
 
Nikon P950......4/54/5 Jan 2020 799 i
3.
 
Canon SX740..+..4/54/5 Jul 2018 399 i
4.
 
Fujifilm XF10....75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2018 499 i
5.
 
Leica V-LUX 2.......... Sep 2010 849i
6.
 
Nikon B600..+..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 349 i
7.
 
Nikon P1000..+73/1003.5/53.5/5 Jul 2018 999 i
8.
 
Nikon P900....77/1004/54/5 Mar 2015 599i
9.
 
Panasonic ZS80..+ +..4.5/5.. Feb 2019 449 i
10.
 
Panasonic TS7..+....3.5/5 May 2018 449 i
11.
 
Sony HX99......4/54.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i
12.
 
Sony HX95.......... Aug 2018 429 i
13.
 
Sony WX800.......... Oct 2018 399 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Nikon A1000 vs Nikon P950

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Nikon A1000 Nikon P950
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-840mm f/3.4-6.9 24-2000mm f/2.8-6.5
    Launch Date January 2019 January 2020
    Launch Price USD 429 USD 799
    Sensor Specs Nikon A1000 Nikon P950
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Screen Specs Nikon A1000 Nikon P950
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 98% 90%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    Viewfinder Resolution 1166k dots 2359k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.2inch
    LCD Resolution 1036k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Swivel screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen no Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Nikon A1000 Nikon P950
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 7 shutter flaps/s 7 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse Photographyno IntervalometerIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I no
    Connectivity Specs Nikon A1000 Nikon P950
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port no MIC socket External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Nikon A1000 Nikon P950
    Battery Type EN-EL12 EN-EL20a
    Battery Life (CIPA)250 shots per charge290 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 114 x 72 x 41 mm
    (4.5 x 2.8 x 1.6 in)
    140 x 110 x 150 mm
    (5.5 x 4.3 x 5.9 in)
    Camera Weight 330 g (11.6 oz) 1005 g (35.5 oz)

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