Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5

Nikon Coolpix A1000 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front

Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5 Key Specs

Nikon A1000
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-840mm (F3.4-6.9) lens
  • 330g - 114 x 72 x 41mm
  • Introduced January 2019
  • Previous Model is Nikon A900
Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Revealed July 2012
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Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5 Overview

Below, we are looking at the Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Nikon and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the A1000 (16MP) and the SZ5 (14MP) is fairly comparable and they enjoy the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The A1000 was released 6 years later than the SZ5 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going in to a full comparison, below is a short introduction of how the A1000 scores against the SZ5 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon A1000 over the Panasonic SZ5

 A1000 SZ5 
RevealedJanuary 2019July 2012More recent by 80 months
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k230kCrisper display (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Nikon A1000

 SZ5 A1000 

Common features in the Nikon A1000 and Panasonic SZ5

 A1000 SZ5 
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions

Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to lug around your camera regularly, you need to factor in its weight and measurements. The Nikon A1000 features outside dimensions of 114mm x 72mm x 41mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.6") having a weight of 330 grams (0.73 lbs) whilst the Panasonic SZ5 has proportions of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are using at that moment. The following is the front view scale comparison of the A1000 compared to the SZ5.

Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the A1000 and SZ5 is 86 and 95 respectively.

Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5 top view buttons comparison

Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is tough to visualize the gap in sensor measurements just by going through specifications. The photograph here will give you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the A1000 and SZ5.

To sum up, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You should anticipate the Nikon A1000 to produce extra detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The more modern A1000 should have an edge in sensor tech.

Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5 sensor size comparison

Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon A1000 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic SZ5 Portrait photography advice
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16MP)
offers face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
provides face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon A1000
Street photography with Panasonic SZ5
screen tilts
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
comes with focus via touch
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (136g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon A1000 Sports photography advice
Panasonic SZ5 Sports photography advice
excellent zoom range (24-840mm 35.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
low battery life (250 shots)
no phase detect AF
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
provides tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon A1000 Travel photography details
Panasonic SZ5 Travel photography details
comes with focus via touch
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
relatively wide (24mm)
great reach (840mm)
low battery life (250 shots)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
lighter than competition (136 grams)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
lack of Timelapse function
does not contain selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon A1000 Landscape photography features
Panasonic SZ5 Landscape photography features
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
delivers RAW formats
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
low battery life (250 shots)
rather wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon A1000
Vlogging with Panasonic SZ5
relatively wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
no microphone socket
rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
lighter than competition (136g)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone jack
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Nikon A1000 vs Panasonic SZ5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon A1000 and Panasonic SZ5
 Nikon Coolpix A1000Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
General Information
Brand Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix A1000 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2019-01-18 2012-07-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 6400 1600
Highest enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW support
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 23
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-840mm (35.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.4-6.9 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 921k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen tech - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,166k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 98 percent -
Min shutter speed 8 seconds 8 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed - 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.00 m (with Auto ISO) 5.60 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB EN-EL12 lithium-ion battery & USB charger USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS No None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 330g (0.73 lbs) 136g (0.30 lbs)
Dimensions 114 x 72 x 41mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.6") 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life 250 photographs 250 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (3 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $477 $195