The Nikon Coolpix A is a high-end compact camera with a DX (APS-C) format sensor, and a fixed 28mm (equivalent) lens. Ergonomically, the A is a cross between Nikon's previous high-end compacts like the P7700, and its recent mid-range DSLRs. Offering full manual control and solid build quality, this camera is designed to appeal to enthusiasts. Its large 16MP CMOS sensor is undoubtedly the camera's major selling point, and it lacks an optical low-pass filter for maximum resolution. It's compatible with Nikon Wi-Fi and GPS units, speedlight flashes, cable release, and has its own dedicated optical viewfinder.
Nikon COOLPIX A Compact Camera
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“ The lack of anti-aliasing filter, combined with a very sharp lens means the Coolpix A is capable of some highly detailed images.”
- 16MP DX-format CMOS sensor
- 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens
- ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 25600)
- Up to 4 fps continuous shooting
- 3" LCD with 921,000 dots
- 1080/30fps HD Video (H.264, MPEG-4)
- Built-in flash
- Wi-Fi and GPS compatible (sold separately)
- Raw and Raw+JPEG
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
|Max resolution||4928 x 3264|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200 6400, (12800, 25600 with boost)|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28 mm|
|Normal focus range||50 cm (19.69″)|
|Macro focus range||10 cm (3.94″)|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD monitor|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (optional)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||11.50 m|
|External flash||Yes (via ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync|
|Continuous drive||4 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||via optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter|
|Battery description||Nikon EN-EL20 Lithium-Ion battery|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||230|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||299 g (0.66 lb / 10.55 oz)|
|Dimensions||111 x 64 x 40 mm (4.37 x 2.52 x 1.57″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The Coolpix A offers DSLR-standard image quality and an excellent 28mm-equivalent lens in a well-polished, pocketable camera. Its user interface will be immediately familiar to Nikon shooters and its results are dependably good. It's not the only game in town, though, and while solid in most respects, it's not class-leading in any respect.
Nikon users looking for a pocketable alternative to their DSLR (particularly those who own Nikon Speedlights).
Not So Good For
Photographers shooting fast-moving subjects.
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