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Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix A preview - hands on with the DX compact

By dpreview staff on Mar 5, 2013 at 04:01 GMT
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We've had a chance to use the Nikon Coolpix A - the company's DX-format, fixed-lens compact. The Coolpix A features a 16MP APS-C sensor with no optical low-pass filter and a 28mm equivalent F2.8 prime lens. Nikon has done a lot of work to make the Coolpix A consistent with its DSLRs, from its interface to its compatibility with accessories.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 5, 2013)

I can't help but wonder if they intend to do the same as Sigma in this area...

Let's hope that a f1.8 35mm sibling soon follows, and a f1.4 50mm as well.

Personally, I'd wish for a 40mm f1.4

1 upvote
expireduser
By expireduser (Mar 5, 2013)

I agree, it seems really out of touch to just have a 28mm equivalent. If they had a 35mm equivalent model to choose from, I'm sure it would sell far better. It's much smaller than the Fuji X100S, correct?

0 upvotes
TJGKG
By TJGKG (Mar 5, 2013)

Why would I get this camera when the more flexible G1X is available and much less expensive? In fact, the updated G2X(?) is probably right around the corner that will address any shortcomings of the first generation. A 28mm lens is not really going to be all that useful. And maybe 2.8 is not as bright as a prime should be. And is Nikon studying pricing from Sony?

2 upvotes
EinsteinsGhost
By EinsteinsGhost (Mar 5, 2013)

Speaking of Sony, the NEX-3N looks even better now. It is marginally smaller in height and width but just a little deeper with 20mm f/2.8 pancake lens, or even with 16-50 PZ lens (with which it is priced at $500).

Never mind the fact that it actually has an articulating LCD.

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0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Mar 5, 2013)

A G1X plus a lens is larger, and from what I've seen, not capable of the IQ of this camera. Aren't m43 fans always screaming that small is the most important feature of a camera? This camera is small.

I keep reading that 28mm is not useful. What are people shooting landscapes or street photography with? 28mm is the classical focal length for street photography a la Ricoh GRD. On the street you need as wide a FOV as possible.

1 upvote
EinsteinsGhost
By EinsteinsGhost (Mar 5, 2013)

If I had ONE focal length to work with, I would prefer 35mm equivalent, which will be 24mm in this case. Even with 18-55 and similar zoom lenses, I almost always find self using 24-35mm focal lengths for most purposes, except landscape when I will stay below 30.

0 upvotes
Deleted-pending
By Deleted-pending (Mar 5, 2013)

if you look on some samples on flickr, the G1X looks amazing in terms of IQ : http://www.flickr.com/photos/oter/6721615731/

0 upvotes
TJGKG
By TJGKG (Mar 5, 2013)

The G1X is generally acknowledged as taking some of the best pictures in the compact class. How can you possibly state that it is not capable of the IQ of this camera? And if I had one focal length to choose from, it would be 35mm. The DX 28 works out to about 18 which is way too wide. Look at Nikons sample shots.

2 upvotes
b534202
By b534202 (Mar 6, 2013)

With the MFT reference, he probably confused G1X with GX1.

0 upvotes
MrSkelter
By MrSkelter (Mar 6, 2013)

I had a G1X. It's a great camera but has the same dynamic range issues as all current Canon sensors. At high ISO they simply can't match the IQ of Sony, Nikon or Pentax in the same generation.

The G1X has a great lens and wonderful controls. It's not the equal of the K-01 or NEX 5N, same price, same generation -when they're sporting equally good glass.

0 upvotes
daciangroza
By daciangroza (Mar 5, 2013)

I like it. Even though the x100s seems better because of the magnificent viewfinder, the Coolpix A appeals to me. I think they shouldn't have branded it a Coolpix.

1 upvote
rocklobster
By rocklobster (Mar 5, 2013)

Agree...the connotation of Coolpix is for fun - not to be taken seriously - almost for the smartphone camera demographic to which this clearly is not aimed. Very pricey for a camera that looks too much like a compact as well but no doubt the price will tumble when Nikon finds that it doesn't sell.

Cheers

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1 upvote
Elaka Farmor
By Elaka Farmor (Mar 5, 2013)

Any idea how much bigger it would have been if they used max apature f2 instead?

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 5, 2013)

it would just be better, more expensive glass.
less profit margin (because they couldn't sell it for more than this, that's for sure)

Comment edited 29 seconds after posting
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Vladik
By Vladik (Mar 5, 2013)

Why would anyone pay $1100 for that cam, if they can get D7000 for that price with kit lens?

1 upvote
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 5, 2013)

"Why would anyone pay $1100 for that cam, if they can get D7000 for that price with kit lens?"

Size.

0 upvotes
BroncoBro
By BroncoBro (Mar 9, 2013)

@Menneisyys Why would anyone pay $1,100 for a camera with no viewfinder? What's up with Nikon introducing a camera that looks to "compete" with the Fuji X100s but really can't? The Fuji was intro'd 2 1/2 yrs ago, has a very nice OVF, excellent sensor, AND an f/2.0 lens!! By the time you buy the separate viewfinder for the CoolpixA (and a second one after you lose the first!!!!), you've spent way more than the Fuji and down't have as elegant a camera. The size is pretty much the same. This Coolpix A is totally baffling to me. Nikon is in retrograde.

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ssh33
By ssh33 (Mar 5, 2013)

A step in the right direction if you ask me. I like that the lens is finally NOT interchangable. I always have my DSLR if I want to play with glass, let's keep compacts compact.

Nikon, if you are going to keep the prime, make it at least 35mm (eqiv). 28mm is neither long enough for a portrait nor wide enough for a landscape.
I have no use for 28mm field of view, so I'm not going to buy this camera at any price.

Put a brighter lens on it, make it a 20-50mm zoom, some form of PDAF in addition to CDAF and I'd buy it at $800.

1 upvote
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (Mar 5, 2013)

make that $500 :-).. okay maybe $599 :-) and I will buy it as well.. plus the EVF of course :-) commander on board flash, and make the body more retro looking not some generic and bland black brick..

0 upvotes
Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Mar 5, 2013)

you do realize 20-50mm faste than f 2.8 would be larger than two of these cameras

0 upvotes
ryanshoots
By ryanshoots (Mar 5, 2013)

Kodachrome, you know that the laws of physics cease to exist in forum wishlists. Price sanity too.

0 upvotes
ssh33
By ssh33 (Mar 6, 2013)

@Kodachrome200 What I meant was a brighter prime OR a 20-50mm zoom.

20-50mm zoom faster than f2.8 is still SciFi but you already knew that.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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Craig Atkinson
By Craig Atkinson (Mar 5, 2013)

This camera is interesting. Usually I'd look for f2, or 1.8 - the Ricoh GRD4 was perfect but the RX100 beats it on IQ. This Nikon seems to be the 'new' Ricoh. Strange too that Moriyama is using Nikon - I wonder how much input he's had in this camera. Looks a good street camera but the Ricoh GRDV is due soon-ish...

1 upvote
ryanshoots
By ryanshoots (Mar 6, 2013)

I doubt Daido had much input. He's not about the technical. He was using a Coolpix travelzoom with next to zero manual control and he used the GRD with what I'd consider a great user interface. He was happy with both apparently. Most on this forum would not be happy with the Coolpix travelzoom.

Personally, I would take the GRD over the RX100 because usability is important to me. More important that the difference in IQ between those too.

I would take a Fuji X100 over this Nikon.

0 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 5, 2013)

Get a nex with a pancake... (20mm 2.8)

3 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 5, 2013)

I'd much rather get a NX300 with the better 30mm f2 lens

1 upvote
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 5, 2013)

"Get a nex with a pancake... (20mm 2.8)"

Or the new 16-50PZ, it's pretty good too, albeit not as fast.

0 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 5, 2013)

Timmbits go ahead, Menneisyys you can have both ;)

0 upvotes
Photato
By Photato (Mar 5, 2013)

Personally I'd have preferred a 35 or 32mm eqv focal length. Also the stereo mics needs more separation. It might as well have just mono mic.
As for the price it sits right in the middle between Sony RX1 and RX100 so is not that far fetched.
Will be interesting to know about Sony's forthcoming RX10 to see how compete with this one.
Happy to see the trend of removing low pass filters.
For the money, I think Canon GX1 remains a better option.

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radissimo
By radissimo (Mar 5, 2013)

What about Olympus PM2 with panasonic pancake 14mm f2.5 ?
I know, I know, not as good, due smaller sensor, but faster lens and way cheaper!

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Zoran K
By Zoran K (Mar 5, 2013)

Sweet little camera with 16MP APS-C sensor, no optical low-pass filter and a 28mm equivalent F2.8 prime lens.

If the street price drop bellow $700.00 (Canon G1X) it would be a great buy !

2 upvotes
fastprime
By fastprime (Mar 5, 2013)

No support for Nikon Creative Lighting System seems rather odd considering the P7700 has this feature.

2 upvotes
fdfgdfgdgf
By fdfgdfgdgf (Mar 5, 2013)

no need
its works with manual mode

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fastprime
By fastprime (Mar 5, 2013)

Not following you, please elaborate how manual mode enables this camera to control external flash.

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fdfgdfgdgf
By fdfgdfgdgf (Mar 5, 2013)

No support for Nikon Creative Lighting System means that the camera can not trigger remote flash with TTL. (and does not contains a transmitter)

The camera however support any nikon flash, (its states very clear in the website with photo and the camera contain Hot shoe )

now, just buy a tiny yongnuo transmitter from ebay and set your flash to M mode. put the transmitter on the camera and the receiver on the remote flash.

Bingo its works....this how i use my lumix LX7 which control a remotely located Nikon SB700 FLASH. manual MODE IS BETTER THEN TTL since you control the flash power from the flash unit as you want. (as opposed to camera setting of flash power by TTL algorithm)

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fastprime
By fastprime (Mar 6, 2013)

Good to know. I see that there are different models available for Nikon and Canon DSLRs but didn't see any for Panasonic. Which one are you using? Does it matter? I have Nikon 800 + 7000 but also Lumix G3. I see N1 for 800, N3 for 7000. Will these fire the remote flash from the G3?

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DELETED88781
By DELETED88781 (Mar 6, 2013)

I have the Nikon version that works for panasonic
One more bonus,,,,,,,,,,,

High speed sync is working too so the lumix can trigger the flash as 1/2000

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Sean65
By Sean65 (Mar 5, 2013)

This is the perfect replacement for my Ricoh GRD III. The only complaint with the Ricoh is the IQ in poor light (every day in London). So this Nikon looks perfect. Bit too pricey. £600 would have been right. Are they going to make the same pricing mistakes they made on the 1 series?

1 upvote
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Mar 5, 2013)

Why does Nikon insist on producing cameras that make mirrorless systems look really limited?

3 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 5, 2013)

I am guessing that it has to be a slow and gradual transition from the 1 system to this one.

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Mar 5, 2013)

This camera is designed for a very specific person. Maybe a little too specific in this case.

10 upvotes
liquid stereo
By liquid stereo (Mar 5, 2013)

Yes - someone who forgets/ignores the fact that other cameras exist!

9 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 5, 2013)

hahahahaha

2 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Mar 5, 2013)

This is the best compact camera on the market.

Looking at the sample images on Nikon site they're great, mostly due to the lens, which is probably worth more than most cameras. Try finding a cheap fast (>F2.8) lens with aspherical elements - you can't!

There are no other pocketable cameras with better image quality. All the others are either too big & bulky or have a crappier image sensor/lens. This is a pro-grade street photojournalist & documentary camera. It's perfect for bloggers and editors themselves. Its nearest competition is the Sony RX1, which costs more than 2x this.

Also 28mm is much better than 35mm for photojournalism. That is why all cell-phone cameras are at that range.

The only disappointment is that it didn't include the phase detect AF from the Nikon 1 series, which is needed for dynamic street photography. Additionally the wi-fi/sharing should have been built in, as this type of camera is going to end up having its photos posted online quickly.

1 upvote
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Mar 5, 2013)

«This is the best compact camera on the market».
I assume, given such bold statement, that you've tried it...

5 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Mar 5, 2013)

BTW if I wanted to go bulkier I would go with the X100s before the RX1.

Definitely in the market for these kinds of high-end compact cameras for low-key photography.

1 upvote
liquid stereo
By liquid stereo (Mar 5, 2013)

It could have been made smaller with a F4 lens. That would have made it the best!

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 5, 2013)

stillborn

4 upvotes
bluevaping
By bluevaping (Mar 6, 2013)

street photographers and documentary camera ok. Bloggers could save a few dollars and go with something else. For general web blog output this is over kill, but it's whatever works. I think its funny when people shot with big sensor cameras, edit it at the pixel level, to correct super fine detail and then just post it for the web only.

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walliswizard
By walliswizard (Mar 5, 2013)

Nope, looks boring, no viewfinder, too expensive, f/2.8 not fast enough for what this camera will be used for (a lot of indoor, low-light use I'd imagine).

X100S blows this away, and I'm sure there are others too....

5 upvotes
dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 5, 2013)

A lot of people bitching about this Nikon not having

a) a zoom lens or
b) a lens brighter than 2.8.

However with a large APS-C sensor if you add a zoom lens or bigger lens elements the camera can no longer be compact.

(Also some people may confuse 2.8 on APS-C and a small sensor, it is a ratio.)

1 upvote
MrSkelter
By MrSkelter (Mar 5, 2013)

I can't afford a camera this focused and I'm angry damnit. Nikon is a stupid. WAAAAAAAAA!

Sorry - I meant to say:

A fixed lens is ridiculous at this price point and the X100 has a beautiful retro design that evokes the classic Leica's which I also can't afford.

Correction - I actually meant to say:

A camera without a zoom lens can't be used by any serious on-the go shooter except for the RX1 which is one stop faster, I step bigger and three times the price. Damn do I want that.

Err....

3 upvotes
dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 5, 2013)

More like inspiration from Sony RX1.
($2500) Fixed lens.

Comment edited 21 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Plastek
By Plastek (Mar 5, 2013)

I see LOADS of inspirations from Sony RX100.
:)
Still though: the price is rather silly. Seems like this year Nikon goes over the top.

1 upvote
javaone360
By javaone360 (Mar 5, 2013)

It is small and 28mm is a good focal length.

1 upvote
Ridethelight
By Ridethelight (Mar 5, 2013)

£1000, excuse while i scoop up my internal organs after my sides split with laughter LOL Nikon

6 upvotes
harold1968
By harold1968 (Mar 5, 2013)

as predicted, the new compact is taking shape across the board
also the re-emergence of the prime lens as the main lenses
congrats to Nikon on joining the Fuji, Sony, Sigma and Leica group of high qulaity compacts

1 upvote
MrTritium
By MrTritium (Mar 5, 2013)

To all the people bitching about the 2.8 lens and lack of VF: This is the only TRULY POCKETABLE aps-c camera in the world, think about it. Nikon obviously had to make compromises to make it that small and light.
The X100 is MUCH bigger and weights 50% more.
Ridiculous price however.

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KonstantinosK
By KonstantinosK (Mar 5, 2013)

Maybe I'm wrong... BUT... Isn't coming second to SIGMA?

3 upvotes
MrTritium
By MrTritium (Mar 5, 2013)

The sigma DP1 has a huge lens that protudes out. Not pocketable.

1 upvote
Plastek
By Plastek (Mar 5, 2013)

Yep. And sigma is cheaper. (only interface and AF is laggy) And it comes in 3 iterations, not all of them have huge lens that protudes out. It's perfectly pocketable - I tried it just 2 days ago on Focus on Imaging. Fits into jeans quite nicely.

So, MrTritium, nothing to be excited. Move along, move along. No need to create unnecessary hype...

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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MrTritium
By MrTritium (Mar 5, 2013)

- Nikon Coolpix A : 111 x 64 x 40 mm

- Sigma DP1/2 non-M : 113 x 65 x 51/56 mm
Their sensors are smaller than APS-C. The DP1 is 11mm deeper than the Coolpix A, with an f4 lens. Plastek, can you really fit a 51mm thick camera in you jean pocket?

- Sigma DP1/2/3 M : 122 x 67 x 64/59/81 mm
No comment...

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 5, 2013)

It's about the size of a Canon G12 or Nikon P7700. It's not going to be very pocket friendly, I'm afraid.

2 upvotes
DPortier
By DPortier (Mar 5, 2013)

The old sensor size of the old Sigma DP models where indeed slightly smaller than normal APS-C, but the Sigma Merrills Foveon sensor is true APS-C (24x16mm)

0 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (Mar 6, 2013)

The x100 fits in my pants pocket just fine. A little bulgy, but it's pocketable.

0 upvotes
MrTritium
By MrTritium (Mar 6, 2013)

Coolpix A vs Sigma DP1M: http://camerasize.com/compare/#292,445

Coolpix A vs Fuji X100:
http://camerasize.com/compare/#395,445

The coolpix in the only pocket camera among those 3.

0 upvotes
MrSkelter
By MrSkelter (Mar 5, 2013)

I'm so sick of this. When is Nikon going to give us a pocketable camera with the D800 sensor, a 14-400 zoom lens and 4K video for under $500? It's time to take the lead!

19 upvotes
KonstantinosK
By KonstantinosK (Mar 5, 2013)

Lol! Indeed!

0 upvotes
dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 5, 2013)

maybe 2050 AD?

0 upvotes
Wally Brooks
By Wally Brooks (Mar 5, 2013)

You mean 5020 :-p

0 upvotes
James First 007
By James First 007 (Mar 6, 2013)

In about 10 years or so....

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Den Sh
By Den Sh (Mar 6, 2013)

And not just a zoom lens, but f/1.4 zoom lens!

0 upvotes
xc1427
By xc1427 (Mar 7, 2013)

Good job! super ironic!

0 upvotes
BroncoBro
By BroncoBro (Mar 5, 2013)

When is Nikon going to grab the camera market by the balls and do something innovative that LEADS the market rather than follow everyone else?

3 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 5, 2013)

It's because they're expecting to update this thing next year for more profit.

0 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 5, 2013)

BroncoBro - Tell me another camera maker who offers an APS-C size sensor in this small of a package. (Hint: there currently isn't anyone who offers this sensor size in this small of a package....truly pocketable).

2 upvotes
maxnoy
By maxnoy (Mar 5, 2013)

X1 is not too much larger and released a few years ago

1 upvote
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 5, 2013)

@Clint: hmm, let's see... Leica X2 isn't much larger, there's that ugly thing made by Sigma, and with proportions adjusted to account for sensor size the RX1 is far more impressive.

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 5, 2013)

Maxnoy/Timbits - The X1/X2 is 'not much bigger'...really??? I suppose you guys think a Suburban is 'not much bigger' than an Austin mini.

If what you want is pocketability there is a HUGE difference:

Leica X2 - 124x69x52 345g
Nikon - 111x64x40 299g

0 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 5, 2013)

Timbit - I agree that the RX1 is far more impressive...but 'accounting for sensor size' doesn't make it magically shrink to fit in my pocket. There is currently no camera out there this small with this size of a sensor. The closest thing would be a Sigma...but it is still a bit bigger.

0 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Mar 5, 2013)

@BroncoBro

Yeah Nikon should be leading the way by making DSLRs with the best full frame and APS-C sensors currently available in any camera. Or maybe by adding more and more higher end features from their pro/semi pro DSLRs to cameras at lower and lower price points? Or how about leading the way with the on sensor phase detection AF in the Nikon 1 series.

Oh wait, that's right they are already doing all of those things.

Comment edited 40 seconds after posting
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BroncoBro
By BroncoBro (Mar 9, 2013)

@ Josh152 All you can talk about is sensors and megapixels. LEADERSHIP is what Fuji is doing. Put an excellent sensor into a real camera with controls that make sense. Forget thumbwheels and excessive menus. Put the controls where your hands reside when you hold a camera. Let me think about the shot instead of pushing a button to activate the camera, then turning a thumbwheel and hope that the aperture keeps up with how much I turned it. Contemporary Nikons are SO frustrating!!!! I've been using them for 40 years and I'm getting more and more disappointed in them. I rented an X-Pro 1 recently and have to say that Fuji is on to something (oh, and they're selling boatloads of them). CoolPix A...camera with viewfinder and hood for $1,500 vs Fuji X100 for $1,200. Oh, and did I mention the Fuji came out 2 1/2 years ago. THAT'S LEADERSHIP.

0 upvotes
MrSkelter
By MrSkelter (Mar 5, 2013)

1. Viewfinders are for old people. I'm only half-kidding. The idea that a camera without a viewfinder isn't useful, useable or professional is comically out of date. Many professionals shoot through iPads - I watch them do it. Only egotistic armchair pro's bemoan any design that's not reminiscent of 1965.

2. Zoom with your feet. This camera is aimed at someone who can afford more than one device, or who knows they're not going to try and use it in a bird blind.

3. Thank the FSM Nikon aren't catering to pensioners with hokey faux-vintage design. The Fuji's are more hip-replacement than hip.

4. Dials! A thousand times more useful than a 3X zoom. Nikon can't magically invent a tiny, fast, cheap, APS-C zoom by simply bending physics. Bigger sensors mean bigger optics.

5. Someone who makes money with a D4 doesn't want to learn the foibles of a new set of menus. There's a built in audience for a camera like this regardless of the quality of the competition.

For some of us IQ is all.

2 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Mar 5, 2013)

"Viewfinders are for old people" - shooting in Zombie position is for iPhone teenagers.

0 upvotes
MrSkelter
By MrSkelter (Mar 5, 2013)

@Plastek - Staring at a screen makes you a zombie teenager? You mean like Ansel Adams with his view camera? Or do you mean like any fashion photographer with their medium format look-down viewfinders?

Damn kids!

(I'm getting off your lawn now)

0 upvotes
jackpro
By jackpro (Mar 5, 2013)

What a suck lens choice boohoo Sony RX1 35mm f2 is slightly better but would prefer f1.4 or faster come on!

0 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 5, 2013)

This camera is not designed for someone who's primary concern is bokeh.

3 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Mar 5, 2013)

Why the prime lens than instead of collapsible zoom?

0 upvotes
maxnoy
By maxnoy (Mar 5, 2013)

Oh yeah. Doesn't everyone buy 28mm lenses for their kArAzY creamy bokeh?

1 upvote
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 5, 2013)

Indeed, you're not going to shoot landscapes at full open. But a lens that is good enough for a larger opening will be sharper when stopped down to 2.8 than this one is. It's always better to have a lens designed to be sharp at more than what you need it for, just to be reassured that what you do shoot at, it'll do great.

0 upvotes
Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Mar 6, 2013)

wrong...

Leica's Summicrons (f2's) are sharper at f2 than their summilux's (f1.4's) at f2. You're making an unjustified generalization here.

0 upvotes
maxnoy
By maxnoy (Mar 6, 2013)

Yeah, quite incorrect. More conservative designs are easier to make well.

0 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 5, 2013)

Sample images.

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/coolpix/a/a/sample.htm

Leica killer. I'll expect this will sell extremely well. All pro will buy this sooner or later.

Great work NIKON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 upvotes
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Mar 5, 2013)

That's the great positive of this camera, the IQ. It'll kill any camera short of a AA-less FF. And the sensor is still the best APS-C ever made.

1 upvote
ybizzle
By ybizzle (Mar 5, 2013)

X100S owns this all day. EVF/OVF, full HD 60p, f2 lens, retro design, APS-C sized sensor with no AA filter, and high iso IQ that rivals full frame!

5 upvotes
BroncoBro
By BroncoBro (Mar 5, 2013)

"All pro will buy this sooner or later"

How about....much later. No integrated OVF/EVF? f/2.8?

2 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Mar 5, 2013)

"Leica killer" - BUAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Clueless.

2 upvotes
vodanh1982
By vodanh1982 (Mar 5, 2013)

And Hybrid AF.

0 upvotes
matty_boy
By matty_boy (Mar 5, 2013)

there are some wild statements on here but saying the x100s "owns" this is a bit wide of the mark, for starters i hope Fuji has fixed their sticky aperture blades issue so prevalent on the x100, also the plasticky build that only owners know about needs to be sorted out and then there is the even more plasticky processed RAW files. I really dont like fuji images as you may have guessed they are like the BOSE of the camera world... all processing. give me an honest to goodness camera any day Nikon wins this fight easily

1 upvote
Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Mar 6, 2013)

plus if you take anything from the x100's video performance than the x100s's 60p will be a joke...

0 upvotes
James First 007
By James First 007 (Mar 5, 2013)

No view finder because it is a compact camera...
Too many readers and participant on this site don't get that ?????

Ugly ????

Certainly not too wide...

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James First 007
By James First 007 (Mar 5, 2013)

O.k. I don't comment very often but please go to www.nikon.com and take a very good look at the limited pictures sample of this new camera...

They are just beyond belief...the IQ is much much better than my RX100 (which I own and like) and much better than the anticipated Fuigi x100s (Period).

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rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Mar 5, 2013)

Yes the IQ is very good.

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mike kobal
By mike kobal (Mar 5, 2013)

quote>>the IQ is much better then.....the anticipated Fuigi x100s<<
you meant to say, the photographer is so much better then whoever produced the x100s samples, right? ;)
(Period)

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James First 007
By James First 007 (Mar 5, 2013)

No Mike,

Based on what's available picture wise on the internet... the COOLPIX A wins in the IQ department...the end result...

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James First 007
By James First 007 (Mar 5, 2013)

http://chsvimg.nikon.com/lineup/coolpix/a/a/img/sample/img_05_l.jpg

Please pay particularly attention to her eyes and notice that in spite of the fact that this lens is a 2.8, the IQ is substantially better in the left eye...

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atamola
By atamola (Mar 5, 2013)

Staged shots of happy people in the streets -good concept.

In terms of IQ I see nothing special (although I like the color rendition)

What it is clear from those shots is what a bad idea is to use a 18.5mm lens to make close-up portraits.

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James First 007
By James First 007 (Mar 5, 2013)

My last comment on the subject...
You see nothing in term of IQ because you did not increase the size of the picture on your screen...

Yes, for close up photography you would most likely be better off with at least a 50 mm...a 28 mm might provide a feeling of vital space invasion to those who are being photograph but at the end of the day...so long as there is no barrel distortion, vignetting etc... in your picture you will be fine...

But think this through...if you must have a fixed lens wouldn't you want it to be wide...

James

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Mar 5, 2013)

This is a 'tester' to see if there is enough market for a fixed focal length fast lens compact camera from Nikon. When it sells as expected we will see for sure a FX version with an even more faster lens and higher specs

In Japan there will be probable a market for it, but in Europe...lots of competition in a small market.

Lets hope it will not become more than a gear head collectors item in less than a year. So there is room for a follow up like a Nikon 'RX1' with an (optional) optical viewfinder which has image/operation wise enough potential to step out of the high end camera phones and which really adds extra value and is aimed at the serious photographer in mind...love to see that ! :-)

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Plastek
By Plastek (Mar 5, 2013)

You'd end up better buying Sony RX1 than waiting for Nikon RX1. Waiting for FF Nikon Compact might be like waiting for APS-C Nikon mirrorless.
Nothing more than a fool's dream.

Nikon knows how to make amazing gear in DSLR segment, but everything else? Doesn't go particularly well for them.

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Mar 5, 2013)

Plastek. That is not correct The 1 series camera's is selling quite well in Japan, they are within sales expectations.

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Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (Mar 5, 2013)

Nikon never knowingly satisfied its critics or users!

There is always something that's just not right? Sensor? Lens? Speed? Camera size? Cost?

Personally I'd like to see what the printed image is like then I'll make a decision... on Paper though - excuse then pun - the camera looks a little decent - a good addition to the camera bag... - When used properly... !

When are all the critics going to realise that one camera cannot do everything...
A compact cannot do studio work and a D4 is not ideal for street photography...

Get real criticisers if you dont like Nikon go to another page! For those that do like Nikon products please 'praise' instead of 'knocking' all the time... I bet the majority of you haven't printed an image in ages... They are all still stuck in your little hard drives!

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Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (Mar 5, 2013)

I know it would make the camera larger but at least a 28-105mm focal range would sell many more cameras. f2.8 is not going to blow up many skirts but that would also make the camera even larger!

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blank_
By blank_ (Mar 5, 2013)

every J1/2/3 owner, who knows photography basics, must feel sad looking at coolpix A top and back controls and then looking back at his camera

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BroncoBro
By BroncoBro (Mar 5, 2013)

It's obviously targeted at Nikon DSLR users. No viewfinder? REALLY?!!!! Useless.

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Mar 5, 2013)

Hmmm. One similar alternative would be the Canon EOS M with the 22mm f2 kit lens. That has a list price of US$800, and a current Amazon price of US$676.

Since the Nikon doesn't have on-sensor phase detection AF, AF speed is probably just as slow (slower?) as the EOS M.

Comparing the two, what's the advantage of a non-interchangeable lens? I haven't compared size specs, but both look pretty compact.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 5, 2013)

If you include the EOS M, then you could probably include the NEX or m4/3s. This is a fixed lens with no AA filter and more likely has a leaf shutter. It is quite compelling but the price.

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viking79
By viking79 (Mar 5, 2013)

PDAF hasn't been shown to make mirrorless cameras any faster focusing (with exception of V1 maybe, and maybe X100s). CDAF can be very fast, so it just depends on Nikon implementation.

Fixed lens cameras tend to have better performance from the lens for the size. The camera is noticeably thinner because the lens goes inside the camera body.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Mar 5, 2013)

V1 hardly counts. It got so much of a depth of field that equally well they could set it to hyperfocal and remove any focusing mechanism what so ever.

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (Mar 5, 2013)

Exactly! The price will go down sooner then later...kind of unfinished product but not bad at all.

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mike kobal
By mike kobal (Mar 5, 2013)

As the name implies this is still a point and shoot, with an "affordable" lens starting at 2.8 and an Apsc sized sensor, I wouldn't compare it to the Fuji X100s but to the Sony RX100. Wake me up once it sells around $500......

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 5, 2013)

The original X100 was branded a FinePix and the Sony RX1 is a Cyber-shot, so this isn't alone in wearing it's maker's compact branding (though I'm aware Fujifilm used to use FinePix for its Pro DSLR range too).

This has a much larger sensor than the RX100 and, unlike the RX100 has no zoom. At which point, since it had those two properties in common with the X100 and is closer to it in price...

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mosc
By mosc (Mar 5, 2013)

though the RX100 at 28mm equiv is f1.8 giving it fairly comparable light gathering to this new Nikon. Zoom aside, they're otherwise fairly close in terms of equivalent aperture, physical dimensions, control style, no VF, tiny flash, etc.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 5, 2013)

I wouldn't go that far, besides, this is an APS-C with no AA filter with a fixed, prime lens which I reckon would be pretty sharp than mostly anything in it's class....except the Sigma DP1 Merrill with a similar lens, no AA filter, same shutter and sync speeds at $800.

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IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Mar 5, 2013)

Tomorrows bargain bin camera today.

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Digitall
By Digitall (Mar 5, 2013)

Nikon launches Coolpix A for this segment to compete with the X100, and can not compete with the X100 after two years of launch! Fuji start now with X100S, miles away from this Nikon specs. Nikon is losing his breath?
Currently X100S is a mature camera, positive developments of the previous model, and able to offer to the consumer a better and more confident investment. imo.

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 5, 2013)

At this price.... difficult to compete in the market.

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AshMills
By AshMills (Mar 5, 2013)

I wonder if the "B" will have an interchangeable lens mount? Just needs an optical adapter with shutter built in...

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BingoCharlie
By BingoCharlie (Mar 5, 2013)

Surely this is the first in a line. 28mm now. 35mm and 50mm to follow, similar to the Sigma DPMs?

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Mar 5, 2013)

That would make me happy! i want a 50mm walk around!

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Plastek
By Plastek (Mar 5, 2013)

I thought so till I got DP3 with it's 50mm lens. It's simply: too big.

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (Mar 5, 2013)

The rebirth of the APS-C sensor camera.

10 years ago, an entry-level APS-C camera would be priced at a couple thousand dollars. Over the past ten years the prices of APS-C have been steadily declining until one could buy a new NEX3 with a lens for $300. And now we're back to where we were 10 years ago again.

$1100 for a "me too" APS-C camera? No way.

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miniTO
By miniTO (Mar 5, 2013)

Interesting... However the x100s seems to be a far more attractive camera.

Especially when you consider this thing with a OVF is 1500+. Then add in the slower (f2.8 vs f2) lens the only reason to go with this is if you really like 28 vs 35 equivalent.

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BorisK1
By BorisK1 (Mar 5, 2013)

Fuji sells WCL-X100 - a wide-angle converter that makes the X 100 into a 28mm equivalent:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=861781&Q=&is=REG&A=details

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Sanford
By Sanford (Mar 5, 2013)

Nikon tossed the name "Nikkor" around far too liberally, applying it to just about every one of their run of the mill compacts. Now that they have produced a premium compact, "Nikkor" has no special significance.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 5, 2013)

Nikkor is a signifier of the optics, it has nothing to do with whether or not you think the compact is exciting or "run of the mill".

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MrSkelter
By MrSkelter (Mar 5, 2013)

Nikkor simply tells those who know that the lens is 100% Nikon made - from the design to the glass. Most lenses aren't made that way (i.e. Canon do not make optical glass of their own)

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Plastek
By Plastek (Mar 5, 2013)

Who cares about optical glass manufacturer? Who cares about plastic manufacturer? Who cares about magnesium alloy smelter?
Cause all these 3 are more or less at the same level.

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joe talks photography
By joe talks photography (Mar 5, 2013)

I am betting this will have some nice image quality, likely better than Nex 6. I like it because it makes the Fuji cameras just above it look to be better deals.
I will get one when/if they hit $699, just like I had the V1 2 lens deal when it hit $399.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Mar 5, 2013)

I guess if you want a Nikon branded DX compact with a fixed slow 28mm f2.8 eqiv lens and no VF for $1,100 then this is your camera.

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