Nikon Coolpix A

Announced Mar 5, 2013 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 mm
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Announced Mar 5, 2013
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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.

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 single regard.

Quick specs
Body type Large sensor compact
Max resolution 4928 x 3264
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200 6400, (12800, 25600 with boost)
Focal length (equiv.) 28 mm
Optical zoom 1×
Articulated LCD No
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
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)
GPS Optional

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Our review

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.

Good for: 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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