Nikon Coolpix A User Reviews

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

The Coolpix A was announced without much fanfare in 2013, and (I assume) sales were similarly less than superb. However, this sensor-lens combination provides outstanding image quality in a compact form. I realize its drawbacks, which have been mentioned in reviews. For example, the autofocus is slow. That is an indisputable fact. However, the 16 MP sensor is (presumably) the same one that was used in the D7000, which has received praise for its various performance characteristics in terms ...

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Skyler King

Despite what DXOmark claims, the dynamic range actually isn't great. The autofocus is the worst I've ever experienced (literally). There is no manual focus assistance of any type, not even focus peaking. The control layout is not at all intuitive and I can't seem to get used to it. The customizability is nearly non-existent. Honestly, there is nothing I can find to save this camera. I expected to, at the very least, be able to appreciate the pocketability of an APS-C sensor. But, the AF is ...

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Shoot with a DSLR and you are treated to superb image quality, responsiveness and build quality. But what about those occasions when you don’t want the bulk/weight of a DLSR? Do you have to give all that up? This was exactly my conundrum some years ago. I was shooting a lot with my Nikon D600 but there were many occasions when it was just too much camera. I wanted a camera that I could put in my pocket, but had comparable image quality to my DSLR. So I embarked on a protracted series of brief ...

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KoolKool

I bought my brand new Coolpix A for 400USD from a very kind seller, i have been using this camera for one year and i feel no regret, the Coolpix A is both my primary and backup, people may think i have problem...well, just matter of taste, you know! (i have used DSLR before, but soon i realized, i'm not a person that.... fond of big stuffs) I'm planning to get new camera in near future, and Coolpix A will be with me until it's end of life, then archived as a unforgettable memory. Why don't i ...

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Image quality in terms of the sensor is excellent with accurate colors and good dynamic range for shadow recovery in post processing. Lens sharpness is good wide open and tack sharp at f5.6.  So why only 3 stars? Here’s why: (1) CDAF is very slow and sometimes just gives up leaving the subject OOF. (2) No phase detection AF so no subject tracking for moving subjects.

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hiplnsdrftr

Great every day camera. Slightly too over simplified considering who its made for.

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guydr
 

Very good fixed lens camera with sharp corner to corner sharpness for the entire frame. This camera is the excelent compaignon for your landscapes pictures. The cam produce beautifull colors and an accurate WB. I use this cam in combination with a travelzoom (for ev.  zoom pictures). But most of the time I don't need zoom. The camera is pretty speedy (focus and shot-to-shot time) compared to other coolpixes I had in the past (P5100 and P330). And there are enought programmeble fn buttons to ...

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Chysn
 

It seems like the Coolpix A was a spectacular failure for Nikon. Even though it's been discontinued for quite some time, it's still (as of August 2015) easy to find them new, in the silver version at least, for about a third of Nikon's original asking price. It was my quest for a high-quality carry-around camera, and the rock-bottom pricing, that lured me to the Coolpix A. I intended to give it its ten days (per my retailer's return policy) to see if I fell in love. And I did. It's pretty ...

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JanMatthys
 

Overall great camera, very compact, easy to use, great IQ, ideal for social gatherings. I cmpared it to my Samsug NX3000 matched with a 16mm F/2.4 lens, the combo costs around $550 new. Image quality on both is basiclly the same, with the Coolpix A being slightly sharper with more pleasing colors out of the box. The Samsung has Wi-Fi, a better UI, and tilt-up screen. The main benefit ofthe Nikon is that it is much more compact, easy to carry and it is not intimidating to people, it looks ...

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Lightpath48
 

I am quite taken by my (silver) Coolpix A. It's beautiful to the eye and in the hand. Its response and image quality are definitely above previous Coolpix cameras I've owned. Being small and light, and yet having core similarities to the D7000, the A seems capable of great images with little fuss. For me, this is the first camera giving results needing little or no correction for distortion, chromatic aberrations, color or exposure. The sharpness is surprising. Though raw files have a slight ...

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