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Nikon COOLPIX A

Nikon COOLPIX A Front View
Nikon COOLPIX A Front View
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Initial Price: 
$1100
  • 16.2 megapixel APS-C size CMOS image sensor (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
  • NIKKOR fixed wide-angle 18.5 mm f/2.8 lens (28mm equivalent)
  • ISO 100-6400 extendable to 25600
  • Full HD (1080p) movie recording
  • 3.0-in. 921k-dot, high-resolution LCD monitor
  • 4 fps Continuous shooting
Nikon COOLPIX A Front View
Nikon COOLPIX A Top view
Nikon COOLPIX A Left side view
Nikon COOLPIX A Rear View
Nikon COOLPIX A
Nikon COOLPIX A
Nikon COOLPIX A silver color
Nikon COOLPIX A silver color rear view
Nikon COOLPIX A silver color top view lens extended
Nikon COOLPIX A front view with optional optical viewfinder in silver color
Nikon COOLPIX A with optional optical viewfinder
Nikon COOLPIX A with optional optical viewfinder in silver color
Nikon COOLPIX A with SB400
Nikon COOLPIX A with SB400 side view
Nikon COOLPIX A with built in pop up flash extended
Nikon COOLPIX A front view, lens cover closed

Overview

Description by Nikon:

Combining the portability of a compact camera with DSLR performance, now you can take professional shots anytime and anywhere. 
Equipped with a large, DX-format 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor (23.6 x 15.6 mm) and an EXPEED 2 image processing engine, the COOLPIX A features DSLR technology in compact format. 
The NIKKOR fixed wide-angle 18.5 mm f/2.8 lens (28mm equivalent) offers high definition from the center to the extreme corners of the image, and a manual focus ring allows you to override auto focus if the mood takes you. 
The COOLPIX A also supports 14 bits compressed RAW (NEF) image data, enabling you to adjust pure, unprocessed images in-camera.

The COOLPIX A — The professional choice of compact camera

  • 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor (23.6 x 15.6 mm): this highly sensitive sensor delivers lifelike images with vivid colours, reduced noise and smooth tonal gradations.
  • EXPEED 2 image processing engine: the DSLR-standard EXPEED 2 optimises camera technologies for superior performance and maximum image quality, with minimal energy consumption.
  • NIKKOR fixed wide-angle 18.5 mm f/2.8 lens (28mm equivalent): offers high definition throughout the entire aperture range and minimizes optical aberrations.
  • High ISO (100-6400) light sensitivity (manually extendable up to 25600 using the Hi 2 setting): enables faster shutter speeds for finely detailed images with minimal noise.
  • Manual/auto focus: the focusing ring enables manual focus and manual override when in Auto focus mode.
  • Wi-Fi compatible: use Wi-Fi to transfer your high-quality images and movies to your smart device* via an optional Wi-Fi dongle (WU-1a).
  • Full HD (1080p) movie recording: in 30, 25 or 24 fps and in stereo, via the built-in stereo microphone.
  • RAW (NEF) data processing: supports 14 bits compressed RAW (Nikon Electronic Format) image data, enabling you to process and adjust unadulterated images in-camera.
  • Durable design: boasts a high-quality and tough, yet light, body with a magnesium alloy top cover.
  • Large 7.5-cm (3.0-in.) 921k-dot, high-resolution LCD monitor: makes it easy to view feature menus and a pleasure to review and edit your photos and movies.
  • Advanced GUI: employs a graphical user interface (GUI) inherited from Nikon’s D-SLR range.
  • Active D-Lighting: capture more detail in high-contrast conditions. Select from six different levels to optimise high-contrast images by restoring shadow and highlight details lost in strong light.
  • Picture Control: allows you to adjust the contrast and colour settings (Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Custom) to match your situation.
  • Mode dial with manual exposure modes (P/S/A/M) and 2 User modes: to recall your preferred camera settings instantly.
  • Customizable function buttons: two buttons allow you to bypass the menu by creating shortcuts to your favorite camera settings.
  • Continuous shooting at 4 fps: capture fast-moving action at 4 frames per second.
  • Retouch menu: enhance your photos on the spot with a wide range of filter effects. Examples include Selective Colour, which converts your image to monochrome and then adds a splash of the colour of your choice, while Cross Screen adds a starry effect to bright objects.
  • Optional external optical viewfinder: for those who prefer a traditional viewfinder, this optional attachment (DF-CP1) can be an alternative to the LCD screen. The ‘hot shoe’ can also be used to attach a more powerful External Speedlight flash unit.
  • Compatible with Optional GPS (GPS-1): allowing you to record the exact location (latitude and longitude) of images as a ‘geotag’.
  • UR-E24 adaptor ring: enables you to create different effects by attaching lens filters (46mm) or a lens hood (HN-CP18) to reduce peripheral light.
  • SD card compatible: increase storage capacity by using SD cards (SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I compliant) to save your images and movies.

 

WI-FI COMPATIBILITY

This camera's Wi-Fi® capability using the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.

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Reviews

"The Coolpix A is a very good camera that, if it stood in isolation, would represent an interesting addition to the camera market. Of course the reality is that it doesn't exist in a vacuum and, while many photographers will be very happy with it, a considerable portion of its thunder is stolen by the Ricoh GR - a camera that achieves the unusual trick of being a touch better in almost every respect while also being significantly cheaper.

We're also not totally convinced about the price/size/performance balance that either of these cameras strikes, given their only moderately-bright F2.8 lenses. In the course of the review process we have increasingly appreciated their pocketability, though."

Post date: 08/06/2013 - 10:01

"Launched in March 2013 the $1097 Coolpix A is Nikon’s first compact camera with an APC-S sensor and features the same 16.2-megapixel DX sensor from Nikon’s D7000 DSLR but with its optical low-pass filter removed. Utilizing a fixed NIKKOR 18.5mm f/2.8 prime lens (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm terms) the Nikon Coolpix A has the right ingredients for great image quality so let’s see how it performs.       

Not wanting to undermine their DSLR sales Nikon have used a smaller 1-inch sensor in their 1 Series of Hybrid cameras but it seems with the Nikon Coolpix Athey’re looking to gain market share in the high-end compact market, too. With less versatile fixed lenses and high price tags it’s a niche segment of the overall camera market however and one that’s already brimming with options like the $1299 Fujifilm X100S,  $2798 Sony RX1 and $999 Sigma DP3."

Post date: 31/03/2013 - 12:13

Nikon's much rumored DX entry in the prosumer segment is finally here, and if you ask me, its quite underwhelming. For $1100/£1000/€1200 a prospective buyer gets a metal prosumer body camera with a fixed yawny 28mm f2.8 lens, the same sensor that was used in the D7000, but sans the antialiasing filter, and that's pretty much it. Notably missing from this 1000+ camera are features like GPS, WiFi, and an articulated screen. Furthermore, Nikon does 'a Sony' here and prices the optical viewfinder at almost $500. I Can't see this camera selling in serious numbers at anywhere near its initial price, maybe Nikon chose to put the Coolpix A at this price to make its entry level Dslr cameras look cheap by comparison. 

Post date: 05/03/2013 - 15:12

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$1100
Release Date: 
03/2013
DXO Mark
DXO Color Depth: 
23.4bits
DXO Dynamic Range: 
13.8Ev
DXO Low Light Performance: 
1164 ISO
Image Sensor
Type: 
APS-C
Image Sensor Type : 
23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels: 
16.2 Megapixels
Total Pixels: 
16.9Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
3:2
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Yes
Filter Array: 
Bayer RGB color filter
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization system : 
No
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
EXPEED 2 image processing engine
Lenses
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent): 
1.5x the focal length of the lens
Focal Length details: 
18.5mm (7 elements in 5 groups)
Lens Zoom: 
1x
Max Aperture: 
f/2.8
Min Aperture: 
f/16
Storage
Memory Card Slots: 
1
Memory Card Type: 
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
Matrix,
center-weighted,
spot
Exposure Compensation: 
±5.0 EV
Exposure Compensation Details: 
±5 EV [photos] or ±2 EV [movies] in steps of 1/3 EV
AE Lock: 
Yes
Shutter Type : 
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Maximum shutter speed: 
1/2000 sec
Minimum shutter speed: 
30 sec
Bulb mode: 
Yes
Shooting Modes: 
Auto,
Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Party/indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn Colors, Food, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key),
P,
S,
A,
M,
User Settings (U1, U2)
Drive Modes: 
Best Shot Selector
Continuous
Multi-shot 16
Single
Continuous shooting: 
4.0 fps
Self Timer : 
20, 10, 5, and 2 seconds
ISO Range: 
100 - 6,400 ISO
ISO Sensitivity: 
ISO 100-3200
Can be expanded to 6400
Hi 0.3 (ISO 8,000 equivalent)
Hi 0.7 (ISO 10,000 equivalent)
Hi 1 (ISO 12,800 equivalent)
Hi 2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
ISO Sensitivity (Extended): 
25600
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
Auto
Cloudy
Daylight
Flash
Fluorescent
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Focusing
Focusing Type: 
Contrast detect
AF Point Selection: 
Center
Face priority
Subject tracking
Normal area
Wide area
AF Modes: 
Face-priority,
normal area,
wide area,
subject-tracking AF
Predictive AF: 
Yes
AF lock : 
Yes
Manual Focus : 
Yes
Closest Focusing Distance : 
50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity; approx. 10 cm (4 in.) to infinity in macro autofocus mode. All distances measured from center of front surface of lens.
AF Assist Beam : 
Yes
Viewfinder
Grid: 
Available
Live View
Liveview: 
Yes
Monitor
Rear screen size: 
3.0 in
Rear Screen Details: 
TFT-LCD
Resolution: 
921000 dots
Rear Screen Touch sensitive: 
No
Tiltable Monitor: 
No
Coverage: 
100%
Brightness: 
5-level brightness adjustment
Flash
Flash Hotshoe: 
Yes
Flash Hotshoe Details: 
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Built in Flash Details: 
Yes
Flash Modes: 
TTL auto flash with monitor pre-flashes; manual flash control available;
Flash compensation: 
-3 - +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Redeye Reduction: 
Yes
Guide Number: 
6/21, or 6/22 when fired in manual mode at full power (ISO 100, m/ft, 23 °C/73.4 °F)
Media Types / Sizes
Maximum Still Image Size: 
4928 x 3264
Maximum Video Image Size (pixels/fps): 
1920 x 1080 / 30 fps
Image Sizes: 
L (4928 x 3264)
M (3696 x 2448)
S (2464 x 1632)
Still Image Format: 
JPEG,
RAW (NEF; a proprietary Nikon format)
Movie: 
1080(fine)/30p:
1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps,

1080/30p:
1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps,

1080(fine)/25p:
1920 x 1080/approx. 25 fps,

1080/25p:
1920 x 1080/approx. 25 fps,

1080(fine)/24p:
1920 x 1080/approx. 24 fps,

1080/24p:
1920 x 1080/approx. 24 fps,

720(fine)/30p:
1280 x 720/approx. 30 fps,

720/30p: 1280 x 720/approx. 30 fps,

720(fine)/25p:
1280 x 720/approx. 25 fps,

720/25p:
1280 x 720/approx. 25 fps,

720(fine)/24p:
1280 x 720/approx. 24 fps,

720/24p:
1280 x 720/approx. 24 fps

Movie Format: 
MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Movie Length: 
Up to 30min
Sound Files: 
AAC stereo
Other Features
Wi-Fi: 
No
GPS: 
No
Firmware Update: 
Update possoble by the user
Histogram: 
Yes
Menu Languages: 
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional),
Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish,
French, German, Indonesian, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish,
European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish,
Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Connectivity
Computer Interface: 
Hi-Speed USB
Other Conection Interface: 
HDMI mini connector (Type C)
Accessory terminal
Direct Print Support
Direct Print: 
PictBridge compliant
Power Source
Power Source: 
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20
Battery Life: 
230 shots with EN-EL20
AC Power: 
AC Adapter EH-5b; requires Power Connector EP-5C (available separately)
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
Magnesium alloy top cover
Weather sealing: 
No
Width: 
111mm
Height: 
64mm
Depth: 
40mm
Weight: 
299.0 g
OperatingEnvironment: 
0 °C - 40 °C (32 °F - 104 °F), Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)

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