Nikon Coolpix A Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Nikon Coolpix A
Resolution: 16.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.6mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: Non-Zoom
(28mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / OLED
Native ISO: 100 - 6400
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 30 - 1/2000
Max Aperture: 2.8
Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.
(111 x 64 x 40 mm)
Weight: 10.5 oz (298 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $1,100
Availability: 03/2013
Manufacturer: Nikon
Full specs: Nikon Coolpix A specifications

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Nikon CoolPix A
16.20
Megapixels
Non-Zoom APS-C
size sensor
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Coolpix A Summary

Nikon's Coolpix compact camera line finally has its first large-sensor model! The Nikon Coolpix A is the company's first entry into the burgeoning large-sensor, fixed prime lens market, and the category's first offering from a mainstream brand. It's also among the smallest, lightest and most affordable, impressive when you consider that it packs in an APS-C image sensor and an f/2.8 wide-angle lens. The fixed prime lens makes it something of a niche model, but if you can get past that, the Coolpix A is the kind of camera which will help you grow as a photographer.

Pros

Solid alloy body with true twin-dial design; Smaller, lighter, and cheaper than most direct competitors; Excellent image quality, even when compared to interchangeable-lens cameras; Numerous accessories expand upon its capabilities.

Cons

Fixed prime lens is not for everybody; Ergonomics could be better; Performance is spotty; Built-in flash is rather weak; Battery life is quite modest.

Price and availability

The Nikon Coolpix A went on sale in the US market in March 2013. Suggested retail pricing is set at approximately US$1,100, and two body colors are available: either black or silver.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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