• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 1.0x zoom 28mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $1030 Average Retail $1100 MSRP
  • 1.5 inch 261.8mm2
  • 14.3 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $581 Average Retail $800 MSRP

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Advantages

Nikon Coolpix A over Canon G1 X

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 64 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    18 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    298g vs 543g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster RAW shooting
    1.0 fps vs 0.3 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open by holding the shutter button down
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.0 fps vs 0.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon G1 X over Nikon Coolpix A

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Lens zoom ratio
    4.0x vs 1.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs rear LCD only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Large-sensor image quality. Sharp lens with useful zoom range. Tilt/swivel LCD. Twin dials. Smaller than competing interchangeable-lens cameras with a similar lens. Lots of photographer-friendly features.

  • Not as small as you might hope. Mediocre burst shooting and autofocus speed. Far too easy to accidentally change exposure compensation. Viewfinder is of surprisingly little use. Battery life could be better.

The Competition

Compared to Sigma DP1 Merrill

Nikon Coolpix A
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $1030
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $733
  • APS-C
Canon G1 X
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $581
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $733
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Faster RAW shooting

Compared to Panasonic G5

Nikon Coolpix A
Panasonic G5
  • $1030
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
  • $490
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon G1 X
Panasonic G5
  • $581
  • 1.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $490
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Fujifilm X-E1

Nikon Coolpix A
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $1030
  • APS-C
  • High-res screen
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $824
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Canon G1 X
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $581
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $824
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Panasonic G6

Nikon Coolpix A
Panasonic G6
  • $1030
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Canon G1 X
Panasonic G6
  • $581
  • 1.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sigma dp2 Quattro

Nikon Coolpix A
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $1030
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • 1080p
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Newer
Canon G1 X
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $581
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
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