• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)
Nikon Coolpix A Review
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)
Leica X Vario Review

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Differences

Nikon Coolpix A advantages over Leica X Vario

  • Less expensive
    $449 vs $1875
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 95 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    298g vs 636g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12500 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica X Vario advantages over Nikon Coolpix A

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • More lens zoom
    2.5x vs 1.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,320 vs 1,164 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 350 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Less shutter lag
    0.30 vs 0.58 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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.

  • Outstanding design and build; Exceptionally sharp 28-70mm equivalent zoom lens; Very good still image quality with accurate and realistic colors; Fairly speedy and accurate autofocusing.

  • Expensive, especially for a fixed-lens compact; Relatively slow f/3.5-6.4 lens; Below average video functionality and quality; Not at all pocketable, about as big and heavy as a mirrorless camera with a moderate zoom lens attached.

The Competition

Compared to Sigma DP1 Merrill

Nikon Coolpix A
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $496
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1016
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
Leica X Vario
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $1933
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
  • $1016
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Leica X2

Nikon Coolpix A
Leica X2
  • $496
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $1753
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
Leica X Vario
Leica X2
  • $1933
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
  • $1753
  • APS-C
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony RX10

Nikon Coolpix A
Sony RX10
  • $496
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $811
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
Leica X Vario
Sony RX10
  • $1933
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $811
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Sigma dp2 Quattro

Nikon Coolpix A
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $496
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $711
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag
  • More pixels
Leica X Vario
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $1933
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
  • $711
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Fujifilm X100T

Nikon Coolpix A
Fujifilm X100T
  • $496
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $1281
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger lens aperture
Leica X Vario
Fujifilm X100T
  • $1933
  • APS-C
  • More lens zoom
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1281
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
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