• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 1.0x zoom 28mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $1030 Average Retail $1100 MSRP
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • 1.0x zoom 28mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $733 Average Retail $799 MSRP

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Advantages

Nikon Coolpix A over Sigma DP1 Merrill

  • Fast startup
    1.90 vs 2.90 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    230 vs 97 shots
    Capture more photos
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    1.0 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (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 0.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sigma DP1 Merrill over Nikon Coolpix A

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.

  • Exceptionally detailed and uniquely beautiful image quality at low ISOs; Fast, sharp 28mm-equivalent lens; Simple, straightforward controls match camera's simple, straightforward (street photography) goals.

  • Fixed-focal-length lens; Image quality deteriorates significantly at ISO 800 and above; Overall sluggish performer; Falls short when capturing JPEGs; Terrible VGA-only video quality; Very poor battery life; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Canon G1 X

Nikon Coolpix A
Canon G1 X
  • $1030
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
  • $571
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
Sigma DP1 Merrill
Canon G1 X
  • $733
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $571
  • 1.5 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio

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
Sigma DP1 Merrill
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $733
  • APS-C
  • High-res screen
  • Lighter weight
  • $824
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Fujifilm X100S

Nikon Coolpix A
Fujifilm X100S
  • $1030
  • APS-C
  • High-res screen
  • 24p
  • $1313
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Wider aperture
Sigma DP1 Merrill
Fujifilm X100S
  • $733
  • APS-C
  • High-res screen
  • Wider angle lens
  • $1313
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Wider aperture

Compared to Leica X Vario

Nikon Coolpix A
Leica X Vario
  • $1030
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • 24p
  • $2042
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
Sigma DP1 Merrill
Leica X Vario
  • $733
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • $2042
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Fujifilm X-E2

Nikon Coolpix A
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $1030
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • 24p
  • $1182
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sigma DP1 Merrill
Fujifilm X-E2
  • $733
  • APS-C
  • $1182
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
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