• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • 35.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon Coolpix A advantages over Sony RX1R

  • Less expensive
    $449 vs $2798
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    298g vs 482g
    Lighter weight
  • Wider angle lens
    28.0 mm vs 35.0 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Sony RX1R advantages over Nikon Coolpix A

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.0 vs f/2.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.79 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,537 vs 1,164 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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
  • 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 Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • 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

User reviews

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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.

  • Significantly sharper, more detailed JPEG images than those from the RX1; JPEG processing appears to minimize moire and aliasing artifacts; Same price as the RX1; Full-frame, 24-megapixel compact camera with fast Carl Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2 T* lens; Blazing fast autofocus; Impressive image quality that rivals (and sometimes surpasses) full-frame DSLRs.

  • More prone to moire, aliasing and false color than the RX1; Only subtle improvement in sharpness in RAW files; Fixed-length lens limits shooting flexibility; Viewfinders (optical or electronic) only available as optional accessories; Extremely expensive for a compact camera.

The Competition

Compared to Sigma DP1 Merrill

Nikon Coolpix A
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $484
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $688
  • APS-C
Sony RX1R
Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • $2784
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $688
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Wider angle lens

Compared to Leica X2

Nikon Coolpix A
Leica X2
  • $484
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $1767
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
Sony RX1R
Leica X2
  • $2784
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1767
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Sony RX1

Nikon Coolpix A
Sony RX1
  • $484
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $2784
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX1R
Sony RX1
  • $2784
  • 35mm
  • $2784
  • 35mm

Compared to Leica X-E (Typ 102)

Nikon Coolpix A
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $484
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $1795
  • APS-C
  • Newer
Sony RX1R
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $2784
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1795
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • Newer

Compared to Leica Q

Nikon Coolpix A
Leica Q
  • $484
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $4250
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony RX1R
Leica Q
  • $2784
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • Thinner
  • $4250
  • 35mm
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Touchscreen
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