• APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon Coolpix A advantages over Sony QX100

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $498
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.79 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 55 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Sony QX100 advantages over Nikon Coolpix A

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/1.8 vs f/2.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    100 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Lighter weight
    179g vs 298g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Nikon Coolpix A
Sony RX100
  • $566
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $368
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony QX100
Sony RX100
  • $589
  • 1 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Lighter weight
  • $368
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive

Compared to Ricoh GR

Nikon Coolpix A
Ricoh GR
  • $566
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Integrated ND filter
Sony QX100
Ricoh GR
  • $589
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony RX100 II

Nikon Coolpix A
Sony RX100 II
  • $566
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $595
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony QX100
Sony RX100 II
  • $589
  • 1 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • $595
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Ricoh GR II

Nikon Coolpix A
Ricoh GR II
  • $566
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony QX100
Ricoh GR II
  • $589
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X70

Nikon Coolpix A
Fujifilm X70
  • $566
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
Sony QX100
Fujifilm X70
  • $589
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor
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