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Nikon Coolpix A

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and lens. The sensor and image quality also get good opinions. The image stabilizer and shutter get critical reviews, and there are mixed comments on the battery and screen.

portability, image quality, sensor, lens, usability

value for money, responsiveness, viewfinder, shutter, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix A is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon Coolpix A Review


The new breed of enthusiast digital cameras is completely different from the usual bunch of point-and-shoot, travel zoom and superzoom cameras. What sets them apart are large sensor, superior optics, RAW support and fine-grained control—all packed in a...

The biggest flaw in the UI is the absence of a dedicated button for video recording. It’s not even available via the mode dial. It’s highly likely that you won’t find out how to record videos with this camera until you look up the user manual. Movie...

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Nikon Coolpix A Review


Overall performance is a little disappointing in this price range Shutter lag can be a little slow at times Extreme close-ups aren't possible, even in macro mode, minimum focus distance is 4 in.

Coolpix A's image quality is outstanding, compares favorably to entry-level Nikon DSLRs ; APS-C sized image sensor is rarely seen in a camera this size ; Low light results are good with or without flash ; Full manual control options ; High-quality lens...

Overall performance is a little disappointing in this price range ; Shutter lag can be a little slow at times ; Extreme close-ups aren't possible, even in macro mode, minimum focus distance is 4 in ; Autofocus results should be more consistent ; No...

When it comes to the primary job of a digital camera -- creating great images -- the Nikon Coolpix A is a star performer. Few cameras of this physical size offer an image sensor as large as the APS-C sized image sensor of the Coolpix A. This camera...

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Nikon Coolpix A review


Small cameras packed with large imaging sensors are one of our favorite new imaging trends. And digicams with prime (fixed focus) lenses are also very cool. The new Nikon Coolpix A ($1,100) combines both of these features in an extremely compact...

DSLR-equivalent APS-C sensor ; 28mm fixed focus prime lens ; Beautiful, sharp stills ; Excellent low-light shooting

Difficult to access video mode ; Battery life of a compact cam, not DSLR ; Video quality isn’t up to par with stills

It doesn’t unseat Sony’s RX1 as the best point-and-shoot, but it takes darn good pictures with accurate colors and sharp resolution. Users will be pleasantly pleased.


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Nikon Coolpix A


A number of factors have helped spur a great increase in the diversity of camera types now available. The Nikon Coolpix A - an APS-C compact with a fixed 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens - is something that would have seemed incredibly unlikely just a few...

Excellent image quality in both Raw and JPEG ; Sharp lens with good consistency up to fairly wide apertures ; Large sensor in genuinely small body ; Simple and responsive user interface ; Good build quality ; Good live view magnification allows precise...

Significant vignetting in both JPEG and Raw files ; Pedestrian focusing limits 'decisive moment' abilities ; No ND filter and 1/2000th sec shutter speed limit bright-light flexibility ; Extremely limited movie capabilities ; No Commander mode for use...

The Coolpix A offers DSLR-standard image quality and an excellent 28mm equivalent lens in a well-polished, pocketable camera. Its user interface will be immediately familiar to Nikon shooters and its results are dependably good. It's not the only game...

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Nikon Coolpix A


The Nikon Coolpix A is a dedicated wide-angle camera with a big image sensor. Image quality can suffer at the edges of the frame, and the autofocus is a bit slow, but if if you want to pack a lot into your shots, it's worth a look.

Compact design. APS-C image sensor. 28mm wide-angle field of view. Good high ISO performance. Quick to start and shoot. Raw support

Soft edges at f/2.8 and f/4. Longer shutter lag. Macro mode slows focus. Cannot disable rear LCD. No EVF option. Movie setting is buried in menus

The Nikon Coolpix A ($1,099.95 direct) is another in an increasingly popular type of digital camera—a compact body with a prime lens and an D-SLR image sensor. It's one of two with a 28mm-equivalent optic, the other being the Sigma DP1 Merrill. The...

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Nikon Coolpix A (Black)


Nikon follows Leica and Fujifilm in delivering a fixed-focal-length lens model with an APS-C sensor, and as I suspected when I first saw it, this camera has a couple of weaknesses given its almost $1,100 price. While it delivers great photos and...

The Nikon Coolpix A produces the excellent photos you'd expect from a large sensor, and the camera is well built with a streamlined, if somewhat point-and-shoot-like, design.

For the price, it needs to deliver a little more, such as a viewfinder; aspects of its performance could be better.

If you're very picky about photo quality and prefer autofocus to manual -- but don't care about a viewfinder -- the Nikon Coolpix A is probably worth the money. Otherwise, wait for the price to drop.

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Nikon Coolpix A: Lab Test Results & Comments


The Nikon Coolpix A is an unusual camera with a very robust, retro design and a body based on a magnesium-alloy chassis. It is extremely compact but has a 16.2MP DX-format sensor (Nikon's version of the APS-C format). It also incorporates Nikon's...

Compact camera with large image sensor (DX/APS-C format) ; Very good/realistic color reproduction ; Very good results in our noise tests ; Robust body, high-end finish ; Full HD video capabilities

Missing an optical or electronic viewfinder ; Fixed monitor (no articulation)

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The COOLPIX A marks Nikon's introduction to the advanced, fixed focal length lens, compact camera arena, joining companies such as Ricoh, Leica, Fujifilm, Sony, and Sigma. Characteristics of this group include fast lenses, RAW file capture, and large...

DX sensor; image quality; build quality

Price; manual focus control; accessing video mode

The question about who this camera is for is more difficult to answer. At nearly $1,100 for a compact camera, it has a limited market. The COOLPIX A is for the serious pro photographer or amateur who’s technically proficient and has deep pockets. The...

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Nikon Coolpix A


Nikon's pocket powerhouse is a great camera, but your money is better spent elsewhere.

If it were the only APS-C equipped compact on the shelf, the Nikon Coolpix A would be an easy recommendation for the small niche of shooters interested in this kind of camera. It's capable of capturing DSLR-quality images and it can fit in your...

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Nikon Coolpix A Review


Nikon's new premium compact fixed lens camera made quite a splash when it was introduced. But the Nikon A has some stiff competition to contend with. Will this expensive large sensor, fixed lens camera be able to compete with the newly released Ricoh...

Great image quality ; Small footprint despite large APS-C sensor ; Great build quality ; Built-in flash

Hidden movie mode ; AF is sluggish in low light ; No viewfinder

Although the Nikon A does a great job at capturing sharp, high quality images, this is not a camera for the masses. So who is this camera designed for? Due to the inflexible 18.5mm fixed lens, many casual photographers will be quickly disillusioned by...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:23.6 x 15.6 MM


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL20


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes