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Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver)

You Pay: $1,096.95
Product Highlights
  • 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • NIKKOR 18.5mm Lens (35mm Equiv: 28mm)
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound
  • Capture Photos in RAW Format
  • Manual Focus Ring Adjustment
  • Auto and Manual Exposure Bracketing
  • Wi-Fi via Optional WU-1a Adapter

The silver Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera is a point-and-shoot equipped with a 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor for clear, detailed images--even in low light. The lack of an optical low-pass filter enables maximized resolution for exceptionally sharp details. The NIKKOR prime lens features a focal length of 18.5mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm) for wide-angle shooting, as well as a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture. Frame shots using the large 3.0-inch LCD monitor, which has a resolution of 921k pixels. Record Full HD 1080p video with stereo sound, and connect the supplied EG-CP16 cable for playback on your TV. Capture RAW (NEF) still images for a higher level of creative control.

Manual options like focus ring adjustment allow you to wield precision control over your compositions. Most of the operation system and the GUI are consistent with Nikon DSLRs. The Mode dial makes it easy to choose from AUTO, P (with Program shift), S, A and M exposure control modes, as well as two of your own personalized setting configurations: U1 and U2. Exposure bracketing is available in both manual and auto modes.

With Active D-Lighting, you're able to automatically reveal the details in both dark and light areas of high-contrast scenes, either by selecting Auto or choosing from several degrees of strength. Various in-camera image editing functions allow for simple creative touches. Options include Selective color for black-and-white images with just one or a couple colors remaining, Miniature effect, Color sketch, Filter effects, RAW processing and more.

Using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and your compatible iOS or Android smartphone or tablet, benefit from Wi-Fi capability for easy photo and video sharing. Simply download and install the Wireless Mobile Utility application on your device, and you're good to go.

DX-Format CMOS Sensor
Large APS-C size sensor--the same one used in Nikon D-SLR cameras--features a resolution of 16.2MP. It works with the EXPEED 2 image-processing engine to produce sharp image quality, high ISO sensitivity up to 25,600 equivalent, and low noise. The processor manages image data with high speed and accuracy while preventing the generation of excess heat. With the removal of the optical low-pass filter, the COOLPIX A is able to capture images with exceptional sharpness and extremely fine detail. Micro-lenses located above the sensor are arranged to produce natural, edge-to-edge sharpness
28mm f/2.8 NIKKOR Prime Lens
Despite its small size, the fine optics of this ultra-compact 18.5mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm) f/2.8 wide-angle NIKKOR lens are specially designed to deliver exceptional edge-to-edge sharpness, smooth tonal gradation, highly effective spherical aberration and coma correction--for consistent quality throughout the entire frame. Capture images comparable to those taken with D-SLR interchangeable lenses. The lens has an ultra-compact configuration of seven elements in five groups, as well as a seven-blade iris diaphragm for sharp detail at the focus points and pleasing background blur in the out-of-focus regions of the image
3.0" LCD
Featuring an integrated panel and glass structure, the large 3.0-inch, 921k-pixel TFT LCD monitor remains viewable even in bright sunlight. The structure minimizes reflections and decreases light loss for clearer visibility, while providing a wide viewing angle. The LCD features 9-level brightness adjustment and offers approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage
Comfort and Control
The buttons, dials and switches on the camera have been designed and arranged to afford maximum comfort. Manual options like focus ring adjustment allow you to wield precision control over your compositions. Most of the operation system and the GUI are consistent with Nikon DSLRs. The camera features a tough aluminum alloy frame with a top surface covered by magnesium alloy for greater durability.
Exposure Control
You can control the COOLPIX A exposure options with the same operating system used by Nikon DSLR cameras. The Mode dial makes it easy to choose from AUTO, P (with Program shift), S, A and M exposure control modes, as well as two of your own personalized setting configurations: U1 and U2. For still photos, exposure compensation is +5 to -5 in 1/3 steps, while for videos, it's +2 to -2. AE lock, AE bracketing and manual with exposure bracketing are also available
Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF with the following focus-area selections: Face-priority, normal area, wide area and subject-tracking AF
Manual Focus Operation
In addition to autofocus operation, the COOLPIX A has a manual focus ring for when you want to take creative control DSLR-style, with the ability to alter the focus plane slightly forward or backward. This can be especially helpful in macro work
Full HD Movie Recording
Capture Full HD 1080p videos at 30fps with stereo sound. The subject-tracking AF feature keeps even moving subjects in clear focus. By connecting an HDMI cable to the camera's HDMI mini port, you can output the movie to an HDTV for playback. The HDMI output provides the following resolution options: Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i
Continuous Shooting at 4fps
To help capture fast-moving action, the camera can perform continuous capture of full-resolution (16MP) images at up to 4 frames per second, for a maximum of 26 shots (when image quality is set to NORMAL)
Active D-Lighting
Reveal the details in both dark and light areas of high-contrast scenes. With Active D-Lighting, you can do it automatically. Set it either to Auto or select from several degrees of strength. Auto bracketing is also possible
Picture Control
Choose from six settings: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Landscape and Portrait. When you desire further fine-tuning, you can manually adjust the sharpness, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. The settings can be saved for future use
Auto White Balance
In order to determine an ideal white balance, this feature precisely analyzes scene color and brightness information. Select normal to render white as pure white, or choose to render the warmth of ambient, incandescent lighting. White balance bracketing is also available
Built-in Flash
TTL auto flash with monitor pre-flashes; manual flash control also available. The guide number is approximately 6' (21 m) when fired in manual mode at full power and ISO 100. Flash compensation: -3 - +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Retouch Menu
Camera comes equipped with various in-camera image-editing functions. Selective color creates a black-and-white image in which only the specified color(s) remains. Miniature effect makes an image look like a small scene taken in macro mode, while Color sketch creates vivid, pop-art inspired images. Other options include: Red-eye correction, Trim (3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9 and 1:1), Monochrome (Black-and-white, Sepia and Cyanotype), Filter effects (Skylight, Warm filter, Red/Green/Blue intensifier, Cross screen and Soft), Color balance, Resize, Image overlay, RAW processing, Edit movie, Quick retouch, Color outline, Straighten, Fisheye, and Perspective control
Virtual Horizon
The in-camera virtual horizon feature can detect and display horizontal inclination on the LCD monitor. This function is especially useful when shooting subjects such as still lifes, landscapes and architecture
Self-Timer
Choose 20, 10, 5 or 2 sec delay
Wi-Fi via Optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
With the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter connected, you can wirelessly transmit images taken by the COOLPIX A to a smart device with Wireless Mobile Utility installed, allowing you to share your photos and videos via email or social networking services (SNS). Additionally, you can use your compatible smartphone or tablet as a remote shutter release for the camera while using the device screen as a monitor
Supplied ViewNX 2 Software
This simple and intuitive software helps you get the most out of your images and movies after shooting. ViewNX 2 provides importing and browsing capability while also incorporating image-editing functions such as Resize, Brightness, Crop, Straighten and NEF (RAW) image processing. High-definition and high-quality RAW processing is achieved by utilizing the same processing algorithm as Capture NX 2 that faithfully reproduces Nikon image quality. Its movie-editing functions help you create your own original movies quickly and easily, and Nikon's new and improved image sharing and storage service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE, works smoothly with ViewNX 2, allowing you to log in directly from the software for easy uploading without activating a browser.
File System
DCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF, and PictBridge compliant
Supported Languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Recommended Optional Accessories
The DF-CP1 Optical Viewfinder gives you more freedom in determining composition. It covers the angle of view of a 28mm (35mm equivalent) lens and provides 90% frame coverage at infinity. You can use the UR-E24 Adapter Ring to attach an HN-CP18 lens hood and filters with a diameter of 46mm. The hood prevents unwanted stray light from entering your lens, thereby minimizing flare. Nikon's range of Speedlight flash units are also available to give you more power and creative control than the built-in flash can offer. Record your shooting locations via the GP-1 GPS Unit, which appends the latitude, longitude and altitude to EXIF data.
Recommended Optional Capture NX 2 Software
Nikon's RAW images (NEF: Nikon Electronic Format) maintain extremely rich data. Only Nikon's Capture NX 2 can fully utilize this data with its optimized file format and software processing algorithms. With the enhanced speed of the algorithms, high-speed processing is achieved. This enables high-speed, stress-free editing even if the data size is large. Also, Capture NX 2 supports 64-bit (native) to realize a comfortable working environment. You can focus on editing with ease because it is possible to leave the original image intact with NEF editing. In addition to the intuitive and simple editing using Color Control Points, it incorporates various functions such as Auto Retouch brush, Batch Processing, Quick Fix, Straighten Tool, Vignette Control, Auto Color Aberration Control and Distortion Control
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 16.93 Megapixel
Effective: 16.2 Megapixel
Sensor DX (23.6 x 15.6 mm) CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: Linear PCM
Max Resolution 16.1MP: 4928 x 3264
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Optics
Lens NIKKOR, 7 elements in 5 groups
EFL: 18.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - 22 (T)
Focus Range Auto: 19.69" (50 cm) - Infinity
Macro: 3.94" (10 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100-25600
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/2000 sec
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Matrix, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Bracketing, AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes Landscape
Monochrome
Portrait
Vivid Color
White Balance Modes Auto
Burst Rate Up to 4 fps at 16 MP for up to 26 frames
Self Timer 5 Sec, 10 Sec, 20 Sec
Remote Control ML-L3 (Optional)
Flash
Flash Modes TTL Auto
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range 1.64 - 37.73' (0.5 - 11.5 m)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Memory
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3.0" LCD Widescreen (921,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Yes via optional adapter
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 - 85%
Power
Battery EN-EL20 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1020mAh
AC Power Adapter EH-5b (Optional)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.6" / 111.0 x 64.3 x 40.3 mm excluding projections
Weight 10.6 oz / 301 g including battery and memory card
Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver)
  • EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (1020mAh)
  • MH-27 Battery Charger
  • UC-E16 USB Cable
  • Camera Strap
  • BS-1 Hot-Shoe Cover
  • ViewNX 2 Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    NikonCOOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (12)
    • Good image quality (12)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Good in low light (9)
    • Large clear LCD (8)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (6)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (11)
    • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Family photos (7)
    • Low light (6)
    • Street photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Pro photographer (4)
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    5.0

    Unbelievable Nikon pocket camera

    By Dave McD

    from Flower Mound, Texas

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

    I bought this camera to make sure that I didn't miss group and snapshots when I didn't have my D800 or I had a lens for a different purpose on it. Like shooting sports events, and all of a sudden needing to shoot a group of players close in or wide angle. Receiving a trophy after winning an event was where I was usually caught without a wide angle when I had been using the 70-200 for action shots.

    Also on vacation when out shopping or dining or at the beach I found the smart phone just didn't get me the stock photo level of image I would like to have.

    The Coolpix A fills the bill. The 16 MP resolution, raw format, rapid continuous and pocket size helped a bunch but the startling thing was apples to apples comparison of the images at 100% with the D800. I still can hardly believe how close the Coolpix image is to the D800 with identical settings.

    Of course the Coolpix has no zoom and doesn't interchange lenses and there are some other major differences ( focus speed, no image stabilization, etc). But for what it is, it is very much worth the price.

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    4.0

    Too small?

    By JKLPHOTO

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

      Been a Nikon pro shooter since the D1 of 1999. No idea how Nikon packed an APS-C sensor in this tiny camera. It is the same height as a box of playing cards. Comes with a neck strap. All you need is a wrist strap. Oh yeah, image quality in 14-bit NEF is amazing. Build quality seems a little lacking. Way flimsier than the Canon EOS-M with 22mm pancake lens.

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      5.0

      Beautifully crafted camera/great photos

      By Bobcamman

      from Ballwin, Missouri

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

        Camera body is very well made. I really like the menus and overall interface. Pictures have great color, accurate exposures and natural colors.

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        4.0

        So much more than a point-n-shoot

        By Lesyeux

        from MD

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

            Purchased as considerable upgrade from Nikon S52 carried as pocket-sized substitute for D700/D800 for casual use. It's a bit larger and heavier than the S52, but still fits comfortably in a shirt or jacket pocket. I have a sense that it contains the brains and guts of a DSLR. The f2.8 lens is sharp, the display is bright, and the option for "macro" and manual focus are useful. I bought the optical viewfinder because glare made the screen on the S52 (and my smartphone) useless in bright light. After 2 weeks of shooting, I'm not sure it is needed as the display has been easy to see outdoors. I really like the flexibility of choosing ISO and PSAM+ settings. Thought I'm miss the zoom but I haven't. Battery life is excellent. After 2 weeks the icon still shows full but that can't be entirely correct. No reason to apologize for carrying a P&S with this one. It's actually a fairly sophisticated camera.

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            5.0

            Great Pocket / Street camera

            By Ray

            from Near Philadelphia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Street Photography
              • Travel

              Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

              I do almost all of my shooting with prime lenses and 28mm is my most comfortable focal length, so a camera of this quality that I can stick in a pocket and take anywhere is right in my wheelhouse. I also do a lot of street shooting and this is the best street camera I've ever used for how I like to work. Between a good distance scale and focus ring and a GREAT auto-ISO setup (the best I've yet seen or used), I can almost forget the details of focus and exposure (exposure compensation being the one control I use a lot while shooting) and just concentrate on the content of the shot. The AF speed is a non-issue for me because I'm always using zone focus for fast moving subjects at this focal length. And for more stationary shots where I might want less depth of field, the AF is more than adequate.

              I also do plenty of other general shooting with this camera and its great for landscapes, urban scenery, abstracts, etc...Between its fine lens, great IQ, great low light performance, its really an amazing little camera. I also shot extensively with the Ricoh GR and its arguably a better value, but for how I work, the Nikon is the better camera for me.

              The only things I'd change if Nikon was ever to do a firmware update is I'd make the manual focus distance sticky when you turn the camera off and back on, so it wouldn't always reset to infinity, and I'd make the ring around the OK button another exposure compensation control in aperture or shutter priority mode - this dial doesn't do ANYTHING in those modes and it would be great to have exposure comp that readily available. And the camera should always show the current exposure compensation on the screen, instead of only when you press the exposure comp button. Otherwise, I don't think I'd change a thing...

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              5.0

              EXCELLENT IMAGE QUALITY

              By Brian

              from San Francisco, California

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Street Photography
                • Travel

                Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                Excellent image quality and easy to use. As a Canon DSLR user I was worried I will have a hard time using the Nikon UI. But it is actually very easy and although certain options are hidden (ie. movie mode) it is not something I use often so it is not a big deal to me. Very satisfied with the camera and love to use it for quick snap shots and/or street photography.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
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                5.0

                Excellent semi-pro camera in a small siz

                By Randy

                from Windsor, CT

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder
                • Wide Lens

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                The Coolpix A is a little pricy, but has most of the features of a full DSLR in a small body, and has incredible image quality - better than many DSLRs I've used. As the reviews state, autofocus is a tad slow, but unless you constantly do very high speed sports photography, it's not likely to be an issue. The logic of the menus and the range of available featrures are incredible. With a fixed 28 mm equivalent lens you'll sometimes need some post-processing cropping for some prints, but the clarity and the 16.2 MPx make that no problem. Highly recommended.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Little Camera

                By Old Guy with a Camera

                from Plymouth, MA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                I have a Nikon D700 DSLR with an assortment of lenses I use for most of my photography. I've been waiting for a small camera from Nikon that delivers high quality pictures I can throw in my pocket when I don't want to lug around my D700.

                I received my Coolpix A from B&H last week and it was worth the wait. I bought the package that includes the optional viewfinder at half price and haven't stopped shooting with it since it arrived.

                The camera is small enough to easily carry with you anywhere. The pictures are simply outstanding - sharp and crisp with great color.

                The camera allows you as little or as much control as you would like. The program mode works well when you just want to point and shoot as do the scene modes.

                I generally shoot in aperture priority which is how I'm using this camera. I keep the ISO low but have been pleased with the pictures I've taken inside with no flash at higher ISO's.

                If you're a longtime Nikon owner, like me, and are looking for a high quality compact camera to carry with your DSLR or by itself, this is the camera you've been waiting for. Well worth the money.

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                4.0

                Good DSLR companion

                By Antarctic mate

                from Amarillo, Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                This camera will travel with my D600 on an around the world trip. I have found I can, through Photoshop match my 600 and "A" and the smaller camera shoots a big enough file to match when I print a book of my pictures

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
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                • No

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                5.0

                Incredible IQ

                By Nikon FX person

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                    The image quality - wide open razor sharpness and high ISO performance - of this camera are incredible. Further, the build quality of the Coolpix A is really quite impressive. It has a nice aesthetic and sturdy design. The AF speed is moderate, but this is made up for by the high end IQ and build. Compared to the GR, the high ISO capabilities and dynamic range are very noticeably better. Lastly, long-time Nikon DSLR users will enjoy the menu system and usability of this camera.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    coolpix... a

                    By jmac

                    from nyc

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                      solid and sharp

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                      5.0

                      excellent !

                      By Fruchstuck

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder
                      • Slow autofocus

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                      top notch lenses with state of the art APS-C sensor, in a really pocketable package.

                      if you need the fastest autofocus or a viewfinder, go with the Fuji X100S. But if you need a wider angle view, and love the Nikon gestalt, this one is for you.

                      Excellent backup camera with no compromise file quality.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Best Compact Ever

                      By jnhphoto

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Color Accuracy
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder
                      • Poor Flash
                      • Poor Image Stabilization
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Street Photography
                      • Travel

                      Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                      For what it is- it's the best: This is an easy take anywhere casual camera that is more capable than the iphone. I love that the menus mimic my Nikon DSLR's and it offers similar control.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Early reviews mostly correct

                      By Longtime Nikon User

                      from San Jose, CA

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                            I just received my CoolPix A (was on pre-order). My unit is the first 300 production units according to the serial number.
                            For background: I have been a Nikon user since the early '70's, and have owned all their pro F-series bodies starting w/ the F2 to the F4, then the D1 to my current D4. I was almost ready to purchase a Fuji X100s when Nikon announced the CoolPix A.

                            For my pocket camera I've been a fan of the Canon S series (S95, and S100), have never been happy w/ the CoolPix series (have owned a few, but got rid of them for the Canon's).

                            Here is my short version (after having the camera 2 days):

                            The online reviews you will read are correct - on the positive side; the sensor (DX) is terrific along w/ the low light sensitivity (up to ISO 6400). Noise and "grain" are nominal through 3200; 6400 is usable unless you are printing large prints.

                            If you are familiar with Nikon's DSLR menu system; you will be right at home using this camera (the reason I bought it, along w/ the large sensor).

                            One thing you won't read on other reviews (at least none that i read) is how the camera works with a Nikon flash. I mounted my SB400 on the camera; and it is fantastic! Not only do you save the battery life of the camera by using the SB400, the lighting is much better, and you have the bounce option (at least for horizontal shots). I find that the flash exposure with the SB400 is right on (Nikon's are usually a bit "hot" - I typically make my flash -0.3EV) - for most people you'll keep the flash exposure setting at zero.

                            Now for the negatives: I agree w/ the other reviewers; the autofocus is slow; and it hunts. That said; this is a pocket camera, only slightly larger than a Canon S100 with a DX sensor! If I need fast AF, I have a D4 - this is not going to be used for sports. The other negative is that there is no viewfinder (as the Fuji); again Nikon had to make compromises for the small size of the camera; if you need a viewfinder, go w/ Fuji, or another mirror less camera.

                            Would have been nice: an external mic input for video recording - built in mics are almost useless; having an external mic jack would have been nice, but again, Nikon had to compromise due to the small body.

                            I expect that this CoolPix won't have the sales or following of the Fuji X series; but if you are a Nikon owner (and have an SB400); it's the "best" pocket camera Nikon has made. I am looking forward to their next version (presumably w/ the newer sensor and EX CPU) which hopefully will have better AF. In the meantime; I've found my "vacation" camera when I don't want to carry the D4.

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