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NikonCOOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 43 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (32)
  • Compact (27)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Good in low light (18)
  • Large clear LCD (17)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (14)
  • Short battery life (4)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (24)
  • Landscape/scenery (18)
  • Family photos (15)
  • Low light (12)
  • Street photography (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (34)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Pocket / Street camera

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Needs Improvements

1) AF is a bit slow for standard shooting; Macro AF and distance is worse.
2) No VR (vibration reduction)
3) The silver finish feels slippery to the hands,...Read complete review

1) AF is a bit slow for standard shooting; Macro AF and distance is worse.
2) No VR (vibration reduction)
3) The silver finish feels slippery to the hands, compared to the black finish feels dslr-like.
4) Video quality: despite the location of the video setting; the video quality has pronounced moire.
5) Fixed lens: No Zoom
6) f/2.8 maximum aperture

Pros:

1) Image Quality: the jpeg renders colors better than my Nikon D90 and D7000. Colors of the jpegs looks similar to the D3's
2) Glass: The lens is superb
3) Made in Japan
4) Flash Hot Shoe: Used it with a wireless transciever.
5) Manual Focusing
6) Non-low-pass filter
7) Dynamic Range
8) Lower noise at high ISO (compared with the D7K)

Wishful Improvements:

1) Zoom capabilties: 28-50mm
2) Max Aperture: at least f/2
3) VR
4) Articulating screen

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5.0

Great Image Quality From a Small Camera

By John

from Iowa

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Travel

Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

I bought this camera for use when I just didn't want to carry my DSLR. The prime 2.8f lens and APS-C sensor have allowed me to take great quality pictures in lower light conditions. Wonder what Nikon will replace this with.

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5.0

Excellent images, focus is plenty fast

By Mike

from San Diego, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

Photos of dog retrieving were easy, 28 mm wide equivalent lens, f 8 @ 1,500, pre-focus six feet away, release shutter. Very sharp. Buy it with the Optical Finder package, the finder clicks on firmly, it is small, and helps with outdoor composition. Great package, excellent Nikon colors, very, very quiet by turning of shutter and beep sounds. Good knock around camera at the new low price. Backpacking, bike trips, kids, and family shooter no problem.

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3.0

Needs Improvements

By triggz

from Huntsville, TX

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

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

Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

1) AF is a bit slow for standard shooting; Macro AF and distance is worse.
2) No VR (vibration reduction)
3) The silver finish feels slippery to the hands, compared to the black finish feels dslr-like.
4) Video quality: despite the location of the video setting; the video quality has pronounced moire.
5) Fixed lens: No Zoom
6) f/2.8 maximum aperture

Pros:

1) Image Quality: the jpeg renders colors better than my Nikon D90 and D7000. Colors of the jpegs looks similar to the D3's
2) Glass: The lens is superb
3) Made in Japan
4) Flash Hot Shoe: Used it with a wireless transciever.
5) Manual Focusing
6) Non-low-pass filter
7) Dynamic Range
8) Lower noise at high ISO (compared with the D7K)

Wishful Improvements:

1) Zoom capabilties: 28-50mm
2) Max Aperture: at least f/2
3) VR
4) Articulating screen

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5.0

Inexpensive for such quality

By Jcooper

from Ashland, Oregon

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

    Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

    Pros:
    Beautiful build quality including the the LCD glass. All metal case and controls are great. Excellent Nikon color and IQ. Totally pocketable with a decent APS C sensor. Easy to shoot manually.
    Cons:
    Manual focus is best done with the forefinger below the camera body. I don't manual focus this camera. It hunts a bit in low light but it's a pocket rocket.
    And...well, it's a point and shoot.
    But at the price B&H is selling these you cannot go wrong.
    After owning this little camera I can see why Nikon wanted an arm and a leg for it.
    That's no longer an issue here at B&H.
    I would forget the optical viewfinder unless you shoot in full auto. It has no communication with the camera and it is just a nice little glass with frame lines.

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    5.0

    Instead of a leica

    By Mercutio

    from Melbourne, Australia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

        I bought this as an alternative to my large and heavy D800 on the grounds that the best camera is the one you have with you and a fixed lens would force me to concentrate on composition. I use it to take pictures of my immediate rapidly vanishing urban environment and the 28 mm lens is ideal. The quality is excellent - pin sharp and effortlessly accurately exposed. I shoot in raw but the colors are spot-on and I need to do very little in Lightroom.

        It will become my travel camera in Japan later this year.

        I had always wanted a Leica for such things but this was way cheaper and exactly what I wanted.

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        5.0

        Excellent small camera

        By MR

        from Coral Gables, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

        Excellent picture quality and great size. However, there are a few shortcomings. Aside from the fixed 28mm (equivalent) focal length, battery life could be a little longer and autofocus hunts. Should have optical vibration reduction for a camera with a list price of over 1K.

        Overall, happy I got it. Sharpness and color are excellent. Shoots great B/W also. Camera limitations are to be expected if you want a small package.

        Got an excellent deal from B&H on this camera. Worth every penny. Not sure I would have paid full price.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Terrific camera at a great price

        By Vertigo Joe

        from Chicago IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

          Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

          This is going to be a surprise gift for my daughter's 30th birthday. This camera will serve as a fine upgrade to her old Canon 630. Nikon makes dependable cameras and this one provides the manual controls she is seeking.I bought this model during a Deal Zone sale. I have been a B&H customer for over 25 years and their stock, sales, website, shipping, delivery and service are hard to beat. I highly recommend you include them whenever you are shopping for photographic, video, or sound equipment and supplies.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Couldn't Say No to the Sale Price

          By Shallow DOF

          from Marin County, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

          At list price, the Coolpix A was wildly overpriced; at the holiday sale price, it was a heck of a deal. Super sharp lens, and having a DX sensor that'll slip into a jacket pocket is a definite treat. A fixed 28mm angle of view takes a little getting used to, and isn't for people who spend most of their time at the tele end of things. If you don't mind getting close to your subject, it's great.

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          5.0

          Awesome Camera

          By nikon man

          from washington dc

          Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

          grab it when it is still at discount. does a lot for a little camera.

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          5.0

          Nice camera esp for the price.

          By Deputy dawg

          from outdoor

          Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

          lack of zoom, IS is no problem . I am mountaineer/hiker and need a quality camera in my pocket all the time. Takes very sharp pictures. Its video not so good nor autofocus but for nature photography they arent critical. Also no hdr. Noise very visible after iso 2000. All metal construction is a big plus.

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          5.0

          Excellent Buy

          By JcGunner

          from Ohio

          Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

          I bought the Coolpix A for my wife and it is worth every penny. All the advanced features packed into a point and shoot. Great picture and video quality.

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          5.0

          A great travel camera

          By Dobro

          from Usa

          Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

          The nikon Coolpix A is a fantastic travel camera. Small enough to pocket but with a large aps-c sensor and a brilliant lens for dslr quality photography.

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          4.0

          Great Price for a worthy APS-C camera

          By alansf

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Perfect size

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Street Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

            Nikon mispriced this camera when it first came out. At $ this is a great camera for street photography. The Fixed 28mm lens is perfect. Image quality in both jpg and RAW are great. It is small enough to fit in your jacket pocket.Now you have no excuse not to carry a capable camera everywhere you go.

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            5.0

            DSLR quality in a small size.

            By Hrkljus

            from Jacksonville, Florida

            Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

            You'll know if you need or want this camera. Takes pics just as nice as my D7000 but doesn't focus nearly as fast.

            Perfect for traveling when you want to go light.

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            4.0

            Great pictures , poor controls

            By Perkva

            from Tidewater, Virginia

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

              One thing I really like about some of the 4/3 cameras is the fact that they are incredibly user friendly despite their small size. The Coolpix A, a 'C sensor' camera, takes great pictures and appears to be well made, but it is hard to believe (after owing many Nikons) that they would make a camera that is so difficult to use. Going to a menu for video is insane! Nothing is intuitive. At its reduced price, this camera is a bargain, but would never buy at $1000.

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              5.0

              Great buy *IF* you understand photog

              By XuKin

              from New York City

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Price Dec 2014
              • Small / Compact
              • Solid construction
              • Superlative Image Quality

              Cons

              • Will Be Obsoleted Soon

              Best Uses

                Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Silver):

                If you don't already have a high quality pocket size camera AND if you don't need tele zoom, this is one of the best buys ever. An APS-C sensor puts it in the serious league, and its superlative 28mm lens makes it a serious contender for larger DSLR's.
                Only alternatives are the Ricoh GR or if you do need smaller size and don't mind the lower image quality/ resolution, the Sony RX100.
                Small niggles, as mentioned earlier, the manual focus resets to infinity ea time you power it back up .. and some subtle deficits on B&W rendition and color tones. Which other cams nail better without post processing.

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                5.0

                High Quality for a Wide View Shooter

                By Desert Rat

                from Salt Lake City

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Vr

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                This little gem creates very sharp and detailed images, and has most all of the flexibility of a DSLR. It is best used by someone who is willing to take the time to compose and shoot with deliberation. The 28 mm wide-angle lens limits the camera's use as a general point and shooter, but in the right situations it will shine. A great choice for backpacking.

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                5.0

                Razor sharp as I expected

                By Lodus Kram

                from Cape Coral, Fl

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Group photos
                • Travel

                Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                The camera was everything I expected. Sharp images a very good feel when using it, and a good flash for it size. It is a fantastic back up for my DSLR.

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                4.0

                Take-it-easy and take-your-time camera

                By Optical Junkie

                from LA, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                I agree with everyone else that this is not the fastest-focusing camera - not even fast by today's standard. If you enjoy strolling in the park or down a street, leisurely picking the more static subjects and capture beautiful images, then this is your camera. You don't even have to worry about the zoom because it has none. Just walk up to the right distance, frame, hold steady and hold you breath (no stabilization) and click. Wait for the focus and shutter to do its magic and then enjoy the images later.

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                1.0

                Defective camera

                By Tom H

                from Anchorage AK

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom
                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                  Comments about COOLPIX A Digital Camera (Black):

                  Defect became apparent as soon as I inserted the battery and tried to set the clock. The "up" and "right" positions of the rotary multi-selector were inoperative. As such, there was no way to move the cursor on the clock-set page to the right. There was no way to scroll up or access any submenu on any page. I could not move the focal point up or right in the viewfinder. Once the focal point was in the bottom left corner of the electronic viewfinder, there was no way to recenter it without cycling camera modes or camera power. Before I had shot even one photo, I knew I would be sending this camera back for a refund.

                  When I finally took some photos, they were fine. The camera's weaknesses and strengths are well-documented by other reviewers, and I found the same during the hour or so I used the camera for test shots.

                  The defect with the rotary multi-selector also manifested itself when I reviewed the test photos through the LCD screen. Now, the "up" and "right" positions became "Delete" buttons. So, I had essentially 3 "delete" keys on the back the camera: 1) The button with a trashcan mnemonic, 2) The "up" position on the rotary multi-selector, and 3) The "right" position on the rotary multi-selector.

                  I've been shooting Nikon since I was a kid and having out-of-the-box reliability issues for as long. My first Nikkormat FT2 had a light meter that would not shut off, a D70 had defective autofocus, and a D600 had the dust problem. I considered keeping this Coolpix A and sending it off for warranty repair, since Nikon factory-repair usually returns the camera in a better-than-new state. But, this Coolpix A was an impulse buy motivated by a price markdown. I didn't need the camera, and I sure didn't need the hassle. So, I sent it back.

                  B-H upheld its end of the deal. Their order process, delivery, and return process were all excellent.

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