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Meet the flagship of the COOLPIX Advanced Performance collection, the Nikon COOLPIX A, a one-of-a-kind Nikon camera that produces high-resolution photos and Full HD 1080p videos in a class of their own. The COOLPIX A is exceptional in every aspect. For exceptional image quality, it employs a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, the same type used in Nikon's outstanding DX-format D-SLR cameras, but in a compact body. For exceptional clarity and low-light performance, it features one of the most impressive NIKKOR lenses Nikon has ever put on a COOLPIX camera. For exceptional versatility, it's compatible with many Nikon accesories like a Wi-Fi adapter that lets you instantly share your photos. Simply put, the COOLPIX A produces the kind of photos and videos that will leave your dazzled friends and family asking, "What kind of camera do you have?"

At the heart of the COOLPIX A is a high-performance Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor, the same size sensor used in Nikon DX-format D-SLRs! Achieve the ultimate COOLPIX image quality breathtaking crystal-clear photos and Full HD videos with vibrant colors and rich textures and shoot without a flash in some of the most poorly lit situations. The COOLPIX A includes a full-size accessory shoe that's compatible with many exciting Nikon accessories. Take control of light with an external flash. Fire the camera remotely with a wireless remote control, or geotag your shots with a GPS module. You can really build a creative system around the COOLPIX A.

Connect the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and wirelessly transfer photos to your compatible smartphone, tablet or any Wi-Fi enabled device. Use your compatible smartphone or tablet to instantly upload your shots to the web or email them to a friend. Or, remotely control the COOLPIX A and see what the camera sees from your smartphone or tablet and fire off shots! If you want a compact camera that shoots stunning Full HD videos, the COOLPIX delivers. 1080p Full HD means exceptional video quality. Record the action, then use an optional HDMI cable to connect to an HDTV and watch your videos come alive. A built-in mic records high-quality audio in stereo. Your videos will look and sound phenomenal.

The COOLPIX A takes exceptional images on its own, but when you want to take control, you can. Select from Programmed, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual mode and bring your vision to life. For those who want to record the purest, unmodified versions of their photos, the COOLPIX A can record in RAW (NEF) mode. The COOLPIX A's highly sensitive CMOS image sensor performs so well in low-light situations that in most cases, using the flash is optional. Capture the moment without interrupting it. The COOLPIX A features a truly superb lens, a fixed (prime) 28mm f/2.8 NIKKOR glass lens. Create tack-sharp wide-angle images with beautifully blurred backgrounds, and enjoy enhanced low-light performance compared to a typical zoom lens.

Nikon Coolpix A Features

  • High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 4 fps
  • Normal and Keep warm lighting colors auto white balance options
  • Active D-Lighting, which prevents loss of detail in highlights and shadows for images exhibiting brightness similar to that seen with the naked eye when shooting scenes with extremes in both light and dark
  • Nikon's exclusive imaging system, Picture Control, which allows users to chooseand adjust the way in which the camera processes photographs according to the type of scene or their own individual preference
  • A variety of image editing functions, including Filter Effects, Color Sketch, Selective Color, and Miniature Effect
  • Virtual horizon display for visual confirmation that the camera is horizontallyand vertically level
  • Very bright, 3-in., approximately 921k-dot TFT LCD monitor with wide viewing angle

Nikon Coolpix A Specifications

Compact Digital Camera
Effective Pixels
16.2 million
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
DX Format
Total Pixels
16.93 million (approx.)
1x optical NIKKOR glass lens
Lens Focal Length
18.5mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 28 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Lens f/-number
Lens Construction
7 elements in 5 groups
Lens Zoom
Autofocus (AF)
Contrast-detect TTL AF
Autofocus (AF) Focus-area selection
Face priority
Subject tracking
Normal area
Wide area
Focus Range
Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
Macro close-up mode: Approx. 4 in. (10 cm.) to infinity
Focus Lock
Monitor Size
3.0 in. diagonal
Monitor Type
TFT-LCD with 5-level brightness adjustment
Monitor Resolution
Monitor Frame coverage (shooting mode)
100% horizontal (Approx.)
100% vertical (Approx.)
Monitor Frame coverage (playback mode)
100% horizontal (Approx.)
100% vertical (Approx.)
Storage Media
SD memory card
SDHC memory card
SDXC memory card
Storage File System
EXIF 2.3
DPOF compliant
Storage File Formats
Still pictures: JPEG, RAW (NEF; a proprietary Nikon format)
Movies: MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo)
Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 25p
HD: 1280x720p / 30fps
HD: 1280x720p / 24fps
Image Size (pixels)
4928 x 3264
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 100-3200
Can be expanded to 6400
Hi 0.3 (ISO 8,000 equivalent)
Hi 0.7 (ISO 10,000 equivalent)
Hi 1 (ISO 12,800 equivalent)
Hi 2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
Lowest ISO Sensitivity
Highest ISO Sensitivity
Exposure Metering
Exposure Control
Programmed auto exposure with flexible program
aperture-priority auto
shutter priority auto
Exposure Modes
Programmed Auto
Scene Modes
Autumn colors
Close Up
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Pet Portrait
High Key
Low Key
In-Camera Image Editing
Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Miniature effect
NEF (Raw) Processing
Perspective Control
Red-eye reduction
Quick retouch
Selective Color
Exposure Compensation
+/-5 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
White Balance
Preset Manual
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter Speed
1/2000 30 s; bulb and time available in mode M (time requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
Continuous Shooting at Full Res
Approx. 4 frames per second
Continuous Shooting Options
Best Shot Selector
Multi-shot 16
Electronically-controlled 7-blade iris diaphragm
Aperture Range
19 steps of 1/3 EV
Can be selected from 20, 10, 5 and 2 second durations
Accessory Shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Built-in flash Range
[W]: 0.5 to 11.5m (1ft. 8 in. to 37ft.)
Built-in Flash Control
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Manual flash control available
Guide Number approx. 6/21, or 6/22 when fired in manual mode at full power (ISO 100, m/ft, 23 °C/73.4 °F)
Built-in Flash
Hi-speed USB
Interface Data transfer protocol
Video Output
HDMI Output
Can be selected from:
I/O Terminal
Audio/video (A/V) output; Digital I/O (USB)
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20
Battery Life (shots per charge)
Approx. 230 shots
Tripod Socket
Operating Environment
Temperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
Dimensions (HxWxD)
2.6 x 4.4 x 1.6" (64.3 x 111 x 40.3mm)
10.6 oz (299g)
Mfr #
26423 B

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great image quality & size; slow focus


I bought this as a used item but ended up returning it. I love the size and image quality but for me, a couple of things did not make it worth the cost. The auto focus was not that fast. I don't know why Nikon struggles with this, especially on a premium camera like this. The Nikon 1 system cameras focus faster. Even the older Sony RX100 focuses much faster, as does the Sony a6000. If you only shoot landscape and still life or manual zone focus, it shouldn't be a problem. I just got tired of paying a premium for cameras that have focusing issues (x100 is another example) so I sent it back. I'll wait on a future iteration. If you are familiar with the Nikon menu system, you will enjoy using this, as I did. Great to be able to carry this in your pocket or purse and have such fabulous image quality. The second reason is that I was not in love with the 28mm fixed focal length. I knew that ahead of time but thought I could learn to love it since I had rented it before and loved the image quality and some of the 28mm shots I had taken. In the end, it was too expensive for a niche camera for me that I wouldn't use every day. If you love this focal length and either manual focus or only shoot stationary subjects, you will love this. I wanted to love it. I love the size and image quality.


Finest image quality, smallest package


The lightest, smallest camera with image quality rivaling a DSLR. No great photos if you left your camera home. This one is with me ALL the time. Fixed 28mm focal length lens is NO limitation for a pocket/travel camera. Tack sharp even wide open I have made 17 x 23 in prints from RAW files. I don,t shoot video so can't comment in this. Much smaller and lighter then the Fuji X100S.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Beautiful Censor in a Slow Body


Disappointed that Nikon is charging premium for this camera, telling us that we, the pros, can have a lighter tool to have as a traveling camera, and then making it difficult for practical use because of a slow autofocus. The AF is extremely slow and very inaccurate in low light situations. Which is the main reason I bought this camera for... to take photos with friends in low light events. I hope they fix that in the next version.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Time to get rid of my D700 lenses.


I miss so many photos when without my D700. I can carry my Nikon Coolpix A for group and landscape photos all of the time. Anything that moves still has to be photographed with a D7000. The D700 body will be retained for use with older and better constructed lenses. You can save on filters and lenses by using the Nikon Coolpix A. See Ken Rockwell's site for more advice on the Nikon cameras and lenses.


Another hit


As a passionate amateur photographer whose primary camera is a DX3 this is the finest street camera to supplement my equipment. Features outstanding, picture quality great. Pricey but worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great build & crisp images and compact


Three things that best with this camera: * AF in low light (indoors and darker) is considerably faster and more accurate, overall AF speed consistent regardless of brightness – easier to anticipate shot timing *Better AWB and colour accuracy, especially in the reds *Images just seem to have slightly more pop and here some more good characteristics of this camera: *More accurate matrix metering, doesn't blow highlights as often *LCD shows focus better *Lens has better close range performance, less CA at all distances and better flare/ coma control. It also feels like there's slightly more overall contrast, giving better 'bite' to images out of camera – it's a combination of both macro and microcontrast *Dedicated manual focus ring Compatible with GPS and wifi accessories *Made in Japan (though this has little impact on immediate build quality, it may or may not speak for longevity) *Slightly faster to power on *Easy to decouple AF and spot meter – AF on via Fn1 focuses, shutter half press locks metering *Very easy to move the focus point – just use the D-pad directly


Finally clean ISO 6400 in pocket camera


Great for parties and meetings. Flash free pictures indoors. Great street camera. Nice wide 28mm captures all. Very sharp pictures.


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