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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ AF on via Fn1 focuses, shutter half press locks metering *Very easy to move the focus point â€“ just use the D-pad directly
Great for parties and meetings. Flash free pictures indoors. Great street camera. Nice wide 28mm captures all. Very sharp pictures.