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Nikon Coolpix A Professional Compact

Nikon Coolpix A Professional Compact - Nikon has launched the Coolpix A - a DSLR performance compact with a DX format 16.2 megapixel sensor.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Nikon Coolpix A
Price : £435
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Coolpix A
Nikon has made D-SLR performance in a compact body more accessible than ever before, incorporating a large, DX-format 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor (23.6 x 15.6 mm) and an EXPEED 2 image processing engine into the new Coolpix A, for capturing professional images on the go.

Read our Nikon Coolpix A hands-on preview.

Ideal for any photography enthusiast, the 16.2-megapixel Coolpix A is the world’s smallest camera to feature a DX format sensor, and handles demanding shooting situations with ease. In pursuit of high resolution and high definition of the entire image, the Coolpix A adopts a sensor unit that does not incorporate an optical low-pass filter. The result is an optical system that makes the most of the potential of the high-definition NIKKOR lens and the resolution of the DX-format sensor. Combined with the EXPEED 2 image processing engine, also used in DSLR models, the Coolpix A guarantees superior performance and maximum image quality, all while consuming minimal energy.

When taking pictures in low light or capturing fast-moving subjects, a high ISO (100-6400, extendable to 25600) light sensitivity ensures superbly detailed images with minimal noise. When you want to control the quality of light, you can turn to the camera’s six different settings of active D-lighting, attach a compatible external Speedlight flash unit, or use the optional UR-E14 adaptor ring to create different effects by attaching lens filters (46mm) or an optional lens hood (HN-CP18) to reduce peripheral light.

PSAM exposure modes enable greater creative control, and two user modes let you recall your preferred camera settings instantly. A customisable function button means you can bypass the menu and set shortcuts to your favourite camera settings for fast setup, and the lens focusing ring enables manual focus and manual override when in Auto focus mode.

The Coolpix A also supports 14 bits compressed RAW (NEF) image data, conveniently in line with the format used in DSLRs. Pure, unprocessed images can be edited in-camera, on the large 7.5-cm (3.0-in. 921k dot) LCD monitor.


Key Features:
  • Wi-Fi compatible: Use Wi-Fi to transfer your high-quality images and movies to your smart device* via an optional Wi-Fi dongle (WU-1a).
  • Full HD (1080p) movie recording: In 30, 25 or 24 fps and in stereo, through the built-in stereo microphone.
  • Advanced GUI: Employs a graphical user interface (GUI) inherited from Nikon’s DSLR range.
  • Continuous shooting at 4 fps (up to 26 frames): Capture fast-moving action at 4 frames per second.
  • Optional external optical viewfinder: For those who prefer a traditional viewfinder, this optional attachment (DF-CP1) offers an alternative to the LCD screen. The ‘hot shoe’ can also be used to attach a more powerful External Speedlight flash unit.
  • Compatible with Optional GPS (GPS-1): Allowing you to record the exact location (latitude and longitude) of images as a ‘geotag’.
  • SD card compatible: Increase storage capacity by using SD cards (SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I compliant) to save your images and movies.
The Coolpix A will be available for £999.99, from the 21st of March 2013.

Read our Nikon Coolpix A hands-on preview.

For more information, visit the Nikon website.

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Photographs taken using the Nikon Coolpix A

Panoramic Loch Lomond
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Comments


witchcraft 5 27 5 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 9:17AM
A thousand quid though (more than my D300 cost me new?!) - suddenly my genuine interest waned :-(

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pcheywood 9 1.3k England
5 Mar 2013 9:38AM
Wow, a Nikon DP1.

How do they come up with these innovative 'break throughs' ? Grin
Sonnar 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 6:10PM
Very nice but needs a built in viewfinder and for a fixed lens compact, I think that a 35mm equivalent lens would be more useful. Interesting that again Nikon has removed the low pass filter.
The Sigma is cheaper but is "clunky".
Sonnar 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 6:36PM
The Sigma's take brilliant pictures though and they don't need a low pass filter.

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