Nikon Coolpix A

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So, what kind of camera does $1100 buy you nowadays? Enter the Nikon Coolpix A, a top-notch camera with a lot to offer. The Nikon A offers users a 16.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor (DX-format)–the same one found in the Nikon D7000, one of Nikon’s most popular prosumer DSLR cameras. The Nikon A however, is smaller, more compact and more portable than the D7000 ever dreamed of being. In fact, these two cameras aren’t even comparable by most other standards. The Nikon Coolpix A actually fits into a relatively new category of compact, fixed lens, large sensor cameras. These cameras feature sensors that can be found in traditional DSLRs, but their form factor is much smaller than a DSLR. Most of these cameras are about the size of a point and shoot. Yet, these cameras have features that rival top DSLRs including fully manual mode dials, fantastic low light capabilities and RAW image capture.

  • Pros

    • Great image quality
    • Small footprint despite large APS-C sensor
    • Great build quality
    • Built-in flash
  • Cons

    • Hidden movie mode
    • AF is sluggish in low light
    • No viewfinder

Quick Take

The Nikon A offers great image quality for those wanting a large sensor, fixed lens camera--as long as you can live without a viewfinder.

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