"Better late than never," the saying goes and Nikon is fully embracing this idea when it comes to large sensor, compact cameras. Along side Canon, they have lead the pack with professional and consumer level DSLRs for countless years. But the trend toward smaller, compact cameras is in full force and these top two camera companies aren't doing a good job of keeping up. Let's hope this newest addition to Nikon's Coolpix line is worth the wait.
The Nikon Coolpix A is a 16.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor. The DX sensor is the same size found in the popular DSLR lineup of Nikon cameras like the D3200, D7000, D5200 and the brand new D7100. But the size of the camera is dramatically smaller when compared with the aforementioned DSLRs. The Coolpix A's measurements are 2.6 inches x 4.4 inches x 1.6 inches and it weighs only 10.6 ounces. It has an 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens with an aperture of f/2.8.
The Coolpix A offers users contrast-detect autofocus with multiple focus-area options like face priority, center and subject tracking. The Coolpix A offers users a 3-inch TFT-LCD display with 5 adjustment levels of brightness. The screen is comprised of 921k dots. When working in combination, the TFT screen and high dot resolution should be quite amazing to look at.
A shooting mode dial is located on the top of the camera and includes P, S, A and M modes as well as scene, auto and two user defined modes. The camera is able to capture both JPG and RAW (NEF) formats for greater post production control over your images. ISO sensitivities are vast starting at 100 and ranging up to 25,600. The Coolpix A has a plethora of scene mode options and a ton of in-camera editing options similar to Nikon's DSLR line of cameras.
Full HD at 30fps and 25fps is also available on the Coolpix A. An optical viewfinder and a wireless mobile adapter is scheduled to be available for this camera as an optional accessories.
The Coolpix A will be available in March for $1100.