This review is devoted to Coolpix A that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Jun 06, 2013. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #44 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #183 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix A review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix A. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.
Nikon Coolpix A has the following external dimensions 111 x 111 x 40 mm (43.7 x 25.2 x 15.75″) with the weight of 299 g.
The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon Coolpix A, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix A is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 40mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix A with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix A is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix A compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix A comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix A comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Nikon Coolpix A boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Nikon Coolpix A has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 25600.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Nikon Coolpix A features a 16.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon Coolpix A, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 80 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon Coolpix A’s sensor.
Nikon Coolpix A is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix A with other standard sensor sizes.
Nikon Coolpix A is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (optional) ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix A are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Coolpix A features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
In addition, Coolpix A has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix A, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix A allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Nikon Coolpix A provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Nikon Coolpix A is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect Coolpix A to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix A provides a shooting life of 230, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Nikon Coolpix A is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix A’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix A’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix A to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix A performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix A can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix A performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix A can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix A performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix A can be called a 69 model for this type of photography.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix A performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 1. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix A can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix A performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix A can be called a 91 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Jun 06, 2013|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||10|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow-sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||80|
|DxO Color Depth||23.4|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.8|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1164|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||370.52 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4928 x 3264|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||111 x 64 x 40 mm|
|Battery Life||230 shots|
|Battery Type||230 shots|