Nikon Coolpix A Review

Overall 47
Imaging 17
Features 29
Size 83
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Expands to 25600)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 111 x 64 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 299 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Nikon Coolpix A Summary

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.

Nikon Coolpix A Compared to other Compact 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.

PROs

  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Optical (optional)
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 299 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix A With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix A

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Nikon Coolpix A — 230 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix A — 40 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix A — 299 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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 Sensor Scores

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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix A

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

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.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Coolpix A to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix A for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Nikon Coolpix A for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon Coolpix A for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (111 x 64 x 40 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon Coolpix A for Sports 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.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (4.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (1164)
  • Small battery life (230 shots)

Nikon Coolpix A for Daily Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Small weight (299 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Nikon Coolpix A for Landscape Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.8)
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (1164)

Nikon Coolpix A Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix A
Announced Jun 06, 2013
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 10
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (optional)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 11.5
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 80
DxO Color Depth 23.4
DxO Dynamic Range 13.8
DxO Low Light ISO 1164
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
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
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
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
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 299 g
Physical Dimensions 111 x 64 x 40 mm
Battery Life 230 shots
Battery Type 230 shots
Battery Model EN-EL20
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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