Nikon Coolpix A review

Nikon Coolpix A review

Nikon Coolpix A: price, specs, release date confirmed


Nikon has revealed official Nikon Coolpix A price, specifications and a release date for its new DX-format premium compact camera. The Nikon Coolpix A price tag is set for £999.99 / €1199, with a release date slated for 21 March 2013.

Nikon Coolpix A: price, specs, release date confirmed

Nikon has introduced a new innovation to its Coolpix range, unveiling at Focus On Imaging 2013 the 16.2-megapixel Nikon Coolpix A.

Boasting the same DX sensor as the Nikon D7000, the Nikon Coolpix A is aimed at DSLR users and serious photographers who want DSLR quality in a more portable, take-anywhere body.

Along with its APS-C sensor, another signature feature of the Nikon Coolpix A is its retractable 18.5mm f/2.8 lens.

The Coolpix A’s lens features 7 elements in 5 groups, with 1 aspherical lens, a 7-bladed iris diaphragm and a manual focus ring with override.

Nikon Coolpix A price confirmed

The Nikon Coolpix A can shoot 14-bit uncompressed raw format files and also incorporates Nikon’s GUI interface from its DSLR range.

In terms of build, the Nikon Coolpix A body consists of aluminium alloy casing with a magnesium alloy top plate. The body features two customisable Fn buttons, AF override, a focus mode switch and the same Info button found on Nikon DSLRs.

Along with a built-in flash (with a Guide Number of 6.6), the Coolpix A also incorporates a hotshoe, and the camera includes a pre-flash feature for greater accuracy.

Also on-board the Nikon Coolpix A is the same 921K-dot LCD screen found on the Nikon D4.

Nikon Coolpix A release date announced

Another signature feature of the Nikon Coolpix A is that Nikon has removed the optical low pass filter to help aid sharper images – a key feature of the Nikon D7100 announced two weeks ago.

What’s more, the Nikon Coolpix A uses Nikon’s EXPEED 2 processing engine, also found in its DSLR range.

Other key specs on the Coolpix A include Nikon’s Active D-Lighting (with a bracketing option), anti-reflection coating, Picture Controls, an Intervalometer shooting option and the virtual horizon found in some of Nikon’s DSLRs.

The Nikon Coolpix A also shoots full HD movies at 30/25/24p, offering photographers manual control and a built-in stereo mic.

Nikon Coolpix A with new optical viewfinder

Announced along with the Nikon Coolpix A are the Nikon DF-CPI optical viewfinder, which slides into the Coolpix A’s hotshot, and the Nikon HN-CP18 lens hood.

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