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March 5th, 2013

Nikon Unveils Large-Sensor (APS-C) Coolpix A

Posted By Christopher Robinson

Regular readers of OP know that I am a big fan of small cameras that have large image sensors. I like the combination of the big sensor’s inherent image quality in a  camera that I can carry with me anywhere. In other words, it’s like the Millennium Falcon, “…she’s got it where it counts!” Today, Nikon announced the Coolpix A, a compact, fixed-lens camera with a 16.2 megapixel Nikon APS-C (Nikon calls it DX-format) CMOS image sensor.

The Coolpix A has a 16.2 megapixel APS-C (DX-format) CMOS image sensor and a fixed 18.5mm (equivalent angle of view as a 28mm lens on 35mm format camera).

MELVILLE, N.Y. (March 4, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced two new advanced performance COOLPIX cameras, built for the customer seeking the best image quality possible with the convenience and ease-of-use of a compact camera. The Nikon COOLPIX A is the first COOLPIX to incorporate a DX-format sensor, similar to those found in many of Nikon’s coveted D-SLRs, which provides the highest image quality possible from a compact point-and-shoot. Additionally, the small yet powerful COOLPIX P330 fits comfortably into a shirt pocket, yet gives users the confidence to capture beautiful imagery through amazing optics, low-light capabilities and creative control.

“The introduction of the COOLPIX A, as Nikon’s flagship COOLPIX camera, provides uncompromised image quality and incredibly sharp detail in a compact point-and-shoot camera. As the first COOLPIX to use a DX-format sensor, the COOLPIX A will exceed expectations for its unsurpassed performance,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX A, along with the COOLPIX P330, demonstrates the forward-looking direction of the Advanced Performance COOLPIX line, and packs all of the benefits of Nikon’s optical heritage and imaging experience into a compact, yet powerful package.”

Top view of the Nikon Coolpix A. Note the mode dial. No hunting through menus for common settings.

Advanced Performance COOLPIX Cameras with Wi-Fi® Connectivity

For those who never settle for second best, this new duo presents the optimal choice to consistently capture high-quality images and HD video withoutstanding clarity and detail. Thanks to their exceptional CMOS imaging sensors and world-class NIKKOR lenses, these cameras deliver brilliant photosamidst the action, even in low-light conditions. With compact designs and advanced feature sets that allow users to easily grow and improve their image or video shooting skills, these new COOLPIX cameras provide creative control and connectivity options for the photographer in everyone. These new cameras also join the ultra-zoom COOLPIX P520 and performance powerhouse COOLPIX P7700 in Nikon’s series of COOLPIX Advanced Performance cameras.

Once a still or video has been captured, both cameras let users share images instantly with family and friends when connected using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter1. This accessory pairs with the free downloadable Wireless Mobile Utility application1, which enables users to transfer their images and videos to compatible smart devices and tablets for easy sharing and viewing with others.

The COOLPIX A: Nikon’s First DX-Format COOLPIX Camera

Unlike any other COOLPIX camera, the new COOLPIX A is equipped with a DX-format CMOS sensor that enables users to achieve superior image quality previously only possible with a Nikon D-SLR. The combination of this 16.2-megapixel DX-format sensor and ultra-sharp prime NIKKOR lens firmly positions the COOLPIX A as the reigning flagship camera in the COOLPIX line.

The all-glass 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens has an f/2.8 aperture, allowing users to shoot with a shallow depth of field to blur backgrounds for professional-looking photos. Even when the sun goes down, the lens offers the ability to turn a fleeting glance into a flattering moonlit portrait with just a press of the shutter. Always ready for the spontaneous moment, the camera’s quick AF performance and 4 frames-per-second (fps) burst help users to consistently capture any moment with outstanding image quality.

The Coolpix A's fixed lens is an all-glass (no plastic elements) 18.5mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens.

For those who want to push their photography skills, the versatile COOLPIX A also offers advanced settings to allow shooters to have complete creative control to master nearly any shooting situation. With multiple Scene Modes, a familiar manual focus ring, full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M), and the ability to shoot RAW/NEF image files, even a simple snapshot can be transformed into artistic expression.

Additionally, the COOLPIX A offers a variety of accessories to enhance the shooting experience, including the DF-CP1 Optical Viewfinder, the UR-E24 Adapter Ring for attaching lens hoods and filters, and the HN-CP18 metal Lens Hood, which helps protect the surface of the lens and restricts light from passing through without negatively influencing images. The camera also has a full size hot shoe port that makes the camera compatible with various accessories such as Nikon Speedlights.

Pricing and Availability

The COOLPIX A will be available in March 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1099.95* and will be offered in Black and Silver. The DF-CP1 Optical Viewfinder will be available for a suggested retail price of $449.96*, and the UR-E24 Adapter Ring and HN-CP18 Lens Hood will be sold together for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $129.96*; accessories will be available in March 2013. The COOLPIX P330 will also be available in March 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $379.95* and will be offered in Black and White.

In addition to basic black, the Coolpix A is available in silver.

In order to give consumers a more effective way to understand the benefits of each COOLPIX camera and to help users determine the best camera to fit their lifestyle, Nikon has segmented the COOLPIX series into five categories: Advanced Performance, Fun & Innovative, Ultra-Slim Zoom, Comfort Long Zoom and Budget Friendly. For more information about these and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

 

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  1. Etand Says:

    I am subscribed and enjoy the magazine every month. It’s my first time to visit the website and it looks nice and offers some nice extras.

    I like this camera, but I loved this month’s article about the photographer-hiker that took his compact Canon this time instead of his DSLR.

    As a backpacker abroad I know the hassle he traded off, but even more, when you document a different culture on your way, as I do often in remote villages and towns, the 2 second ‘draw and snap’ is mandatory for capturing daily street life. You could do it with a DSLR hanging from your neck BUT then you become a factor (a noticeable professional photographer) that effects the reality around you.

    I used to take Canons for my first (2007) and second year (2011) around rural India. First it was the SD600 and then the G11. Both were good… as long as they lasted… which was around the 6-9 months. Yes, India has lots of dust and these delicate compact zoom mechanisms don’t like these particles clogging their barrels. I found no solution but replacing the zoom which is costly and hard to come by (only authorized Canon labs do it in India or Nepal) until… I found the Fuji xp50.

    It didn’t look like nothing much. Actually, I’ve seen it often on Costco’s shelf but kept on looking at the external zoom compacts every time. It looked more like a toy. Eventually, about a year ago I decided to give it a try and I still have it in my pocket or even in the car door’s internal handle. It’s small and smooth-curvy design makes it easy to pull out in a second and the internal zoom makes it worry-free about pushing into backpack or pant pocket without sterilizing those first. The photos, if you wonder are, to my amateur eye as good as the Canons I had before. Here are some photo samples from all 3 cameras: http://jpgmag.com/people/Etand – The only tips I would give Fuji are: a lens cover and a short flat surface on bottom and side to allow timed photos without a tripod.

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