Nikon Coolpix A

The Nikon Coolpix A teams fast write speeds with great image quality, featuring a 16.2MP APS-C DX-format CMOS sensor, which has had its low-pass filter removed in order to achieve sharper images.

Nikon Coolpix A

Nikon Coolpix A

At its core the Nikon Coolpix A features a 16.2MP APS-C DX-format CMOS sensor, which has had its low-pass filter removed (the part that combats moiré effects) in order to achieve sharper images. ISO spans 100-6400, which can be further expanded to ISO 25,600 using the ‘Hi’ option and directly in front of the chip sits an 18.5mm prime lens (28mm in film terms) that has a maximum aperture of f/2.8, closing down to f/22. On the back a large 3in, 921k-dot LCD screen dominates, with the shortcut buttons neatly arranged on either side.

The Nikon A sits well in the hand thanks to a protruding grip on the front and rubberised thumbrest on the rear, offering plenty of purchase. For the most part its AF system performed admirably, though on occasion it would struggle to lock-on to targets, causing the lens to rack back and forth, which only worsened in low light conditions. Activating the camera’s Macro function allowed the camera to focus much closer to subjects, though it did cause the AF to perform noticeably slower with the issue of hunting still present.

On the positive side, switching the camera to Continuous shooting we recorded 20 RAW images at 4fps before the buffer slowed. This performance was improved when shooting in Fine JPEG, with the camera showing no signs of slowing, though capture was capped at 100 shots. In terms of write speeds, the Nikon put in a speedy performance, taking 1.4sec to record a single RAW file and 0.8sec for a Fine JPEG.

Verdict

The Nikon Coolpix A was able to team fast write speeds with great image quality, though for a price tag of £1000, we expecting more from its autofocus system.

Specification

  • Street price: £289 (As of July 2016)
  • Resolution: 16.2MP (4928x3264px)
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • Focal length: 18.5mm (28mm equivalent)
  • Aperture range: f/2.8-f/22
  • Shutter range: 30-1/2000sec & bulb
  • ISO range: 100-25,600
  • Monitor: 3in, 921k-dot LCD
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Dimensions: 111x64.3x 40.3mm (WxHxD)
  • Visit: www.nikon.co.uk

This review was first published in the June 2013 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.