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Nikon Coolpix A Premium Pocket Camera

Nikon Coolpix A DX-Format Pocket Camera

The Coolpix A is Nikon’s more reasonable answer to Sony’s RX1 full-frame compact camera. The Coolpix A has a 16-megapixel DX-format (APS-C) sensor – comparable to what you’d get in a DSLR like the Nikon D7000 or D5100. The lens is an 18.5mm f/2.8 fixed Nikkor prime (28mm equivalent). And of course, the Coolpix A has PASM manual exposure modes and can shoot NEF RAW. The Coolpix A is perfect for photographers who lust after the Sony RX1 but not the $2800 price tag. Plus – the Coolpix A will actually fit in your pocket.

Why is it better than a Smart Phone?
The Coolpix A has an actual DSLR sensor, an f/2.8 Nikkor prime lens, and it fits in your pocket. Not convinced? Put an Eye-Fi card in it and you can share your Coolpix A photos from your phone, anytime, anywhere.

Learn More About the Nikon Coolpix A >>

  • MSRP: $1099
  • 16.2-megapixel DX-format (APS-C) CMOS sensor
  • 18.5mm f/2.8 Nikkor prime lens (28mm equivalent)
  • 1920 x 1080 full HD video
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100-6400, expandable to ISO 25,600
  • 3-inch LCD display
  • Shooting modes: PASM manual modes, auto and scene modes
  • 12 or 14-bit uncompressed NEF RAW
  • Max burst rate: 4 frames per second
  • Pop-up flash
  • Flash hot shoe

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • James Felbab says:

    Apprarently you missed this.


    For the majority of photographs taken every day, the cameras are way more advanced than the photographers. It’s really not all about the latest and best gear. What it’s really about is whats behind the gear. That could/should be your next article,IMO. Something like “How the top 10 photographers can use a smartphone to create stunning photos.” Or, “Top ten tips to make you a better photographer.” Good photographers don’t come out of a shrink wrapped box and never will. Photography is a skill and you can’t buy that skill with the latest and greatest $$$ camera. And, yes, the best camera is the one you have with you. I don’t carry around my cameras and lenses wherever I go but I do have my phone with me at all times. I’m not inclined to carry my P&S cameras as well as a phone so if/when the need arises the phone does an admirable job of capturing the moment.

    I read that the top selling camera in the world is the smartphone. Nothing else even comes close. That being the case, why not work on helping these smartphone users become better photographers. Once they realize the smartphones limitations they might be inclined to move up to a more advanced camera but it is not all about gear.

    Here are four points that are irrefutable.
    A poor photographer with a poor camera = a poor photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a poor photo.
    A great photographer with a poor camera = a great photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a great photo.

  • James Felbab says:

    That last point should have read… A great photographer with a great camera – a great photo.

  • susanne says:

    need advice: my husband has recently retired &, shall we say, not retiring well. Many years ago, he was an excellent semi-pro photographer. I’d like to find a good digital camera to get him interested in life again. We are an a very limited income (SS only). Any suggestions where I could start?

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