Nikon Coolpix A review

The Nikon Coolpix A is the brand's latest high-end compact camera

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Nikon Coolpix A review

For

  • Design and build
  • Superb picture quality
  • Good battery life

Against

  • Slow auto focus
  • Steep price tag
  • No manual overide close-up

The Nikon Coolpix A is the brand's latest high-end compact camera and is also the smallest compact to feature a DX-format CMOS sensor

The Nikon Coolpix A is a fixed lens high-end compact with also happens to feature the same sensor as the Nikon D7000 DSLR - so it packs a lot of imaging power in a pint-sized chassis. Set to go head to head with the likes of the Fujifilm X100S, the Leica X2, the Sony RX1 and the Canon G1 X - the new Coolpix A will definitely appeal to fans of street photography.

Nikon Coolpix A: Size and build

The palm-sized snapper sports a metal chassis which gives the camera a premium look and feel, although the design is slightly more straightforward than the charmingly retro Fujifilm X100S. We especially like the raised, textured grip on the front of the camera which, combined with the thumb grip on the back means that there's plenty to hold onto.

Nikon Coolpix A: Features

The Coolpix A sports a 28mm f/2.8 equivalent lens which extends from the casing when the camera is powered up. However, this is strictly a fixed lens - there's no zoom on board.

Sporting the 16.2-megapixel APS-C sensor that features in the brand's D7000 DSLR and the Expeed 2 processing engine, the Coolpix A certainly packs a punch when it comes to picture processing. The optical lowpass filter has also been dropped from the sensor which, in theory, should make for sharper results on your snaps.

However, there's no getting round the fact that this is the previous generation tech - it's a shame that the A doesn't include the newer processor found on the the D7100 or the Expeed 3 processing engine.

Nikon Coolpix A: Controls

Controls include a manual focus ring around the lens along with various customisable function buttons. You'll also find a switch on the left-hand side for toggling between auto focus, manual focus and macro mode.

Nikon Coolpix A: Picture quality

The initial test shots that we reeled off looked good, although we found the auto focus to be rather on the slow side - we'd expect it to be a little more zippy at this price.

Nikon Coolpix A: Verdict

Street photographers with cash to spare will no doubt be reeled in by the Nikon Coolpix A's charms, although it is quite pricey compared to some of its rivals. Our first impressions were generally good but we'll you know more as soon as we've had time to give it a thorough test. Stay tuned for a full review.

Nikon Coolpix A release date: Out now

Nikon Coolpix A price: £1000

What is a hands on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view.

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