Despite being a compact digital camera, the COOLPIX A is equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor, an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels, and the EXPEED 2 image-processing engine similar to those built into Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras.
The COOLPIX A delivers extraordinary image quality, high ISO sensitivity and minimized noise thanks to its large DX (23.6 x 15.6mm) CMOS sensor – the same sensor used in Nikon DSLRs.
Combined with the high resolution 16.2 megapixel DX CMOS sensor, the COOLPIX A adopts an image sensor unit designed without an optical low-pass filter to deliver exquisite detail and image quality.
High-performance image processor
Using the same image-processing engine found in Nikon D-SLR cameras, the COOLPIX A utilises EXPEED 2 for excellent image results. Working with the DX-format CMOS sensor, this image-processing engine handles image data with extraordinary speed and accuracy.
Ultra-compact NIKKOR lens
Designed exclusively for a slim, compact body, the Fixed 18.5mm f/2.8 lens NIKKOR lens features incredible optical performance in an ultra-compact configuration of seven elements in five groups to achieve the ultimate optical quality.
To capture fast-moving action, the COOLPIX A can continuously shoot up to 4 frames per second.
Ultra-compact NIKKOR lens comparable to D-SLR interchangeable lenses
Designed exclusively for a slim, compact body, this NIKKOR lens features incredible optical performance in an ultra-compact configuration of seven elements in five groups. Thanks to the lens-integrated camera body structure, the overall system – including the sensor and mechanical controls – has been optimized to achieve the ultimate optical quality.
The advantage of 18.5 mm* wide-angle coverage
The 18.5 mm* angle is excellent for most subjects, including landscape, architecture, documentary, close-up or candid shooting. The versatile wide-angle lens encourages your spontaneity, enabling you to instantly capture any moment that attracts your attention while still retaining your subjects’ natural expressions. You can also use the wide-angle advantage to emphasize the perspective for dramatic effects. Unlike zoom lenses, the fixed focal length ensures exceptional edge-to-edge optical performance. Wherever you go, whatever catches your eye, the COOLPIX A is ready to capture it beautifully.
* Equivalent to 28 mm in 35mm 135 format
Exceptional resolution, colour reproduction and bokeh
The COOLPIX A corrects and compensates for spherical aberration and coma to realize images comparable to those captured with D-SLR interchangeable lenses. The lens inside the COOLPIX A incorporates a seven-blade iris diaphragm. In addition to incredible detail at the focus points, employing an odd number of blades results in a beautiful, circular bokeh (background blur) effect.
Large sensor with 16.2 effective megapixels
Not only is the camera’s sensor 12.9 times as large as the 1/2.3-in. type found in conventional compact cameras, the DX-format CMOS sensor inside the COOLPIX A is also the same one used in Nikon D-SLR cameras, delivering the same extraordinary image quality, high ISO sensitivity and minimized noise as its larger-bodied brethren.
No optical low-pass filter for maximum sharpness
With a DX-format sensor designed without an optical low-pass filter, the COOLPIX A achieves consistently high levels of sharpness and image quality. Combine this with the camera’s superior lens resolution and you get truly breathtaking images.
Micro-lenses specifically designed for the COOLPIX A
Designed exclusively for this camera’s optical configuration, the COOLPIX A has micro-lenses above the sensor arranged to maximize the performance of the lens. The resulting images have natural, edge-to-edge sharpness.
High-performance image-processing engine
There is another important factor contributing to the camera’s incredible image quality: EXPEED 2. Using the same image-processing engine found in Nikon D-SLR cameras, the COOLPIX A utilizes EXPEED 2 for excellent image results. Working in concert with the DX-format CMOS sensor, this image-processing engine handles image data with extraordinary speed and accuracy, while efficiently managing to avoid generating excess heat.
Designed for an authentic feel
In addition to its high performance, fine optics and state-of-the-art internal mechanisms, the COOLPIX A is designed to convey Nikon’s exceptional standards by taking on the authentic look and feel of great photographic equipment.
Parts and controls
The buttons, dials and switches are all crafted to assure comfort in every operation. With manual options like focus ring adjustment, you wield precision control that can be useful when you want to inject your own creative intention into an image. What’s more, most of the operation system and the GUI are consistent with Nikon D-SLRs, so you can be confident using the COOLPIX A as a substitute for a D-SLR.
Robust metal frame
Built for endurance, the compact COOLPIX A body is encased in a tough aluminium alloy, with a top surface covered by magnesium alloy for true durability. With a leatherette grip and dials cut from a metal block, the COOLPIX A conveys the feeling of authentic photographic gear. This and a myriad other design details serve as valuable examples of Nikon’s unique heritage of craftsmanship.
7.5 cm/3-in., high-resolution, approx. 921k-dot LCD monitor
Featuring an integrated panel and glass structure, the large, high-resolution TFT LCD monitor remains viewable even in bright sunlight. The new structure minimizes internal reflections for clearer visibility, all while providing a wide viewing angle for more comfortable viewing. Surface reflection is reduced and light loss greatly decreased thanks to the integrated glass and panel structure.
You can control the COOLPIX A exposure options with the same operating system you have become accustomed to with your Nikon D-SLR camera. The Mode dial makes it easy to select among AUTO, P (with Program shift), S, A and M exposure control modes, as well as between two of your own personalized setting configurations: U1 and U2. Exposure compensation (+5 to -5 in 1/3 steps), AE lock and AE bracketing are also available.
Manual focus operation
In addition to autofocus operation, the COOLPIX A has a manual focus ring for when you want to take your creative intention into your own hands. This D-SLR style of creative control – the ability to alter the focus plane slightly forward or backward – can be especially beneficial with macro photography.
Full HD movie
With Full HD movie recording at 1920 × 1080/30p, you can shoot impressive movies utilizing the DX-format sensor. With beautiful bokeh and incredibly high image quality even at high ISO sensitivities, you can record exquisite and expressive movies that are only possible with DX format. The subject-tracking AF feature keeps even moving subjects in clear focus. The sound of movies is recorded in stereo. By connecting an HDMI cable, you can output the movie to external equipment for viewing on a large screen.
Continuous shooting at approx. 4 frames per second
To capture fast-moving action, the COOLPIX A can continuously shoot up to 4 frames per second*.
* Up to 26 shots when image size is set to L and image quality is set to NORMAL.
Conquer extreme lighting with Active D-Lighting
Reveal the details in both dark and light areas of high-contrast scenes. With Active D-Lighting, you can do it automatically. Set it either to Auto or select from several degrees of strength. Auto bracketing is also possible.
Choose from six settings: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Landscape and Portrait. When you desire further fine-tuning, you can manually adjust the sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. The settings can be saved for future use.
DF-CP1 Optical Viewfinder
Gives you more freedom in determining composition. It covers the angle of view of a 28 mm lens (35mm 135 format equivalent; frame coverage 90% at infinity).
Adapter Ring/Lens Hood
The UR-E24 Adapter Ring is used to attach on HN-CP18 lens hood and filters with a diameter of 46 mm available in the market. The HN-CP18 Lens Hood can prevent unwanted stray light from entering, thus minimizing lens flare.
When you want more power and creative capability than the built-in flash, try using one of Nikon’s range of optional Speedlights. Just a simple bounce flash technique – angling the flash to “bounce” light off a ceiling or nearby wall – can make a big difference to an image. Your subject and shooting scenario will be bathed in softer light, with less harsh, unnatural shadows that can occur with a direct flash. Bounce flash shots are just the beginning. See where a Nikon Speedlight can take your photography.
GP-1 GPS Unit
The COOLPIX A is compatible with the GP-1 GPS Unit for recording EXIF data regarding the latitude, longitude and altitude of your shooting locations and embedding this information into your image data. What’s more, online image sharing services like NIKNON IMAGE SPACE (Nikon’s new and improved image sharing and storage service website) and commercially available digital mapping software are all at your disposal, so you can share and enjoy your photography even more.
WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
With the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter connected, you can wirelessly transmit images taken by the COOLPIX A to a smart device* such as smartphone or tablet so that you can share your images via email or social networking services (SNS). What’s more, images can be taken by using a compatible smartphone or other smart device to release the camera shutter remotely from a distance while monitoring images in the smart device screen.
* This function requires installing a Wireless Mobile Utility to the smart device prior to use. This can be downloaded from the application store of each smart device (free).
Exclusive Nikon software – expand your creativity
Your Imaging Toolbox – ViewNX 2 (supplied) – This simple and intuitive software helps you get the most out of your images and movies after shooting. ViewNX 2 provides importing and browsing capability while also incorporating image-editing functions such as Resize, Brightness, Crop, Straighten and NEF (RAW) image processing. High-definition and high-quality RAW processing is achieved by utilizing the same processing algorithm as Capture NX 2 that faithfully reproduces Nikon image quality. Its movie-editing functions help you create your own original movies quickly and easily, and Nikon’s new and improved image sharing and storage service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE, works smoothly with ViewNX 2, allowing you to log in directly from the software for easy uploading without activating a browser.
Quick and simple image-editing software with intuitive operation – Capture NX 2 (optional)
Nikon’s RAW images (NEF: Nikon Electronic Format) maintain extremely rich data. Only Nikon’s Capture NX 2 can fully utilize this data with its optimized file format and software processing algorithms. With the enhanced speed of the algorithms, high-speed processing is achieved. This enables high-speed, stress-free editing even if the data size is large. Also, Capture NX 2 supports 64-bit (native) to realize a comfortable working environment. You can focus on editing with ease because it is possible to leave the original image intact with NEF editing. In addition to the intuitive and simple editing using Color Control Points, it incorporates various functions such as Auto Retouch brush, Batch Processing, Quick Fix, Straighten Tool, Vignette Control, Auto Color Aberration Control and Distortion Control.
Note: For further details of the latest version or operating environment, please visit Nikon’s website.
Other great features:
- 7.5 cm/3-in., high-resolution, approx. 921k-dot LCD monitor with an integrated panel and glass structure for clear visibility even in bright sunlight
- 14-bit RAW (NEF) file format support with in-camera processing
- Wide ISO sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 6400; expandable to “Hi 2” (ISO 25600 equivalent)
- Full HD (1080p) movie with stereo sound
- Performance-proven Active D-Lighting
- Continuous shooting at up to 4 frames per second
- Electronic virtual horizon and a convenient grid display
|Product name||COOLPIX A|
|Type||Compact digital camera|
|Number of effective pixels||16.2 million|
|Image sensor||23.6 x 15.6 mm Nikon DX format CMOS; approx. 16.93 million total pixels|
|Lens||NIKKOR lens 18.5 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 28 mm lens in 35mm 135 format) f/2.8|
|Autofocus (AF)||Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity; approx. 10 cm (4 in.) to infinity in macro autofocus mode. All distances measured from center of front surface of lens.|
|Monitor||7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, TFT LCD with a wide viewing angle, anti-reflection coating, and 9-level brightness adjustment|
|Storage||SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards Still pictures: JPEG, RAW (NEF; a proprietary Nikon format)
Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: Linear stereo PCM)
|Image size (pixels)||L (4928 x 3264)
M (3696 x 2448)
S (2464 x 1632)
|Shooting Modes||Auto, Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Party/indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn Colors, Food, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key), P, S, A, M, User Settings (U1, U2)|
|Continuous Shooting||The camera takes photographs at about 4 frames per second (fps) while the shutter-release button is pressed all the way down.|
|Movie||1080(fine)/30p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, 1080(fine)/25p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 25 fps, 1080/25p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 25 fps, 1080(fine)/24p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 24 fps, 1080/24p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 24 fps, 720(fine)/30p: 1280 x 720/approx. 30 fps, 720/30p: 1280 x 720/approx. 30 fps, 720(fine)/25p: 1280 x 720/approx. 25 fps, 720/25p: 1280 x 720/approx. 25 fps, 720(fine)/24p: 1280 x 720/approx. 24 fps, 720/24p: 1280 x 720/approx. 24 fps|
|ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity)||ISO 100 – 3200; can be adjusted using ISO sensitivity to 6400, Hi 0.3 (ISO 8000 equivalent), Hi 0.7 (ISO 10000 equivalent), Hi 1 (ISO 12800 equivalent), and Hi 2 (ISO 25600 equivalent)|
|Exposure||Matrix, center-weighted, or spot|
|Exposure||Programmed auto with flexible program, shutter priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual with exposure bracketing and exposure compensation (±5 EV [photos] or ±2 EV [movies] in steps of 1/3 EV)|
|Shutter||Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter|
|Aperture||Electronically-controlled 7-blade iris diaphragm|
|Self-timer||Choose from durations of approximately 20, 10, 5, and 2 seconds|
|Built-in flash||Approx. 0.5 – 11.5 m/1 ft 8 in. – 37 ft (mode auto, auto ISO)|
|Flash exposure compensation||-3 – +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV|
|Accessory shoe||ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock|
|HDMI output||Can be selected from Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i|
|I/O terminal||Digital connector (USB)
HDMI mini connector (Type C)
|Supported languages||Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish|
|Power sources||One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20 (supplied)
AC Adapter EH-5b; requires Power Connector EP-5C (available separately)
|Battery life *1||Approx. 230 shots with EN-EL20|
|Tripod socket||1/4 (ISO 1222)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||Approx. 111.0 x 64.3 x 40.3 mm (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.6 in.), excluding projections|
|Weight||Approx. 299 g (10.6 oz), including battery and memory card|
|Supplied accessories||Camera strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20 (with terminal cover), Battery Charger MH-27, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, USB Cable UC-E16, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, Reference Manual (CD-ROM)|
|Optional accessories||Power Connector EP-5C, AC Adapter EH-5b, Optical Viewfinder DF-CP1, Wireless Remote Control ML-L3, Remote Cord MC-DC2, GPS Unit GP-1, Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a, Capture NX 2|
“All hail the new king of cams: a compact snapper with a DSLR spec. It won’t suit every wallet, but it will fit in – and class up – any pocket.”
Editor’s Choice Award & 8.4 Rating. “The APS-C sensor puts this camera in a league of its own, and the Nikkor lens delivers sharp and detailed images time and time again.”
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Sydney Morning Herald
“If you’re a dab hand at photography, the COOLPIX A can produce photos that are nothing short of phenomenal.”
“Nikon has stepped up its involvement in high-end fixed-lens compact cameras with the introduction of the COOLPIX A.”
Scored 8.3/10. “Small enough to slip into a jacket pocket, it appears to have the same Nikon-designed CMOS sensor as the respected D7000… Video quality was generally very good and we were quite impressed by the clips we shot at the Vivid Sydney Festival.”
Australian Financial Review
“The Coolpix A is a new type of high-quality compact camera designed for people who don’t want to sacrifice image quality for the sake of portability.”
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The COOLPIX A is available in stores with a 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty.