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Make every moment a masterpiece.

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Meet the new flagship of the COOLPIX Advanced Performance collection, the COOLPIX A, a one-of-a-kind Nikon camera that produces high-resolution photos and Full HD 1080p videos in a class of their own. The COOLPIX A is exceptional in every aspect. For exceptional image quality, it employs a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, the same type used in our outstanding DX-format D-SLR cameras, but in a compact body.  For exceptional clarity and low-light performance, it features one of the most impressive NIKKOR lenses we've ever put on a COOLPIX camera. For exceptional versatility, it's compatible with many Nikon accessories like a Wi-Fi adapter that lets you instantly share your photos. Simply put, the COOLPIX A produces the kind of photos and videos that will leave your dazzled friends and family asking, "What kind of camera do you have?"
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Create D-SLR quality images

Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor for the ultimate COOLPIX image quality and low-light performance

At the heart of the COOLPIX A is a high-performance Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor, the same size sensor used in Nikon DX-format D-SLRs! Achieve the ultimate COOLPIX image quality—breathtaking crystal-clear photos and Full HD videos with vibrant colors and rich textures—and shoot without a flash in some of the most poorly lit situations.
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Expand your capabilities and creativity

A complete camera system adds variety to your photos

The COOLPIX A includes a full-size accessory shoe that’s compatible with many exciting Nikon accessories. Frame your pictures up close by adding an optical viewfinder. Minimize flare caused by direct sunlight and get clearer photos with better contrast using a Lens Hood. An array of accessories helps you do that, plus take control of light, fire the camera remotely, geotag your shots and more! Add accessories to easily customize your camera system and cater to your unique needs.

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Share to your compatible smartphone or tablet

Compatible with the WU-1a wireless mobile adapter for anytime, anywhere sharing

Connect the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and wirelessly transfer photos to your compatible smartphone, tablet or any Wi-Fi® enabled device. Use your compatible smartphone or tablet to instantly upload your shots to the web or email them to a friend. Or, remotely control the COOLPIX A—see what the camera sees from your smartphone or tablet and fire off shots!
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Record superior videos

1080p Full HD videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies

If you want a compact camera that shoots stunning Full HD videos, the COOLPIX—delivers. 1080p Full HD means exceptional video quality. Record the action, then use an optional HDMI cable to connect to an HDTV and watch your videos come alive. A built-in mic records high-quality audio in stereo. Your videos will look and sound phenomenal.
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Take control of your vision

Full manual control and RAW (NEF) capability for additional flexibility

The COOLPIX A takes exceptional images on its own, but when you want to take control, you can. Select from Programmed, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual mode and bring your vision to life. For those who want to record the purest, unmodified versions of their photos, the COOLPIX A can record in RAW (NEF) mode.
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Superior low-light performance

The COOLPIX A's highly sensitive CMOS image sensor performs so well in low-light situations that in most cases, using the flash is optional. Capture the moment without interrupting it.
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Sharp subjects and softly blurred backgrounds

The COOLPIX A features a truly superb lens, a fixed (prime) 28mm** f/2.8 NIKKOR glass lens. Create tack-sharp wide-angle images with beautifully blurred backgrounds, and enjoy enhanced low-light performance compared to a typical zoom lens.

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Shutter speed Aperture Focal length Exposure mode Sensitivity White balance Picture control Image quality
1/5 second f/5 18.5 mm Aperture-Priority ISO 100 Auto1, 0, 0 [MC] MONOCHROME Compressed RAW (14-bit)
Note: This image was taken in RAW and converted to JPEG with Nikon Capture NX 2 software
Photographer: Mike Lopez


WI-FI COMPATIBILITY

This camera's Wi-Fi® capability using the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
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**18.5mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 28 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)

† Sensor comparison between leading smartphone image sensor (approx. 4.5 x 3.4mm) and Nikon DX image sensor (approx. 23.6 x 15.6mm) as of March 1, 2013.

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Collector's item I was waiting for a pocket camera with pro performance for a long time. Carrying around D800 with heavy lenses was not very enjoyable during travel and vacations. On display over the shelf Nikon A , looked very similar to P300 and other coolpix cameras. That was the only reason I hesitated for few months before trying it out. Once in hands it feels different and solid. Operation is simple for Nikon users. Yes, eye piece is missing but but overall shooting experience is pleasant and quick. I have assigned one function button to instantly change between photo and movie release options. Obviously people who will buy this camera are those who only care about quality of images and solidity of build. Believe me the images produced are so good that sometimes I have to check the photo info to see wether it is really taken by Nikon A or a DSLR . This is enough as a quality marker for me to respect this great camera. This is truly a collector item for Nikon lovers...... May 26, 2014
A pocket full of gold Over the last few years I have become a real fan on Nikon's Pro-Level "P" series Coolpix camera's #owning the P7000 & P7100# I was preparing to upgrade again when last spring Nikon introduced the Coolpix A to say the least I was intrigued & set upon my quest to save a "pocket full of gold" to purchase it be cause no... it's not a cheap camera, but lets open the box and see what we are greeted with... A magnificent small, rugged, virtually all metal Nikon camera body that is actually made in Japan. You may ask how small? well its slightly smaller than a iPhone 4 and about double the thickness. That means this thing goes easy in to virtually any pocket #except blue jeans# this is what I always desired from a modern point and shoot, if only it could take great pictures.... Oh boy can it take great pictures, Images are SUPER sharp and crisp edge to edge thanks to the removal of the optical low-pass filter the colors are stunning and low light ISO #up to 1600# is superb. The menu's & controls are pure Nikon & if you love them #like I do# you will feel right at home even coming over from a DSLR. I was a little nervous with the fixed effective 28mm #DX crop# lens coverage but after taking it out and using it for what it is designed for I am now very comfortable with the field of view. You see this is your travel camera, your street scene camera, your it's 95 degrees and I don't want to carry my D800 all day at the state fair camera, yes for portraits you are going to have approach your subject sometimes #although the 16.2 MP sensor gives you plenty to crop# Is the camera perfect? no, my biggest gripe thus far is the pop up flash if you are 6ft away from your subject you might just get her illuminated... The pop up worked fine on the P7000/7100 I think the 18mm lens is too wide for it #thankfully my SB400 works great with it# I've heard complaints the auto-focus is too slow, I'll say it is as fast as my P7100 perhaps for twice the price it could be faster but no complaints from me. Could it use a viewfinder? and a 2.0 lens? sure but the addition of these would require a larger body & what you really are buying with this camera is a small highly evolved point & shoot that fits easily in your pocket while you are out, and delivers quality images with no regrets. Love the camera for what it is and every time you pull it out you will realize you have a pocket full of gold January 29, 2014
Impressed and addicted I have been doing photography for over 35 years and that makes puts me in the generation of photographers who do not believe in "spray and hope" strategy. Instead, every shot is planned, contemplated, and deliberate; and Nikon Coolpix A gives me that control. My primary equipment is comprised of a Nikon D7100, a D600 (soon to be replaced with a D610), an Olympus XZ-1, and now for about three months a Nikon Coolpix A. With the exception of its name I love everything about this camera. It is a simple yet powerful camera that gives tremendous control and when needed full automation. I love its 28mm (35mm equivalent) focal length. It captures almost everything that is within my peripheral focus and its bright f/2.8 aperture allows for great low light photography without raising the ISO. Overall, image quality is exceptional and noise is nonexistent up to ISO 400. The focus system is 95% right-on and locks in quickly; macro focussing is also very fast and accurate. I recommend this camera to anyone who uses a Nikon DSLR or is considering a Leica X2 or even a Sony RX100. I have tried both and though I absolutely love Leica's menu system, I found that the overall quality and colors of the images are on the par. Leica is perhaps a bit sharper than the Sony and just an iota better than the Nikon. Check out the samples below. Cheers! October 28, 2013
Excellent My camera was repaired and returned quickly, thank you for the great service. I was very happily surprised! October 25, 2013
Coolpix A - The future is here. This is the best camera that can fit in a shirt pocket. Anything better does not fit. The DX sensor is perfectly matched with the approximately 28 mm 35 mm equivalent lens which is the real gem. It is obvious that Nikon focused on the professional photographer or enthusiast that wants something that is portable, yet still shoots like a DSLR. While not as flexible as Nikon's entry level DSLR, you would be hard pressed to match the image quality. I am looking forward to the Coolpix B - 50 and Coolpix B - 85 to supplement this Coolpix A - 28. It would be nice to choose the focal length - I would probably buy two or three. September 25, 2013
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Does this camera allow custom file naming and enable the user to embed copyright information?

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I shoot events and I am interested in this as a second camera.
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I merely placed my email and a copyright 2014 in the comment section. I know Photoshop can be set to have actions dependent on the serial number. I will try this next. I use Photoshop CS and plan to edit in RAW, my use of the import function is limited but I isolate each camera into its own folder and then name actions can be used.
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I am sorry, the coolpix A does not have a feature for custom file naming or copyright information.
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You answered that the D7100 allowed custom file naming and copyright information, but my question was about the Coolpix A.
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Yes, the D7100 allows custom file naming as well as copyright information.
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Can the built in flash of the CoolPix A be used in command mode to control Nikons Speedlites?

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I have used small speed lights set to reduced power to trigger both studio and pole mounted flash units. I have worked within all cameras limitations since 1965, any Nikon except the D400 has an AA mode opening up the use of old outdated non digital flash units. And with the movement to continuous LED lights, for both stills and movies what is the problem. My real use is to avoid carrying the D7100 and a 18-200 lens for shooting cars for Web Pages. This camera is perfect for that. I what high quality raw files in a camera that fits in my pocket.
 
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No, the Coolpix A does not have a commander mode.
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No, there is not a commander mode on the Coolpix A.
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What is the shutter lag time for this camera?

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Is there a "warm up" time before the shutter will fire or is it almost instantaneous like the DSLRs?
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I am an owner of the Coolpix A. Turning the power on extends the lens immediately and the camera is ready to snap. I'd say the process takes less than 3 seconds.
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The shutter lag time is not part of the published specifications for the COOLPIX A. However, the COOLPIX A utilizes an EXPEED 2 image-processing engine and handles image data with extraordinary speed and accuracy, while efficiently managing to avoid generating excess heat. Additionally, the COOLPIX A's Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter is highly responsive and 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.
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What is maximum aperture range

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The manual alludes to an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/22 (page 55).
In the specs, page 246, it says it has an aperture adjustment range of 19 steps of 1/3 EV which is a weird way of stating the aperture range. Anyway, that probably means it has a range of f/2.8 to f/22. Depending on how you interpret "steps", it could be f/2.8 to f/25.
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The Maximum aperture of the Coolpix A is f/2.8. The focal length of the lens is fixed at 18.5mm (angle of view equivalent to that of a 28mm lens in 35mm, or FX format).
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Hood and Filter Adapter

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Okay, I just purchased the Viewfinder and the Hood and Filter adapter for my Coolpix A.
I know that it says 46 mm filters required. What filters, brand of filters, type of filters might be best for this camera for a variety of shooting circumstances in accordance with the camera's capabilities.
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I own the Coolpix A plus the viewfinder and the hood/filter accessories. I carry a UV (Multi-Coated), set of ND filters, and a circular polarizer.
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Nikon does not currently produce any 46mm filters for the COOLPIX A but there are many third party filters of this size available on the market. While we cannot offer advice or support on third party products, you may want to refer to this have this article Nikonusa.com that discusses the effects of various types of filters:
https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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Capture NX2 can't read the NEF files

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is there a minimum version for Capture NX2 in order to read the raw files from Coolpix A? a version of capture nx2 prior to the fabrication of Coolpix A should read its nef ?
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a work around for old versions of CNX is to change the header of the nef file, where the camera model is mentioned. For instance, one can use exiftool to change the header model into D300, D700, etc, and the capture nx will read it.
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Make sure you have the latest version installed, 2.4.5, which supports the Coolpix A
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Can any of the wide angle converters be made to work with the Coolpix A?
 
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The WC-E68 was originally made for the Nikon Cooplix 5000. It can be found on the used market. The UR-E24 is threaded to mount the WC-E68 wide converter. I have tried this combination and it does work successfully to give you a super-wide view. There is some curvature distortion, though you can correct that in some post processing software. This is not an official Nikon approved combination, but if you want a fun super-wide solution, this combination will work. Autofocus works properly with the wide converter in place too.
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There are no wide angle converters for the COOLPIX A. UR-E24/HN-CP18 set is two items, The UR-E24 is a filter adapter and the HN-CP18 is a lens hood. They come in a set, are made from aluminum and are black in color. Minimize flare caused by direct sunlight and get clearer photos with better contrast using a Lens Hood.
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Does this have a low-pass filter?

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What does the camera look like with the UR-E24 adapter and HN-CP18 hood installed?

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Please post top/side/front photos with this option and the hood installed on the camera. (Black and Silver both if possible.)
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At the present time we do not have an official image showing the COOLPIX A with the HP-C18 Lens Hood and UR-E24 adapter attached. However, detailed information on the COOLPIX A, its features and accessories can be found here:
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/coo...
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Is this a fixed 2.8 thru the entire focal range??

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there is no focal range, it's a prime lens f=18.5mm !!
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