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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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Clear Color Display
Smart Portrait System
Subject Tracking
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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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High Resolution and Close-up (Macro) Point and Shoot The price of the Nikon Coolpix A has been significantly reduced, making it a very good value for those who appreciate the combination of high resolution (an APS-C sensor), optical excellence, and a very small camera body. This camera also performs brilliantly as a macro device. The Pomeranian dog photo below was taken at a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second, an aperture of f/2.8, an ISO of 280, Auto White Balance, and Matrix Metering. November 29, 2014
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
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As this camera allows manual focusing, It would be quite handy to know the "Hyperfocal" setting distance for each f-stop. That way one could leave it on manual focus, and be assured that infinity, and as close as possible distance, would always be set. As this setting changes with each f-stop, would you please state it for all f-stop settings?
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H = f 2 / ( F x CoC )
So, 28x28=784, 8x.020=.16 784 divided by .16= 4900mm, so at f/8 the hyperfocal length is 4.9 meters
H=hyperfocal length, "f" is focal length, F is aperture.COC is circle of confusion which is .020 for DX format sensor.
You will have to calculate each f stop as Nikon doesn't publish a chart.
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Aperture

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Aperture range is f/2.8-f/22
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How quietly does this camera operate? Is is nearly silent like other compact cameras?

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Both the beep and the shutter sound on the COOLPIX A can be turned off in the Setup Menu, making camera operation nearly silent.
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how long (time) can you record a movie?

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The maximum recording time for a single move is 29 minutes when normal quality is selected, and 20 minutes when the highest quality is selected and the file size is about 4GB.
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Does the Nikon A have anti-shake feature?

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No. Coolpix A does not have an anti-shake feature.
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Coolpix A: Panoramic feature? Yes? No?

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The Coolpix A does not have a built in panoramic feature. However, Panorama maker software is included with the camera.
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The COOLPIX A does not zoom. It has a fixed focal length of 18.5mm with an angle of view equivalent to that of 28 mm lens in 35mm [135] format.
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How much time is required to re-cycle between shutter releases?

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Its takes less than a second. Just make sure your memory card write speed is able to keep up with the camera or you will have to wait.
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Are my Nikon Speedlights compatible with the COOLPIX A?

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The flash system integrates with i-TTL system so you can use your existing Nikon Speedlights.
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Both the beep and the shutter sound on the COOLPIX A can be turned off in the Setup Menu, making camera operation nearly silent.
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Does the COOLPIX A allow you to manually focus?

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The A has a finely crafted manual focus ring which allows you to precisely control focus on your subject.
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Can I make adjustments to my RAW (NEF) files in camera?

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With RAW (NEF) in camera processing, you can make adjustments on the fly without a computer.
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Is there any adapter to extra lens?

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I'm missing zoom and changing lens...
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The COOLPIX A was designed with a fixed focal length lens. At this time Nikon does not have any adapter that can be use to add an additional lens to the COOLPIX A.
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IS this camera sealed and dustproof?

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I'm going to Burning Man in the dusty Nevada desert and need a dustproof camera to take with me. IS this it?
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Nikon COOLPIX A is not dust-proof. Nikon dust-proof cameras are: S30, S31, A100, and AW110. The cameras operating temperature is 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
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How do I set the camera to take one photo in black in white and an identical photo in color?

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The COOLPIX A can shoot in black in white by changing the picture controls when in P,S,A, or M. The COOLPIX A offers six picture controls.
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Could the Continuous exposure mode be used as an intervelometer for time-lapse work?

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The Coolpix A has a built-in intervalometer that allows you to select your start time, the length of each interval (up to 24 hours apart) and the number of intervals (up to 999). You can use the intervalometer on the Coolpix A in either Single or Continous shooting mode but it will only take a single frame per interval.

When you shoot continuously on the Coolpix A the camera takes photos at about 4 fps while the shutter release button is pressed down. You could create a time-lapse effect using photos shot in this mode, but it would require you to be with the camera during the duration of the shooting. Using the Interval Timer shooting option allows you to set up the COOLPIX A and leave it to shoot on its own.

More info on the COOLPIX A's Interval Timer shooting option can be found starting on page 127 of the COOLPIX A manual. The COOLPIX A manual can be found here:
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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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