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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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Smart Portrait System
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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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Keeping LCD turned off while shooting

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Greetings,

I'm a street photographer and I have two questions related to street photography:

1-Is there a way to keep the LCD turned off while shooting, for discreet street photography and when we use the external OVF?

2-Is there any focusing distance scale display in camera user interface for zone focusing?

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The LCD cannot be turn off while shooting. A distance scale is displayed on the screen when using manual focus.
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If no firmware is listed then there is no update available for the camera.
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How do I zoom to take a closer Picture with my Coolpix A

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You can't, the Coolpix A has a fixed focal length lens.
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Has Nikon topped producing the lens hood for the CooPix A (HN-CP18)? I can't seem to find one anywhere.

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At this time we do not have the HN-CP18 len hood available at the Nikon Store. However, authorized dealers such as B&H, and Adorama appears to have it in stock. Please check with one of these dealers.
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Where can I purchase a 8.5x11 Nikon Coolpix A manual?

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You can't but you can print your own :
https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18297/~/reference-manual---coolpix-a
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High Speed movies

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I'm looking for a Camera/camcorder that can shoot 200+ fps at 640x480 or better.
Clear images, not blurry.
Can be $3000 or less.
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The COOLPIX A is capable of shooting video at the following settings:
Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 25p
HD: 1280x720p / 30fps
HD: 1280x720p / 24fps
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Point and Shoot with View Finder and zoom greater than x8

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P510 and P520. You should be more concern about the actual focal length of the lens and what the camera is capable of instead of something like 8x which is just a marketing term.
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Why doesn't this camera have a zoom feature? Are there attachments for zooming?

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The COOLIX A was designed and meant to be the way it is. There is no accessory attachment for zooming the lens. The focal length of the lens is fixed at 18.5 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 28 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
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Video start and stop

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When I use a Sandisk Ultra 10 memory card the video starts and stops during playback, why?
The camera is a Coolpix S8100.
Thank you.
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Please contact Nikon Support from the link below for assistance.
https://support.nikonusa.com
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my camra has no power or does not come on

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push on button and nothing happens tried to charge it no result.
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Try a different battery
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Can the monitor be shutoff when using the viewfinder in the hotshot?

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The COOLPIX A monitor cannot be turned off while the accessory Optical Viewfinder is in use.
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is it simple to use for an Amateur who does not know much about photography but wants quality pictures?

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In auto or anyone of the scene modes it is very easy to use. It has a
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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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Is Nikon planning any firmware updates and/or and electronic viewfinder for the Coolpix A?

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The Coolpix A's firmware has not been updated--which makes me think that Nikon is going to stop manufacturing this camera; I hope it will continue to be manufactured. As for updates, I would love to see support for the SB-N5. Also, an electronic viewfinder would be very helpful in composition and macro/lowlight shooting.
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Nikon cannot speculate about future products or firmware updates until official information is announced on our web site: www.nikonusa.com
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Hyperfocal distance setting for focus in manual?

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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 range is f/2.8-f/22
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case the front element of the lens becomes scratched very quickly due to the blades. Can you confirm that this problem will not happen with the Coolpix A ?
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