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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?"
ISO 6400
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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.

COOLPIX A 4.4 5 10 10
The best compact digital camera I have ever used This is the best compact digital camera I have ever used, and I'm using it for both professional and personal use. I removed the neck strap because It's small and fits in my back pocket. This way it's always with me every time I leave the house. The fact that it's small means that it draws less attention, which is valuable if you wish to be a "fly on the wall" when shooting people. The camera starts up with almost no delay, just the time needed to open and extend the lens. Image quality is amazing, very sharp, excellent color rendition, and the file size is more than enough for reproduction double-page in a magazine. Auto focus is very fast and there is hardly a delay in the time between squeezing the shutter button and making the exposure. For no delay whatsoever, I often use manual focus, preset to about 3 meters, then with the lens stopped down to f8 or smaller, everything is in focus until infinity. I love the fact that the camera can capture in RAW format, or jpeg if you prefer. There's a lot of in-camera editing and color correction functions that I've played with a bit, but need to learn more about that at some point. The Coolpix A feels solid and robust because it's mostly metal, not plastic. I'm also using the optional viewfinder attached on top. I would definitely recommend this camera. August 6, 2013
Amazing quality in a compact body! DSLR like controls and quality in a compact package. It feels nice in your hands and easy to carry around. With a small body it's less invasive when you shoot. I would recommend anyone who was considering this model to quickly go to your local camera shop and try it out. 28mm wide angle with a F2.8 lens makes it easy to use in many situation. High iso looks smooth and if you want to bump it up even more just shoot it in B&W. Only downside to this camera is that it carries the Coolpix name. For what it's worth the Coolpix A should be in it's own category. August 14, 2013
Excellent images, but still falls short You cannot argue with the great picture quality of the camera. It's the lens that makes all the difference. And the operation is fast. But once you get past these basics, you make a lot of trade-offs. The camera desperately needs an optical viewfinder. A camera like this should of had one. You can get an optional viewfinder, buts it's another $450 more. Image stabilization...there isn't any. Again, when you think of the uses of this camera, low light especially, this is another missing piece. The LCD is not very bright and hard to use in sunlight outdoors. Cannot adjust it. Indoors it works fine. The minimum f-stop is 2.8. Again, given what it is used for, f2 would have been a lot better. And it's what Nikon's competitors offer. Even the iPhone 5 is faster. The camera has many metal pieces, but it still feels like a regular point and shoot. I'm trying to walk the fence here because the operation and images of the camera are quite good. It just seems like you are paying a serious premium for quality and size, and it might just be worth the wait for the Coolpix a2 to fix some of these issues. Peter W August 13, 2013
Excellent, but only in parts. I really liked the idea of the Coolpix A - a large DX sensor in a very tiny body with no OLPF on the sensor promises go any where ability with DSLR image quality, even in low light. So how did it go? Well, only partially successful. The camera has stunning image quality in good light, with tons of detail; and it is very obvious that the lens is super sharp. Perfect for some serious enlargements. In these conditions, the AF is generally fast and the camera works very well. It is also obvious that the build quality is exceptional for a compact camera, like it's machined out of a solid block of metal, similar to how an an old Leica feels. Mine had taken a fall, surviving without issue, so it is obviously a very durable camera. However things drop off significantly in low light. At ISO3200, which we use a lot for shooting indoors, image quality is not that great, and often the shots aren't usable above and beyond basic family snaps. It is better than most compacts in this regards though not that much ahead of my mother in law's Coolpix P330, and it certainly isn't better than our older D90. Compared to the D600, its way behind. The above would be usable if the fill in flash worked well, but its an utter disaster. It always over exposes people and always looks awful, especially on any mode other than full auto. On full auto its OK, but no better than a $99 cheap digital camera. The Fuji X100 is much better here. The other issue, which is common with many other Nikon cameras, is that the auto white balance doesn't handle incandescent light well. You need to manually set it, and even then you need to set a manual setting on the PRE function under heavy yellow light. Overall, this camera has so much potential, but falls short in a couple key areas. This Coolpix A could have been great, but as it stands, its just reasonably good. November 23, 2013
Not worth the money! I am a pro photographer. Really was hoping for a decent point and shoot to carry around with out the need for a heavy pro cam. This camera has trouble catching proper focus on people. There is no dedicated video record button. You have to go through the menu process to switch it on and off which is slow and clumsy. Just overall not worth the price tag! December 16, 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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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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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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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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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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