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Nikon Coolpix A unleashed: Is this the ultimate compact camera?

The Gadget Show  Tuesday 05 March 2013

Nikon Coolpix A unleashed: Is this the ultimate compact camera?

Photo giant Nikon’s unveiled a trio of brand new Coolpix cameras today, but it’s the Nikon Coolpix A that’s captured our attention with its DSLR-worthy photo skills that slip right into your pocket. Is this the ultimate compact camera?

In the last few years, there’s been a big trend towards cameras that squeeze large sensors into tiny bodies, and now Nikon is taking the lead with its tiny Coolpix A. The camera maker’s crammed a large, DX-format 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor as well as a zippy EXPEED 2 image processing engine into a body that’s just 4.4-inches wide, 2.6-inches tall and a mere 1.6-inches thick – and it just weighs 300g. That’s a lot of camera in not a lot of space.

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How’s Nikon pulled it off? Well, Nikon has strapped on a 18.5mm prime lens with an f/2.8 aperture which means you won’t be able to zoom and shots will always be taken at a wide-angle – but many would take that compromise instead of slugging around a massive DSLR.

On the outside of the Nikon Coolpix A, you’ll find a range of body controls on the back and a pop-up dashboard menu on the LCD for you to fiddle around with. There’s also a hotshoe on top that lets you snap on an optional viewfinder or even bigger-flash if the pop-up isn’t good enough, and it comes in either a smart black or classy silver.

There’s just one catch: the price starts at a cool £999.99 when the Coolpix A hits retail later this month. Worth it? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below!

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adrian herbert

This looks like a great little camera. I will certainly test it although agree the opening price looks high. It might be worth waiting a few months in the hope of the price dropping.

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