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Nikon Coolpix A review

DSLR quality from a compact camera

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Nikon Coolpix A with the Canon G1 X, Fuji X100S, Sigma DP1 and Sony RX100.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon Coolpix A review

This chart shows that the Nikon Coolpix A's JPEG files have a more impressive signal to noise ratio than those from the Canon G1 X and Sony RX100 at lower sensitivities, but fall behind after ISO 400. They beat those from the Sigma DP1 at every ISO setting, but sit below the Fuji X100S throughout the sensitivity range. The Nikon is the only camera in this group to go right up to ISO 25600, too.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Nikon Coolpix A review

Signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon Coolpix A are much more impressive, sitting above the Fuji X100S and Sigma DP1 throughout the sensitivity range, and sitting at the top of the pile until ISO 1600, when the Canon G1 X's TIFF images overtake the Nikon A's. The Nikon A's TIFFs beat those from the Sony RX100 at every sensitivity but ISO 6400.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon Coolpix A review

JPEG results for dynamic range show the Nikon Coolpix A sitting in the middle of this group of cameras, again above the Sigma DP1 for the whole sensitivity range, and above the Fuji X100S at every sensitivity but ISO 12800. The Nikon A's JPEGs show greater dynamic range than the Sony RX100's at ISO 100, but at higher sensitivities the Sony is more impressive. The Canon G1 X's results start off at the top of the group, above the Nikon A's, but drop off sharply at higher sensitivities, falling behind the Nikon's at ISO 6400 and 12800.

Raw dynamic range

Nikon Coolpix A review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon Coolpix A produce images with similar dynamic range to the other cameras here. At lower sensitivities, the Nikon A's TIFFs show greater dynamic range than the Canon G1 X's, but at ISO 3200 and above the two cameras produce almost identical results. The Nikon A's images are slightly stronger than the Sigma DP1 and Sony RX100's at ISO 100-400, but at ISo 800 and above this is reversed. The Fuji X100S's TIFF images consistently show slightly greater dynamic range than the Nikon's throughout the range.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
ColourBlack
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Weight (Approximate)299 g
Minimum Focus Distance100 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL20
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height64.3 mm
Width111 mm
Depth40.3 mm
Focal Length18.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelA
Product NameCoolpix A Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part Number26423
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Phenomenal compact performance

A one-of-a-kind COOLPIX camera that brings the dazzling image quality of a Nikon DX-format D-SLR image sensor and the superb optical quality of a NIKKOR fixed (prime) lens to the COOLPIX Advanced Performance collection. Create truly stunning photos and Full HD 1080p videos with beautifully blurred backgrounds and tack-sharp subjects, even in low light, and grow your capabilities over time with a growing collection of compatible Nikon accessories.

Battery Life230 Shot/1.17 Hour Video
Display Resolution921000 Pixel