Nikon Coolpix A Sensor Review: Nikon’s first compact packing an APS-C sensor

By Paul Carroll - Friday, March 29, 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Nikon Coolpix A sensor performance | Nikon Coolpix A versus competition | Conclusion

Comparable image quality to top-end APS-C DSLRs

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Measurement

With an Overall Score of 80 the Nikon Coolpix A ranks 29th for all sensors and 10th for all cameras featuring an APS-C sensor. 

A Color Depth score of 23.4 bits is the lowest ranking aspect, placing 16th overall for APS-C sensors but this is improved on with Dynamic Range where its score of 13.8 Evs is less than ½ Stop behind the class leading APC-S camera, the Pentax K-5 IIs with 14.1 Evs. Low-Light ISO results are strong too where ISO 1164 ranks 7th for APS-C sensors and the detailed measurements show top Dynamic Range and SNR 18% results are achieved up to ISO 1600 while Color Depth drops off a stop earlier at ISO 800.

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Nikon Coolpix A: The top ranked APS-C sensor high-end compact

In the compact & high-end compact categories the Coolpix A unsurprisingly ranks second in all categories behind the full frame Sony RX1 that, with 93 points overall, offers almost a full stop better image quality. It’s just ahead of another APS-C compact the Fujifilm X100 that scores 73 points overall however and the Coolpix A offers an almost 1 Stop better image quality than the 1-inch sensor used in the Sony RX100.

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For high-end compact cameras the Nikon Coolpix A ranks second behind the full frame Sony RX1 but just nudges its rival APS-C counterpart the Fujifilm X100 into third.