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

By Paul Carroll - Friday March 29 2013

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

Launched in March 2013 the $1097 Coolpix A is Nikon’s first compact camera with an APC-S sensor and features the same 16.2-megapixel DX sensor from Nikon’s D7000 DSLR but with its optical low-pass filter removed. Utilizing a fixed NIKKOR 18.5mm f/2.8 prime lens (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm terms) the Nikon Coolpix A has the right ingredients for great image quality so let’s see how it performs.       

Not wanting to undermine their DSLR sales Nikon have used a smaller 1-inch sensor in their 1 Series of Hybrid cameras but it seems with the Nikon Coolpix A they’re looking to gain market share in the high-end compact market, too. With less versatile fixed lenses and high price tags it’s a niche segment of the overall camera market however and one that’s already brimming with options like the $1299 Fujifilm X100S,  $2798 Sony RX1 and $999 Sigma DP3.

Let’s compare the Nikon Coolpix A’s measurements against high-end compacts, top-end APS-C DSLRs and consider a mirrorless hybrid alternative to put it all into perspective.

Nikon Coolpix A lens performance

Nikon Coolpix A versus competition