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

Nikon Coolpix A: In the DxOMark top ten for APS-C cameras

The Nikon Coolpix A high-end compact offers similar or better image quality to many entry-level or mid range DSLRs, and although bettered by the higher resolution D5200 or D7100 DSLRs and the Pentax K-5 series, the Coolpix A still makes the top 10 for APS-C cameras. If it’s a high end compact you’re after though the full frame $2798 Sony RX1 is out in front but the more affordable Coolpix A comes a respectable second just nudging the Fujilfim X100 into third for image quality. If a fixed lens compact is too inflexible however mirrorless hybrid cameras offer more versatility with interchangeable lenses. The Nikon 1 series using a smaller 1-inch sensor doesn’t offer the best image quality in this category but those with an APS-C sensor like the $1183 24.3-megapixel Sony NEX-7 deliver very similar quality to the Nikon Coolpix A.

Nikon Coolpix A lens review: High performance, compact size