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f11 Gold Member Nikonian since 23rd Feb 2006Tue 05-Mar-13 05:13 PM
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"Coolpix A"


Tulsa, US
          

How about that Coolpix A? Too early for me to form any opinion.
http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/nikon-coolpix-a-black/4505-6501_7-35626828.html

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William Symonds Registered since 22nd Jan 2007Tue 05-Mar-13 06:00 PM
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#1. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Tue 05-Mar-13 06:04 PM by William Symonds

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Looks sweet to me... Will go head to head with the Fuji X100. The additional width may appeal to many. At last a Coolpix with NEF and a decent sized sensor.

Time will tell, I think it will be small compared to the X100 and less quirky, but the lack of a viewfinder may disappoint many Nikonians..

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sabre Silver Member Nikonian since 31st Dec 2006Tue 05-Mar-13 06:48 PM
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#2. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Bedfordshire, GB
          

Typical of the Nikon small cameras of late. It's neither here, nor there.

It has some good technical features such as DX sensor, previous generation EXPEED2 processor, Active D-Lighting, RAW format. However...

It tries to look like a Canon S100, fails to have any of the retro charm of the Fuji X100, wants to have the appeal of the Sony RX100, but fails to provide a zoom. It has an optional *optical* viewfinder like an old time rangefinder, but that looks a little too much like an after-thought. It does not even have built-in GPS like its junior sibling the P330.

Technically, I am sure it will be decent - most Nikon cameras are - but it has come out of the same styling closet that brought us the bland J1, S1 and V1 designs. It is just a brick without a decent grip.

Nikon has totally missed an opportunity to use styling to capture imagination with this camera.

I dare say some Nikon fans will chant amazement at this latest Nikon compact, but personally I think it is going to struggle to compete in a busy premium compact market.

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drbrog Gold Member Charter MemberTue 05-Mar-13 09:14 PM
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Chicago, US
          

It will be interesting to see how well it focuses as this has been big complaint of other high end point and shoot cameras. Similar to a Leica X2 but I think I might like the controls on the Leica more (exposure compensation, etc). I'm not sure how one changes shutter speed and aperture on this - I hope it it simple to adjust. Also no option for an EVF- that is unfortunate.
On the plus side, it is a Nikon and I'm sure IQ will be great. Also, for those who use Nikon Capture NX2, you won't have to change your workflow.

Anxious to hear feedback from users once it is released.

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TomCurious Registered since 03rd Jan 2007Wed 06-Mar-13 12:14 AM
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#4. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Bay Area, US
          

Fixed prime lens with DX sensor in a small package is great, but they lost me when I read f/2.8. When they give their Coolpix B an f/2 lens, I'll take a look at it.

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jgould2 Gold Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 13th Oct 2007Wed 06-Mar-13 01:12 AM
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#5. "RE: Coolpix A"
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El Segundo (Los Angeles), US
          

Hi Jim.

Really, a fixed lens camera with a 28mm lens for $1,000? If I didn't know better I would have thought it was a joke. What possible use is this camera?

JIM

  

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jec6613 Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Feb 2013Wed 06-Mar-13 02:26 AM
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#6. "RE: Coolpix A"
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#7. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Wed 06-Mar-13 02:29 AM by drbrog

Chicago, US
          

Travel- for those times you don't want to carry a large DSLR or camera bag. Just pop this in your pocket and go. This camera should be great in the evening or low light venues such as cathedrals, restaurants. My P7000 didn't perform well when the ISO exceeded ~800. I would expect this to be much more forgiving in these situations.
I'd like to see an f2.0 but obviously there are technical limitations that prevent it. The Leica X2 has a 35 mm equivalent lens limited by f 2.8. Look at the Sony RX1- it has a 35mm f/2 lens but is considerably larger than the lens on the coolpix (yes the RX1 has a full frame sensor one would expect it to be larger).
This won't replace your DSLR, rather it should complement it.

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sabre Silver Member Nikonian since 31st Dec 2006Wed 06-Mar-13 11:18 AM
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#8. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Bedfordshire, GB
          

>This won't replace your DSLR, rather it should complement it.

True...

...but technically better, more stylish, less expensive cameras already exist out there to complement your DSLR. I can only see this camera as being a great addition for Nikon-only fans; i.e., people who would buy a shoe box pinhole camera for $1000 if it had the Nikon name on it.

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jec6613 Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Feb 2013Wed 06-Mar-13 01:02 PM
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#9. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Norwalk, US
          

Or where because of the NEF files it fits into your existing workflow.

  

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Broadway Bob Gold Member Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Wed 06-Mar-13 01:22 PM
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Groveland, US
          

It would be more attractive at a $750 price point, but then it might be getting too close to the 7700. Also, 28mm is too wide for people shots if you get a little closer to your subject - the "huge nose" effect! I prefer a 35mm equiv. for a walk-around lens.

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sabre Silver Member Nikonian since 31st Dec 2006Wed 06-Mar-13 02:54 PM
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#11. "RE: Coolpix A"
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>Or where because of the NEF files it fits into your existing
>workflow.

True. However, for many people that will not be such a big factor, because of multiple RAW format handling by programs such as Lightroom, and there is always DNG conversion for those who want their RAW files to be consistent. It's a fair point though.

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drbrog Gold Member Charter MemberThu 07-Mar-13 12:49 AM
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#15. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Chicago, US
          

"True. However, for many people that will not be such a big factor,"



Then this camera may not be for them.


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drbrog Gold Member Charter MemberThu 07-Mar-13 12:42 AM
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#14. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Thu 07-Mar-13 12:51 AM by drbrog

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"...but technically better, more stylish, less expensive cameras already exist out there to complement your DSLR. I can only see this camera as being a great addition for Nikon-only fans; i.e., people who would buy a shoe box pinhole camera for $1000 if it had the Nikon name on it.'


Last time I checked there were several manufacturers of DSLRs. Shocking to see that a company would actually sell a model similar to that of another brand, not to mention several different DSLRs.
Why should point and shoots or EVILs be any different?
And who says the competition is technically better? Unless you were beta testing preproduction models, I don't think you should make that claim.

And if a company feels they can make a buck selling a shoe box pinhole camera, I say go for it. Though I'm sure there will be a pinhead somewhere who will complain.

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hfrank Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Nov 2004Wed 06-Mar-13 03:38 PM
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#12. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Harry Frank

Nikon's done it again: the photographic equivalent of GM introducing a new Corvette with a 4-cylinder engine. First the EVIL camera with a whopping, earth-shattering zoom that goes all the way to 135mm (Yippee!!) and now a thousand-dollar point-and-shoot with no zoom whatsoever. I sometimes think that Nikon's product decisions have all the wisdom and foresight of decisions made by the U.S. Congress.

  

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ajdooley Silver Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006Wed 06-Mar-13 09:59 PM
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#13. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Waterloo, US
          

I think Nikon took a D7000, stripped most of the features out of it, substituted a prime for an 18-105mm zoom in the kit version and is offering it for the same price. It's only plus appears to be that it fits in your pocket. Uh Uh. Not for me.

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#16. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Ohio, US
          

The long-awaited upgrade to the Ti28?



Bill

  

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#17. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Nikon shot themselves in the foot again. Coolpix has become the black sheep of the family, ever since the Nikon 1 Series debuted. The Coolpix A should have had the same Phase Detect that the 1 has for starters. While one could argue that the A begets a "more thoughtful" kind of photography, it's price doesn't reflect any compelling features other than the sensor size.

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winedemonium Registered since 02nd Jul 2013Wed 03-Jul-13 03:44 PM
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#18. "RE: Coolpix A"
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HK
          

95% of people will buy the Ricoh GR from what I've read in reviews, etc. But I bought the Coolpix A today. I like the quality of it. I see it less as a 2nd cam to my D800, and more as a complement to film use - F3/F6, or rangefinder. It fits in my jeans pocket. X100S won't. Was a tough call between the A and the GR. Let's see how it goes.

  

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#19. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Fri 05-Jul-13 05:09 AM by DigitalDarrell

Knoxville, US
          

I absolutely adore my tiny COOLPIX A. It fits in my shirt pocket and goes everywhere with me. The image quality is fantastic, fully DSLR quality. Extremely sharp! I could talk all night about the "A"; however, let me just post a couple of pictures instead, then you decide:

(Railway to Infinity: 1/200s @ f/11, ISO 100, aperture priority, matrix meter, Auto1 WB, handheld, at golden hour.)




(Informal Portrait: 1/100 sec @ f/2.8 (wide open), ISO 100, Aperture priority, Matrix Metering, popup fill flash, handheld, RAW converted to JPEG in Capture NX 2 vs. 2.4.3)



All I can say to naysayers is don't judge this little camera until you have actually used one. It is unexpectedly appealing with its fully metal body and substantial build. Feels like a tiny D800. The sensor is fantastic with no AA filter.

Remember how well the D7000 shoots? Well, the image quality from the COOLPIX A is better than the D7000. The prime lens is very optimized for the camera. IQ actually resembles what I get with my AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens. It is sharp as a tack wide open. Just check out the sharpness of the wide-open (f/2.8) portrait shot above, which is an 800 pixel cutout from the middle of the image. Good bokeh too!

It is easy to say a camera is useless until you find a use for it. I carry it literally EVERYWHERE with me now. It is extremely cool to have a camera that fits in my front shirt pocket, has IQ like a premium DSLR, and is built like a tiny tank. For commercial shooting, I use my D800 and pro lenses. For everything else, my COOLPIX A is always with me.

In a pinch, I would have no problems using images from this camera for commercial purposes, the quality is that good. This is not a DSLR, nor was it designed to be a DSLR. It's a fully controllable P,S,A,M pocket camera that can always be with you. Isn't it true that the camera you have with you is the one that gets the shot. Well, I'm not interested in carrying my D800 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 with me everywhere. That combo costs and weighs too much for constant use. However, I am carrying this extremely high IQ COOLPIX A in my front shirt pocket and taking some excellent images.

I plan on shooting a nature series this fall in the Great Smoky Mountains with my A, just to prove how incredible the image quality is. I am having a great deal of fun with this camera, and I am going to make it pay for itself too. Isn't the point of a quality camera the ability to take great pictures? There are clearly a few limitations due to camera size; however, the image quality makes up for it, big time! Many moons ago, I carried an teeny-weeny Olympus XA to get good 35mm transparencies with a camera that fits in my shirt pocket. Well, this is a genuine, well-built Nikon that fits in my pocket and makes no-excuses NEF and JPEG pictures.




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#20. "RE: Coolpix A"
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HK
          

Great picture! Glad you an enjoying your "A".

I'm enjoying learning to use mine. Relatively simple actually - I guess if you know Nikon menus, it is easy to navigate. I like the ability to set Auto-ISO range coupled with minimum shutter speed - the latter gives me confidence to set aperture priority knowing that the camera won't give me an unusable shutter speed. Usable ISO range seems pretty good.

  

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#21. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Fri 05-Jul-13 10:05 PM by DigitalDarrell

Knoxville, US
          

>Great picture! Glad you an enjoying your "A".
>
>I'm enjoying learning to use mine. Relatively simple actually
>- I guess if you know Nikon menus, it is easy to navigate. I
>like the ability to set Auto-ISO range coupled with minimum
>shutter speed - the latter gives me confidence to set aperture
>priority knowing that the camera won't give me an unusable
>shutter speed. Usable ISO range seems pretty good.

Linden,

If you are talking about what I think you are talking about (the Auto ISO sensitivity control), the minimum shutter speed is only good until the camera cannot make a proper exposure with the highest ISO setting. Then, the camera will drop the shutter speed below the minimum speed you have selected. In other words, the minimum shutter speed is a rule that the camera can break when the maximum ISO will not give a good image. See page 84 of the camera user's manual.




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loveandppeace Registered since 21st Feb 2012Wed 10-Jul-13 04:48 AM
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#22. "RE: Coolpix A"
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Fairfield, US
          

I haven't read the posts to this forum because I can just imagine what people are saying, but, let's face it, the fixed lens compact with the large sensor is a new camera genre that many people are embracing. I have a D800, but I also own a Fuji X100, mainly for fun, but it's a terrific camera. Nikon would be foolish not to have an entry in this arena. I've been reading what people are saying about street cameras, and so far the street shooters seem pretty excited about the Nikon A, so it could be a hit. Anything that enhances Nikon's presence in the market is welcome.

  

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