Nikon Coolpix A Review

March 22, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | |


Effective pixels 16.2 million
Image sensor 23.6 x 15.6 mm Nikon DX format CMOS; approx. 16.93 million total pixels
Lens NIKKOR lens (7 elements in 5 groups)
Focal length 18.5 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 28 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect AF
Focus range Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) - infinity; approx. 10 cm (4 in.) - infinity in macro autofocus mode. All distances measured from center of front surface of lens
Focus-area selection Face-priority, normal area, wide area and subject-tracking AF
Monitor 7.5 cm/3-in., approx. 921k-dot, TFT LCD with a wide viewing angle, anti-reflection coating, and 9-level brightness adjustment
Frame coverage Approx. 100% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)
Media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
File system DCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF, and PictBridge compliant
File formats Still pictures: JPEG, RAW (NEF; a proprietary Nikon format)
Movie recording: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: Linear stereo PCM)
Image size (pixels) Still pictures: L (4928 x 3264), M (3696 x 2448), S (2464 x 1632)
Movie recording: 1920 x 1080 pixels (30p/25p/24p), 1280 x 720 pixels (30p/25p/24p)
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 100 - 3200; can be adjusted using ISO sensitivity to 6400, Hi 0.3 (ISO 8000 equivalent), Hi 0.7 (ISO 10000 equivalent), Hi 1 (ISO 12800 equivalent), and Hi 2 (ISO 25600 equivalent)
Metering mode Matrix, center-weighted, or spot
Exposure control Auto, scene, programmed auto with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual with exposure bracketing and exposure compensation (±5 EV [photos] or ±2 EV [movies] in steps of 1/3 EV), U1 (user settings 1), U2 (user settings 2)
Shutter Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Speed 1/2000 to 30 s; bulb and time available in mode M (time requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
Aperture Electronically-controlled 7-blade iris diaphragm
Range 19 steps of 1/3 EV
Self-timer Choose from durations of approx. 20, 10, 5 and 2 seconds
Range Approx. 0.5 - 11.5 m/1 ft 8 in. - 37 ft (mode, auto ISO)
Flash control TTL auto flash with monitor pre-flashes; manual flash control available; Guide Number approx. 6/21, or 6/22 when fired in manual mode at full power (ISO 100, m/ft, 23°C/73.4°F)
Flash compensation -3 - +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Data transfer protocol PTP
HDMI output Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i
I/O terminals
  • Digital connector (USB)
  • HDMI mini connector (Type C)
  • Accessory terminal
Supported languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Power sources
  • One EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion battery (supplied)
  • EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5C Power Connector (available separately)
Battery life Still pictures: approx. 230 shots with EN-EL20
Movie recording (endurance for movie recording)*2: approx. 1 hour and 10 minutes with EN-EL20
Tripod socket 1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 111.0 x 64.3 x 40.3 mm (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.6 in.) excluding projections
Weight Approx. 299 g (10.6 oz), including battery and memory card
Temperature 0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessories EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion battery, MH-27 Battery Charger, UC-E16 USB Cable, Camera Strap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM