More sensor surface for higher image quality in a compact design: the Coolpix also follows this trend A Nikon DX sensor and D7000 technique with 18.5 mm fixed focal length. As well as a SLR?
You put a big SLR camera sensor plus a prime lens in a compact bodythat fits in your coat pocket – this is the ideal second camera for the quality-conscious SLR photographer. Follows this trend with A Coolpix, Nikon and proven D7000 technology combined with a 18.5 mm prime lens for the price of 1,100 euros. Similar models with APS-C sensor offer Leica, Fujifilm, and Sigma, a full-frame sensor is used in Sony’s RX1.
A CMOS is the new a-class Nikon DX-Format (23.6 x 15.6 mm) with 16.2 megapixels nominal resolution – a close relative of the image sensor of the Nikon D7000 (Test). What is new, however, is that Nikon with A Coolpix waived as well on a low-pass filter upstream such as at the 24-Megapixel sensor of the new Nikon D7100 (Test). And here and there the argument is: it had come to the conclusion that the gain in resolution is significantly greater than the risk of moiré formation due to the lack of low-pass filter.
Instead of a Zoom lens, as known from the Coolpix models P7100 (test) and P7700 (test), Nikon has incorporated a fixed focal length 18.5 mm focal length (approximately 28 mm KB equivalent) and initial light intensity 1: 2.8 at the A. An optical viewfinder (DF-CP1) is available as an adapter with filter threads as well as accessories, so that you can use for example a polarizing filter or a hood before the lens.
The Coolpix A magnesium housing is grippy coating, front a small bar is hold your fingers in addition. To manually focus the camera by means of knurled ring on the OB-jektiv can be. In addition: the customizable function button.
High magnesium housing
At a price of 1,100 euros, high-quality metal body is duty – and the Coolpix offers A with their straight body made of magnesium alloy. The camera also when travelling or hiking not disturbing in the weight down with a weight of 300 g in the operational status.
The housing of the Nikon Coolpix A comfortable grip is coated. In addition, the thumb on the back on a rubberized surface is stop; Fingers felt a little handle that little falls on the black model, contrasts significantly with the impressive variant, however, on the front.
The 3-inch monitor with a high resolution of 307.000 RGB pixels dominates the back of the Nikon Coolpix A. Anti-reflective coating and brightness control (9 levels) should make sure that the monitor even under adverse lighting conditions can be easy to read. A fold-out flash unit is installed; It can be operated in TTL mode or with manual control (1/1 to 1/32 power). Is possible but not use of the built-in Speedlight as the master in the wireless network with external system flash unit; This works only for Nikon’s higher SLR models.
The connection box with USB interface and GPS-socket for the Optional GPS receiver (GPS-1) as well as a slider for the MF / AF mode including macro setting can be found on the left side.
Auto-focus and exposure
For automatic focusing an Contrast AF is available with A Nikon Coolpix one; the measuring fields available in two sizes can be moved freely over the entire image field. (Portrait AF) face detection and subject tracking are also possible. No speed recordis the shutter lag including AF time around 0.7 s at 1,000/30 Lux – sure. It will cost you points.
A slide switch with which you can switch between manual and automatic focus and macro mode is located at the left side of the housing. A distance scale is displayed in MF mode. The Magnifier is available in five stages. On the focus ring on the lens of the Nikon Coolpix A possible to intervene but also during autofocus manually at any time in focusing.
The correct exposure determines the Nikon Coolpix A choice with matrix metering, Center-weighted metering or spot metering. The exposure programs, which select themselves using the mode dial at the top to include full -, programme -, time – and shutter priority, manual and two individual memory (U1/U2). Engages the wheel on “Scene”, you have a selection menu access to 19 scene modes.
Enable is the camera via a toggle switch on the shutter release; right next to it is the command dial. To reach the two individual memory (U1/U2) directly via the mode dial for exposure programs.
The operating concept of the Nikon Coolpix A is easy to see through. For the most important functions, there are about direct access – the ISO or exposure compensation button. Use the Magnifier with plus / minus buttons. Otherwise everything important about the Info menu (i button) is set. To choose the function fields over the wheel on the 4-way switch or using the direction keys. With the OK button then enters the respective submenu, where you make the desired setting.
The “Last settings” menuis handy. What you but first of all in vain, is the video mode; It is the mode wheel, nor in the form of a button or a switch. You will find it in the shooting menu under “Recording mode”, where you can meet also the choice between single / burst, self – or remote shutter release.
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Tip: Set 1 function key “Recording mode” on the front of A Nikon Coolpix. Then you reach the video mode (max 1,920 x 1,080, 30 full frames) much faster. A second function button, also configurable, can be found at the back of the camera.
The 4-way switch is combined with a knurled knob that is very useful when scrolling through the menus. The i-button takes you to the Info menu, where you can make shooting-related settings.
SLR image quality
The image quality of the Nikon Coolpix A is quite level SLR. With its 16-mega pixel CMOS without low-pass filter, A overtaken even the Nikon D7000 with relative sensor and image processor (EXPEED 2).
The border resolution drop LP/Bra (ISO 100) LP/Bra (ISO 12,800) of 1,588 only up to 1330, and the dead leaves values that it comes to excessive colour contrasts are at a pleasing high level (1133-818 LP/BRA), without. The text urverluste are moderate (0.5-0.8 up to ISO 3200), the noise up to ISO 800 (UN 1,2) also and even at ISO 1600 still completely justifiable. The camera with values between 9.7 (ISO 100) is capable of in the Dynamics and 8.0 (ISO 6400) to convince.
The optional optical viewfinder DF CP1 is attached to the hot shoe of the camera.
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With A Coolpix, Nikon follows the trend towards high-quality compact camera models with large image sensors. The camera like right off the bat by its significant case, is easy to use, and convinces with its image quality. Just faster one would wish for the Coolpix A snapshot situations – after all, small relatives of Nikon-1 series in the speed discipline have so far used best brands.
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