Review Coolpix A: Rolling first impressions

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Just curious if anyone else bought/got their Coolpix A. I bought it just now from local bestbuy and did not find any threads in any forum about this little guy. So thought of starting one myself :)

I was looking for a compact to accompany D7100 and was thinking of X100x, RX100/V1, X20 and GRD IV or rumored V. I had used GRD III for a while and was pretty comfortable with its size, and FOV specially for street photography. As I decided to pick of D7100 I was thinking of waiting for rumored GRD V with 16M APSC sensor, just when Nikon launched Coolpix A. With folks on Ricoh Forum saying like Nikon launched GRD V my interest increased in this camera.

After handling all the cameras, I finally chose Coolpix A. Here are my observations comments.

Size: Its really VERY compact much smaller than online pictures perceive it to be and I still can not beleive it has same sensor as in giant D7000. It is much much smaller than Fuji X100/X10 and just slightly larger than RX100. I found little larger size a good thing as it improves holding and handling a lot still keeping it pocket-able.

Build: Very sturdy (for compact) yet light similar to V1. I personally finding it better than Fujis and slightly better or equal to RX100. Fujis while build is good I found both X100 and X10 (did not try newer iterations) give kind of hollow feel. That's not the case with Coolpix A

Handling: I hndled it just for 20-30 mins as battery is now charging. But to me first impressions are good. All advanced function I need Exp Comp, ISO, Aperture etc are available through direct buttons. Will write more about it as I take it out for real shooting

Menu: No surprise similar to DX, felt straight away at home as soon as I clicked Menu



AF, Performance, Images to be added
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Sounds good. Looking forward to pics and further reviews. Now if they can just lower the price:biggrin:
 
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How close will this thing focus? Is there an actual macro mode? Pics would be awesome. Of anything. Close up of a dollar bill, some coins, stamps, a watch, whatever.
 
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I love the idea for the camera with the large image sensor, BUT the cost is an issue. IF it drops in price, I'll be interested.


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So roughly more MP and slower CPU as well as only 1 lens vs 1 platform with faster cpu, tons of lenses and etc.
 
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So roughly more MP and slower CPU as well as only 1 lens vs 1 platform with faster cpu, tons of lenses and etc.
This cameras strong point is it's sensor (probably the same as the one in our D5100's) but without the AA filter. This is a very significant advantage over other true "slip in your pocket" cameras. No other pocketable camera has a sensor this big. The SONY RX1 won't fit in your pocket. Nor will the Fuji's with the same size sensor, etc, etc. This alone makes it capable of better pics (at it's focal length) than any other super compact, "fit in your pocket" camera.

Nikon wanted an APS-C sensor camera that could slip in your pocket, and they pulled it off. No one else has. Unfortunately, interchangeable lenses won't allow that.
 

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