Nikon had quite a surprise for the camera world today, as it announced the new Coolpix A — the company’s first compact camera to sport a massive DX-format sensor.
Inside the camera is a 16.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that can capture 12- and 14-bit RAW photos at sensitivities ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 25600. It can also capture 1080p Full HD videos.
On the front is an 18.5mm lens (equivalent to a 28mm on a full frame) with a f/2.8 maximum aperture — great for low light environments and capturing photos with a shallow depth of field. On the top is a i-TTL compatible full-sized hot shoe mount for attaching various accessories, including Nikon Speedlight flashes.
There’s no optical viewfinder built into the camera, but you’ll be able to purchase an attachable one separately if you’d like for $450.
In addition to speedy autofocus performance, Nikon is also making it a good camera for capturing life’s spontaneous moments by giving it a snappy 4 frame-per-second burst mode.
Although the camera is a Coolpix “point-and-shoot,” it has its fair share of advanced settings and manual modes. There’s a manual focus ring, full manual controls (P/S/A/M), and multiple Scene Modes.
Here are some sample photographs captured using the camera:
Given the viewfinder attachment for the Coolpix A costs about the price of a nice compact camera, you can probably already tell that the camera itself doesn’t exactly come cheap. It’ll hit store shelves later this month in both black and silver varieties with a hefty price tag of $1,100.