Nikon has announced the Nikon Coolpix A, a compact point-and-shoot camera with some seriously advanced specs.
The headline feature of this compact camera has to be its 16.2-megapixel DX-format image sensor - the first of its kind to be found in a Coolpix camera. This is the same size as can be found in many of Nikon's full DSLR cameras, not to mention the APS-C sensors found in the Sony NEX range.
The lens itself is an 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens with an f/2.8 aperture. Nikon claims that autofocus performance is quick, and is accompanied by a 4fps burst mode.
The camera is capable of ISO 100-3200, which is expandable to 6400. It's also capable of capturing RAW/NEF image files.
As the new flagship device in the Coolpix range, the Nikon Coolpix A comes with an array of manual controls. These include a PASM dial and a manual focus ring, much like the aforementioned Sony RX100 and the Canon S110. It also sports a full size hot shoe port on the top for adding optical viewfinders and flashes (though there's also a built-in pop-up example here). Around back there's a 3-inch VGA LCD viewfinder.
The Nikon Coolpix A will be available in March for a suggested retail price of £999.99.
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