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3 Reasons to Put Down Your SLR For Nikon's New Coolpix A

Mar 6 2013 - 4:25pm

Put down that big and bulky digital SLR — there's a new high-end compact camera in town: the Nikon Coolpix A [1], which was unveiled earlier this week. The "A" in the company's latest flagship camera stands for the Advanced Performance collection, Nikon's brand-new line of premium Coolpix devices.

How premium, you ask? The Coolpix A has some of the same tech as Nikon's D-SLR cameras. How Nikon was able to pack all that professional-grade goodness into a small and highly pocketable device is beyond us. But one thing is clear: we can't wait to try out the new camera, which will ship later this month in silver and black models for $1,100.

The Nikon Coolpix A is the company's most advanced compact camera yet. But is it enough to desert your heavyweight D-SLR? Click on for all of the Coolpix A's technical specifications and three reasons why you should pick up Nikon's new premium camera.

1. D-SLR-Quality Technology

The camera's 16.2-megapixel DX-format sensor was originally created for Nikon's digital SLR models and can now be found inside the very compact Coolpix. In addition to the highly sensitive sensor, the camera's 18.5mm f/2.8 all-glass lens will ensure that photographers capture crystal-clear, D-SLR-quality pictures.

While the camera has no zoom capability because the lens is fixed, the Coolpix A takes beautiful close-ups with blurred backgrounds.

2. Full Range of Features

The back of the Coolpix A features many of the same options you'd see in a D-SLR, like a dedicated ISO and menu button.

On top, the camera's shooting mode dial has the SLR-standard aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, and program modes with multiple scene-specific options.

3. WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon Coolpix A is compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter [2] ($60). The adapter pairs with the Nikon Wireless App [3] and can upload photos (like the sample image shown here) from the Coolpix A to a smartphone, tablet, or other WiFi-enabled device.

The adapter also lets photographers remotely control the camera and press the shutter from up to 49 feet away.

But before you buy, check out the technical nitty-gritty:

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