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Combining the portability of a compact camera with DSLR performance, now you can take professional shots anytime and anywhere.

Equipped with a large, DX-format 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor (23.6 x 15.6 mm) and an EXPEED 2 image processing engine, the COOLPIX A features DSLR technology in compact format.

The NIKKOR fixed wide-angle 18.5 mm f/2.8 lens (28mm equivalent) offers high definition from the center to the extreme corners of the image, and a manual focus ring allows you to override auto focus if the mood takes you.

The COOLPIX A also supports 14 bits compressed RAW (NEF) image data, enabling you to adjust pure, unprocessed images in-camera.

The COOLPIX A — The professional choice of compact camera

Experience the product: Sample Gallery

Key features

16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor (23.6 x 15.6 mm)

This highly sensitive sensor delivers lifelike images with vivid colors, reduced noise and smooth tonal gradations.

16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor (23.6 x 15.6 mm)

EXPEED 2 image processing engine

The DSLR-standard EXPEED 2 optimizes camera technologies for superior performance and maximum image quality, with minimal energy consumption.

EXPEED 2 image processing engine

Manual/auto focus

The focusing ring enables manual focus and manual override when in Auto focus mode.

Manual/auto focus

Full HD (1080p) movie recording

Full HD (1080p) movie recording

In 30, 25 or 24 fps and in stereo, via the built-in stereo microphone.

Large 7.5-cm (3.0-in.) 921k-dot, high-resolution LCD monitor

Large 7.5-cm (3.0-in.) 921k-dot, high-resolution LCD monitor

Makes it easy to view feature menus and a pleasure to review and edit your photos and movies.

Mode dial with manual exposure modes (P/S/A/M) and 2 User modes

Mode dial with manual exposure modes (P/S/A/M) and 2 User modes

To recall your preferred camera settings instantly.

NIKKOR fixed wide-angle 18.5 mm f/2.8 lens (28mm equivalent): offers high definition throughout the entire aperture range and minimizes optical aberrations.

High ISO (100-6400) light sensitivity (manually extendable up to 25600 using the Hi 2 setting): enables faster shutter speeds for finely detailed images with minimal noise.

Wi-Fi compatible: use Wi-Fi to transfer your high-quality images and movies to your smart device* via an optional Wi-Fi dongle (WU-1a).

RAW (NEF) data processing: supports 14 bits compressed RAW (Nikon Electronic Format) image data, enabling you to process and adjust unadulterated images in-camera.

Durable design: boasts a high-quality and tough, yet light, body with a magnesium alloy top cover.

Advanced GUI: employs a graphical user interface (GUI) inherited from Nikon’s D-SLR range.

Active D-Lighting: capture more detail in high-contrast conditions. Select from six different levels to optimize high-contrast images by restoring shadow and highlight details lost in strong light.

Picture Control: allows you to adjust the contrast and color settings (Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Custom) to match your situation.

Customizable function buttons: two buttons allow you to bypass the menu by creating shortcuts to your favorite camera settings.

Continuous shooting at 4 fps: capture fast-moving action at 4 frames per second.

Retouch menu: enhance your photos on the spot with a wide range of filter effects. Examples include Selective Color, which converts your image to monochrome and then adds a splash of the color of your choice, while Cross Screen adds a starry effect to bright objects.

Optional external optical viewfinder: for those who prefer a traditional viewfinder, this optional attachment (DF-CP1) can be an alternative to the LCD screen. The ‘hot shoe’ can also be used to attach a more powerful External Speedlight flash unit.

Compatible with Optional GPS (GPS-1): allowing you to record the exact location (latitude and longitude) of images as a ‘geotag’.

UR-E24 adaptor ring: enables you to create different effects by attaching lens filters (46mm) or a lens hood (HN-CP18) to reduce peripheral light.

SD card compatible: increase storage capacity by using SD cards (SDHC, SDXC and UHS-I compliant) to save your images and movies.


* Requires installation of the Nikon ‘Wireless Mobile Utility’ application (iOS and Android™ compatible) on your smart device.

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Technical Specifications

Product nameCOOLPIX A
TypeCompact digital camera
Effective pixels16.2 million
Image sensor23.6 x 15.6 mm Nikon DX format CMOS; approx. 16.93 million total pixels
LensNIKKOR lens
Focal length18.5 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 28 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Lens construction7 elements in 5 groups
AutofocusContrast-detect AF
Focus rangeApprox. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity; approx. 10 cm (4 in.) to infinity in macro autofocus mode. All distances measured from center of front surface of lens.
AF-area modeFace-priority, normal area, wide area, and subject-tracking AF
Monitor7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, TFT LCD with a wide viewing angle, anti-reflection coating, and 9-level brightness adjustment
Frame coverageApprox. 100% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode)Approx. 100% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)
Storage mediaSD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
File systemDCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF, and PictBridge compliant
Storage file formatsStill pictures: JPEG, RAW (NEF; a proprietary Nikon format) Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: Linear stereo PCM)
Image size (pixels)L (4928 x 3264) M (3696 x 2448) S (2464 x 1632)
Shooting modesAuto, Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Party/indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn Colors, Food, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key), P, S, A, M, User Settings (U1, U2)
Release modeThe camera takes photographs at about 4 frames per second (fps) while the shutter-release button is pressed all the way down.
Movie - file format1080(fine)/30p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 30 fps, 1080(fine)/25p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 25 fps, 1080/25p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 25 fps, 1080(fine)/24p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 24 fps, 1080/24p: 1920 x 1080/approx. 24 fps, 720(fine)/30p: 1280 x 720/approx. 30 fps, 720/30p: 1280 x 720/approx. 30 fps, 720(fine)/25p: 1280 x 720/approx. 25 fps, 720/25p: 1280 x 720/approx. 25 fps, 720(fine)/24p: 1280 x 720/approx. 24 fps, 720/24p: 1280 x 720/approx. 24 fps
ISO sensitivityISO 100 - 3200; can be adjusted using ISO sensitivity to 6400, Hi 0.3 (ISO 8000 equivalent), Hi 0.7 (ISO 10000 equivalent), Hi 1 (ISO 12800 equivalent), and Hi 2 (ISO 25600 equivalent)
Exposure meteringMatrix, center-weighted, or spot
Exposure controlProgrammed auto with flexible program, shutter priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual with exposure bracketing and exposure compensation (±5 EV [photos] or ±2 EV [movies] in steps of 1/3 EV)
Shutter typeMechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Speed1/2000 - 30 s; bulb and time available in mode M (time requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
ApertureElectronically-controlled 7-blade iris diaphragm
Range19 steps of 1/3 EV
Self-timerChoose from durations of approximately 20, 10, 5, and 2 seconds
Flash range (approx.)Approx. 0.5 - 11.5 m/1 ft 8 in. - 37 ft (mode auto, auto ISO)
Flash controlTTL auto flash with monitor pre-flashes; manual flash control available; Guide Number approx. 6/21, or 6/22 when fired in manual mode at full power (ISO 100, m/ft, 23 °C/73.4 °F)
Flash exposure compensation-3 - +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Accessory shoeISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Data Transfer ProtocolPTP
HDMI outputCan be selected from Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i
I/O terminalDigital connector (USB) HDMI mini connector (Type C) Accessory terminal
Supported languagesArabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Power sourcesOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20 (supplied) AC Adapter EH-5b; requires Power Connector EP-5C (available separately)
Battery life1Approx. 230 shots with EN-EL20
Actual battery life for movie recording2Approx. 1 hour and 10 minutes with EN-EL20
Tripod socket1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 111.0 x 64.3 x 40.3 mm (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.6 in.), excluding projections
WeightApprox. 299 g (10.6 oz), including battery and memory card
Operating environment - temperature0 °C - 40 °C (32 °F - 104 °F)
Operating environment - humidity85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesCamera strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20 (with terminal cover), Battery Charger MH-27, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, USB Cable UC-E16, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, Reference Manual (CD-ROM)
Optional accessoriesPower Connector EP-5C, AC Adapter EH-5b, Optical Viewfinder DF-CP1, Wireless Remote Control ML-L3, Remote Cord MC-DC2, GPS Unit GP-1, Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a, Capture NX 2
  1. Based on CIPA Standards for measuring life of batteries.
  2. When recording a single movie.