- 16MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 6400 (Push to 25600)
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 28mm (F2.8) lens
- 299g - 111 x 64 x 40mm
- Announced June 2013
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- Size Comparison
Nikon A overview
Nikon A is Nikon's Large Sensor Compact camera first introduced on June of 2013. The camera features a 16MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 4928 x 3264.
The A is placed #49 out of 63 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #377 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can use our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your custom factors.
The following is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon A Gallery
You can look at the A from various angles in the gallery below.
Nikon A Pros and Cons
Here is a list of upsides and downsides of the Nikon A based on factors which are generally seen as necessary in a camera.
Nikon A Sensor specs
The measurement of the sensor on the Nikon A is 23.6mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 371 mm² sensor can resolve 4928 x 3264 pixels .Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. The ISO can also be extended electronically to a maximum of 25600. RAW photos are saved which means that you have more margin for error.
The image underneath shows the A's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The A sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Nikon A dimensions
Nikon A weighs about 0.66 lb (299 gr or 10.55 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 111mm x 64mm x 40mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.6"). The weight of general Large Sensor Compact camera is 392 gr and the Nikon A is lighter as compared to its rivals.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Down below is a image of the Nikon A next to a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will highlight the button arrangement on the A.
Nikon A Lens details
The A includes an inbuilt lens offering a constant focal length of 28mm meaning that you have no flexibility to zoom.
At it's widest 28mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 and that is fairly sluggish and not good in low light conditions and you will likely struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also have to up your ISO setting giving you noisy photographs.
Nikon A Connectivity
The A has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and in some cases adjust camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.
Some apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.
Nikon A Video details
The highest video quality on the Nikon A is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance between quality and file size but FULL HD won't leave you with much room to crop. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone port which means you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to purchase an alternative model should you require better audio in your video clips.
Nikon A Weather Sealing
Nikon A doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions can damage the camera.
Nikon A Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon A features a 3" fixed display screen having a resolution of 921k dots.
Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder details regarding Nikon A are the following:
- ViewFinder Optical (optional)
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders are rather helpful.
Nikon A Shutter details
Nikon A continuous shooting rate is 4.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Nikon A Flash and Hot shoe details
Nikon A includes both in-built flash and external flash ability. The highest flash sync is 1/2000 seconds.
Nikon A Autofocus details
Nikon A includes only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be useful for people photography.
It also includes Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Nikon A includes manual focus in case it is required during low light scenarios or you need to have more precise focus control.
Nikon A Battery life
The battery power (EN-EL20) in the Nikon A is fashioned to last for 230 photos according to the CIPA measurements which is lesser in comparison with its competition. The typical Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U features the highest (450) battery life within this class of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Large Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:
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Nikon A for specific categories of photography
The following graph presents a overview of the Nikon A for specific categories of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Nikon A Portrait photography advice
The Nikon A receives a points tally of 75 which is above average, and means the camera is a good option for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support plus the ability to work with external lighting.
Nikon A Street photography information
With a nice score of 71, the Nikon A is a fine choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Nikon A Sports photography features
A decent sports photography points total of 48 means the Nikon A is relatively appropriate for shooting sports. A camera really should have excellent tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon A Travel photography information
Portability is extremely critical when selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon A gets a very good 64 as a travel camera which is a good option to buy for your journeys.
Nikon A Landscape photography information
When you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon A and it's moderate rating of 55 for a landscape camera is fairly suited in the current market.
Nikon A as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon A is not really very good for vlogging as it delivers a dreadful score of 32.
Nikon A Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the A, below is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall within the class of Large Sensor Compact.
The line chart just below provides you an overview of the A vs it's top scored rivals listed above.
Following are several cameras you may consider as alternate options. To read a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.