Other companies -- key among them being Sigma -- may have invented the large sensor, fixed prime lens camera category, but the Nikon Coolpix A represents its first really mainstream effort. Like its main rivals, it is clearly not the camera for everybody, but for prime lens lovers who are willing to trade away lens interchangeability for a smaller body, the Coolpix A is exciting indeed. It offers clear advantages over those which preceded it in terms of size and weight, while matching the most affordable of its predecessors on price.
The Nikon Coolpix A does a wonderful job in the print quality department, and that's probably enough said. But if you are interested in just how good this fixed lens compact camera really is, it should be noted that it rivals its APS-C DSLR cousins across virtually the entire range in the sizes it is capable of, and it prints the same size at ISO 12,800 as the highly touted Sony RX1, which is more than twice the price. Add in the fact that the Coolpix A renders the trickiest part of our test target just about as well as any camera sold for under $3000 and you get a lot more of the picture.
Nikon Coolpix A at ISO 100
Ricoh GR at ISO 100
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Does the Nikon Coolpix A have its flaws? Yes, but so do most cameras. Key among these, it could stand a more comfortable grip design, faster autofocus and burst performance, and a more powerful internal flash strobe. Its too-easily-bumped Command dial could also use a design rethink. Does the Nikon Coolpix A do what it set out to, though, by providing excellent image quality in a compact package? Definitely.