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Nikon Coolpix A Indoor Crops

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsContinuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Indoor Crops

Here, the Nikon Coolpix A is compared to the Pentax K-5 IIs
Pentax K-5 IIs
which also features a 16 megapixels CMOS sensor without an Anti-Alias filter and shows the highest image-quality of any APS-C camera to date. All images below are 100% unmodified crops from their respective cameras. As usual, these cameras were calibrated to give the highest quality and most realistic results possible. The K-5 IIs had a Pentax DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM
Pentax DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM
lens for this session.

These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As image noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Nikon Coolpix A Pentax K-5 IIs

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While sensors are most likely the same, the Pentax shows clearer results with better contrast and deeper blacks. Some differences may be due to processing while others may simply be part of the compromises needed to make the Nikon that small.

This is a very good performance from such a compact camera, yet the Coolpix A remains 2 stops behind the K-5 IIs.


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Nikon Coolpix A
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Nikon A Facts

Compact digital camera
16 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 100-6400
Fixed 28mm lensShutter 1/2000-30s
4 FPS Drive, 32 ImagesFull manual controls
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
3" LCD 920K PixelsHot-Shoe
Lithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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