Play, Edit and Print Functions
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Overview: The Nikon Coolpix A is an Advanced Performance
compact camera with a DX format image sensor like the ones found in Nikon
DX-format D-SLR cameras, and a fixed focal length prime lens. The full-sized
accessory shoe lets you add an external flash, and the built-in GPS adds
location data to your images and movies.
LCD Monitor: The Coolpix A
has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring
approximately 921,000 pixels, an anti-reflection coating, and a nine-level
brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor's wide-angle viewing area makes it
easy to see and use. The LCD monitor has approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in the
shooting and playback modes. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.
Image Sensor: The Coolpix A features a
23.6mm x 15.6mm Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately
16.93-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 16.2-million.
Optics: The Coolpix A digital camera uses a Nikkor glass
zoom lens for superb image quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing
process is controlled by Nikon. The Nikkor lens is designed for the specific camera and
image sensor combination.
The Coolpix A uses an 18mm fixed focal length lens, that is equivalent
to a 28mm lens in 35mm photography. The f/2.8 lens lets you create sharp,
wide-angle images with beautifully blurred backgrounds and enhanced low-light
Recording Media: Still images
can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. When an SD Memory
card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the
card. The camera can support SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards from 4 GB to
32 GB, and SDXC cards of 64 GB or 128 GB. Memory cards with a Speed Class rating
of 6 or faster are recommended for recording movies.
Optional Wi-Fi: You can attach the optional
WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter to the USB/AV connector. This will allows the
camera to be connected via Wi-Fi (wireless LAN) to a smart device, such as a
smartphone or tablet. Through the wireless connection (IEEE 802.11b/g/n), you
can automatically load photos and videos to your device as you take them, use
your smart device to remotely take photos on the camera, or download existing
pictures from the camera's memory card to your device. Once you have downloaded
images to your smartphone, you can share them via email, texts, or social
Note: The smart device must have the Wireless Mobile
Adapter Utility application, available for devices running Android 2.3 or
later (smartphones), Android 3.0 or later (tablets), or iOS 6.0 or later
Optional GPS: Using the optional GP-1 GPS unit, location
data can be recorded when you take a photograph. This data allows you to view
your images on a map showing the precise location where they were taken. The
GP-1 plugs into a dedicated input on the left side of the camera.
Image Sizes: The Coolpix A records still images in JPEG and
format, as well as High Definition movies in MOV format
(Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: LPCM stereo). You can choose the image quality
for still images as Fine (1:4 compression), Normal (1:8), or Basic (1:16). You
can record still images in three sizes, or HD movies in two frame sizes and
three frame rates:
- Still Images:
- Large: 4928 x 3264
- Medium: 3696 x 2448
- Small: 2464 x 1632
|Frame Size ||Frame Rate ||Bit Rate ||Maximum Length |
|1920 x 1080 ||30p ||18 Mbps (Hi Quality |
10 Mbps (Norm Quality)
|20 min (HQ) |
29 min 59 sec (NQ)
|1920 x 1080 ||25p |
|1920 x 1080 ||24p |
|1280 x 720 ||30p ||10 Mbps (HQ) |
6 Mbps (NQ)
|29 min 59 sec |
|1280 x 720 ||25p |
|1280 x 720 ||24p ||8 Mbps (HQ) |
5 Mbps (NQ)
RAW: Raw image data from the image sensor is captured in the
NEF (RAW) format and saved directly to the memory card. You can process the
images, and adjust settings such as white balance and contrast after shooting.
You can choose to record a single RAW image, or record two images: one NEF (RAW)
image and one JPEG image at the same time. The JPEG image can be Fine, Normal,
or Basic Quality.
Command Dial: The camera's Command Dial can be used with
other controls to adjust a variety of settings when shooting information is
displayed in the monitor. You can choose from several combinations of aperture
and shutter speed when in P mode.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted mode dial, you can choose one of the following shooting modes:
- Auto Mode: For simple point-and-shoot photography.
- Programmed Auto: The camera automatically adjusts the
shutter speed and aperture to ensure optimal exposure in most situations.
- Shutter-Priority Auto: You choose the shutter speed,
while the camera automatically selects the aperture that will produce the
optimal exposure. Slow shutter speeds suggest motion, while fast shutter
speed freezes motion.
- Aperture-Priority Auto: You choose the aperture while
the camera automatically selects the shutter speed that will produce the
optimal exposure. Large apertures (low f-numbers) increase flash range and
reduce depth of field. Small apertures (high f-numbers) increase depth of
field, bringing out details in the background and foreground.
- Manual: You control both the shutter speed and
- U1 / U2: You can assign frequently-used settings to the
U1 and U2 positions on the mode dial.
- Scene Mode: You can select one of the following
scene modes with settings optimized for the shooting situation: 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, and Low key.
Continuous Shooting: You can set the camera to take one picture at a
time or multiple images by selecting one of the following options:
- Single: The camera records one picture each time the shutter release button is
- Continuous: While the
shutter-release button is held down, pictures are taken at a rate of about
4 frames per second (fps).
- Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a self-timer
for self-portraits or to reduce blurring caused by camera shake. You can
select delays of 20, 10, 5, and 2 seconds.
- Delayed Remote: Using the optional
ML-L3 Remote Control, the shutter is released 2 seconds after pressing
the remote's shutter release button.
- Quick Response Remote: Using the optional ML-L3 Remote
Control, the shutter is released immediately after pressing the remote's
shutter release button.
- Movie Recording: Movie recording begins when the
shutter release button is pressed, and ends when the button is pressed
Bracketing: Bracketing automatically varies Exposure, Active
D-Lighting, or White Balance slightly with each of two or three consecutive
shots. In AE Bracketing, the camera shoots three shots, and varies the exposure
by +/- 0.3 to +/- 2 EV with each shot. With ADL Bracketing, two shots are taken,
one with Active D-Lighting on and the other off. Three shots are taken in WB
bracketing: one at the current white balance setting, one with increased amber,
and one with increased blue.
Interval Timing: The Coolpix A will take photos
automatically at preset intervals. You can select the interval between shots,
the number of total shots to be taken, and a starting time.
Focus Area Selection: You can select between the following
Focus Area Selection methods to determine where the camera focuses:
Face-priority, Normal Area, Wide Area, and Subject-tracking AF.
Focus Modes: The Focus Mode can be selected using the 3-way
switch located on the left side of the camera. You can choose from the following
- AutoFocus: The camera automatically focuses on objects
from 1' 8" to infinity. In the menu, you can select single-servo (focuses
when shutter release button pressed halfway) or full-time-servo (continuous
focus) focus modes.
- Macro Mode: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close
- Manual Focus: Using the focus ring, you can focus
manually. For a closer look at the subject, the "magnifying" button will
enlarge the subject while focusing.
Focus Lock: The Focus Lock
feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame.
AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator
may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release button is
pressed halfway. You can turn
this function on or off, as desired.
Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the
camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from
-5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 steps.
ISO Settings: Sensitivity is the measure of how quickly the
camera reacts to light. The higher the sensitivity, the less light needed to
make an exposure. The camera features ISO settings of Auto and ISO 100-6400 in
steps of 1/3EV. For higher ISO values, you can select Hi 0.3 (ISO 8000
equivalent), Hi 0.7 (ISO 10000), Hi 1 (ISO 12800), and Hi 2 (ISO 25600).
White balance ensures that colors are unaffected by the color of the
light source. Auto white balance is recommended for most light sources. In P, S,
A, and M modes, you can choose from the following WB modes: Auto (normal), Auto
(warm lighting), Incandescent, Fluorescent (sodium-vapor lamps, warm-white,
white, cool-white, day-white, daylight, and high-temp mercury vapor), Direct
Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, and Preset manual.
Built-in Flash: The Coolpix A has a built-in Speedlite flash with a range of
1'-8" to 37'. Not all flash modes are available with every shooting mode.
You can apply Flash Compensation to alter the flash output from -3EV to +1EV. The following flash modes
- Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
- Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce
- Flash Off: Flash will not fire, even when lighting is poor.
- Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
- Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.
- Rear-curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter
closes, creating streams of light behind the moving light sources.
Optional External Flash: The camera's full-sized Accessory
Shoe allows you to add an external flash unit, including the following Nikon
SB-910, SB-900, SB-800,
SB-700, SB-600, and
Play, Edit and Print Functions
Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4,
9, or 72) at a time.
While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to
highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.
Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing
you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.
Playback Zoom: During playback,
you can enlarge a still image up to 31x for large images, 23x for medium images,
or 15x for small images. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the
multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can
record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.
Retouch Menu: The Retouch Menu lets you create trimmed or
retouched copies of the photos on the memory card. The following options are available:
D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter Effects, Color balance,
Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Resize, Quick Retouch, Straighten, Fisheye,
Color Outline, Color Sketch, Perspective Control, Miniature Effect, Selective
color, Edit Movie, and Side-by-side comparison.
Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by
using the Print Set option in the playback menu. Using DPOF (Digital Print Order
Form), you can designate which images to print, and how many copies to print.
Pictures can be printed as followed:
or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory
card to a digital photo lab (images stored in the internal
memory need to be transferred to a memory card prior to printing).
- PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible
printer via USB cable
- Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before
printing them via USB
Power Requirements: The Coolpix A is powered by the EN-EL20
battery (7.2V, 1020mAh, 7.4Wh). A fully charged battery is good for
approximately 230 shots or 1 hour and 10 minutes of movie recording. The EN-EL20
charges in approximately 2 hours in the supplied MH-27 Battery Charger. You can
also operate the camera on AC power with the optional EP-5C Power Connector and
EH-5b AC adapter.
Auto Off: When
the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically
turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are
performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit
for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30
Inputs and Outputs Notes
HDMI: The Coolpix A is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C)
output, allowing you to connect the camera to an HDTV. An optional
mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. The camera's HDMI output can be set to
Auto, 480p, 720p or 1080i.
USB Output: The camera features a single
proprietary jack on the side of the camera for connecting the supplied USB
cable (UC-E16). This output allows you to download your photos to your computer or
printer via USB using the supplied USB cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0
ViewNX 2 CD-ROM: The supplied CD-ROM contains the following
- ViewNX 2:
- Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the
camera to the computer
- ViewNX 2: for viewing, editing and printing your
- Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of
- Panorama Maker: for creating panoramic images from
the camera's recorded still images
- Apple QuickTime (Windows only)
Compatible Operating Systems: The supplied software will work with
the following operating systems:
- Windows: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
- Mac: OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8