Nikon announces two new ‘advanced performance’ cameras: Coolpix A and Coolpix P330
Nikon has announced two new ‘advanced performance’ Coolpix cameras, its first foray into the premium compact segment. The Nikon Coolpix A is the first Coolpix branded camera to incorporate a DX-format sensor, similar to those found in many of Nikon’s coveted D-SLRs. The smaller Coolpix P330 promises great low-light capabilities and creative control, while being tiny enough to sit comfortably in the pocket.
Both the cameras let shutterbugs to share images instantly using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. The downloadable Wireless Mobile Utility application enables users to transfer their images and videos to compatible smart devices and tablets for easy sharing and viewing with others.
The Coolpix A is equipped with 16.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and an ultra-sharp prime Nikkor lens. The all-glass 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens has an f/2.8 aperture, and the camera can capture images at 4 frames-per-second (fps). The Coolpix A also offers multiple Scene Modes, a manual focus ring, full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M), and the ability to shoot RAW/NEF image files. The camera also has a full size hot shoe port that makes the camera compatible with various accessories such as Nikon Speedlights.
The smaller Coolpix P330 offers a 5x wide angle to telephoto (24mm-120mm, 35mm equivalent) zoom in a sleek and portable design. The P330 has a 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor and the f/1.8 lens is claimed to be the fastest in the Coolpix line. The lens also includes ‘Vibration Reduction’ image stabilization to reduce the effects of image blur. The camera comes in with manual controls (P,S,A,M) and can capture NRW/RAW images. Various Scene Modes, as well as Nikon’s Easy Auto Mode are added in to make capturing images easy. Additionally, the camera also incorporates built-in GPS capabilities and Full HD Video with stereo sound, with the inclusion of a dedicated video record button.
The Coolpix A and the Coolpix P330 will be available in March 2013 for a suggested retail price of $1099.95 (~60,335/-) and $379.95 (~Rs. 20,843/-) respectively. The Coolpix A will be offered in Black and Silver, while the P330 will be offered in Black and White variations. There is no information suggesting when exactly Nikon will release these cameras in India, but going by previous behaviour, you can expect these compact wonders to hit the subcontinent shores soon.
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5 March, 2013