Thursday, March 7, 2013

Nikon launches 16MP DX-format Coolpix A and P330

Small camera size but with big sensor seem like a trend now. Nikon just launches their latest addition, Coolpix A, a DX format compact camera and also a P330.

Nikon Coolpix A Key Specification :

  • 16.2 megapixels
  • APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (12800, 25600 with boost)
  • 28 mm f2.8
  • 3″ fixed LCD
  • 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24fps) video recording
  • Nikon EN-EL20 Lithium-Ion battery
  • $1100 (Converted RM3,300)

Nikon Coolpix P330 Key Specification :

  • 12.2 megapixels
  • 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) BSI-CMOS
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • 24–120 mm F1.8 - F5.6
  • 3″ fixed LCD
  • 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps) video recording
  • Nikon EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion battery
  • $380 (Converted RM1,140)

Both will be available on March 2013.

My Opinion : Let's start with Coolpix P330. Look's like Nikon introduce another line with 1/1.7" sensor beside P7XXX series. Good alternative and pocketable and this could be a rival for Canon S110 series. Nothing much to wow on the spec sheet and the price pretty close to Canon S110. So guys, you have more option now to choose ;)

Now, Coolpix A seem interesting. The design is definitely compact size and the large sensor easily tackle down Sony RX100. Unfortunately the lens just 28mm (equivalent to 35mm format) and aperture speed f2.8. How would this camera rival with the awesome retro looking Fujifilm X100s that has X Trans Sensor, hybrid viewfinder and also faster aperture beside Coolpux has the advantage for being smaller size? I felt the price tag for Coolpix A is too high. Personally I will go for Fujifilm X100s anytime unless, Coolpix A can be sell in between RM2.4-2.7k which is a price of current high end micro four third camera.