Nikon has announced its first point-and-shoot camera with large DX Sensor; the 16 Megapixel camera has been named as ‘Nikon Coolpix A’. According to some sources the camera will hit the US stores later this month carrying a premium price tag of about $1100 (Rs.60000/- approx). As you know, bigger image sensors help you to capture clear and less-grainy photos and videos even if they are taken in low light without a flash, whereas videos or images taken from cameras with comparatively smaller sensors usually turn out to be grainier.
In most cases, we’ve seen such large sensors in SLR cameras. However, since the recent smartphones come equipped with premium cameras, the impact of entry-level point-and-shoot cameras has been drastically reduced. That might be the reason, why manufactures are providing their camera with larger sensors. Nikon is evidently new in this; however, it’s been quite a while since other manufactures such as Canon, Fujifilm and Sony doing this. The ‘S’ and ‘G1X’ point-and-shoot cameras from Canon boast such larger sensors. The X10, X100, X100Sof Fujifilm and RX1 and RX100 of Sony are some examples of such point-and-shoot cameras with larger sensors.
However, in addition to 16.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the all new Coolpix A has a fixed-focal length non-zoom lens of 18.5 mm with an f/2.8 max aperture value. The aperture will help you take good pictures at low light surroundings. It has the ability to capture 12 bit/ 14 bit RAW pictures with varying sensitivities from ISO 100 to 25600. Sporting a 3 inch LCD display (920k dot), the camera can shoot 4 frames per second in burst mode. The camera also includes the PASM modes. You can even configure settings and focus manually, just like the other advanced point-and-shoot cameras. The camera has also the ability to record HD movies of 1080p at 24/25/30 fps.
In addition to Coolpix A, Nikon has another lineup called ‘Nikon 1’ that comprises small & mirror-less cameras having larger sensors and also interchangeable lenses. However, Nikon 1 series cameras have comparatively smaller CX-sensors than the Coolpix A. One thing that might be bothering you is its fixed lens, which is a bit unusual with point-and-shoot camera since we’ve seen they come with optical zoom. As we’ve already informed this non-zoom point-and-shoot camera will be available later this month at a price tag $1100. The exact availability date hasn’t yet been confirmed by the manufacturer, but we do know it will hit the store sometime this month.