shot with the Nikon A at f2.8, 1/500, ISO 500, AF-C
I received the Nikon Coolpix A today and immediately gave it a workout on the streets of New York, find out how the camera performed after the break
Update: Coolpix A OOC jpg low light test just posted ISO 100-25600, click here.
I walked to Tribeca to meet my friend Seb Farges,
f 2.2 1/125, ISO 200
both raw captures, converted to dng and default processing.
and one more, Seb with his DOP, Manon, this one shot with the Fuji X100s
plenty of photo opportunities to give this little power house a work out. As a Nikon shooter, I felt right at home going into the menus and I had it set up in less then a minute.
shot with the Nikon A at 2.8 1/500, ISO 1250
shot with the Nikon A at 2.8 1/500, ISO 1250
Most impressive about this camera is size, or lack of it (that’s before you take a look at the files), one of those things hard to grasp looking at images online. This camera is tiny! Aesthetically, not my cup of tea, but man, it will sure fit into most pockets and it weighs almost nothing! During this walk I focused on af performance, af speed, ergonomics and stopped to snap a few sky scrapers with both, the Coolpix A and X100s with the Wide angle converter attached. Nothing scientific here but it should give you a pretty good idea how it performs aside from MTF charts.
Everything was shot raw, then converted with the latest DNG converter.
After shooting and reviewing at different af settings I ended up with af-c for most of my walk, just like on the X100s, the best and fasted setting to acquire focus on moving subjects-large or small focus square didn’t make a difference, however there was plenty of light.
Bottom line, auto focus speed is definitely slower then on the X100s and it also misses shots more often, which really surprised me. Let’s not sentence it to shooting static objects only (that’s Sigma Merill’s territory), needs more testing.
1:0 Fuji on af speed and performance
Ergonomics and handling: no contest here, the Fuji wins big time, however, keep in mind the X100s is also quite a bit larger and pound for pound, the Nikon robots did a great job fitting all the dials and buttons on this tiny camera. My Fuji thumb grip happened to fit which made handling a lot better.
1:0 Fuji on handling and ergonomics
Size and pocketability. The Nikon A is the clear winner here, it is also a feather weight.
0:1 For the Nikon A.
LCD and EVF: very good LCD on the Nikon A, I kept lifting the camera up to my eye to frame the shots in the EVF…..
1:0 Fuji scores here big time
Most dials and buttons have a pleasant feel to them, a little too loose for my taste, still acceptable though, the multi control dial on the back feels better then on the X100s, everything else does not feel as solid, this is the moment when we remember it is still a Coolpix.
1:0 Fuji scores again
Minimum shutter speed in auto mode: Nikon Coolpix A, no limit (you can choose any shutter speed, I chose 1/500 on this walk) Fuji X100s, 1/125 upper limit
0:1 for the Nikon A
Sensor: This is the hard question: I love the X trans sensor and I love the D800e sensor and now I also love the Coolpix A sensor where will this end? Getting rid of the AA filter paid off again, mind blowing detail, if you like your images ultra sharp, then this sensor is for you. My personal choice is the X trans.
1:1 Fuji/Nikon (subjective)
Battery life: Huge battery (relativ) in the tiny Nikon A and it shows its muscle, the X100s looses this one big time.
0:1 to Nikon for good battery life
Lens performance: The lens appears to be crazy sharp wide open. This lens/sensor combo delivers the sharpest shots I have seen from an APSC sized sensor. Scary sharp, really. To achieve this Nikon gave up one stop and we have to live with 2.8, whereas on the X100 we get a 2.0, on a 35mm equiv pancake.
0:1 for the Nikon A if SHARP is your middle name A
and below the full size files, also default processed without distortion correction – wide angle conversion lens attached to match FOV
ISO/Noise: not tested, appears to be very good at high ISO
Bottom line: Anyone who needs to pack light and small for whatever reason (expedition, extreme sports, etc), can live with the 28mm equiv FOV, has no choice, the Nikon A is the one. Unlike us purists, with both feet solid on the pavement, we do have a choice,
Leica or Fuji X100s.
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