Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews takes a look at the newly announced Nikon Coolpix A fixed lens digital camera, and compares it with another recent entry into the premium fixed lens compact arena, the Fuji X-100s. This will probably become a common comparison over the next few months as these are two premium compacts from two of the biggest names in imaging, and they’re in roughly the same price range.
The Nikon Coolpix A does have some impressive specs. It’s loaded the same 16mp APS-C sensor that can be found in the Nikon D7000 DSLR, but with the Coolpix A, Nikon have fit that large sensor into a very small body. It has a fixed 18.5mm lens (28mm equivalent). It also has Full HD video recording capability, Wi-Fi, a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 which can be expanded to 25600, no AA Filter, raw and JPEG shooting at 14bit, and full manual control.
The Fuji X-100s, on the other hand is loaded up with a Fuji X-Trans II Sensor that can give “full frame” sensors a run for their money, as well as many other premium features that make it the compact camera to beat in this price range.
Here’s a side by side spec comparison between the Nikon Coolpix A and the Fuji X-100s
Categories where there is a clear advantage are highlighted in red.
|16.2 mp APS-C Sensor||16.3 X-Trans II Sensor|
|ISO Range 100-3,200 (25,600 w boost)||ISO Range 100-6,400 (25,600 w boost)|
|28mm f/2.8 lens||35mm f/2.0 lens|
|4 fps burst mode||6fps burst mode|
|No Viewfinder (Optional VF = $450 USD)||Built In Hybrid Viewfinder|
|1/2000 second maximum shutter speed||1/4000 second maximum shutter speed|
|921,000 dot Touch Screen||460,000 dot Touch Screen|
|Full HD Video Recording||Full HD Video Recording|
|External mic support|
|Longer Battery Life|
|Price = $1,100 USD ($1,550 w Optional Viewfinder)||Price = $1,300 USD|
A cursory examination of the table above shows a distinct advantage in favor of the Fuji X-100s, at least on paper. In my opinion, the Fuji wins out in another area too… It has style. To me this is a case of cool retro vs blocky blackness, but then style is in the eye of the beholder – and in the end more substantial comparisons will emerge as these cameras get into the hands of more people.