Put down that big and bulky digital SLR — there's a new high-end compact camera in town: the Nikon Coolpix A , which was unveiled earlier this week. The "A" in the company's latest flagship camera stands for the Advanced Performance collection, Nikon 's brand-new line of premium Coolpix devices.
How premium, you ask? The Coolpix A has some of the same tech as Nikon's D-SLR cameras. How Nikon was able to pack all that professional-grade goodness into a small and highly pocketable device is beyond us. But one thing is clear: we can't wait to try out the new camera, which will ship later this month in silver and black models for $1,100.
The Nikon Coolpix A is the company's most advanced compact camera yet. But is it enough to desert your heavyweight D-SLR? Click on for all of the Coolpix A's technical specifications and three reasons why you should pick up Nikon's new premium camera.
1. D-SLR-Quality Technology
The camera's 16.2-megapixel DX-format sensor was originally created for Nikon 's digital SLR models and can now be found inside the very compact Coolpix. In addition to the highly sensitive sensor, the camera's 18.5mm f/2.8 all-glass lens will ensure that photographers capture crystal-clear, D-SLR-quality pictures.
While the camera has no zoom capability because the lens is fixed, the Coolpix A takes beautiful close-ups with blurred backgrounds.
2. Full Range of Features
The back of the Coolpix A features many of the same options you'd see in a D-SLR, like a dedicated ISO and menu button.
On top, the camera's shooting mode dial has the SLR-standard aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, and program modes with multiple scene-specific options.
3. WiFi Connectivity
The Nikon  Coolpix A is compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter  ($60). The adapter pairs with the Nikon Wireless App  and can upload photos (like the sample image shown here) from the Coolpix A to a smartphone, tablet, or other WiFi-enabled device.
The adapter also lets photographers remotely control the camera and press the shutter from up to 49 feet away.
But before you buy, check out the technical nitty-gritty:
- 2.6 x 4.4 x 1.6 inches
- 0.67 pounds
- 16.2 MP DX-format sensor
- 18.5mm f/2.8 lens
- 1080p video recording
- 3-inch LCD display
- 4 frames per second continuous shooting at full resolution