Nikon Coolpix A APS-C compact announced

Nikon has revealed the Coolpix A, the first compact camera from the company with an APS-C imaging sensor. The 16.2-megapixel sensor is the largest Nikon has ever fitted in a compact, and puts it on par with the likes of Fuji's X100.

The 23.5x5.6mm DX sensor is the same size as the ones used in Nikon's consumer digital SLR cameras, although we don't yet know if it's the same one found in the D7000 or an entirely new design. We do know that it doesn't have an optical low-pass filter, which should help create sharper shots without any softening caused by anti-aliasing, but could cause issues with moire and jagged edges.

Fitted inside a compact body with a fixed 18.5mm f/2.8 lens, the Coolpix A has a fairly wide angle but no zoom, equating to a fixed 28mm equivalent.

Internally, the Expeed 2 engine handles image processing - not the newer Expeed 3 found in Nikon's more expensive DSLRs - is capable of ISO 100 through 6400 shooting (expandable to 25,600) in either JPEG or 14-bit RAW, at up to 4FPS in burst mode.

It can shoot high definition video in 1080p and includes Wi-Fi compatibility, but lacks an optical viewfinder. You can add one using the accessory shoe if the 3in LCD doesn't suit you for framing shots.

Available to buy on the 21st of March, expect to pay £999 for the camera from all the usual retailers, both online and in-store.

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