We got a treat yesterday when Jeff Penn, our Nikon rep, brought in two new cameras that will soon be in stock at our stores.
The Nikon Coolpix A is a camera that many folks are salivating for. My first impressions of it were good, but I was hoping for a little faster auto focus. But first the good; The camera is very small and easy to handle. In terms of a smaller point and shoot with a true APS sensor, it has the competition beat as of today. The controls are easy to get to. Coming from the P series Coolpix cameras, the layout is very similar. The manual focus control is very easy to manipulate and offers you many levels of electronic zooming to allow for precise focus. The images are very sharp, color is spot on. It is supposed to have a sensor in it very similar to that of a Nikon D7000 SLR. I believe it. My only reservation is the speed of the auto focus. Not quite up to snuff. If SLR image quality in a point and shoot is what you are after, I would still seriously give this one a look. Pricing will be $1099.95
The Coolpix 330 was the real surprise for me. Way to go Nikon! This one you got exactly right. I was expecting to be wowed by the Coolpix A, but the 330 is the one I would love to have for myself.
First, the speed. Wow. This thing is very fast. As fast as many SLR’s out there. The screen resolution is very high. Colors pop off the screen. It’s not an APS sensor like the Coolpix A, but it does have a larger, 1/1.7 in. CMOS sensor that dwarfs it’s predecessor in the P310. They added RAW capture to this one. Finally. The close focus macro is the best that I have seen in a Nikon to date. GPS and 5x optical round it out. At $379.95 this will be a big contender. It will give those Canon S110′s a run. I can’t understate how impressed I am with this one!
We should start to see these beauties by the end of this month (March 2013). Can’t wait!