Nikon Coolpix A10 is the most economical camera from Nikon’s range of cameras that boasts to provide a complete package at an affordable price. It’s a point and shoot camera which means it is designed for simple operations like covering a birthday party or clicking pictures with friends at a hangout and many other simple yet memorable occasions which you want to save in your camera to cherish your whole life. This is probably the smallest point and shoot camera in the world with an APS-C sensor. Let us have a look at its various specifications and features of this unique camera.
Nikon Collpix A10 Features
Nikon Coolpix is a light weight camera that weighs just 160g, this makes it easy to handle and reduces the chances of the camera slipping from your hand. It is a slim camera with an all plastic body with few buttons at the back which account for main features such as menu, picture preview, delete etc. The camera also has a textured thumb rest at the back of the camera just beside the video button which allows you to shoot videos. The camera is targeted at beginners or people who just ought to do random photography due to this reason there are few buttons given at the back of the camera which makes the camera easy to use and the button pad looks cluster free and clear.
Nikon Coolpix A10 has a 2.7 inch LCD screen with 230k dot resolution, the resolution is not as good as compared with the other point and shoot cameras. Considering the fact that it’s a low budget camera you will find features and specifications accordingly. The image quality is decent with vibrant colors and clarity of image all of which is made possible because of a 16.1MP sensor. In good lighting conditions there is good image quality with fair details and soft colors. However, in low light conditions image quality seems to deteriorate as the sensor is not able to shoot shadowy areas and hence produce dark images of such areas. The camera also has sensitivity ranging from ISO 80 to ISO 1600. Noise is comparatively low at a lower ISO and it tends to increase as the sensitivity increases.
The camera offers six creative affect filters for its users which include High contrast monochrome, Pop, Nostalgia sepia, Selective color, Mirror and Cyanotype. These affect filters enable the users to experiment with their pictures and create fun images. An interesting feature is the Smart Portrait system which can be activated from the mode menu, the Smart Portrait system detects a smiling face and automatically takes a snap.
Other creative filters can also be accessed from the mode menu along with other options such as Auto mode, default scene etc. The Auto mode of the camera also produces good images and also adjusts white balance and ISO according to the shooting scene hence it saves the user from the hassle of altering white balance and other options when shooting an image. The Auto mode is also good for newbies and lets you start clicking pictures as soon as you switch on the camera.
Picture settings and Video quality
There is always a need to zoom in when you are shooting landscapes or other details, to cater to this A10 has the capability to zoom up to 130mm. The camera can capture images at various resolutions including 7MB, 4MB, 8MP, 4MP, 2MP and a maximum of 16.1MP. It produces fine jpeg images even when shooting at a lower resolution of 7MB or 4MB.
Nikon coolpix A10 also lets you shoot HD videos at 720p, which a smart deal for a point and shoot camera. Another key aspect of any camera is its burst rate, due to a slow processor you can take a shot in 2.7 seconds. In addition, you will also have to wait 2.7 seconds for the processor to display the image on the screen for you to display. The Autofocus system of the camera is a little slow but it is usually on point when you are using it.
The best part about using a point and shoot camera is that you can be sure of never running out of battery of your camera but you might want to spend some extra bucks on rechargeable NIMH batteries to always have a supple supply. Nikon boasts to provide 700 shots per charge which is a whopping rate for a beginner level camera.
If you are reading this review keeping in mind an entry level DSLR and comparing a simple point and shoot camera with a basic entry level DSLR then you will surely be disappointed with Nikon Coolpix A10. Point and shoot cameras are overall a different category, comes with basic features and can be bought at an amazing price of $97.99. The camera is mainly for basic operations and delivers fair image quality with a good battery life what more can you ask for. On the other hand, we will not recommend this camera for any professional use or to people who already own a DSLR because then the features and specifications will not cater to your need.
|Affordable price||Noise is high at high sensitivity range|
|Creative filters||when camera zooms to its full potential it produces blur images|
|Light weight camera||Battery and SD card share the same slot|
|Decent camera resolution|
Get Details About Other Cameras