by Leo Jakobson | March 18, 2013
Nikon has announced a new flagship COOLPIX digital point-and-shoot camera using the same sensor as many of its digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras.

The 16.2 MB COOLPIX A is the first Nikon point-and-shoot to be powered by a DX-format image sensor, giving it the highest image quality of any of the brand’s compact cameras. It also uses an all-glass 18.5-millimeter (28-millimeter equivalent) prime Nikkor lens with an f/2.8 aperture, allowing users to shoot with a shallow depth of field to blur backgrounds for professional-looking photos.

It also features excellent low-light capabilities and advanced settings for more experienced photographers, such as a manual focus ring and the ability to shoot RAW images files, as well as the option to connect accessories not usually found on pocket-size point–and-shoot cameras, such as a full-size “hot shoe” for attaching Nikon Speedlight flashes, an optional adapter ring for lens hoods and filters, and an optical viewfinder attachment.

Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity, a four-frames-per-second burst shooting mode, and a three-inch TFT-LCD screen. It can shoot video in full 1080-pixel high definition at 30 frames per second, and has 19 separate scene modes.

The COOLPIX A will be available this month with a suggested retail price of $1,099.95. It will be offered in Black and Silver.