A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera

 The Conceptual Nikon C1

What do we all want but cannot have? Yes, we all know what it is. That perfect camera. And for sure, we all know that it needs to be the smallest, lightest camera, that has every conceivable manual control on the outside, that has a zoom that goes from 10 to 1000mm but is only 2 inches long and has a constant aperture of f/1.2, is silent, unobtrusive and gives us the sort of photographic freedom to compose our shots using an interface that harks back to the age of classic film cameras, done with minimum fuss, total control, and using all the very latest digital innovation that can be thrown at it.

I guess we will be waiting a while...

In the meantime, I figured I would design my own. And what would one do when they have something that just might be either highly acclaimed, or highly criticized, that could easily contain enough unique design elements that would sensibly be better patented before showing a soul, or so poorly conceived to not even be worth discussing over coffee? I figured life is too short for such delusions of success, or fear of total ridicule and failure, and the only thing left would be to get the dream out of my silly head and into the world, where we can let the chips fall where they may.

And so, I have attached the ‘brochure’ for what would be a camera I personally would like to carry around. Meet the Nikon C1. It could easily be a Canon, Fujifilm or Leica, but as I am familiar with Nikon, that’s the way I went. I hope, in a society where litigation can be thrown around for just using a design element as simple as a square with rounded-corners, none of these companies hold it against me in any way regarding the reckless indulging of my fantasies. It is not my intent to hurt. And I should say, my drawing skills are rather limited, although you may be interested to know all of this was done using MS Word drawing tools... amazing what one can achieve by pressing lots of buttons and clicking away until something resembling more than a cartoon style sketch done on the back of a napkin is created. The purists out there will together I am sure find solidarity in cursing my primitive rendition, but I do hope those that look to understand concepts rather than realism will “get the idea”...

The design is somewhat unashamedly influenced by what I think most will agree was one of those classic iconic SLRs, and let’s be clear on this, definitely my favourite camera, the Nikon F4s, albeit transposed here to digital and made somewhat more compact, roughly a centimetre taller than a Nikon Coolpix P7100, and two centimetres wider. The proportions of everything on the camera may not quite match reality or even technical possibility - that is the good thing about designing a dream; one can flirt with physics. Who knows exactly how that grip should really feel, what the best sensor should be. And yes, the lens is rather a hopeful fictitious desire more than anything, hoping at least for anything that is state of the art optically so as to achieve some classic shallow depth of field. Whether it should be fixed, zoom or interchangeable, it is all open to suggestion. Dream on is what I say...

 Design Specifications

I am not sure what this article should say or not, and maybe it could be of no interest to anyone, but perhaps my only real hope is that maybe, if we all talk more about what we want, it gets the word out to those great camera manufacturers out there, and then, someone will one day build it, or something like it, and I will finally be able to hold the ‘one’ in my hands every day, at every moment.

I hope it stimulates some thoughts.

Nikon C1

Design Specifications

  • Classic analogue camera controls for Mode, Shutter Speed, Aperture, Exposure Compensation, and ISO, plus selection dials for Focus Area, Focus Servo, Drive,  Metering and White Balance modes
  • Front command and rear command dial allow contemporary digital camera adjustment of settings
  • Classic range-finder type finder, with zoom coupling, that displays essential shooting information, such as Shooting Mode, Shutter Speed, Aperture, Focus Lock, Exposure Compensation, and Flash information
  • Contoured front-grip allowing superb handling when operating top and front-mounted controls with right-hand
  • Camera has side-access to dual-SD card slots, Video Out, External Mic In, and Flash Sync sockets, all under rubberized cover, with the battery and tripod-mount socket accessed on the bottom side.
  • Three user-definable FN function buttons ,  plus push and select buttons for Flash Mode and Compensation
  • All classic controls have a unique innovative feature, whereby, when the small square symbol is selected, the internal camera setting for that dial is used, which can be chosen from an expanded range of menu-selectable settings
  • Digital controls for Playback, Delete, Menu, Lock, Zoom (using rear command dial), Image Quality and Bracket settings
  • All external controls are dust and weatherproof
  • The Info button displays a summary of all current settings on the LCD display, and when held-in will back-light all external control labels
  • Rear grip sculptured to allow good handling while operating AF button, rear command dial and four-way controller
  • Sculptured shape that allows the left hand to support the camera while operating lens rings
  • Buttons for LCD display mode and instant image voice-memo tagging
  • Large controls with tactile feedback, with position sensed easily by touch
  • Fine tuning of shutter speed to +/- one-third of a stop
  • Instant video start button and classic threaded shutter-release button, plus Off-On-Lock dial, where the Lock feature enables camera controls specified by user to be locked, avoiding accidental activation
  • Lens is an ultra-fast 24-105 zoom, with aperture, zoom and manual focus rings, with switchable Vibration Reduction control

Nikon C1




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Total comments: 136
Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (Oct 20, 2012)


Well, world´s top brand of *RangeFinder cameras are evn getting partnership with World´s most Famous Micro4/3 producers, To attach their 1,4M. dot EVF on their new product line. Why still obbsessed on the old technology?

Simplicity is the key together with Connectivity in near future´s world. They shuold also consider that, many smartphone users all around the world, want to control their cam via their camera. They wish to see camera´s back screen image on the phone´s screen and even to operate from there.

By ikinone (Oct 20, 2012)

Rangefinder cameras seem to fit a different niche than cameras aimed at people who want remote controls.

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By jpr2 (Oct 20, 2012)

is there a THREAD in any DPR's forum discussing this brilliant idea - the discussion space (and a cramped way it is presented as a semi-threaded & a semi-flat view) is really stifling for a serious exchange of ideas - but a big kudos to Easycass anyway !!! :D

Antonio Rojilla
By Antonio Rojilla (Oct 20, 2012)

This is what I did just for fun (uncompleted, and I have less skills):


Yes, it's digital. Just without LCD and as mechanical as it could be made, with a hand-charged battery (that's why there are film advance and rewind levers, also to cock the shutter). The never-fails back-up or for those that like me love the convenience of digital (no darkroom needed) but miss the old beauties (FMs, OMs...).

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By wetsleet (Oct 20, 2012)

Do you actually need the MASP setting dial? Following your (excellent) control layout, all these exposure modes would result in themselves from how you set the aperture ring and the shutter speed dial, so a separate MASP dial is duplication.

eg set both controls to auto, result is full auto, set both to a manual setting for full manual, leave one at auto with the other set manually for either S or A priority.

Maybe you need some setting instead for Program - where by rotating a dial you vary the aperture/shutter combination around a constant EV determined automatically.

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By Easycass (Oct 20, 2012)

Yes, I know where you are coming from. Looking back at the F4, I did find it quicker with a single click of the mode-lever to instantly swap from say shutter-pri to aperture-pri than rotating the shutter-speed dial all the way around to the A setting, which would take even more time if swapping modes a lot, like swapping back to shutter-pri to use the previous shutter speed. I could have it the way you describe though. For me, like to get away from the 'push a button / rotate command-dial' for all the common settings; I like the instinctive 'feel' of levers and knobs to know how the camera is set; old fashioned I know. I could definitely handle much less of a choice on the Mode dial though. I only drew in all those extra modes like custom modes C1 to 3 to sort of make use of the digital aspects of the camera; you know the story, trying to please all camps. But you are certainly correct if we were to stick with the basics modes of MASP...

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Jock Elliott
By Jock Elliott (Oct 20, 2012)

I think Easycass has pretty well nailed it by including just about everything I would want:
- dial for shutter with auto setting
- dial for aperture with auto setting
- dial for ISO with auto setting
- weather proofing
- quick autofocus but the ability to do manual focus with focus assist button
- fast lens
- good zoom range
- ability to fit protective filter and/or add-on tele lens
- ability to use AA batteries in a pinch
- reasonably compact
- a button to highlight the controls

As a fulltime freelance writer who often shoots photos to illustrate his stories, I use small-sensor cameras (FZ150 and G12) professionally. I have had hundreds of pictures published and not once has an editor complained about photo quality. Unless you know that you are going to be making very large prints, I think in many cases large sensors are simply not needed. Recently I covered an event with two cameras, and an ultrabook, and the bag weighed less than a DSLR and 2 lenses.

By roby56 (Oct 20, 2012)

apsc-16mpx or better fx-24mpx,interchangeable lens,mirrorless,swivel lcd,

By wetsleet (Oct 20, 2012)

Some excellent ideas in this design. I like the attention to the sculpted shape which pays greater attention to the ergonomic needs of the user than to the historical 'retro' ties to the film canister and spool (I think you could go a lot further in this direction). Also the left hand has not been forgotten - so many current cameras think the left hand is only for holding/supporting the camera, and by neglecting any lens throat controls leave the full burden of manipulating controls to the right hand only.

I like also that the position-setting of many controls cand be 'read' by the fingers, no need to look to see what their setting is. I think this concept should be applied as rigorously and universally as possible. Wear some goggles smeared in vaseline and then find out if you can control and understand all the camera settings. If that can be achieved then you will have a camera where you no longer need to take you eye from the scene, so it can concentrate on what it does best!

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By InTheMist (Oct 20, 2012)

I like the idea, but with a DX or FX sensor and a somewhat more classic design like the Nikon SP.

Please no tiny sensor!

PS, Nikon - I'm in Product Management with a focus on product usability and design, give me a call.

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By RichardBalonglong (Oct 20, 2012)

A bit similar to Canon G1X.

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By CarstenKostrzewa (Oct 20, 2012)

Pocketable camera, capable to create some background blur in portrait situations:

- Sensor size of 1” or above (noise performance and background blur capabilities)
- f-number <= 2.4 at max zoom (for a 1" sensor calculated using http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6091822765/background-blur-and-its-relationship-to-sensor-size, portrait height = 0.7m, f = 45mm (120mm equivalent), B = 2.25% , i.e. reasonable background blur).
- Retracting lens to achieve compactness.
- “Thin” body with a maximum of 40-45mm, when the lens is retracted. Ultimately the thickness will determine whether the camera is pocketable or not.
- Zoom Range: Minimum <= 28mm to maximum >= 120mm equivalent, ideally more.
- As a fast lens will require a bigger lens opening, most likely leading to a compromise with respect to the viewfinder. I could do without it, if it keeps the package small and makes the lens faster.

By doch22009 (Oct 20, 2012)

When can I buy one? :)

Mandeno Moments
By Mandeno Moments (Oct 20, 2012)

Memo to camera companies: it's worth hiring photographers to do conceptual designs.

I like it a lot, but I would move the viewfinder to the far left and replace the strap mounts with the D-type (a cloth-to-metal connection is silent, and there's less to fail). I would also remove the brand and model number from the front, while putting the text on the front controls upside down.

I'm not criticising, rather I'm thinking of ways to improve a great idea.

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By wetsleet (Oct 20, 2012)

some of us are left-eyed, some are right-eyed. So I would just make the viewfinder stick out backwards a bit further (i.e. not so flush with the camera body), so that whichever eye you use your nose is not pressed against the camera.

You are right about the camera strap lugs - how come all the cheaper camera have the D-type strap slots, and al the expensive cameras have the chrome lugs? It seems wrong, for the reason you give.

By CarstenKriegerPhotography (Oct 20, 2012)

That would be my camera: Just put in a 20 MP FF sensor and give it interchangeable lenses (24/45/90). Almost like the good old days.

By Rachotilko (Oct 20, 2012)

"Classic range-finder type finder": does that mean the finder with overlaying two images to aid the manual focusing ?

By Easycass (Oct 20, 2012)

I guess the word classic got thrown around a bit... My main thinking was simply that whether we were to go with the hybrid type found on Fuji's, or frame-lines, with overlaying images as with Leica, something that gives more info than ya simple tunnel-type finder, and more real than full EVF. Essentially, a combined optical view with the ability to know what settings are current without takng the viewfinder from the eye. Of course, people will argue about using instead the rear LCD screen for that, but I still hold that, even with VR/IS, holding a good rubber-cushioned viewfinder to my eye feels like a good way to keep things stable... or perhaps when sitting in an old darkened tribal hut, chatting to the locals, just wanting to capture some shots without having to hold the camera out at arms length in front of me to frame things... A bright 100% FOV optical viewfinder with info overlaid; an old fashioned concept perhaps... Maybe that is what I meant by classic.

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By Rachotilko (Oct 20, 2012)

Well, I am maybe a bit particular aout the word "rangefinder", which is about "finding the range", ie. distance measuring and manual focusing. Such a device employs particular optics to exaggerate the misfocussing.

Anyway, I've got your idea, but I doubt its usefullness compared to quality EVF, which is quite easier to employ today.

By gsum (Oct 20, 2012)

Almost perfect; a gimmick-free photographer's rangefinder rather than a techy toy.

The only change that I would make would be to replace the huge rear display and associated controls with a small D2X style LCD for viewing setups - there's no need to view images 'in the field' if you know what you're doing. This would allow a 1980's style ever-ready case to be used rather than an inconvenient modern camera bag. Those that aren't confident about their photography could view images via a hot-shoe display.

Come on Nikon, give this man a job designing your next generation of cameras.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Oct 20, 2012)

Nice graphics, too!

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Oct 20, 2012)

Shortly put, a Nikon D600, with the weight, and size, of a Nikon V1, with the anti-shake from Olympus OM-D, but with a huge electronic viewfinder, and menus like Pentax K-5, and at least three Fn buttons! Usable for both left-hand, and right-hand shooters!

By wootpile (Oct 20, 2012)

bleh, that c1 is a technologist fan's camera - not a photographer's

give me a Nikon 7700-like thing (including flipscreen) with a large sensor and I would satisfied.

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By theRBK (Oct 20, 2012)

a P7700 with the electronics, mount, and sensor of a V1... shouldn't be that difficult considering the two cameras aren't that different in size... could be slightly bigger than the P7700 and would still be great...

Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Oct 20, 2012)

Taste varies with age I guess, and with interests, and for me it is more interesting what one can do without, and select from that. A camera like yours would cost far more than the RX1, which is far beyond what I am willing to pay for a compact!

So here goes my 'negative' choices:

Not too heavy (say not over 800 grams, with lens)

No-noise sensor at base ISO, low noise at ISO 3200

No easily turned mode dial (thus not like Nikon V1!)

No too easily activated video mode (not like NEX's!)

Not a tiny viewfinder (a huge EVF would be nice)

Not a cluttered user interface (thus not like the NEX range)

All buttons should be user-modifiable (on/off, locked, or not)

All buttons should be able to change function, if the user wants it.

Focus-peeking (or is it focus-peaking?!), a la NEX, is so nice!

It should work as well for left hand as right hand, think of all disabled!

Electronic AND mechanical shutter (like the V1) is very nice!

The lenses should be sharp!

MILC, or DSLR, don't care!

By nawknai (Oct 20, 2012)

My ideal camera is the Fuji XPro-1 with the buttons on the back re-arranged a tiny bit, a better EVF (I don't use it, but why not?), and a larger OVF (the same size as my X100's OVF).

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By dcassat (Oct 20, 2012)

Seriously ugly!

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By Hugo808 (Oct 20, 2012)

Eh? It looks like every camera made these days, where have you been?

By HarrieD7000 (Oct 20, 2012)

And we can dream on. Every one a camera to his or her own specs. I'm sure one day, everyone can order a camera to his or her specs. I don't think I will be around anymore when that day has come. So I go for second best and keep my gear I thought was the best (for my money).

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Jordan Norris
By Jordan Norris (Oct 20, 2012)

Interesting indeed, but not for me. Looking at this gives me a headache. Give me the three or four most important controls that I use all the time on the body... and leave the ones I set and leave alone in the menus. Give me a set of three primes and I'll happily cary them around with me because of one simple fact; they will blow away any zoom lens.

But don't get me wrong, there's obviously two schools of thought; you're highlighting one, I happen to prefer the other.

1. Ultimate control, speed, and versatility above quality.


2. Unmatched quality, sharpness, depth, and simplicity with the sacrifice of speed, versatility, and maybe some control.

Good job on going for it with the design... But for me, I think companies like Fuji and out-of-my-budget-leica have already designed exactly what I'm looking for; best part about their cameras: they're for sale.

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By rude (Oct 20, 2012)

is this foreal...ive wanted a camera like this forever. why dont you send the particulars to nikon. maybe for next years model they will have this in the stores by next christmas...we can only wish...lisa
id spend 2 grand for it...go nikon...

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By excitron (Oct 20, 2012)

You know, I was just looking at a forthcoming bunch of stuff Nikon is making for their ill-designed unic Series 1 camera, and I thought that THIS is the kind of body they should be designing for the 1 series. At least this body as an option to the lobotomized J1 and V1 bodies of present.

Great job! I'm stunned that you did this in MS Word, however.

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By jrg (Oct 20, 2012)

Do you need a degree in Applied Physics before you can purchase one?

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By SAERIN (Oct 20, 2012)


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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Oct 20, 2012)

flying the space shuttle would be easier than taking a photo with this button-festooned machine! Simplify it a bit and Ill buy one!

By SAERIN (Oct 20, 2012)

How do you simplify the International Space Station endeavor of button-festooned.

Please inform us.

By SAERIN (Oct 20, 2012)

Well then, get a good point and shoot camera.

Perhaps you have one. I don't know if you have one.

Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Oct 20, 2012)

Nothing great. they have put almost all menu feature as hardware buttons in the camera. It seems the camera has chicken pox.......8-))

By SAERIN (Oct 20, 2012)

Mr. Steve Jobs ( if he wanted to enter the digital camera realm) he would have said to his team go for it.

His "Think Different." embodies his esthetics of class.

Sir Jonathan Ive, I think will give this mock-up camera a high-five.

By matics (Oct 20, 2012)

I think Sir Jonathan Ive would wonder if all the functions of the camera could be condensed into a single button and some gestures.

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By bodos (Oct 20, 2012)

Holly smokes! Do you really need all those buttons on the outside?

I would probably change 12 settings by accident even before I took a shot.

Definitely not my dream camera.

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Wilfried HKG
By Wilfried HKG (Oct 20, 2012)

No articulated LCD?
No automatic lens barrier?

By SAERIN (Oct 20, 2012)

You want the whole burrito with salsa on the side.

Joe Shaffer
By Joe Shaffer (Oct 20, 2012)

If they made this I'd be at the front of the line for it, and I'm not a Nikon guy in the least. Great job.

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By tmy (Oct 20, 2012)

good work!

i'm sure that took a lot of time, but well thought out and great use of dials and positioning.

purely for the physics of the optical design, i'd be happy to settle for a lens that went up to 70 rather than 105, and still be able to fit nicely on the front.

while at it, interchangeable lenses and you'll have an option of superfast primes and zooms and pancakes and adapters for them obscure 1950s lens designs....

an EVF/OVF as implemented in the XPro1 would be nice too, as that will allow TTL viewing option.

congrats on your hard work!

lets see if Nikon/Canon/Pana/Olympus are watching! Samsung?

maybe Sir J Ive can take some tips from you for his new project with the RedDotCameraCompany? too many external controls for him, i sure, knowing his past work....

By tekneektom (Oct 20, 2012)

It's great to see the output of someone who thinks! Given that SLR technology has been around for such a long time I personally believe that hi-tech rangefinders will be the camera of tomorrow. Nice job.

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By shaocaholica (Oct 20, 2012)

All this and a lousy non TTL non RF OVF?

Why is the body uneven on the bottom? Space to spare inside?

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By Easycass (Oct 20, 2012)

The slant: 1) allows the camera to sit nicely in the palm of the left hand while handling the lens controls; 2) slight help in weight balancing, reducing mass where possible; 3) I like a few diagonals here and there to just maybe avoid the 'brick-look'.

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Pavel Sokolov
By Pavel Sokolov (Oct 20, 2012)

It looks like 1st april joke...

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By GPW (Oct 20, 2012)

Hey Nikon, how about you stop wasting time on this compact crap and give me a replacement for my D300!!!!!!!

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By piratejabez (Oct 20, 2012)

Nikon didn't make this... a fan did.

But yes, I would like a refreshed D300 (good thing it's still an amazing camera, and going strong after several years.)

Dave Weikel
By Dave Weikel (Oct 20, 2012)

No doubt you'll see this a thousand more times, but you are to be commended on the time and thought you put into your dream rangefinder. With a good mid size sensor, I'd buy one straight away and I'm a Canon guy! Very nice job. Thanks very much for sharing with the rest of us.

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By gustabod (Oct 20, 2012)

I do like the delete button next to the play button rather than being a shared function with another button somewhere lost in the bottom of the rear panel, good user friendly location of all controls.

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By zlatko (Oct 20, 2012)

Looks great!

By piratejabez (Oct 20, 2012)

Fun concept! Here's my wishlist:

Lens -
- ≤24mm-?? (wide is more important for me, and often a deal-breaker)
- ≥f/2 at 24mm; ≥f/4 at tele
- Fixed works for me
- I'm loving the manual zoom on Fuji's X10 and XF1
- Retractable / automatic lens cap (please, Panasonic?)
Sensor -
- ≥1" or sensor w/ ≥10 million pixels
Other -
- Responsive "shutter" / responsive handling, even with RAW files
- Speaking of RAW files, a conventional sensor that third-part RAW converters can handle without batting an eye (DNG-native would be a plus)
- ≥920k-dot screen
- Pop-up flash (a good distance from the lens)
- Programmable / intelligent ISO based on metering, camera shake, and focal length
- The more external controls the better, with at least one Fn button and Fn ring. The more rings (lens, top, back, I don't care) the better.
- A clean interface w/ fathomable menu system
- More-or-less pocketable

If most/all these are met, I will not be able to throw my money at them fast enough.


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By piratejabez (Oct 20, 2012)

I realize not all these may be possible with current technology and/or optics... but even if 1-2 of the above aren't quite there it would still be a formidable little beast :)

Dr. Mel Wilner
By Dr. Mel Wilner (Oct 20, 2012)

I shall buy the first one available.

By DavidRiesenberg (Oct 20, 2012)

I still prefer my idea of the perfect camera :)

By d3xmeister (Oct 20, 2012)

That's a Leica M :)

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Jordan Norris
By Jordan Norris (Oct 20, 2012)

Agreed, I like your idea much better, M9-like or not.

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Russell Dawkins
By Russell Dawkins (Oct 20, 2012)

So do I - although I prefer the dimensions of the Nikon V1 yours is very elegant.

By Kc64 (Oct 20, 2012)

This is excellent. And I like that "1" on the lens.

By Jeremy (Oct 19, 2012)

Great job - I am impressed by the time and thought put into this not to mention the production quality. I wonder, based on the feature list and other existing cameras, if you could speculate on a hypothetical likely price?

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By Malikknows (Oct 19, 2012)

Looks closest to the current Fuji XPro1.

By futile32 (Oct 19, 2012)

If the NEX7 had an OVF and Full Frame Sensor. There is little else I would want from a Camera (ever).

Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Oct 19, 2012)

If you want bleeding edge camera technology forget Nikon or Canon, look for it from Sony or Panasonic.

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By piratejabez (Oct 19, 2012)

Or Fuji :)

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By george4908 (Oct 20, 2012)

But is it fully submersible to 120 feet? Seriously, nice job, my only comment is that there are an awful lot of buttons on the front. On the other hand, I'm not sure where else I'd put them, since the real estate on the back is pretty well occupied, although you've left a nice wide open space for the right hand to hold onto things without tripping buttons accidentally. I wish real manufacturers would pay more attention to that.

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By Easycass (Oct 20, 2012)

Yes, lots of controls, and real-estate was a little short, but yes, the grip to me was vital to allow the camera to be gripped while being able to change top, front and most controls in reach of the thumb on the back, while holding it one-handed. Even on the left-hand side, that little slanted bit underneath just makes holding it in the classic style somewhat more comfortable for longer, and the controls on the front are right there where the left hand is for easy rotation, all by feel. Interstingly enough, I made a sort of cardboard prototype (don't laugh), and every day I wanted to pick it up and play with it - I believe that is the sort of camera we all would like - something that you just can't put down...

By karlreed (Oct 20, 2012)

I think this is fantastic! May I add a few things?

-Sensor 1" second gen no more than 14MP
-AF continuous speed-Nikon V1 class, with better low light AF.
-f1.8-f2.4 lens, this will make it a little larger, but, its important.
-Olympus XZ-1 style "pop off" lens cap. I loved this, the lens cap pops off when the lens starts (one needs a lanyard for the cap, but, so what?)


Its a great design..

Well done


By wayfarers (Oct 20, 2012)

So which button is operated with the tip of your nose when you look through the viewfinder? How about moving the viewfinder to the edge of the body - of course this is only suggestion if you actually have a nose :)

By skimble (Oct 20, 2012)

Sometimes to much is not good and here we have this case. Fuji showed the way with the quick menu and a appealing retro design.
Sony came out with a FF camera with a bit modern design. This camera looks like a Cannon G 12 with a more button to get tangled up. The manual zoom is a must for me and many advanced photographers. Keep trying Nikon :-) and don't forget the price has to be right as well.

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