What is the purpose of the Coolpix A?

Started Apr 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
dale thorn
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Re: What is the purpose of the Coolpix A?
In reply to jfriend00, Apr 19, 2013

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Leica did well with the fixed X1 for $2000, so no reason for Nikon to fail at $1100, especially since the 'A' is better than the X1.

Define "Leica did well".  What does that mean?

Sold enough of the X1 to justify the X2.

That doesn't tell you much.  They could just be trying a second revision of the idea to try to find success.

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I don't have to guess about it. Long-time owner, participant, close to the source.

What does that mean?  I though we were talking about how successful the Leica camera was from a business perspective (sales, profits, etc...).  Do you have any facts to contribute about that?

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I'm sure you are not asking me for actual financial results for Leica, since you would obviously get a more authoritative answer from them or Barrons or whoever publishes that data. But at $2000 per camera, Leica has made good on their design selling thousands of the X1. There was a time shortly before the X1 when Leica did have financial issues, and got restructured. The X1, being the smallest APS-C camera for quite a long time, was a no-brainer for them. Guaranteed sales, and not just to the existing Leica base. I did a lengthy 2-part review, still on Amazon. I don't know what you intend to use as a yardstick for evaluating the X1, but based on the vibes I'm getting, I don't think you're going to be able to measure it meaningfully, since it's even more of a niche item than the Nikon 'A'. Hewlett-Packard used to get these kinds of questions and pressures back when they designed the first pocket computers (actual computers), but Bill Hewlett knew a lot more than the corporate bean counters who came in afterward.

You said "Leica did well with the fixed X1".  I thought you meant that it was a successful business proposition for them which generally means sales and profits.  Apparently you have no information on their business success (other than they are still in business) so you were either representing something you don't actually have any data on or you meant something different.

In any case, I don't know what you're trying to say any more (other than you personally liked the X1) so I have no interest in continuing this conversation.  You've taken an undefined position of "Leica did well with the fixed X1" and used that to conclude that Nikon should have no problem doing well with the "A".  Without any data or evidence, I will conclude this is your personal opinion and take it as that.

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I could tell you anything and what would you know when I did? You have an unreasonable expectation of "proof" for what it so happens I know from people on the inside. But you go ahead and ask other people who don't know, and believe them if you prefer. Or, you could do the research yourself.

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