What is the purpose of the Coolpix A?

Started Apr 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
hiplnsdrftr
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Re: What is the purpose of the Coolpix A?
In reply to Darryl E Mylrea, Apr 21, 2013

Darryl E Mylrea wrote:

hiplnsdrftr wrote:

This thread is too much of beating a dead horse... At some point, either you understand or you don't.

Kinda like the old Harley cliche, "if you have to ask, you'll never understand."

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Canon pro shooter.... Thankful for the Nikon A.

Not sure if you're speaking about my initial post, or the many responses that have gone on afterwards.

In any case, I do have a new understanding for this type of "specialized gear", and in fact, although the "A" is currently not in my financial future, should the price come down on it, I may pick one up (or something like it) as many of the posters explanations have intrigued me with the simpleness and creative possibilities of this type of fixed camera.

This was not directed at you, the OP.

You asked a valid question and received a few decent answers.

This topic is of particular concern to me as I have been campaigning for high quality compact cameras with "large" sensors for more than a few years.

In 2004-2005 there was a race to make the best possible compact digital camera. For a brief moment in time you could buy a Sony R1 (APS), Olympus C-8080 (2/3"), Nikon 8800 (2/3") and the Canon Pro1 (2/3"). Simultaneously all these manufacturers realized that these cameras possibly interfered with their dSLR sales and each and every line was abandoned.

Furthermore, Canon temporarily halted the very popular G and S line. In 2005 you could buy a G6 or an S70, both of which shot RAW. When the S80 and G7 were released RAW was removed, both cameras merely shot JPEG. Sony had a very popular prosumer camera, the DSC-V3. Despite it's success, the line was killed off.

After a few years of worthless timid compact cameras, in 2007 Canon dared to once again include RAW in the Powershot G9. But it took a true outsider, Panasonic to launch the GF1 in 2009 and suddenly there existed a truly compact camera with a reasonably large sensor. Despite this Canon and Nikon resisted until quite recently, and some would say their efforts have been half hearted.

So I hope you can understand, and perhaps forgive my enthusiasm for the Nikon A as it really is a dream come true for me.

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Canon pro shooter.... Thankful for the Nikon A.

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