Thom Hogan's assessment of a D400

Started Apr 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
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D300 is about the minimum size for an ergonomic pro digital camera
In reply to coudet, Apr 27, 2013

I agree that the D200 and D300 are about as small as you can make a camera to get ergonomic direct controls you can use with gloves on, all the inputs and outputs to a digital camera with flash, remote control, etc., lens, finder, display all in one box. Mirrorless and wireless will ultimately make it thinner and lighter with the need for fewer interface connections and less mechanical stuff inside, which will be nice, but for a pro camera you can use quickly and directly with human hands, this is the size. You can't fit all that on a D7000 size frame, unless you're building a camera for a person with small hands only.

The Coolpix A needs to be just a bit wider to provide some more direct controls and bit wider still or taller for a finder. Other than that, it's a nice form factor for that compact mirrorless camera I've been waiting for.

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