I hope they become popular. This will make Nikon and Sony think twice about their future pricing strategy. I also hope that Samsung will come out with road map regarding this NX Mini to include a "Pro-sumer" version to compete with the Nikon 1 V3. One advantage Samsung will have is that they can flood the market with these inexpensive cameras by a much lower prices than it's competitors and hopefully will drive the prices down.
I waited to upgrade my V1 to the V3 but the price kept me out. I just wanted the body since I already have some lenses but yet no body only option here in the U.S. Even if Nikon will sell the body only, I bet it will still be in the $850.00 - $950.00 range.
Competition is great for all consumers. It's always great to have choices, good or bad.
Where's the D600 made?
One_Oldman_4U: The price is really not that bad compared to the FF lens like the
Nikon 80-400/4 5-5.6 VR @ over $2200.00Sigma 50-500/4.5-6.3 APO @ over $1500.00
$1000.00 is a little steep for a CX lens. $799.00 would be the perfect price if you ask me.
I forgot about the 70-300 FX. Yes this lens does the job but with the addition of the adapter. Still makes a quite large set up. There's nothing better than a native lens built for a particular system. As I mentioned, I hope that 70-300 CX lens' ED glass and nano-coating lives up to the expectation.
And yes you can crop the FF to equal the CX but the advantage of this lens on a V series body is the huge reduction in size and weight. I'm old and I don't see myself lugging a full frame body with the above lenses all day long. A V1/V2/V3 with this attach, I can do it all day long plus another body or two and 3-5 lenses in a small bag. Sometime good enough is good enough. One just have to decide what fits their needs. High IQ with great sharpness = FF. Lightweight and small system with decent IQ = CX or M4/3. I'm not a "PRO" and I don't sell photographs. I do it as a hobby and for fun. To each his own.
The 70-300 CX is equivalent to 189-810mm in FF. That reach is great for birders and outdoors people. I'm really considering this lens for to attach to one of my V1 body but I'm waiting for some reviews if the ED glass and nano-coating really do live up to their potential.
The price is really not that bad compared to the FF lens like the
Spec wise, the new V3 looks good. Price wise? HA! More expensive than V2. Where's the deal here?
Personally, the new V3 looks like a dissected V2. They took the EVF and made it separate. Same with the grip. Rounded the corners and voila! here's the V3. I have to admit the stuffs under the hood looks good and promising. Hopefully it will deliver.
But the price? NOT ME!! I will wait 'til it will go on a "Fire Sale" like the V1. NO BUY FOR ME AT THIS TIME.
Will there be an update for the AW1? I want one with a EVF ala 1/V2.
I have the AW110 and it's an decent rugged compact and I'm not enthused on the 120 as an upgrade. To make a difference, they should have made the sensor bigger (1/1.7")
But I want a AWx with a EVF. There was also a rumor I read a while back that they will make the 10-100VR in a rugged version. Maybe Nikon will come out with both very soon!
Nikon should come out with a long zoom with a constant 2.8 (or better) aperture that will compete with the likes of the Panasonic FZ200 and with the bigger sensor Olympus Stylus 1. Just make one with a bigger sensor and constant aperture!
I'm still waiting for the Nikon 1 V Series upgrade.
One_Oldman_4U: It would have been better if the AW1 is a "rebadge" V1 with a viewfinder.
I long for a waterproof rugged camera with a bigger sensor, that doesn’t use housing. P&S waterproof camera are ok (I had TS1, AW100 and used some of the other brands) but they are far from good.
A V1 rebadged as the AW1 would have been better IMHO. It will be like the “Jack of All Trades” of 1” sensor cameras. Just imagine the capabilities of the V1 as it is. A small, lightweight camera, with very fast and accurate focusing, rugged, waterproof, dustproof, freeze proof, shockproof camera will be a joy for outdoorsmen and women alike.
The AW1 with the 10/2.8 and 11-27.5/3.5-5.6 is a good start for Nikon’s new addition to the Series 1 System. I would like to see a higher end version of this, the likes of the V1/V2 and maybe V3? underwater camera with viewfinder will be almost perfect. Add the underwater equivalent of the 10-100VR and we have a winner in a whole new category of rugged weatherproof cameras.
Yes. I hope Nikon Marketing will do a descent job marketing this NEW product. I own a couple of V1 and waiting for the V3. But this RUGGED, UNDERWATER, SHOCKPROOF Series 1 is very appealing to me. I will wait for the reviews and user experience before I will jump into the bandwagon. I just hope that when they update or upgrade this next year that the new model will have a EVF. Nikon can "re-badge" the V1 and I will get it. A newer V3 AW Version will be even better. I would also like an underwater version or at least weather sealed version of the 10-100VR The AW kit lens are good enough at the monent.
I understand that viewfinder is pretty much useless under, that's what the LCD is for. BUT, how much time is spent above water? That's when the viewfinder comes into play. Like on the beach, on deck of a boat, around the pool, in the desert, snow and other other out door places where the sun is bright and renders LCD pretty much unviewable. Just because it says underwater" that doesn't mean it can't be use above water. That's what make camera like this very appealing to outdoors people..divers, snorklers, hikers, kayakers, swimmers and many others. MOst that but buy the "P&S Weatherproof" cameras is because they want they want a camera that can handle the bumps, drops, water splash, mud, etc. and not worry about damaging the camera. With the AW1, now were getting to bigger sensor, better IQ. Only the price will keep people from upgrading.
It would have been better if the AW1 is a "rebadge" V1 with a viewfinder.