brownie314: Why Nikon! Why make a lens that already exists for DX. The Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 is an excellent lens that can be had for less than half the price of this Nikon lens. Why not give us a nice, compact 24mm 2.8 (or 2.4) prime! It would make the D3300 and D5500 very compact. But no.
Brownie314, there may be other reasons to not like that lens, but not the fact that "it already exist for DX". What do you say about the legion of 24-70 and 70-200 lenses which everybody and their uncle makes? There are also a bunch of primes from various manufacturers, and that just gives more choice to everyone.You may not like the price, you may not like the variable aperture, but I see no problem with it being "me too" :-)
Le Kilt: Gosh, remember, all compacts cameras are mirrorless. Now some have interchangeable lenses. And some are getting great sensors. Convergence ? The question is do you want TTL optical viewfinder, even if it means more bulk. All the rest is... yawn...
As far as I care, my Coolpix 995 and Coolpix L12 are mirrorless -but I much prefer my bulky D200. I don't care abou wether it is mirrorless or not. Give me an OVF.