G3User: What a joke, all these cameras with no view finders. You may as well be holding up a cell phone with your head tilted way back and barley seeing the screen in bright sunlight. This is pathetic. This is the continued dumbing down of photography.
You are absolutely right. I'm waiting for perfect Canon G for years and see no consistency in Canon's approach. Instead of making it better an better, they change design and features with every release - bad habit. Instead of delivering world class range-finder, which G1x almost was, they missed it again. G1X needed just some little corrections here and there, but camera by itself was nicely designed. Now the hope rest with Nikon P8000 and Nikon 1V3. Besides OVF (or HQ EVF) I'd like to see all manual controls and really large comfortable grip like those in P7800, 1V2 or about any SONY model.Maybe next year..... or next after...???
Actualy - the "looks" is OK and preferable to V1 in my opinion. V2 is designed as high-end P&S with it's presumably very good (enough) with electronic automatic controls.For me it would be desirable to have in addition few switches for fast manual setups, as auto-mode is not always right in all circumstances. Maybe V3 will get there next year.
Your coments are perfectly right. My first thought was to have that size camera to be paired with 70-300VRII. I'm glad to hear you have good experience with this setup. So far I did not see any published pictures from V1 with 70-300VRII, and I would like to ask you, if you can post here few pictures taken with this setup? Also, you may want send note to me with the picture or two? - thank you, kenbass.
I'd like to see advanced range finder based on Canon G1X or Nikon P7100 body design: with all mechanical controls, CX lens mount, also adaptor for all DX/FX lenses, and high quality OVF/EVF as obligatory feature. Articulated and build-in display variations will be welcome.The design proposed above is almost exactly what I'm looking for - for years...
I hope Nikon wakes up and start producing range finder line of cameras instead of hundreds yearly models of worstless shirt-pocket multi color bodies of no value. Let those be replaced by cell-phone cameras.
Support coments by Biowizard and Gesture below.Also, I'd like to see 3D structures to test Front/Back focus, including micro adjustments, 3D structure to test camera/lens set for bokeh, also another 3D structure to simulate low light (night) photography to test ISO from low to highest. (similar to DCRP's SanFrancisco at night, but in lab-version so lighting will be consistant.Left,Right,Center,Top and Bottom targets for testing focus points for focusing consistency.
I realize it is tough, but you need strong filter that will limit agressive threads of two different kind:1./ Competitors (manufacturer's agents) trying to smear other brand product by bringing the same subject to forum over and over again to create "bad name" for particular product. Example: "skin tones" in D7000." - It is OK and expected that subject is brought up to forum... but having the same person creating the same therad under symilar title over and over again is not needed. I think if something is not discussed in full within 150 threads is just not needed here any more. Also, frequently the same aggresive entity post threads under different names just to create and spread "bad opinions" about competitor's product. We don't need that. 2./ Aggressive personal replies/commenting.
tonyheps: What kind of enthusiast that will buy a compact camera without a viewfinder - NOT ME!!
@ Richie BeansThe whole discussion is pointless. If you like and prefere LCD, then fine I'm glad for you, but don't tell others how they should use camera and what view finder feature is better for them. All my cameras have both LCD and OVF built in, and LCD is always off for many good for me reasons. So, rhlpetrus is right, Not same thing, also dhouse53 point of view fit my view at the matter.
Navmark77: This is an incremental improvement to an already-good camera. If this camera were not in the Nikon product line, it would leave a gaping hole, as no other non-DLSR that they make offers the photographer so much control.
As far as improvement is concern it is one step forward with lens and sensor, and one large step back with lack of OVF.
philchan: No viewfinder, well that doesn't cut it, deal breaker..
The articulated LCD is useless in bright condition, this is why OVF is absolutely needed. Deal breaker. If I want good LCD camera I'd buy the cell phone.
Not the same, not even close. It is deal breaker. To bad - not a competitor for G1X, when it could have been.