Leandros S: "One big disappointment is that neither lens has Vibration Reduction (Nikon's term for image stabilization) built-in. While this isn't a huge deal on the fast 10mm prime, I was surprised to see that the 11-27.5mm zoom lacked this important feature."
Hmm... let's think... when surrounded by massive volumes of water, is my camera still shaky? Actually, no. Let's think again... if I had loose VR lens elements in my system, might it lead to shutter shock? Quite possibly yes. So should I be including VR? I'll let you answer that one.
He wants VR on a shock-proof camera. I am interested on how they would be able to engineer that.
JackM: I applaud Nikon for the concept, but the price is too high for me. If the body is going to be simpler (no video, fewer bells, whistles, frills) it should cost less than a D610.
@nnowak Fewer features also mean fewer lines of code in the firmware which means fewer chances of software bugs.
imbimmer: The latest round of 1/1.7" and 2/3" digicams such as the X10, P7700, G15, etc all have way much better IQ than the Nikon 1 series, how does he explain that?
@imbimmer: you forget that the smaller sensors still has to be magnified 4x compared to the 1" sensor when viewing (or printed) at the same size.
rolandct: 2 Problems with using the 8 GB version:1) Slow transfer, however I usually am just transfering select JPGs not every pic so it's usually not a big deal
2) Geo-tagging is almost completely useless since it's based on WiFi. I'm not sure if even one of the thousands I've taken have been tagged right.
If at least 2 is fixed I would consider upgrading, but I doubt it since that would require a GPS receiver.
The 8GB version is only class 6 while this is Class 10 which should be 10MBps minimum (vs the 6MBps on class 6)
timshel: Guess I'm the minority here but I'll probably be buying one, if not two of these. I'm a pro photographer who still shoots the original 5D because I'm still happy with the results it gives and so are my customers. I often wish I could upgrade the screen on the back to be actually useful, a few stops of sensitivity, and some weathersealing.... sounds like canon made my dreams come true and saved me (and my back!) a pound between two cameras. That said, I'm disappointing by the SD card but more so the lack of the joystick. I'll probably have to replace both cameras just to keep consistent and make life simpler for me.
Maybe this isn't the right camera for bench racing, but I think a lot of other event photographers may be happy with this feature set.
Why would you buy this instead of 5D II?
Prestidigitator: Seriously, US$2000 introductory MSRP for a 97% VF, 11-pt AF, SD cards-only FF DLSR is a big letdown. This is nothing more than a US$1500 camera. And I'm a long-time Canon shooter. It seems Canon is just imitating crApple in the "pay more, get less" marketing strategy. They would count on the hardcore fanb0is to swallow everything they cough up.
Is it true that it only has 1 SD card slot? I think Canon designed this in a hurry when they heard months ago that Nikon is coming up with the D600. Why would they announce it now only to be deliverable by December? Nikon announced theirs last week and it's available this week.
vivtorio: Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec!?!No, thanks!Better D800 or A99.
obeythebeagle: I am amazed at the quality of the images from my 8 meg droid cam, and it has a tiny sensor. This camera is a revelation, with a relatively large sensor, Zeiss lens and many megapixels. For a cell phone, the posted pictures are fantastic. Who wouldn't want one if you were without a dslr? I will however wait for a droid model.
@vlad: I doubt Apple would make a phone like this. It's too bulky for their taste. :)