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It makes no sense (to me) to design a classic or retro looking and hopefully with simple A, S, M controls (no 100 scenes modes) body and then damage the retro concept by using an EVF. If it has an OVF i think about it. But if it has an EVF i don't even bother not even to read about it (no matter the price).
I already have 4.4.2 for a few days already...
Good idea but badly implemented. Nikon did not remove any unnecessary controls they just add even more. Although I was hopping this was the camera to replace my Sony A900 it is not. Not just because its only 16MP's but because its viewfinder (at 0.70x) is way smaller than the one on my A900 (at 0.74x). Plus no split prism or Microprism focusing screen for manual focusing. When I upgrade my A900 I want to upgrade to something better in all respect. (By the way Sony still don't make any camera that make me think about upgrading. Mainly because they keep concentrating on making cameras with EVF's. I use EVF in my P&S cameras but I want my real cameras to have a real quality penta-prism OVF like the one in the A900).
Looks like the style of body, or camera, I have been wishing for years... I started photography when focusing and metering was done manually. I know todays cameras have auto focus and automatically meter scenes in order to help the job be done faster. But also has too many options that practically no body uses. Not professional photographers. And much less amateurs who usually keep their cameras in Auto or Program settings... Is time for camera bodies to go back to simpler dial controls with just one dial to set shutter speed (maybe with 1 or 2 customizable Program positions), an aperture dial or control ring in the lens mount (like the old Olympus OM-1), and one dial to select the ISO speed. And one buttom to select the type of metering and focus area (spot, central, etc). There is no need to take space in the top of the camera to put a top LCD to tell me the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture that I selected. To show it on the viewfinder and at the back LCD display is more than enough.
Somehow Pentax was able to improve the best 16MP's camera currently available in the market. The one I am planning to get is the K5-IIs due to not having an Anti-Alising filter since due to this it is supposed to have more resolution (sharper details) and less noise than a 24MP's APS-C sensor. Plus due to the improvements in auto focus in lower light conditions and the better focus tracking. The only thing that people having other brands of camera use to complain about the K5. The issue of not having an articulating LCD is not important to me since I don't need (or want) an articulating LCD anyway except for turning the LCD backwards when not using the camera to protect the LCD. But I am going to wait a few months to see if Pentax decides to make a full frame version of the K5-IIs before I actually buy it because I already have too many APS-C cameras and the camera I really want to buy is a FF camera.
Really impresive resolution and detail for a $699 camera (with lens).
photoaddict: oh boy, i think ill sell my canon gear for nikon gear... nikon just seems to be outperforming canon significantly in the past couple of years. Good job, nikon!
I'm also thinking about selling my Sony gear and to buy this Nikon and 2 or 3 extra Nikon lenses.
A 24MP's APS-C sensor camera for only $699... Incredible specs for an "entry level" camera. Specially for a camera that may end probably having better photo quality than any other camera, since is probably using the same 24MP's sensor of the Sony A77. But without having a translucent mirror reducing the amount of light hitting the sensor, or degrading the image sharpness, and for half the price!!!
birdbrain: Using this to mount my 500 f4 onto a Nex body is going to look quite silly. Not to mention trying to track planes or birds and focusing at the same time should be a breeze :-)
Re: "Just realised the Nex has no optical viewfinder and I suspect the live view LCD will be lacking in it's ability to keep up with the need to focus manually, so I guess you could be on to something"
You can add the opt EVF to the NEX 5n to help focusing with long lenses. Although it cannot be added to the 3 or 5.
Fantastic news... This will allow all the 252 (according to B&H) Canon EOS mount lenses to also fit the NEX body!