I picked one up on the Woot $199 deal and have to say that's a lot of camera for the money. I'm still getting used to this particular form factor - no viewfinder and a LCD screen that tilts up and down (only). The technical quality of the photos is quite nice - it's my compositional skills that are lacking.
One thing that has helped is enabling the view screen overlay with vertical and horizontal lines as well as the electronic vertical and horizontal levels. I'm learning to shoot more from the waist, but I still keep trying to bring it up to my eye to look through the nonexistent viewfinder.
I still have an old film MX, into which I long ago placed a viewfinder screen with vertical and horizontal lines. The point is, my lack of compositional skill is certainly not the fault of any one camera.
ThomasSwitzerland: I have no idea why Canon seems sleeping.
Seriously? Canon announces a "Hello Kitty" camera and we get 249 comments?
Oops. Make that 250 comments. :-)
I'm going to go make some photos. I think I'll use my G2. Just because.
The only reason this appeals to me at all is because I miss solid construction, good glass, and f-stop ring / shutter speed dial manual controls at an affordable price.
But I "miss" old muscle cars as well - until I get back behind the wheel of one and remember what sleds they really were, and with none of what we've come to expect in modern vehicles.
I guess with a digital back you could do the equivalent of an automobile "resto-mod" (classic restoration with modern components) on your old Nikon. I don't know if it would be affordable or truly competitive with a modern Nikon, but it sure would be fun.
Meantime, I think I'm going to dig out some of the old cameras and run some film through. Just for fun. Now where's that scanner?
Happy New Year, all!
I like the direction this camera is going from a usability standpoint, especially the shutter speed dial on top coupled with the aperture ring around the lens. That is a solid configuration that served photographers well for many years and I'm glad to see it making a comeback. I'd especially love to see theses features on non-"pro" cameras (at non-"pro" prices) as well.