NoNerd: l have a SX20 and after 3 years it feels like it is getting worn out so l was waiting to buy the SX40 as a replacement, which l will not as just like the SX30 it runs on a IONLithium battery and not AA's. For me a bridge is a travel camera. This year l have spent 2 weeks in the Sahara and 2 x 2 weeks in the Himilayas in both cases there were no possiblities to charge batteries, which didnt bother me as with the XS20 l use lithium AA's that allow abt 1500 shots. l have now bought a Fuji HS20 (uses AA's!), but l don't like it's handling. Could Canon PLEASE make the XS50 for AA's. One last remark for those who want RAW on a bridge. My HS20 has it and uses abt 15 seconds to calulate a RAW shot, so no travel camera. It can only do this because of the manual zoom elec.consumption is low, but for a traveller it's a useless camera as you can't make fast situation shots of people and movements.
I agree - please, please, please make these cameras run on AAs. Sometimes I don't see an outlet for days on vacation.
Jim5k: I wanted smaller, but without sacrificing image quality. Why is Nikon so resistant to making a non-SLR APS-C camera? It seems absurdly easy to do. Just leave the mirror and pentaprism off of any dSLR.
I was a dedicated Nikon user in the film days, but I feel abandoned by them. Why no digital FM-2? They're still making the FM-10 - do they think we want film? Not me - I just want the manual control. So far the closest thing I found is the Panasonic G2. Super camera. Even works well with my old AI-S lenses (w/ adapter). Just wish it had an APS-C. The Nikon 1 went in the wrong direction for me. Looks like I'm "stuck" with M4/3rds.
Wetsleet - I don't want small if it's too small, and the Nikon 1 is too small for me. Let me rephrase my wish: I want the top of the line sensor (APS-C) without the bloat associated with a mirror & pentaprism and a mount engineered for a 35mm frame.
In short: Keep the APS-C, just drop the archaic ties to 35mm that make the camera fatter than it needs to be. (If you need backward compatibility, do it with adapters). The NEX-5 nailed it. I was just hoping for was a Nikon, but so far they are avoiding this niche like the plague.
As for whether lenses would be smaller if Nikon dropped the F-mount limitation, does anyone have a side-by-side picture of a Sony vs. Nikon 18-55mm lens?
I have a question about lens vs. sensor size. Isn't the current Nikon F-mount the same one as the one used on 35mm cameras to cover a full 35mm frame? Wouldn't lenses be smaller if they abandoned the F-mount and engineered the lenses to just cover the APS-C frame? I remember the Pentax 110 SLR system - it had very small lenses. Follow-up question: Are the Sony NEX lenses smaller than comparable Nikon F-mount lenses?
bricci_mn: Hello everybody!Just lurking for years here around at DPreview, but much more than rarely I have written something... Now it's my turn...Long awaited "Big N" and "Big C" mirrorless alternatives to Panasonic and Olimpus (m)4/3 finally came, and then... The Nikon ones are such a "intermediate-of-intermediate" format between 4/3 and Pentax Q format, which, in my very very humble opinion, none of the small form factor enthusiasts will invest on unless they want to carry around the "coat of arms" of one of the two great japanese makers...Will Canon come out with something very similar, I think, then we will see where they would go any farther...In my opinion, the success of V1 and J1 (V1 is probably FAR better in terms of everyday useability) is only reassumed on a mere consideration of both availability and quality of lenses and accessories whith which they'll feed the market.
I hope Canon's mirrorless targets serious photographers and not the Aston Kutcher crowd. I am extremely disappointed in Nikon's attempt. Essentially I was hoping a Panasonic G2 with an APS-C sensor. Why are Nikon & Canon are so averse to making a mirrorless APS-C camera? I think the SLR is a dinosaur - that technology was needed in the film days. The future lies in the LCD (with or without viewfinders). And I'm shocked Nikon and Canon aren't leading the way.
I wanted smaller, but without sacrificing image quality. Why is Nikon so resistant to making a non-SLR APS-C camera? It seems absurdly easy to do. Just leave the mirror and pentaprism off of any dSLR.
I DON'T WANT "MIDDLE GROUND"! I want a top notch sensor without the bulk of a dSLR, and that's accomplished by using an APS-C. Abandon the dinosaur parts (mirror & pentaprism) and the old 35mm F-mount and reengineer the system around the APS-C (like Sony did). I'm still puzzled why Nikon has not filled this niche. Why do they make me buy an SLR to get an APS-C?
I waited until the Panasonic G2 to buy my first serious digital camera because dSLRs are too fat and don't fully utilize the benefits of digital because a mirror is in the way. I was hoping Nikon would make something BETTER than the G2 by using an APS-C. Instead they gave me smaller. I don't want smaller - the G2 is a wonderful size (actually, it's similar to my old Nikon FM-2).
Looks like I'm stuck with M4/3rds for now. It's not bad, however, especially since I found an adapter that lets me use my old AI-S lenses, and the Panasonic digital manual focusing tools are excellent.