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Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix A preview - hands on with the DX compact

By dpreview staff on Mar 5, 2013 at 04:01 GMT
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We've had a chance to use the Nikon Coolpix A - the company's DX-format, fixed-lens compact. The Coolpix A features a 16MP APS-C sensor with no optical low-pass filter and a 28mm equivalent F2.8 prime lens. Nikon has done a lot of work to make the Coolpix A consistent with its DSLRs, from its interface to its compatibility with accessories.

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gl2k
By gl2k (Mar 5, 2013)

Remember the V1 fiasco ? Only a whopping discount of nearly 70% made it an attractive gadget.
Having your lesson learned would you buy the Coolpix A in the near future ?

4 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Mar 5, 2013)

Nikon's answer to the RX1? Or will that be the Coolpix A1?

A clever do-it-yourselfer could fashion a viewfinder made of two wire frames, front and aft,, mounted on a square wafer that slips into the hotshoe. Cost: <$1. But anyone dire about saving money could buy a K-01 on liquidation for $299.

1 upvote
LamarLamb
By LamarLamb (Mar 5, 2013)

I'm a little disappointed in the specs of the A. It needed a faster lens and for a fixed lens I would have preferred a 23mm lens vs the 18.5mm. Nikon makes some strange decisions...... There is nothing drawing me to this camera other than a small form factor with a DX sensor and that's not enough with the current market offerings.

1 upvote
chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (Mar 5, 2013)

So YOU would prefer a 23mm as opposed to an 18.5mm ... Shesh, theres just no pleasing some people!!

1 upvote
viking79
By viking79 (Mar 5, 2013)

I think a Fuji X100s looks a lot more interesting for only a little more money. This new Nikon looks nice, but doesn't appeal to me. Reminds me a bit of a Sigma DP series cameras.

0 upvotes
nonicks
By nonicks (Mar 5, 2013)

I can find many better options than this if I decide to spend over $1000 for a larger senosr compact size camera. Don't get the point of having this.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Mar 5, 2013)

Two high hopes, two fails...
At first sight it looked perfect: P310 successor with bigger sensor and an APSC compact. But the P330 combines nice sensor with terribly slow lens (there is only one enthusiast compact with slower lens: S110). And the Coolpix A has a unreasonable 28 mm lens which is terribly slow (for a prime). No VF and the horrible price killed it definitely. If the Coolpix A follows the V1 as regards the price (dropped from 700 eur to 299 in 1 year), it may sell well; but untill then: no, thank you.

5 upvotes
dpmaxwell
By dpmaxwell (Mar 5, 2013)

28mm eq. - this is basically a landscape camera. Without a VF. For $1100.

$1500+ if you want the viewfinder.

No.

8 upvotes
ARTASHES
By ARTASHES (Mar 5, 2013)

Looks like nice camera, an X100 alternative maybe but first of all it has no OIS something that isn't really negligable coopeled with f 2.8 lenses means that in low light to have a sharp photo you gonna have to stay at 1/15 at least (I had Casio Z850 with f2.8 and no OIS) when I can obtain some sharp pictures with f3.3 and 1/6 in the same conditions (assuming that we take stood objects) and then there are some compacts that has even better IS and more than step faster lenses than this Nikon, so this isn't going to outclass todays high end compacts in low light by big margain, it will do it in critical IQ and DOF which makes it's market pretty restricted

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0 upvotes
DieMusik
By DieMusik (Mar 5, 2013)

Very nice spec. I just wish it had 24-70mm F2.8 zoom or Nikon would come out with one in the future. That will be an amazing all around shooter for me. Realizing that might take one or two iterations of the camera. Anyway, it's a nice shooter.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
1 upvote
sirkhann
By sirkhann (Mar 5, 2013)

What a marvellous piece of tech, slapping Sigma onto the face. It's getting interesting now. By the way - 28mm is quite nice focal for street and it is in between 24 and 35mm, so quite a nice compromise. Once the price settles, this cam will be a bestseller.

1 upvote
aarif
By aarif (Mar 5, 2013)

OK I'll say it again here. I want a FF 12mp (tweaked nikon D3s sensor) in a compact with a sharp 50mm f/2 somekind of VF and a better battery say al least 500 shots for 1,500$.

I'll buy that :)

4 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Mar 5, 2013)

Wow those are such reasonable demands I can't imagine why camera companies aren't falling over themselves to deliver this! ;)

3 upvotes
dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 5, 2013)

Very few people want a FIXED 50mm lens. Just not wide enough.

Most would prefer a 35mm or 28mm.

1 upvote
In hydraulis
By In hydraulis (Mar 6, 2013)

50mm focal length on a 36x24 sensor is quite comfortable, tbh. Non-crop.

And for the price he's willing to pay for it, those expectations are reasonable.

Meanwhile, I'm waiting for Ricoh's next move. Hopefully they rise to the challenge.

Finally, DPR, I hope this comment goes where it's bloody well supposed to instead of starting a new thread.

1 upvote
JackM
By JackM (Mar 5, 2013)

Bravo Nikon. I bet Ricoh is kicking themselves now.

2 upvotes
Thoughts
By Thoughts (Mar 5, 2013)

Nikon DX DSLR users have been wanting such prime lens for years : 18.5mm f2.8. And there is no sign of its coming still.

3 upvotes
dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 5, 2013)

Amen.

(Add a 12mm DX to that.)

0 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (Mar 5, 2013)

You have it now, instead of buying a DX 18.5mm f/2.8 prime for an SLR which would likely cost as much as this camera based on Nikon's pricing, buy it with the entire camera. I don't have any interest in this DX Coolpix due to specifications, and would buy an X100s instead, you can still think of this as your DX 18.5mm f/2.8 lens.

0 upvotes
Thoughts
By Thoughts (Mar 5, 2013)

$1100 for a DX lens? you are being sarcastic i bet :P

1 upvote
Dafffid
By Dafffid (Mar 5, 2013)

Just to balance up those who don't like 28mm, for me it's absolutely the length I would want for a camera like this. I do a lot of event stuff, where a small camera is a boon, and have always found 28mm just perfect. True, 2.8 is a stop or two less than we'd all like, but high ISO is so much cleaner these days, I've no doubt this camera will be far better at 6400 than the cameras I was using at 1600 seven years ago. QUALITY of lens is more important than ultimate speed - we'll just have to wait and see if it's any good.

If they're going to go the Sigma route and launch a few of these, 20/28/42 would be so much more useful TO ME than 24/35/50 - three lengths I've never liked or used since I first picked up a camera 25 years ago, so I for one am happy-ish to see this. You may differ - and that's ok - choice and variety are good things.

6 upvotes
Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Mar 5, 2013)

Finally, a camera designed solely for the Nikon Shareholders.

The specs do not make a 'photographer's camera', IMHO.

Over $1,000 for Contrast Detect AF????

Not in my camera bag, you don't.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
Future user
By Future user (Mar 5, 2013)

I think this is a test prior to making their DX line mirrorless. For now, it looks aimed to compete against Sigma DP1m, even inheriting some lacking features (EVF, IS, articulated screen).

0 upvotes
ccclai
By ccclai (Mar 5, 2013)

Why not compete with X100/100S directly with 35mm F2?

0 upvotes
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Mar 5, 2013)

I actually prefer 28mm (but I'm not paying USD1000+ for one). Cropping brings you 35mm easily.

1 upvote
viking79
By viking79 (Mar 5, 2013)

X100s is 23mm f/2. Lets not call it 35mm when it is not. It has the field of view of a 35mm lens, but it is not equivalent to 35mm f/2.

0 upvotes
BingoCharlie
By BingoCharlie (Mar 5, 2013)

If we don't use 35mm equivalent, then we also have to know the sensor size when discussing different cameras and lenses. That's a colossal pain.

1 upvote
RFC1925
By RFC1925 (Mar 5, 2013)

I like:
-size
-solid build
-looks
-most likely IQ

don't like:
-price
-focal length
-relatively slow lens
-controls
-no VF

A control dial around the lens and one extra dial would make a big difference on the handling of this thing.

Even with its faults I'd seriously consider buying one if it was 40% cheaper.

1 upvote
Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (Mar 5, 2013)

I had the Sony RX and I am NOT buying a fixed lens compact! PERIOD!

3 upvotes
blank_
By blank_ (Mar 5, 2013)

agreed. (after using GRD and DP1)

it will be a great camera for those, who can live with fixed 28mm, but I'd go with a system camera anytime

2 upvotes
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Mar 5, 2013)

I agree, I really don't get this thing about fixed FL lens. Very expensive toy. If it had some good quality adapters for a reasonable price, well, maybe (but then why launch a ML APS-C, which is certainly coming?). I see this as one of those "we have it too" model. Everyone has it, Nikon too. Won't sell a lot, just like other similar don't sell as well.

2 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Mar 5, 2013)

Many people have no interest in owning multiple system cameras. For example, if I'm a Nikon or Canon DSLR shooter, do I really want to buy a m43 system camera as a walkaround camera? In some ways I'd rather have a fixed camera like an X100, X10 or this camera for a compact second camera, than another system like a NEX or m43.

1 upvote
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Mar 5, 2013)

@marike6: I alreeay have the V1+10mm f/2.8, a bit larger but with EVF. If I didn't have it, maybe this would interest me. I'll wait until Nikon bring a DX ML system. It'll come.

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0 upvotes
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Mar 5, 2013)

Any news on adpaters for lens (more WA ad up to mid-tele)?

0 upvotes
Griffo 155
By Griffo 155 (Mar 5, 2013)

As always the first creation of camera draws wishes and speculation... Just wait for the next versions A1 A2 etc... which will be no doubt better and have added features - camera companies cant get it right on the first edition every time - that includes canon sigma sony panasonic fuji (the list is endless) ...

Nikon add a viewfinder and by the looks of the other comments made on this blog you have got it made.. 28mm equiv. is a good street lens which I think is what this camera is targeted at... Next step put this sensor in the Series 1 cameras then you have the market tied up, buy Canon then buy Sony and the rest will collapse... NIKON Rule!

0 upvotes
chillgreg
By chillgreg (Mar 5, 2013)

Come on Richard, admit the truth. You guys get a massive kick from the inevitable comments from a(nother) fail Nikon. I bet you're all in the boardroom right now with a live comments stream on the projector! ;)

4 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Mar 5, 2013)

It won't fail, the fact it says nikon on it means it will sell. And well outsell any other brand single similar camera, it fails here, because this is where the geeks live.

0 upvotes
RFC1925
By RFC1925 (Mar 5, 2013)

Camera manufacturers seem to try to milk every last dime they can get from the buyers that insist on having a viewfinder with these overpriced add-ons.

0 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Mar 5, 2013)

If Nikon made it into a form of the Nikon S, with an integrated OVF/EVF solution, they wouldn't be able to make enough of them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_S-mount

3 upvotes
taktak91
By taktak91 (Mar 5, 2013)

So they all say. What's with this demand for rangefinder style looks?

1 upvote
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Mar 5, 2013)

Try X100s and find out. It's not so much the shell of the body, but one look through that brilliant OVF / EVF is enough. It's the unique experience of it.

0 upvotes
Julian
By Julian (Mar 5, 2013)

I would have preffered a 50mm to a 28mm - or even better a 28 to 50 f/2.8.

1 upvote
AmaturFotografer
By AmaturFotografer (Mar 5, 2013)

Now, if only it comes with interchangeable lens.. ha ha ha. Personally, I like wide lens. I even prefer 24mm equivalent. With wide lens, shake is not a serious problem, and I can crop to get tighter FoV. But that is just me.

0 upvotes
ageha
By ageha (Mar 5, 2013)

Nice!

1 upvote
davidonformosa
By davidonformosa (Mar 5, 2013)

I don't like the choice of focal length. Something in the range of 35-50mm equivalent would be better.

0 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Mar 5, 2013)

I think it's designed to compete with the iphone. That has a 28mm eqv lens and takes excellent photos too, with the added bonus that you can make phone calls and play games when you are waiting for the sun to set.

5 upvotes
The Hun show
By The Hun show (Mar 5, 2013)

What if other models would be introduced with different lenses in the same time? For example, a 35, 43, 50mm eqvivalent modell.

0 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Mar 5, 2013)

Nikon got the size right. And no AA? Sounds interesting. But 28mm is not my preferred focal length.

0 upvotes
Rambazamba
By Rambazamba (Mar 5, 2013)

You mean 42mm FF

0 upvotes
oselimg
By oselimg (Mar 5, 2013)

Erm...actually "28mm equivalent F2.8 prime lens" means 28mm FF. It's 18,5mm in APS-C (Dx) format.

1 upvote
tompabes2
By tompabes2 (Mar 5, 2013)

But it's mine!!! :)

2 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Mar 5, 2013)

Like Ricoh, like Pentax, Nikon likes to act like a very traditional Japanese camera company. Their preferred normal wide focal length is 28mm, not 35mm, which was always more popular in the Europe/US. If you want a 35mm, buy Leica X2, or Fuji X100s. One reason Fuji X100 is so popular in the West is because of that 35mm lens (apart from gorgeous OVF/EVF solution).

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0 upvotes
AngusCNH
By AngusCNH (Mar 5, 2013)

will there a Coolpix F introduced which is for 135 sensors? LOL

1 upvote
R Thornton
By R Thornton (Mar 5, 2013)

Nikon have gone completely mad! Defiantly doing too little too late and trying to cover it up by charging ridiculuous sums while balancing on the verge of the abysss - this can only end in one way. After 40 years with Nikon, I bought Canon 5 D Mk III last year. I've kept my Nikons but with every further step they take they pressure me to consider selling all my Nikon stuff and say farewell! How much more stupid can this get?

6 upvotes
Andrew Booth
By Andrew Booth (Mar 5, 2013)

The grass is always greener...

As a long time Canon user, I'm disappointed that Canon continues to produce ever more obscure and expensive lenses, while Nikon has done a very nice refresh of their mid-range/fast primes over the last 5 years. I'm thinking of transferring the other way for the lenses and the D800!

7 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Mar 5, 2013)

Or is the Glass is always greener?

6 upvotes
88SAL
By 88SAL (Mar 5, 2013)

Look at what Nikon offers, a fantastic body in the D600/D800, Best macro lens - the 200, best portrait lens 135 f2 DC. Oh wait they dont offer white paint. I know exactly why you left now. Besides - we all know nikon has never cared about compact cameras.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
3 upvotes
dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 5, 2013)

Andrew Booth and R Thorton you guys can trade.

0 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Mar 5, 2013)

Well, they can't get much more stupid than your post.

0 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Mar 5, 2013)

@dpLarry I was thinking the same thing lol.

0 upvotes
Sebit
By Sebit (Mar 5, 2013)

Nice to see Nikon's attempt at APS-C compact, hope the next iteration will be something for me, because this clearly is not:

1. @28mm it's wider than I would prefer for single focal length camera. And being 18.5/2.8 it's equivalent of 28/4, which takes away some of the DOF advantage of the APS-C sensor.

2. No Hybrid AF, just contrast detect (it's typical seeing the press release not even mentioning AF - clearly nothing for the marketing department there ;) ).

3. It's small, but still bigger than NEX cameras. NEX-5R & 20/2.8 is $899 (bought separately), and it is probably smaller. With PDAF, and optional OVF (~$100) or EVF (~$230) AND interchangeable lenses.

4. They've decided that a piece of metal with glass inside is worth almost half the price of a camera, that's ridiculous.

Given the price, and the Coolpix brand used, I'm not sure what they think they are doing. However, Nikon J1 was Japan's highest selling camera in 2012. Perhaps Nikon is not doomed ;)

3 upvotes
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Mar 5, 2013)

Re FL, given the 16MP sensor that allows for some cropping, it's useful in the 28-50mm range. I wish they had adpaters for longer and wider FLs though.

0 upvotes
Paul Storm
By Paul Storm (Mar 5, 2013)

this camera proves beyond any reasonable doubt that nikon cannot let go of selling DSLRs designed with the aestethics of a brick.

3 upvotes
Daakku
By Daakku (Mar 5, 2013)

Not for me! but at least Nikon released a DX compact (after 1 j/v x debacle)...So kudos...Hopefully the next release will have:
1) built-in VF/eVF
2) interchangable lens mount / or a Zoom lens (w/ 2.8-4 Av or better)
3) or hopefully another comapny will force a better/less espensive product out of nikon

2 upvotes
nawknai
By nawknai (Mar 5, 2013)

Cameras I'd rather buy: X100s, X-E1, OM-D EM-5, NEX-6, Sigma DP

This is a solid fail.

15 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Mar 5, 2013)

yup!

1 upvote
dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 5, 2013)

This Nikon is not meant to be a high volume product.

1 upvote
Kglass77
By Kglass77 (Mar 5, 2013)

Not to worry..it does not have a choice in the matter..

0 upvotes
benny_wong
By benny_wong (Mar 5, 2013)

at the widest end of sony RX100 you will get a 28mm @F1.8,
or if you want a APSC sensor size can grab a NEX3n+20mm F2.8 pancake
fail Nikon...

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 5, 2013)

Or GX1 with 28mm f2.8 that zooms. (although it is an inch thicker)

0 upvotes
Dafffid
By Dafffid (Mar 5, 2013)

The lens on the GX1 is terrible as is the RX100 at its widest. You can't possibly make a judgement until you see the quality of the lens on this camera.

0 upvotes
Spectro
By Spectro (Mar 5, 2013)

4.37 x 2.52 x 1.57″ maybe the smallest aps-c camera body out there. Wonder if it is pocket-able. Too expensive now, maybe when it is 40-50% off in a few years.

1 upvote
Sebit
By Sebit (Mar 5, 2013)

NEX-3N and NEX-5R are smaller.

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 5, 2013)

And if you like wide f2.8 primes, Sony has a pancake lens for you already.

1 upvote
Couscousdelight
By Couscousdelight (Mar 5, 2013)

If you are talking about the Sony 16mm f2.8 pancake, please, keep it. It's one of the worst lens i've ever use.
Seriously.

4 upvotes
benny_wong
By benny_wong (Mar 5, 2013)

how about the new sony 20mm F2,8 pancake? any comments?

1 upvote
Spectro
By Spectro (Mar 5, 2013)

I forgot I already have a nex-3 with the 28mm 2.8 pancake. I hardly ever use that thing. I even put nikkor lens on the nex3. Nex3 with pancake is not jean pockable, but jacket pocketable. the Sony pancake is ok.

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1 upvote
pacc
By pacc (Mar 5, 2013)

This clearly signals that the 1 series 1" sensors are not enough,
or that Nikon can't compete with Sony and RX100 in that market.

$299 + a ricoh viewfinder

1 upvote
NoRules
By NoRules (Mar 5, 2013)

Sigma made a camera like this in 2008. The DP1. You can get one used for $150. Well worth the money. Probably better optics. Man, the world is going backwards these days.

2 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Mar 5, 2013)

Except the Dp1 can't shoot high ISO. And probably doesn't even touch the AF of this camera. And doesn't have the resolution of this one (though the new DP1M does). This one seems quite pocketable.

It's not all backwards. There's tradeoffs everywhere.

2 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Mar 5, 2013)

Good idea, nice fast lens, nice big sensor. I haven't read the rest of the comments yet but I'm sure everyone is as impressed as me ;-)

Good to see Nikon trying different things these days but the premium compact market must be reaching saturation point by now? Must be scary for manufacturers knowing what to develop and sell these days...

What I would like to see is this lens available for my DX SLRs, that would be a big step forward for the format.

3 upvotes
DigitPhotography
By DigitPhotography (Mar 5, 2013)

This camera is targeted at exactly the market who will recognize its shortcomings in comparison to the competition and stay away in droves.

5 upvotes
benny_wong
By benny_wong (Mar 5, 2013)

why not a NEX3n/5R/6 + A 20mm 2.8(equiv 30mm)
its same APS-C sensor, plus interchangable lens, plus 1080 60P movie, flip mon and more

and, should cost less than 800USD

5 upvotes
Studor13
By Studor13 (Mar 5, 2013)

You are right. I'm a Nikon fan (D800, D300, D70, F100,..) but no way I'm buying this over a Nex-6. Heck, I even prefer the Nex-C3!

0 upvotes
Illumina
By Illumina (Mar 5, 2013)

Although I'm a Nikon DSLR user, this camera really doesn't appeal me..
And really the price is too expensive IMO

2 upvotes
devlin2427
By devlin2427 (Mar 5, 2013)

They are trying to milk this one dry. This camera is probably around 200$ in production costs. The extra 900$ is a nikon premium. I'm pretty sure not even Leica are this bold.

2 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Mar 5, 2013)

Keep in mind there are a lot of costs associated with bringing a camera to market besides the production cost, which you are just guessing at with no data to inform that guess. Plus a camera like this has a very small market which means it has to be more expensive. Most people prefer the much more sensible option of having a zoom lens on their compact camera.

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0 upvotes
KGP
By KGP (Mar 5, 2013)

Nikon creates a new camera category, compact B&E: Boring & Expensive

7 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 5, 2013)

No it's still a P&S - Pointless and Spendy! :)

5 upvotes
dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 5, 2013)

Dpreview's new sport : whine at Nikon.

3 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 5, 2013)

Well Olympus didn't release anything this week, so what else are we supposed to do?

14 upvotes
mcshan
By mcshan (Mar 5, 2013)

tkbslc, GREAT line! My first laugh of the day. Thanks!

0 upvotes
Digitall
By Digitall (Mar 5, 2013)

Before buying a compact pocket-size, I waited to see the P7100 and RX100, The Sony took me the money.
Now I'm interested buying a Mid-Compact camera with fixed lens, Waiting this Coolpix A and Fuji X100S, I would have to RX1, but it is too much gym to achieve, and it is too expensive in my point of view.IMO. So, I think that Fuji will take the money(by second time).
Nikon will be attentive to the market and what the market offers?

0 upvotes
Digitall
By Digitall (Mar 5, 2013)

P7700*

0 upvotes
gl2k
By gl2k (Mar 5, 2013)

Ingenious Nikon. Giving an advanced camera a similar name as their P&S series. Confusing ? Probably. Detrimental effects on sales figures ? Definitely.
+
Nikon on its suicide path. Last year the devastating price crunch on the V1 = renders V2 unsalable.
This year a DX fixed focal length camera with an odd focal length and slow aperture. Topping of the cake is the omitted viewfinder. Even more odd since the V2 just got one because of user complains.
+
Nikon obviously is not capable of learning from its own mistakes or the mistakes of its competitors.

0 upvotes
Tap0
By Tap0 (Mar 5, 2013)

The V1 always had a viewfinder, the V2 inherited it.

2 upvotes
Murray Rothbard
By Murray Rothbard (Mar 5, 2013)

28mm f/2.8 fixed lens? For $1100?? Have they lost their minds?

4 upvotes
atamola
By atamola (Mar 5, 2013)

What the hell are those people at Nikon smoking?

Apparently they haven't registered the V1 fiasco

--------- Lens 28mm f/2.8 ------------
(Who the hell was asking for a fixed 28mm f/2.8?!!)
- X100/s Fujinon 35mm (equiv) f/2
- RX1 Zeiss 35mm f/2
- OM-D E-M5 + 34mm (equiv) f/1.8

------- 90% coverage optical viewfinder --------
- X100/s leading hybrid viewfinder
- RX1 EVF or Zeiss optional
- OM-D E-M5 EVF + tilting screen

------- Max Shutter speed 1/2000 ----------
- X100/s 1/4000 + Built-in ND
- RX1 1/4000
- OM-D E-M5 1/4000

-------- Sync speed (???) --------
- X100/s 1/4000 !!!!
- RX1 1/2000!!!
- OM-D E-M5 1/250
------ Max FPS: less than 4 ------
- X100/s 5/6
- RX1 5
- OM-D E-M5 9

Bottom-line 1: Not from my pocket.
Bottom-line 2: Nikon is completely clueless about what's going on in the market

16 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 5, 2013)

Bear in mind that most lenses offer a different field of view, depending on how close they're focused. As a result, an optical viewfinder that's about-right across the range ends up sounding like it's not very accurate at infinity.

0 upvotes
Robert Eckerlin
By Robert Eckerlin (Mar 5, 2013)

As a non-specialist, I do not understand the following sentence: "As a result, an optical viewfinder that's about-right across the range ends up sounding like it's not very accurate at infinity ". Could someone please explain that?

Does that sentence apply to the OVFs of all compact cameras (e.g those compact Fujifilm X cameras and those cpompact Canon cameras coming with an OVF)?

Thanks a lot in advance for an answer

1 upvote
xc1427
By xc1427 (Mar 5, 2013)

I just want to say the Coolpix A is designed for a true street shooter, but not a spec perv.

Please verify your sync speed data. I think even EOS 1DX can not do 1/4000s.

0 upvotes
chillgreg
By chillgreg (Mar 5, 2013)

@Richard have you just come from another Fuji junket? What on earth does that even mean? umm lol?

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 5, 2013)

Finally, they did yet too late and too expensive. If you're late, you can't just be too confident. The closest camera to this thing is the Sigma DP1 Merrill now sells for $800. It should have started at around $800. Nikon is overcharging their loyal fans.

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Digitall
By Digitall (Mar 5, 2013)

15 days after launch they are selling it $ 300 less. I was putting some hope in this camera to be a direct competitor of Fuji, but I think the Nikon failed again. Nikon wake up, loyal consumers here!

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 5, 2013)

The camera seems nice but the price! I'd price this aggressively versus between the NEX 5n and the DP1 Merrill .

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