What is the purpose of the Coolpix A?

Started Apr 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Andrewteee Senior Member • Posts: 2,939
Re: What is the purpose of the Coolpix A?

Darryl E Mylrea wrote:

JacquesBalthazar wrote:

D7K quality in the pocket of your shirt, your suit jacket, your cycling jersey  or your cargo shorts. Have "pro" level photography capability at hand  at parties, at music festivals, at the pub, in the street, hiking in the mountains, without feeling any weight and without being seen as the regular "photo freak". Or simply stroll down the alleys of a seedy neighbourhood without feeling like a prime mugging target.

Pretty compelling when you are a really keen photographer. This A is a beauty!

I guess it's just me, but I would not have any expectations (or need, really) for "pro" quality shots from on-the-go places like bars, concerts, etc.  Considering what it takes to get a really good shot from a DSLR like the D7100, I don't see me whipping out my "A" from my shirt pocket and snapping that $1000 shot.

I did purchase a Sony NEX a while back, just for the purpose of taking on hikes, as my D300 was big and bulky for such trips, and with the ability to twist on a good zoom lens makes it a useful camera with excellent quality.  Limit it to 28mm...not so useful for me.

After looking at the Sony RX1 (upwards of $3000), there is obviously a market for this type of limited function camera, and people with wallets to keep it going.

But you are just one type of photographer. There are many. And thankfully there are many options for types of cameras. DSLRs no longer suit me and I prefer to move light and fast. Others need DSLRs for sports or event photography or journalism or many other purposes.

Photographers like Daido Moriyama have made careers using single focal length cameras. Some might argue that a single focal length camera is a "limited function" camera, but others might argue that sticking to a single focal length inspires creativity and experimentation. For me, 28mm is a great storytelling focal length as I can get a lot in the frame, but it's not so wide that distortion becomes more apparent.

And sure some of the single focal length cameras are expensive, but if you enjoy shooting with them, and you shoot them often, then the cost is only one factor. We all have budgets (most of us anyway), but if the cameras give us great pleasure and they work for our personal styles then, in my opinion, there's no harm in spending a little more. I get far more pleasure out of my Ricoh GRD than I did from any DSLR. They have been money well spent.

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