What is the purpose of the Coolpix A?

Started Apr 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
coudet Veteran Member • Posts: 4,077
Re: What is the purpose of the Coolpix A?

jfriend00 wrote:

Nikon would have to design a new DX-optimized lens mount (much like they did for the Nikon 1 line)

Indeed, mirrorless without a new mount makes no sense. That is it's advantage, new mount, more options regarding lens design (whether they're realized, another matter).

but couldn't you have just as much compactness as the "A" , but not have your body permanently affixed to one lens.  After all, they're getting the compactness because they ditched the viewfinder and the mirror and designed a prime lens optimized for that form factor/sensor size, not because it's a permanently affixed lens.

I'm sure they can make the same compact camera body. Fixed lens allows for some optimization, for example like the Fuji X100.

My theory is that Nikon is going to eventually do a mirrorless APS-C product line with newly designed interchangeable lenses (like the Sony NEX series) that is as compact as the "A", but Nikon doesn't have the new lens lineup ready yet so they are cutting their teeth and milking the early adopters with the "A" and a fixed prime.

Certainly possible. Fuji did the same, no?

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