Seeking advice: Canon EOS M or Nikon Coolpix A?

Started Jun 17, 2014 | Questions thread
OP Shurato Junior Member • Posts: 30
Verdict and mini-review Re: Seeking advice: Canon EOS M or Nikon Coolpix A?

Shurato wrote:

Hi folks,

I came across a blow-out sale of the Canon EOS M, including kit-lens 18-55mm for a steal of 220$(!!)
At the same time, I saw the same store offering a clearance sale of some Nikon Coolpix A for around 440$. It got me quite inspired since from reading several user reviews and that one on DPreview this cam produces sharp results (apart from the mentioned vignetting) and excellent colour rendition in a compact body. Being a "high quality picture aficionado" myself this cam appeals to me also because of this no-frills look, and also being aware that it's a fixed lens cam at the same time, tempting me to explore this method of taking pictures.


As a side note, I was also wondering what fixed lens (f/2.8 or brighter) for the EOS M would produce identical imagery results as the Coolpix A in terms of sharpness?

Any expert advices are welcome.

Now eventually I went ahead and got the Coolpix A - and man, what a piece of nifty technique this is. It's truly pocketable, albeit a tad too big for a Jeans pocket of course, but it would fit pretty nicely in leg pockets as trekking pants have The fact that it sports an APS-C sensor and takes really good pictures with excellent colour rendition, good sharpness from corner to corner, minimal barrel distortion, makes it a winner to me. Shooting with a fixed lens is a first experience for me - and it's fun, adding to this "no-frills" property of this cam. It's just what your eyes see you take as a picture and done. Yet, at times having a small zoom would come in handy; if it was possible to have some kind of mini-zoom and yet keeping the same lens size when collapsed, i.e. something like 28-56mm (essentially a 2x zoom) it would come in very handy for doing some "basic framing" i.e. not needing to stand in the middle of the road when wanting to take a specific architecture photo Maybe in a next iteration? And plus if the battery would hold (significantly) more than around 220 shots, it'd be awesome.
Now for the clearance-sale price I got the cam for it's worth every penny. At the same time, if money was no issue, to me it'd be even worth the regular price of around 1000$, yet, I'm pretty aware that this definitively goes into the "enthusiast budgetary accounting" category.

At the same time I gotta honestly say that the clearance sale for the Canon M of 220$ was very, very tempting too and I'm confident it'd be worth every penny as well. The decisive factor which made me choose the Nikon Coolpix A was its super-compactness for sporting an APS-C sensor and and having it "all integrated" with the lens. With the "compromise" that it's a fixed-lens cam only, yet it gives me a new shooting experience.

 Shurato's gear list:Shurato's gear list
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd Nikon 1 J1 Samsung NX500 Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Samsung NX 45mm F1.8 +2 more
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