LOL!Uh oh.... Me thinks there's a new camera coming to your collection.....
What say you kind sir......?
Kirk Tuck on his blog The Visual Science Lab recommends the Nikon 1 as a kids and sports camera. He has several posts about it and likes it. If you read the posts over on the DPR Nikon 1 forum you'll see that a lot of people like it.The woman was interested in a camera to take photos of the 4 year old son who is always on the move.
Thanks much for the enthusiasm. I have heard that this is the street camera to watch for. I'll get to try one shortly.A camera I thought I'd never be interested in and certainly not buy based on spec sheets and first tester reviews. However, I visited B&H a week ago and left the store with a black V1, the 10mm pancake, 10-30mm kit zoom and the 30-110 zoom. The best AF street shooter I ever tried, silent, unobtrusive and FAST, and I mean really fast, it simply gets the shot. Forget about MF and therewith ZF, a frustrating experience with the N1. AF tracking is impressive. WB and metering are very accurate. IQ and DR are "good enough" for many uses, definitely better than what I have seen from small small sensor cameras (the N1 sensor is twice the size of the one in the X10) . Kirk Tuck claims that it has one stop advantage over mft. The perfect fun, action, street, social gatherings type of camera. I like the minimalistic no nonsense design, the first rate build quality and the size and heft of the V1 in the hand. It has its quirks and warts, but it's different, innovative, non-retro (haven't we seen enough of those recently?) and a lot of fun.
I think the hype surrounding the X10 is caused in part by the websites/forums that you and I frequent Retow. Most of us are enthusiasts (some are semi pros and pros, although not me). There's generally an affinity by folks in these forums for classic looking cameras. Hence the perception that the X10 gets pre-ordered like crazy. Because we keep up with the latest and greatest, we know the release dates, and we do pre-order stuff. We talk about this stuff. And we sure do hype it up.It's interesting to follow discussions about the N1 in other fora. In a nutshell, pros seem to like it a lot as their second, off duty system, testers reviews compare it with NEX, mft, Samsung and give it rather lukewarm ratings. Enthusiasts' commments are:"never thought I'd buy one", "I wanted to hate this camera" etc but after trying one they walk away as converts. In contrast, the X10 with half the size sensor and 20% more pixels gets raved about and pre-ordered like it was the greatest thing since sliced bred.