On the face of it the new Nikon Coolpix A is quite a cool piece of kit. But as much as I admire it, there is one very glaring irregularity, and that's price - a crazy $1,149 in Canada, plus another $450 or so for the optical finder. Eeek!. This thing is priced more than double what it should be! Sure its a cool compact with a huge APSC sensor and an excellent wide angle lens. But it's been done before, with limited success - the Leica X1 / X2, and the Sigma DP series all show that.
The trouble for me is that I can buy a new, identically sensored Sony NEX5r with an optically nice Sigma 19mm f2.8 lens for less than half the cash. Sure it isn't quite as compact due to the Sigma lens, but it sure isn't that far off. To me, the A should be $600-$700 at full MSRP.
The other issue is that 28mm (equivalent) is a little too wide for me. Personally I prefer 35mm as you can do both portraits, landscapes and other general photography, making this camera a little more specialist than it needs to be. That's one of the reasons why I like my X100 so much, but the X100 isn't really pocketable like an A will be.
|Fuji X100, Coonawarra, Australia|