I can’t promise I’ll take any advice given so please bear that in mind prior to commenting, it’s an gathering of ideas.
I’m considering purchasing a new camera. My iPhone 4s produces some lovely photos, which I’m pretty happy with. However it’s come to my attention that compact DSLRs are available. Don’t try to persuade me to buy a full size DSLR, it’ll never happen, I want light and compact. The only reason I take as many photos as I do is that the iPhone is always with me, and NO EXTRA BAGGAGE TO CARRY.
Also I’m never likely to buy anything camera wise that doesn’t have a Nikon, Canon or Apple badge on it.
My overriding thoughts on buying any technology are – very/extremely portable as I do travel quite a bit, and prefer to travel as light as I possibly can.
I don’t have a lot of money, have to be careful what I spend on, so it may end up being the cheapest sensible option I can make.
The camera I think I saw on sale locally is a Nikon 1 J1 or J2 with dual lens kit. I noticed it in passing, can’t confirm which model. The Nikon J series has a full size screen on the back, I have no interest in looking through a viewfinder, I want to see what the camera is going to take and like the big screen. Price I think is around £220-240 (USD to GBP is around 1.7 dollars to the pound) with a dual lens kit (I think!). I’ve priced the lenses separately and they would be around £310 in UK. So it seems it might be worth the purchase just for the lenses (a 10-30mm and a 30-110mm both zoom). The Nikon J1 and J2 both have 10megapixel sensors.
Second option would be to look around for a Nikon J3 or J4 (14 and 18 megapixel respectively), but price wise it’s pushing to be more than I want to spend, I think £400 and £600 for a single lens kit (10-30mm). The J4 isn’t in shops yet in UK, June is the release date, although it may already be available here in Thailand.
Third option would be to put the money towards an iPhone 5s and forget about separate camera. My speakerphone on my iPhone 4s stopped working and the headphone socket is a bit temperamental. This is quite expensive option as sim free iPhone 5s 16gb would be around £550 in UK, possibly a little cheaper here in Thailand. As anyone with an iPhone knows and is probably frustrated with there is no option to use SD cards for additional storage. Basically Apple wants more money for a higher capacity iPhone, an iPhone 5s with 64gb would be over £700 in UK, so I almost certainly wouldn’t buy.
Fourth option do nothing and continue as I was. Cheapest option obviously.
I guess I’m asking the question because I don’t have any way of knowing how well the Nikon J cameras work. The dual lens kit seems like it would cover most photographic situations I’m likely to encounter. Only downside is the not being able to do a whole panorama in one shot, which I could do with a fisheye and a little fiddling in photoshop. For the Nikon 1 lenses Nikon don’t do a fisheye, closest is a 6.7-13mm, widest angle 100 degrees, at a cost of £425. Or an adapter and a DSLR fisheye, which would be £800 or more. However the 10-30mm lens which comes with the Nikon J cameras will do up to 77 degree angle which is pretty wide, and would probably capture most sunsets for instance.
A don’t do much night/low light, but would like to be able to. Also probably want to have a fairly decent video facility which the Nikon J cameras offer, although I’m not doing much with video at the moment.
Last consideration would be sale of photos, I don’t know what expected resolution is for people wanting to purchase photos. I’ve done a little research on stock sites, seems to be around 10-20megapixels. So Nikon J series fits that criteria too.
So over to you guys …
PS (Charlize Theron is my celeb name for this post … for fun you may think up a tenuous connection if you like, please keep it clean and respectful, otherwise I may not be able to post)
Resources & Sources
J1 Camera – Nikon.com
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