My review of the Nikon J1 is now online at my new mirrorless site: http://www.sansmirror.com/cameras/nikon-j1-review.html
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- Dec 16, 2011
- Oh, dear! That smells like a conspiracy! :-ODec 16, 2011
- Not a conspiracy, just the confirmation that the J1 isn't targeted at high end DSLR owners. That someone else identified that should be pleasing to them if targeting compact camera owners was the objective. I disagree with the article though. Given the the J1 is priced at the same price as the D3100 the primary objective can't be to minimize bleed off of DSLR focused buyers. The 3100 is a transition point out of the Compact Coolpix. So is the J1, without substantially switching form factors. There is a portion of the DSLR market that Nikon should be expecting to be dented by the J1 and V1. If they didn't want to raise the cannibalism level, they shouldn't be priced the same.Dec 16, 2011
- I'm not sure I agree. Had the J1 had the same level of features and control as the D3100, then absolutely, the J1 would have started to steal substantial chunks of the D3100's sales, as it would then boil down to gaining 4mp more, slightly better DR, and an optical viewfinder in exchange for a much bigger, heavier body. That would be a tough sell against small and light with great video. But by crippling the J1 (user interface, features, accessories) it's easier for a salesperson to sell someone one way or the other. Personally, I think that's trying to slice the pie too thin.
But frankly, I don't know why Nikon would be worried at all about the J1 and V1 taking D3100 sales. The Nikon 1 models are so much simpler and cheaper to make, so at the same price point they generate far more profit. The V1 with the right user design (and a few more lenses) could have taken down the Canon Rebel. The D3100 is not doing that. My frustration with the Nikon 1 models is multiple: there's the frustration of having to adapt to use them effectively, and there's the frustration that Nikon came close to changing the entry DSLR dynamics completely in their favor but instead got cold feet.
As it turns out, the Thailand floods made all this partially a moot point. Nikon doesn't have the volume of D3100s they wanted to push for Christmas. Instead, they're pushing the Nikon 1. So, effectively, their crippled design (especially at those prices) is working against them. On the flip side, they can point to some very nice performance and perhaps their best video yet, all in a reasonably attractive and small package.Dec 16, 2011
- Dec 18, 2011
- You'll want to resubscribe on the News/Views page. While right now that will summarize due to the structure, starting next month the daily stuff should appear in the feed (I'll put things into a monthly folder at the end of the month).Dec 20, 2011
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