Nikon 1 s1?

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  1. js81, Jun 9, 2014
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    js81

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    Any thoughts on the Nikon 1 S1? Not for me (I'm perfectly happy with my Sony Alpha), but for my dad - he's tech-savvy, but not a photographer. Want something better than his ancient Kodak (a 4MP mega-zoom in an SLR-type style)... I don't think the lack of viewfinder will be that big of an issue; personally, I worry more about the lack of a hot shoe for a flash (for later expansion, after he "grows into" the camera). What do you guys think? It's currently on sale at B&H for $199 with the 11-27.5 kit lens, or $299 with that lens and the 30-100 zoom. BUT... we can also get the Sony A3000 (e-mount, unfortunately, so not interchangeable with my lenses) for $299 and it has a viewfinder, hot shoe, and APS-C sensor, but only includes the 18-55 kit lens.

    Thoughts and opinions? Thanks. :)

    EDIT: Links:
    $199 Nikon 1 S1 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/910126-REG/nikon_27619_1_s1_mirrorless_digital.html

    $299 Nikon 1 w/2 lenses - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/910129-REG/nikon_27629_1_s1_mirrorless_digital.html

    $299 Sony a3000 - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1001000-REG/sony_ilce3000k_b_alpha_a3000_dslr_camera.html
     
  2. shinji macrumors 65816

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    Does he just want something better than his old Kodak, or he's actually planning to buy more lenses down the road?

    If it's the former and he doesn't really need a large sensor, then a Canon Powershot or G series is probably a better idea.

    If it's the latter, a3000 because there are decent E-mount lenses out there and for not that much more money, he's getting APS-C rather than the Nikon's 1" sensor.
     
  3. js81 thread starter macrumors 65816

    js81

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    Thanks. That's exactly what I was looking for. :) Definitely interested in the bigger sensor. As for what he's wanting now and down the road, simply something "better," but with the option to change/expand as necessary. Definitely something more than a P&S (even than a very good one), so an ILC or DSLR is where I'm looking. Personally, I'd get the a3000 simply because of the viewfinder (albeit it digital - I'm not necessarily a fan of that) and hot shoe. His reason(s) - my daughter (the first grandchild, now almost 2) and my soon-to-come niece (the second granddaughter). He's missed a lot of shots with the old camera and he doesn't want to miss any more. :)
     
  4. js81 thread starter macrumors 65816

    js81

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    So to be certain, we decided to just out-and-out ask him lol... Dad wants interchangeable lenses and a viewfinder, mostly. So I recommended the Alpha a3000 for $299. B&H was offering the 55-210 lens with it for $150, so he said he'd want that. Then we cross shopped Adorama and they had the Alpha a58 with kit and 55-200 lens for $498 - only $50 more than the B&H deal on the a3000. Any thoughts? My thoughts are that the a58 is a better camera and a-mount lens tend to be cheaper overall, but then again the a3000 would more than meet his needs AND save a few bucks. :)
     

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