First let me say that since I was a kid, and that was a long time ago, I aspired to own a Nikon camera because it stood for quality. For decades I have bought and owned Nikon DLSR as well as their lenses, often costing near double that of the competition.
Now as time goes by I also bought a number of Nikon’s mini line, the Coolpix. It should really be named Fool’s pix, as a long-time photographer I thought I was having bad luck, so I bought another, then yet another and have to say even at 4 or 500 a pop, they are just plain and simple a nightmare to use, and junk with a brand name label.
Coolpix is an insult to everything Nikon ever stood for, and now with internet its not hard to spot manufacturing issues with these Coolpix, some jumping across most models of their camera’s
Now here is what really makes me mad, is when a know problem, like the ON and OFF switch is routinely talked about on the internet, Nikon’s answer to fixing it is giving you a bill so high, you might as well have bought a brand new camera.
I have given 2 out of 3 Coolpix away to kids starting in photography, they will probably end up in the landfill where they should have gone before they were sold. Once I can no longer turn this last one on or off, I will send it to the landfill as well.
Lesson learned, BRAND NAME means nothing when it comes to greedy shareholders.
I still like my DSLR, but I can see the writing on the wall, even that will go the way of the dodo bird soon.
At Caltech, engineers have developed a new camera design that replaces the lenses with an ultra-thin optical phased array (OPA). The OPA does computationally what lenses do using large pieces of glass: it manipulates incoming light to capture an image.
Soon a small computer chip will replace that 800mm NIKKOR lens that weighs in at over 10 pounds.
Imagine digital cameras or smartphones without the bulky lenses or eyeglasses with lenses that are paper thin.
Researchers have always thought that flat, ultrathin optical lenses for cameras or other devices were impossible because of the way all the colors of light must bend through them. Consequently, photographers have had to put up with more cumbersome and heavier curved lenses. But University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Rajesh Menon and his team have developed a new method of creating optics that are flat and thin yet can still perform the function of bending light to a single point, the basic step in producing an image.
Is that why Nikon no longer cares and is just milking an aging cow?
Thanks for having taken the time to read what I have shared with you,