CoolPix S70 for pocket camera ???

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I currently have a D300 and D700 that I use for all of my picture taking. Recently with the addition of a new grandson (lots of photo opportunities), I have been toying with the idea of a getting a point and shoot to carry in my pocket for those times I don't want to pack around one of the big boys with an equally big lens (14-24; 24-70; 70-200). I was looking at the data on the new S70 and liked the idea of the OLED touch screen and operation similar to an Iphone. (I have an Iphone 3Gs).

I know there may be P&S cameras with better capabilities (my wife has a Canon P&S). What would the drawbacks be for going with the S70 compared to something else. Remember, I have the heavy iron for the vacation and other situations wher I can pull out the big guns.


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Did you read this thread of a few days ago? It covers it.
https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=237977
In the other thread, you said;

"You will find there is pretty much unanimous agreement among all the Nikon lovers here that Nikon make inferior P&S cameras that are to be avoided. Their best effort is the P6000 which has very poor high-ISO performance due to their marketing making them put too many pixels in it, hence the inferior sensor. It has a GPS. A great gadget but not for photography."

Is this first hand knowledge or just a expression of what has been gleemed from other threads. I'm looking for first hand personal experience.

Regrads,

Bob
 
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I suggest you do your research by reading more threads about P&S cameras. If after reading them you still want a Nikon then fair enough, but don't buy one because it says Nikon on it. Ther seems little connection between the P&S division and the rest of Nikon Camera division.

Did you notice that not a single person challenged my statement in the other thread? If I said the same thing about Nikon DSLRs (or flashes, or scanners) there would, rightly, be many disagreements.

My personal experience is that I had an earlier Panasonic, I now have the LX3.

I have also personally used the Nikon P6000 and the Canon G9, which has been replaced by the G10.

I love Nikon and am very loyal to them. I have had Nikon equipment for decades. I only use one non-Nikon lens. But brand loyalty is just stupid when the product range is flawed.

Look into the naming of the Nikon P&S cameras and what the first letter means, and you will see that the P&S division is totally dominated by marketing, with no interest in higher photographic quality at all. I would have bought the P6000 until I discovered what they had done. Instead of a decent, slightly larger sensor with a sensible number of pixels - about 10MP, they stuck in the latest lower quality high MP sensor and added a GPS. The P range should be for serious photographers.

Panasonic have worked this out. They make cameras with sensors like the P6000 has, as there is a good market for them. But they also make a camera with better lens, f/2, more limited zoom range, slightly larger sensor and less pixels. It costs a bit more and is far better for serious photographers. It has manual settings for everything if wanted. That is why I bought the LX3.

The Canon G9 and G10 have the advantage of a viewfinder, but they are larger and bulkier than I wanted.

Here is what the first letter means in the Nikon Coolpix range model number.
S = Style
L = Life
P = Performance

In marketing terms:
L, Life means cheap, good value
S, Style means appearance matters most
P, Performance, should mean photographic performance, instead means add functionality.
 

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