In my opinion I think Nikon will have a problem in the near future, as I can’t see how they can continue with 4 systems! (Coolpix, CX, DX ad FX).
The Coolpix market – ie the small entry level compacts – is getting squeezed by the smartphone industry. But it is an important entry point into the Nikon stable!
The CX system is well established now with a number of cameras and quality lenses, plus a lot of developments of Nikon seem to be emanating from this group.
The FX system is set to stay for the sport/studio professionals and the ambitious amateur.
So, for me it’s the DX system which is set to be the odd one out. More FX models are being made available that are smaller and at suitable prices, which impinges on the DX range. I can see this DX range being slowly discontinued.
Further more to add to a Nikon DX demise there are a number of manufacturers creating cameras that are superbly designed that offer the consumer the product they need for their photographic aspirations. Small, light, easy to handle and added to this 3rd party lenses are now available with the use of adapters for these cameras, to enlarge an already extensive lens range. Whilst Nikon have failed to recognise to date, the potential of 3rd party lens compatibility, for their new Nikon1 system, they instead tried to encourage their users to extend their lens range into the Dx and Fx Nikkor range.
Whilst the image quality is superb using the Ftn adapter for these lenses hardly makes the Nikon 1 a compact camera! But third party manufacturers will develop adapters for the Nikon 1.
Nikon will have to sort this conundrum out soon. Can it be possible to continue with 4 systems available to the market? I think not and one will have to go, it could be the DX range…
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