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Inbox APS-C bridge (14th March 2020)

Discussion in 'AP Magazine Feedback & Suggestions' started by Learning, Mar 10, 2020.

  1. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    David Boothroyd comments on the feasibility of an APS-C bridge camera with a lesser zoom.
    There is little doubt that such a camera is feasible. The question is would it sell?
    Wouldn't potential buyers have many ideas about the required zoom lens?
    I suggest that an ilc bought with one zoom is every bit as good as a bridge and buyers can choose their zoom. An ilc does increase the cost because of the added complexity, however replacing several bridge cameras with a single camera made in a larger quantity, reduces cost because of larger manufacturing volumes. The same ilc might also satisfy potential purchasers who actually want interchangeable lenses.
  2. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Someone is way out of date.

    Sony did this 15 years ago with their DSC-R1 which was a very nice camera indeed. Although it was favourably reviewed at the time (the lens alone was often cited as worth the price) it seems to have been a step too far for the market. It was introduced at a penny short of £1,000 but I got mine brand new for £330 just two years later. If they brought it back with the 24MP sensor from the A65 I'd buy it without hesitation.

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  3. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    As you say "a step too far for the market". It proves the feasibility and was actually a good camera.
    £1000 in 2005 was a lot of money for a bridge camera.
  4. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    The interesting thing is how many reviewers described it as "incredible" value for money on the basis of the lens. I had no end of fun with mine...

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