Studor 13 was not the OP, but his choice for the 1 V1 appears reasonable, given the time, the alternatives and it still is these days one of the fastest mirrorless system camera.
A prosumer camera within the 1 system should aready have an EVF, like the first two V-version had one. Cut it away and make the customer buy it again - what is the big advantage? EVF-less are all other bodies in the 1 system, even the AW type with water sealing - yes, one of the few MILC to dive with and without any additional UW-housing. Unfortunately, there are only slow AW lenses and no AW flash, so it's more a camera for bad weather than for snorkeling.
Also, an additional grip has to offer much more functions than only one more button.
The lens prices are (at least with the 32/1.2 "portrait" prime) too close to the ones with bigger sensor.
It also was unclear who is the target group for this system - and the "soccer moms"? actually, I don't know if they are willing to spend around 1500 - 2000 $ for a camera system which is limited AND expensive. The 70-300 (190-810 equiv) costs 900$, the tripod socket is another extra of 55 :wacko: The manufacturer behind all those additional gimmicks gives me the message "you can get everything, but you'll have to pay for all extras!"
When I bought the V1 (350â‚¬ with a lens) there really was nothing else like it.
At that time I thought that my 30+ Fmount lenses would shine on the V1. I found out that only CX lenses work great on the V1.
As Jo points out "The lens prices are (at least with the 32/1.2 "portrait" prime) too close to the ones with bigger sensor." Whilst this is true I have to tell you all that I'm no millionaire, but dropping 500â‚¬ on a used 32mm f1.2 is not a big deal for me. Also, I bought the 70-300mm CX new for the street price.
But look, I can sell them and make very little or no loss.
The thing that some people simply don't get is that if it says "Nikon" there will be enough people who will buy it. Just like Leica and ZEISS.
Sure, folks can go on about how Nikon is â€œgoing down the drainâ€ but I really don't care. I doubt that I will still be alive when Nikon goes the same way as Kodak.
When I get in the mood I'm gonna post some shots that show that the J5 can match it will the D600 (in good light).
There are a lot of us who just want a small Nikon body to have fun with.
â€œBestâ€ image quality, all the whistles and bells are not everything. We just want Nikon and no one is going to talk us out of it.