The Nikon 1 auto-focus in daylight is the fastest auto-focus I have ever used; faster than any digital SLR I have used. For the consumer version of the Minimum Viable Digital Camera I'd add Nikon 1-speed auto focus in the centre only (adding selectable auto-focus points means adding a directional pad, no thanks!).
Minimum Viable Digital camera = GPS + WiFi + EVF + dials for aperture & shutter + manual focus? What's yours?
What's your minimum viable digital camera?
Mine would be (in no order):
- WiFi to beam your photos directly to the photo sharing service of your choice: instagram, flickr, google+, facebook, SFTP, whatever, with an API or SDK for developers to add other photo-sharing services
- real physical dials for aperture and shutter speed
- a real . . .
The HTC One (non Google Edition) is surprisingly great. Set the camera app to:
- Shutter sound: Off
- Touch to capture: On
- Review duration: no review
- Continuous shooting: On
and you have a camera that is silent, has surprisingly fast auto-focus and takes decent photos. See my photos tagged HTC One Photo on flickr for some examples.
It blows the . . .