The revival of camera dials

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by RichA, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. RichA

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    RichA, Jan 20, 2014
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  2. RichA

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    maybe it will even do video.
    Guest, Jan 20, 2014
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  3. Makes all kind of sense - it's the easiest and most intuitive user
    interface (though a dial costs a bit more, and is more bulky than, a
    button) Automakers have tried inventing the steering wheel, to no good
    end - and the Army did extensive studies on how to aim a cannon. Best
    answer always came back to a good old wheel or dial.
    Scott Schuckert, Jan 20, 2014
  4. RichA

    Guest Guest

    no it doesn't.

    the dials are purely for nostalgia to attract those who grew up with
    dials. it looks cool, but it's a major functional step backwards, and
    in nikon's case, feature-limited because 'old cameras' didn't have
    video so the new camera won't either. stupid.

    those dials had to be where they were due to mechanical constraints,
    not because it made any ergonomic sense.

    as cameras became more electronic, those constraints were gone and
    thumbwheels could go wherever it made the most sense, which is under
    your thumb and finger (thus the name). they are also more accurate too.

    plus, having a knob with discrete markings will almost always be out of
    sync with the menus, so there will need to be yet another limitation in
    the the interface to prevent that.

    but it does look cool.
    when did they do that?

    i've never seen any car without a normal steering wheel, except maybe a
    concept car that wasn't ever going to be made anyway.

    however, steering wheels will eventually go away when cars become
    autonomous. you won't need a steering wheel anymore.
    a wheel or a dial does not mean a knob in the same place it was 50
    years ago.

    putting the controls under your finger and thumb makes the most sense,
    and that is on the handgrip, *not* on top or on the lens.

    but then it looks like every other camera.
    Guest, Jan 20, 2014
  5. RichA

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    RichA, Jan 21, 2014
  6. RichA

    Guest Guest

    in other words, they hadn't yet figured out what the best way was.

    that's different than changing it now.

    dials on top was a physical limitation that is no longer there with
    electronic cameras. even many film cameras had thumbwheel controls
    because it was a huge improvement.

    the only attraction is nostalgia, not because it's particularly useful.
    Guest, Jan 22, 2014
  7. RichA

    Guest Guest

    Imagine if you had to rifle though a 3 layer screen menu to steer a car.[/QUOTE]

    imagine if the car steered itself and there was no steering wheel.

    *that* is the future.
    Guest, Jan 22, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    While that may be true, for many hobby photographers, the camera is a toy.
    PeterN, Jan 23, 2014
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