Nikon - New to digital photograhpy - Where do I start? Thinking Nikon 1 AW1
I've been away from photography for many a year now (since th emid-90s). I used to dabble with 35mm SLRs and spent a small fortune on what is now old kit (Contax 167MT - 2 Sigma zoom lenses f2.8 28-70mm and a whopper f2.8 70-200mm- later I bought a Carl Zeiss 135mm). In hindsight I probably made the mistake of buying very large lens that meant lumping my bag around was a bit of a pain, but I was quite happy with the kits and my general results. Then marriage, kids and other expenses made way...
In 2005 I bought a Nikon compact with a wide angle zoom lens (can't remember what model) for work (real estate) and for personal snapes. it was okay did the job, but was not very quick (dependant on file size), battery life was a pain and lack of telezoom was also restricting.
Now my daughter seems interested in photography and I'd like something semidecent for myself that she can use too. She's 16 and is thinking of doing a phtography course in 2 years time when she's at college. She's taken to using my old kit, which I think is an excellent way to learn, but it's early days and I don't want to invest in a digital SLR until I know she's sure of what she wants to do (hopefully she may have a weekend job and can buy her own.....
Now I've been doing a little research and obviously I'm still stuck in the dark ages. I'm lost in all the new techincalities and acronyms I don't recognise. Anyway, I was thinking of investing in a compact with interchangeabke lenses (used to be a range finder..). That way if I (or my daughter) think of progressing further and dabbling some more we have a reasonable platform to work from and if we don't I have a semidecent system that I can fit in a pocket or hang around my neck without breaking it. I also sail and ride my bike quite a lot and would like to take shots while out and about, so I was thnking of the Nikon 1 AW1.
One concern is the longevity of the digital kit. I see this camera is now 4 years old and this could be stone ages equivalent in the digital era...?
Does anyone have any feedback on the image quality of this camera or any suggestions on where to start again? bugdet is max £5-600 ($6-700)