Sunday, November 18, 2007

Curious ergonomics or ergonomical curiosity

A friend of mine gave me his Nikon D80 to take few pictures the other day. Here is what I observed:

1. To change an aperture from the body I had to rotate the front wheel. On my K10D it is the rear wheel.

2. To delete a picture I had to press the "delete" button twice. On my K10D it is rather different and significantly more deliberate - you cannot delete a picture just because.

3. In review mode (yes, I chimp) rotating the rear wheel advances me to the next picture. On my K10D it will zoom in the currently shown one.

No, I am not saying that Nikon D80 has bad ergonomics or that my Pentax K10D is not good. In fact, I am passing no judgment here.

It is just that are so curiously different.

1 comment:

fRANK d said...

when i went to photography school my instructor was not keen on Pentax. They had all Nikon and one Canon in the class. When comparing camera with my ist D i found that Pentax though smaller and less featured had all the right thing int he right places with the photographer in mind. The Nikon camera didn't have zoom wheel to look at the pictures just a button. Now recently they have added the zoom wheel which Pentax always had.