2013 Camera of the year ... ? (Per SteveH)

Started Nov 6, 2013 | Polls thread
Dennis
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Re: 2013 Camera of the year ... ? (Per SteveH)
In reply to blue_skies, Nov 7, 2013

I won't side with Steve on a camera of the year choice, but I can certainly respect his decision and his rationale.

What do the A7/A7r offer ?  FF sensors found in DSLR bodies last year crammed into NEX bodies with all the compromises of mirrorless (plus loud shutters and slower AF than most mirrorless) that have 4 native lenses available (5th on the way and the ubiquitous promise of more to come).

Nice enough.  If IQ is your thing, these sensors exist in other cameras.  If insane IQ and compactness is critical, then this promises to be your system provided you can live with its compromises.

It definitely has a lot of peoples attention.  And should sell well.

The EM1 is a polished product; the pinnacle of a system that's been under continuous development for several years, and it shows.  The IQ pretty well matches 16MP APS-C at this point, good enough for a lot of pro and amateur uses.  AF is very fast with the 12-40/2.8 - if as fast with the upcoming 40-150, then it could be a viable alternative to APS-C with f/2.8 zooms (DOF not quite as shallow, which is good or bad depending on the shot).  And after a couple years of playing around, duplicating Panasonics lenses and reiterating kit zooms, the lens lineup is looking really good for an awful lot of uses.  And on top of all that, it gives 4/3 users a nice upgrade path (cleaner than the SLT approach IMO).

While a handful of people will look at the prices and the sizes of the body and consider both, I think that most people are in the market exclusively for one or the other ... if you're looking at 4/3 as a viable option, then your IQ demands are such that Fuji 'X' and Sony E mount (not FE) should be on your radar; not FF.  And so it's kind of weird picking between the two.

Leica would need to do something disruptive to be considered camera of the year; their periodic iterations just aren't that interesting outside of the small world of Leica owners.

And the Nikon DF is too much of a niche product.

- Dennis

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