I think they are on the right track with the Session. Improved functionality with mobile devices and improved software to help generate sharable media.
It is impressive where Sony has taken these engineering concepts, but then, I said the same thing when the Nikon 1 came out. I expected it would not be long before that tech moved to the Dx and Fx sized sensors, I was wrong, or perhaps, premature in my excitement. Just think about a FX sensor with IBIS, and DUAL IS in some cases trying to perform all the things we "desire". The processing power and battery power alone will be engineering wonders. It will be a time before these mythical Fx products appear, if ever, sadly.
I have started and stopped a post under this article a few times now.
Anyone who has a family member in a mortal situation will be unable to hold back tears at the emotions expressed in the video. Thank you. It has inspired me to try and go back and capture more of my own family before our eventual parting.
From the techy perspective of a DPR reader for years, it's another example of how your "intention" and not your instruments make for life changing moments.
Great, now how about 16-80 and 80-250 f2.8 DX.
Aberaeron: Wow! They want everyone to shoot as I do. That's so cool.
Only I expect they want better images and themes than I take, so it doesn't effect me one way or another. I won't be missed. :-(
Hmm, I won't be missed either, since I refuse to shoot or save in Adobe RGB...
so much for the smaller and smaller trend.
Am I alone in thinking these look very Otus-like in general appearance.
Perfect explanation. Thank you DPR.
rsf3127: Michael Reichmann from Luminous Landscape says that those concerned about 12 bit raw compression are chicken littles.
Who am I to disagree?
In fairness to the chicken little reference, in the interview the implication was that we are all seeking some freakish camera that can do absolutely everything perfectly, even things not ever previously possible. As technology advances, we will get closer to that point as we know it, only to discover some previously unknown benchmark. Lack of lossless compression won't impact most photographers under most circumstances, so refusing to accept the very impressive camera that the rii is, is folly if the only reason you can give is "cooked raw" files...
nathantw: Wow. Look at those prices. Yikes!
I've been reading the comments on prices and I am thinking yes, yikes. I took about 2 years to research my travel tripod, a 4 section Carbon fiber affair, very similar in design to these. With a travel head and compact folding design very nearly identical to this. I probably paid about the same for my "knock off" brand. At these prices these tripods are a steal !!! Yikes, what a good investment they look to be. I love mine, and I'm sure that if you are in the market for one of these you wouldn't go wrong.
Dennis Linden: As tempting as these lenses are, the more impressive technology is the sensor shift introduced by Oly. It would be really impressive if the second generation of X cameras began to include in body IS, and by implication future sensor shift technology. Many people, myself included, question the limit at 16 Mpx on the APSc sensor. Just imagine for a moment Fuji X trans tech, no AA filters, OIS for everyday and Sensor Shift MegaPixel Resolution for landscape and special events, all in the very nicely sized Fuji bodies. ( The EM5 is a bit too physically small for my personally, I had one). Now, there's innovation.
Interesting speculation. Sony is scheduled to release a new APS sensor camera later this year. If history holds true, Fuji could have similar sensor 6 months later to market. Whether this is "just" a BSI sensor, a stacked Exmor RS sensor remains to be seen. Time will tell, so not losing too much sleep over it.
mpgxsvcd: I feel confident that the RX100 MKIV can do everything that the enthusiast user would ever want to do and probably just about everything that the pro-sumer user would want it to do. Some cameras may do specific things better but nothing does everything as well as this camera does.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this camera to virtually everyone. Even if you are a Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji, Pentax….etc fanatic this camera would have to intrigue you.
Harumpfff. I suppose it should connect to a maps program and then tell you which way is the right way !!! ;-);-)
Dennis Linden: No WR sealing, no sale. Why go through all this trouble and not put a little dust resistance in there.
Thanks for your comments. Yes, of course there is some, however having ruined a half dozen Nikon lenses due to sand and dust intrusion on the beaches of Oregon, I'd want to see the WR label applied to indicate more than a "standard amount" of designed resistance. I have no intention of pouring water over it, but dust and blowing beaches can dust up a lens in just a few seconds. I've lost a NEW 28 and a 50 1.8 which have the "standard" sealing. Cheers, and have a great weekend shooting.
No WR sealing, no sale. Why go through all this trouble and not put a little dust resistance in there.
Average User: Size of lenses doesn't really detract from the A7 series...especially the A7r for the reason that there are high quality 1.8 primes like the F1.8 55 and the F2 28 that are quite small...admittedly the fast zooms are going to be much bigger, but with the number of pixels, zoom gets to be less important because there are sufficient pixels to crop and still get really good images. It's also a little dumb to say that because you have to carry a big lens for a particular purpose, you should always have to carry it and you should also always have to carry a big camera body. There are things my D750 does better, but as a light versitile camera for scenery type uses night and day, the A7r has been awesome and the A7RII will be even better.
Good point. The LARGE lenses are going to be the zooms. Gimme a 28/50/100 trio and I'll be happy.
I am looking forward to see how all these different pixel shifting technologies work. In the case of Pentax, what is attractive is the rugged build. How long before a pixel's worth of movement becomes altered ??? I'm sure they have built in measuring backups, but this must be a very complex solution to creating a "better" foveon.
summicron: looks great. what do i do with my current 3880 and inventory of spare ink cartridges??
Did it stop working?
So, not to belabor an unpopular topic, but I read today where Ricoh is quite far along with its sensor shift technology proposal. Then it struck me, the complexity of pixel shifting for the X-Trans array won't work. The basic premise of it is to avoid pattern. In order for SS to work, you need to have the Bayer pattern or something highly reproducible and predictable. Unless you change the RGBL of the pixel, X-Trans would not be able to do this, or it's CPU would catch fire trying to compute the sensor shift / pixel change combinations. Just an interesting thought.
Brilliant. Entertaining with ultimately honest conclusions. :-)
dharma108: Much as I really like Sony's recent entries into the FF and ASP-C market, I would be a little concerned if I was heavily invested in Sony camera equipment. They are now also not producing computers anymore--What's next?
Will the cameras self destruct now???