The thing is with Apple :) and mobile phones in general is having high megapixel cameras on them as gimmicks sells the phones to gain the phone contracts from people, which earns the phone companies a pretty penny or two, and saying that mobile phone users are competing with DSLR sales maybe a fallacy......this has no doubt been said before so thought I'd say it again ;).......sorry.
alextardif: Pardon my ignorance, but maybe someone cares to outline how this camera compares/fares against A77? I have the A77 and RX1, both of which I love, but I know nothing about Pentax. Based on the spec sheet summary (and, of course, the AA filter innovation) i see a lot of general similarities and but also few better options/features on a few years old A77. What is so special about this Pentax? Doesn't look like there are a lot of amazing glass for it or that many aftermarket accessories. Enlighten me as I'm in a market for another camera and strongly considering OM-D E-M1 for it's portability and weather protection (I travel a lot in dusty/wet areas). Thanks!
If you look at 'DXO Mark' website cameras are ranked by Colour Depth, Dynamic Range and Low-Light ISO and receive an overall score for these attributes and from this and looking at test results on this DP Review website you will get a better idea how to judge what you want from a camera.
Looking at these results reveal that despite being a very good image sensor in the A77, it isn't too good in low light high ISO situations and I've seen this in actual photographs, where as from the DXO Mark tests and test results on this DP Review website, Pentax have slightly better low light performance. Pentax haven't been good in the AF department as compared to firstly Canon and Nikon with recent models, but I'd assume that their AF design is sorted now one would think.
I myself look for low light performance at higher ISOs and if you're looking for great low light high ISO performance then a Full Frame camera is the best for this.
Mr AJB: Blink and you'll miss nothing, I can only surmise that stagnant product development as regards the sensors is related to the floods in Japan or perhaps don't want the upper entry level cameras upstaging the cream of their DSLRs. Well, Nikon once said that 12 Megapiixels is enough, looks that Canon are implying the same
Ah, reading the specifications and comments here there's better ISO performance and no doubt corresponding lower noise levels over the previous model, that's progress then and important for everyday photography in all weathers and light.
Blink and you'll miss nothing, I can only surmise that stagnant product development as regards the sensors is related to the floods in Japan or perhaps don't want the upper entry level cameras upstaging the cream of their DSLRs. Well, Nikon once said that 12 Megapiixels is enough, looks that Canon are implying the same
forpetessake: This poll is meaningless. How do you compare apples and oranges? If this poll was called "which camera is the most hyped," then it would all make sense, and that's what seems people are voting for anyway.
You maybe right like which song is number one in the music charts, perhaps not one that I'd buy :)
shademaster: What a pointless and arbitrary exercise. :(XZ-2 but no LX7? E-PL5 but no E-PM2? T4i but no D3200? Did you make the list by throwing darts at a dart-board? No NEX at all? (And this is not fanboyism: I own a Samsung NX and I don't see any of them here.) How many people who are going to vote are in a position to compare cameras on the list? Really?
If they put the list together using darts and a dart board, top tip, they should have thrown the darts pointy end first.
I should have said for the D3200 that it's the APS-C camera that raised the bar and to vote from this list I'll vote for the D600 for its continuation of the Nikon design approach in 2012 i.e. lower noise at higher sensitivities with a new design has got to be progress hasn't it.
For me the camera that raises the bar in 2012 is the Nikon D3200, it is 24Mp it is good in low light/higher sensitivities than the Sony camera design using the same sensor, its smaller, lighter and suitable for outdoor everyday photography. Nikon have continued the 24Mp and better at higher sensitivities with the D600 and not seen test results for the D5200 but no doubt it's the same level of standard. I own a D3200 and recently purchased a Pentax K-30 that is on this list, but the Pentax mechanical-esque sound of the shutter is a not a match to the quiet sound of the Nikon with SWM lenses.