Digitall: 90% I guess which camera is better, and because I missed one and know what was :)
Me too. I know which 1/10 of the shots I picked the iphone over, and it was because it was the better photo, not because of the camera.
I don't think Casio have a great strategy here. They are missing pieces.
They've made some innovative parts for digital cameras, I like the recent-ish one with a metal frame around it that can be hung anywhere or used as a stand.
I was close to getting a Casio compact about 10 years ago but went with Panasonic for some reason. I think all the gadgets was what shortlisted Casio to the final 2.
But focusing on compacts only is a losing strategy. Even if they can add features, are they going too? The competitors are starting to move onto Android now anyway, so that advantage is going to drop as Android has vast numbers of more programmers than Casio could ever get together.
Also get out of Japan. I live in Japan, and Casio have a respectable show in stores here, but elsewhere I've never seen them in recent years.
Anyone else find it a bit weird it's got a old Apple connector on the top and yet they advertise it working with the iPhone 5 (released almost 6 months ago) having to be plugged into the side because of the new connector?
Makes it look out of date already. At least the price is good.
I had the Nokia Lumia 800. I thought it was very nice.
I wish Nokia all the best as they are the only European manufacturer with any sort of presence with smart phones at the moment and that brings a different view on things.
The reason I got rid was because I invested a lot in apple apps and the compatibility with mac wasn't great having to use the Zune software.
If they get that sorted then they are in a prime position to capture people who get bored of iOS and Android.
GoPro's biggest advantage was being first to market, and hence everyone wanting this sort of camera using them by now.
There is a few competitors here in Japan too. Notably JVC have one with a mini screen on the side so you can playback instantly too which looked very good.
I think GoPro's market share (of 100%!?) will start to decline if they don't start innovating and building upon their great start. I'm sure Panasonic, Sony & Canon will want a piece of the pie soon too all having a good rep with video.
SirSeth: IMO, the D800 was expected (and does not disappoint). But the OM-D was surprising to many--not just because of it's sweet reto throwback, but also because the IQ and 5-Axis IS are brilliant. It is leaps ahead of Oly's previous gen models. Most of all, you see Oly, a company struggling after a corporate scandal really release some brilliant cameras. It's made for an interesting year for Olympus and I think they pulled it off despite some real setbacks.
But all these cameras are class acts. The K30 may be the best all around value imo for new DSLRs. GH3 is going to be brilliant, especially for video. The A99 is pretty compelling for those not died to traditional OVFs. It's good innovation in a serious camera.
I agree with everything you said here. Although I would add the X Pro 1 in second place though.
The D800 is a big win for Nikon, better than what Canon did with the 5d mk3, but Olympus with no money managed to equal the IQ of bigger sensor cameras, add in never seen before features like 5 axis stabilisation and live bulb mode (highly underrated) all in a weatherproof magnesium body smaller than everyone else AND made it stylish too.
The X Pro 1 got a lot of things right, especially IQ, but the AF is what killed it in a lot of peoples eyes.
I wonder if it can compete with the upcoming Panasonic GH3...
I wonder what all these patents actually are and what the tech companies (who are slowly becoming patent companies) are actually planning to do something with them. I guess its just to collect revenue mostly.
Samsung being $1billion down to Apple now might be a bit bitter about the whole thing, but at least they make dedicated cameras unlike Apple and Google. Although Google are finding there way onto camera's now.
This is a pointless camera from Olympus. Especially with Nikon finally getting the message that an app enabled compact camera will be the future (I thought Sony or Samsung would get there first).
I thought they were going to concentrate on the things that actually sell? The OMD, the PEN series, the tough compact and the mega flash compact thing are all different and sell a decent amount, this seems a waste of effort, especially with a naff lens on there too.
I think this should be standard features in 2012 rather than require a hacker to get them on. These companies are taking their sweet time in rolling out these features.
Samsung seem to be the only company getting on with it (followed slowly by Sony), this is not so surprising considering they are electronics and particularly smartphone experts.
But with applications available, my meagre iPhone camera has far greater potential of uses than my main workhorse camera. Which is a shame as the only difference is software, and one basic bit of connectivity hardware.
This makes sense to retro fit to older cameras to bring them into 2012 and beyond, but connectivity of a camera to the internet should be a lot more common these days than it is. It should also be built in, not an added extra like Nikon's d3200 wifi dongle.
The final score was a bit unexpected for me. I know you have to please the Canon boys, but the D800 is a real effort from Nikon and they should be rewarded as such. The 82% seemed fair until Canon got their 82% for taking 4 years to do minor upgrades to this.
The mk2 was a fine camera (and still is), which makes the slightly upgraded mk3 a fine camera too. But even people here who are rooting for Canon recognise it loses out in a lot of ways to Nikon this time round. It seems like Canon treated this as an annually updated camera like a rebel/xxxd series camera as opposed to the full frame flagship.
I think 82% is a fair score on balance for the mk3. But 82% on the D800 seems unjustified now.
Just to clarify I used to own Canon and Nikon dSLRs and am much more happier with my OM-D now, so my view is a balanced one. I've certainly never been a Nikon fan boy.
Fantastic spec list. I wish it had a slight step more in weather sealing though rather than just the rubber ring on the mount. Time to start counting the pennies again.
Now lets see what the 35-100mm will end up like.
Good move by them. Samsung are good at upping features to cameras. I would live WiFi in my camera, is seems such an old technology to finally put in the cameras. How long have smart phones had it now?
AdventureRob: I thought of this idea a while ago too.
Samsung although having a nice camera in the NX series they seem to be behind the market place. They'd be wise to make this move as it would get a lot of attention for them.
Anyone who denies app's are incredibly useful at times probably doesn't have a smart phone either. Even just the simple idea of adding effects / filters makes the camera more fun to use, and isn't that half the point of them?
Apps are rated in categories when they are submitted, so why not just allow all photography apps to work with a camera.
I don't expect camera manufacturers to put a SIM card inside them (although Sony and Samsung would be in the best position to do this). But uploading photos to the cloud rather than relying on memory cards makes a nice backup too, not to mention sharing options for facebook (this is what casual photographers want).
HowaboutRAW - you don't need to use any of this stuff. An application (if the word app is so offensive) is basically a feature. Some people are moaning micro-4/3 cameras don't have focus peaking like the NEX range - easily sorted with an app.
How about an app to expand bracketing range? Or do give us a different (custom) resolution? Or custom timer (rather than 2 or 10 seconds) or different grid rather than rule of thirds? Or create panoramic /360 degree shots? Or to calibrate your printer? Or to download that amazing photo you took from the cloud of that wedding you did a job for to show new clients? The limits are your imagination here.
Of course we're not going to send emails from the cameras primarily (although that function would come in useful - imagine a photojournalist with a tight deadline quicker to email from camera rather than transfer the photo to another device and then send).
The point is apps are useful, but the basics will still be there.
Funnily, I mentioned cloud connectivity in the last post about Samsung and Android.
Samsung and Sony will push this forward as it will cost them relatively little to migrate the technology over. It will cost Nikon and Canon a fortune to keep up with the big electronic giants. Even Panasonic will lag behind a bit as they don't make phones.
Sony already provide LCDs, sensors and processors to the other brands (pulled apart a Canon compact the other day only to find Sony logos all over the inside). So all this tech will have to come from those companies anyway.
I thought of this idea a while ago too.