io_bg: No filter thread and 6 diaphragm blades? Too bad...
I fully agree that nice bokeh is relevant on super wide angles as well, whatever others may say. I love to take close-ups of food or flowers with lots of environment in the background - and it should be blurred with the most pleasing bokeh available (this is even doable with a compact, i do that) (of course you can tell me it's not possible, but i know otherwise).
I miss the filter thread too, for the close-up lens, yes, and of course for a polarizer, as you could take gorgeous skies with a super wide. (Integrating the hood is a nice move, though.)
kahren: still waiting for a tilt screen and built in pop up flash version of this and evf? but that would be asking too much :)
Agreed. I simply can't believe that Canon doesn't add a tilting screen to this kind of cam. What's that?
Jogger: "But this does come at the cost of pretty huge distortion, and although this can be corrected in software when necessary, doing so will have a slight impact on the image sharpness."
If this is going to be mentioned here, then lenses for m43/NEX/Fuji, etc should be tested without automagical software correction as well.
I agree with Andy. If you take a mirrorless Raw image into Adobe Camera Raw, distortion is immediately corrected and can't be undone. I had to use some freebie raw converter (was it XnView?) to get uncorrected raw images out of interest (which looked awful "in their underwear").
name here: Latest Olympus cameras have an anti-shock setting deep in the menus. If you set it to 1/8s, the shutter shock problem is largely eliminated based on other web reviews. If you google it, you can find tests online showing even OMD EM5 is impacted by shutter shock, but the problem goes away if you set anti-shock = 1/8. The downside: This setting increases the shutter lag, so you'll have to tradeoff sharpness with a slight lag.
I think DPR needs to investigate this particular setting, and update the review if it changes any of the conclusions.
Thanks, very interesting and valid points here.
I think in a list of "Key Features" you should mention whether the screen is tiltable or not - it used to be signature feature of many G-PowerShots and was missed when a G model came without a vari-angle screen (which is essential for composing more varying images).
I think mentioning this feature (or the absence of it) is even more useful in this article here where the pictures close to the "Key Features" don't reveal the kind of monitor built into the G16 (aware that i can use the provided link to the press release).
So the news for this review doesn't start with "Just posted"?
I think whenever you mention a "tiltable LCD", you should make clear if it tilts just vertically tilting or sideways too - which is a big difference in use.
TheProv: Why can't we compare cellphones to other cameras? Tool is the same, why not?It could be very useful to see how much gap remain between phone and compact cameras.
I fully agree to the OP and even if scientists claim you couldn't compare phone cameras and FF DSLRs, i'd still love to see a comparison.
If i see it right, it does not have a touchscreen monitor? I think you should mention that in the text right next to the monitor image.
A touchscreen monitor is such an advantage for shooting, reviewing and changing settings that i don't want to miss it anymore.
In your list of key features, i miss mentioning the material. It is important if the outer material is - prone to accumulate dust or grease- waterproof- easily cleanable, so it is not just robustness alone
Also for me, i'd like to know if the bag has "little feet" so that if you put it on the ground, it doesn't stand on the whole bottom of the bag (probably getting dirty or wet), but just on it's little feet.
keeponkeepingon: So slightly upgraded everything, on-sensor phase detect but otherwise a similar sensor/IQ? Sounds like the Canon 70D approch, maybe Canon is on to something....
Did Olympus do anything to improve the menu system?
Yes, the menu system. It's seriously deterring on other Olys.
SonyForNow: Impressive, though not enough for me to upgrade from E-M5 as I'm just getting use to E-M5's specifics and idiosyncrasies and would have to learn another camera's ones all over again.
Thanks for telling us.
I can't understand why they don't use a side-hinging monitor. It offers many more angles than a vertically hinging monitor (and no, i don't think of self-portraits). Some time ago, Panasonic and Olympus used side-hinging monitors, as they are best for composing a frame comfortably. I don't know, why both companies switched to vertically swinging ones. Only Canon, it seems, prefers side-hinging today.
DylanHoen: AE Bracketing ±2 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)Wouldn't that make it ±3?
I counted it off on my fingers and you could be right. It would be the minimum to get a usable series for an HDR. Often the AE differences for HDRs are not strong enough.
PhotoPoet: Nice vivisection concept. But no thanks. I have the RX100 and sadly many other cameras of varying sizes. Even with the RX100 in my backpack I have a tendency to reach for my iPhone. As mentioned in another post, I print rarely, I share daily. I am a committed iAll gadgeteer. I will await the time in the near future when the lens tech allows for optical zoom on an iPhone and then I'll have it all. As I was typing it popped into my head when and why I need my D7000, speed. Birds landing on the water, sporting events (even the amazing Snappy Cam app not good enough), my kids, kids running around, etc. I do not wish to lug a "lens" around, thanks Sony but no...I'll just phone it in....
Thx for letting all of us know.
If Sony doesn't vamp up their app - making ISO control and Raw files available - would it be possible to control the thing with third-party apps or any kind of "hacks"?
Michael Ma: My first encounter with a digital camera was a Kodak 1MP digicam that took 4 AA batteries. The most amazing thing about it was how it consumed so much battery. About 20 shots in, and brand new 4 AA Duracell batteries were spent. The camera didn't get disturbingly hot either. Where did all that energy go? I still wonder today. I also remember thinking how digital cameras may save you money from buying film and developing prints, but it negated all savings because of the cost of batteries. My how times have changed.
You couldn't use rechargeable batteries?
Hennie de Ruyter: A camera which was perhaps revolutionary only because of it's low price was the Canon 300D. It contributed greatly towards the end of large fixed-lens cameras. I recalled many years ago that I had to choose between the similar priced Sony-F828 and 300D. I ended up buying a 300D as they had no F828 in stock. What a well considered buying decision!
It was the first affordable DSLR, right? I still remember the excitement around it and also think it would fit into the list here.
I think these innovations deserve listing: - first articulated monitor with live view- first touch-screen monitor with live view that allows focus and focus-and-snap by touch
Interesting news. Gives me kind of a warm fuzzy feeling - and evokes the smell of a b/w lab and its shimmering orange light
I note that the words "first impressions review" only appear in the body of the front-page news text and not in the headline. I also not that the category label is "Preview" rather than "Review" which had been used on a different First Impressions text recently.