At this point, it's a joke. Did only now someone at the Nikon management figured out how to do an internet search of their own company?
AngusCNH: yes.... but you will be dead if any of the company introduce a new sensor tech which is on par / better then X3.....
also , X3 having so many flaw which still need to improve...
They won't. Everyone else will always prioritize ISO 3 billion and resolution of 79 gigapixels so the result will be mush.
Sigma always knew what they were doing. Well, until the Quattro design that is.
88SAL: Surely they could push the lens half a stop faster with the available space on the front of the lens housing.
I think sigma could go mirrorless with this tech and really, really make waves.
Golden comment dr.noise.
samfan: I must wonder why Sigma chose this form factor. They pretty much dumped on anyone who wants a compact pocketable camera with their sensor. Why would they do that? I had a DP1s back in the day and it was a pretty good walk around camera. These huge Quattro cams are only suited for those who will use it as a tripod-mounted landscape cameras, just like view cameras or MF. Or at least want to carry a bag.
So I guess... Next time I'll want a good pocket camera it'll be a Ricoh GR and no longer Sigma as I planned. Unless they keep the Merills in production which I doubt.
Then how did I ever manage to put DP1s in my pockets? I'm not talking about shirt pockets which are small even for the tinniest modern mobile phones.
Yes the Quattro is smaller than a DSLR, but it will require a bag or alternative nontheless. I don't carry a bag for my V1, I'd sure as hell wouldn't for a fixed-lens camera. Someone else might, fine, but Sigma is abandoning a big chunk of their market.
However Artistico wrote what I wanted to write. If it doesn't fit in my pocket than I might as well carry a DSLR.
MF quality? Okay maybe, but the Merill series was able to deliver the same with a much smaller body. I for one am not interested in MF quality, I like the Foveon look and I like Sigma lenses, but if it's not pocketable like the original DP then I'm not interested at all.
Big form factor brings only very few advantages like a bigger battery, but it's also such a massive disadvantage it will diminish their market even more. I would even say this can quite well kill Sigma as a camera manufacturer unless they'll successfully convince hipster landscapers to replace their film LF with this.
I wonder, doesn't this make viewing through the finder a bit awkward?
Regardless even though I think it's a little silly, it must be quite an engineering feat, isn't it? I mean I know these lenses have existed for ages, but still, most lenses are spherical and even a single aspherical element makes a lens more expensive. And here is a complete non-spherical lens and not expensive considering how niche it is.
Or is this sort of lens not harder to produce than traditional spheric ones?
Still, considering its only goal is to save a few pixels, it must be very high quality so the IQ advantage over cropping is not rendered moot.
I must wonder why Sigma chose this form factor. They pretty much dumped on anyone who wants a compact pocketable camera with their sensor. Why would they do that? I had a DP1s back in the day and it was a pretty good walk around camera. These huge Quattro cams are only suited for those who will use it as a tripod-mounted landscape cameras, just like view cameras or MF. Or at least want to carry a bag.
I hate it how all the companies today fret about high sensitivity and dump on color resolution. Every manufacturer seems to have a patent or something with bigger mono or clear pixels and even smaller color pixels.
Sigma has the only cameras with truly outstanding color resolution.
Buy Merrils while they are available. Not to mention this abomination looks horrible and unpocketable.
John Miles: Kind of expected an M4/3" option.
... Mount it on a m43 and crop? What?
Well if they can pull off a 16mm , why wouldn't they rather make a decent 16-100 or something?
All these superzooms are rather tiring. 'Either get a crappy megazoom or deal with prime lenses' seems to be a message of the day. What happened to good zooms with moderate range and moderate speed? Not pushing the envelope much lately.
Seriously, ROFL. When I saw the headline, I thought - what the hell? Nikon? Official statement? In reaction to something? Those things just can't exist together.
Then I read the actual statement. Oh yea, typical Nikon. This is just unbelievable. They can't even say 'yea we do that in some cases' even if it's obvious. They can't even take advantage of something they get right sometimes.
It's a bummer that PDAF sensors still aren't standard in every MILC.
Okay I'm sorry but this looks completely stupid. Is really everyone so obsessed just by high ISO noise and nobody cares about color? What kind of color can a sensor with such tiny red and blue pixels and 1/3 of the sensor covered just by clear pixels produce?
No, I don't like this concept either. Because I don't do um, 'photography' with a smartphone.
However people seem to in fact DO um, 'photography' with a smartphone and can't imagine doing it any other way. This is for those people who just want to take photos in the usual smartphone style but with some extra stuff like zoom.
In a recent interview with Sony's execs, they said their QX sell like hotcakes.
And honestly I'd rather have people using this stuff than just the smartphone itself. I'm so incredibly tired of all the 35mm shots of food, feet and whatnot. Maybe at least they'll try other motives with these addons. Probably will still run it through Instagram to get a 512*512 lomo crap but we're getting somewhere slowly.
Bruce McL: I don't know what Sekar's game is, but I do know that they do not, can not, and will not make innovative cameras. They make innovative press releases, and then somehow try to turn that into making money. Maybe they are trying to scam potential investors.
And you're judging that by... What exactly? Because they look somewhat similar to existing products?
Is anyone else making an interchangeable lens addon for a smartphone with a flash?
I expect some bitch-slapping with Nikon about the S1 name...
hexxthalion: Dear Samsung, please leave cameras, well you know, to camera companies and go back to designing some fridges or whatever you are good at
Such as Sony or Panasonic who never even made film cameras? Because Samsung did.
I really have to try this thing someday. It's like one of those keychain cameras or other funny toy cameras which are so insane you just have to try them.
But I'm also thinking, maybe Samsung had some particular use in mind for this sort of camera. I can't imagine it, but maybe there is something. Because really, Samsung isn't a company which just throws random things at the wall to see what sticks. Look at the NX lenses (very practical lineup). So far, their most crazy camera was the one with the LCD on the front and that one sold like hotcakes.
I also do like vertical grips, and who says you can't have one on a small sensor camera. Maybe there actually is demand for it.
I never really understood why the pro DSLRs have to have integral vertical grips since this wasn't a thing before Nikon F5. Somehow it's now a pro feature even though it doesn't really make that much sense.
This is so truly insane I actually like it. It's been a long while since we've had some new camera design. (Presumably) crappy super zoom which looks like a mini pro DSLR. A match made in hell, but so beautifully crazy.
Any idea if the camera can turn on and off automatically depending on whether the lens is locked? Does the camera refuse to take pictures when the lens is locked? I don't know, I feel this design is kinda weird for DSLRs.
It works for N1 because the N1 cameras switch on automatically when the lens is extended, but with DSLRs I'm kinda used to just flip a switch and have it immediately be ready to take pics without further fumbling.
Also the lens name is confusing... G II, which reminds of the older pre-VR G II. They could call it G III or add some descriptor.