Sony comments that 14-bit lossless RAW might affect shooting rates. Lossless need not mean uncompressed. Nikon has been doing lossless compressed 14-bit RAW files for years, including 36MP ones from the D800/800E/810's Sony sensor. Can't Sony replicate this, with files maybe 20 percent larger due to the 42MP sensor?
I owned a Leica M6 in the film era and do a lot of travel and available light photography, so am a potential customer for the Q. Tempted though I am, I probably won't buy, for a reason Barnaby alluded to in his think piece.
When I invested in my M6 I did so as a gift to myself for landing my first management job, in my mid-20s, expecting it to last, literally, a lifetime. Spread over half a century or thereabouts, I considered the price a bargain. Had digital not supplanted film I would still be using it now, almost halfway through its expected lifespan.
Not only are today's digital cameras unlikely to last even a fraction of that time, but technology moves so fast that it makes more sense to buy camera bodies costing less than the Q and quality lenses, upgrading the former periodically. Had the Q's lens been removable, I might be persuaded; otherwise, sadly, not. But I'm sure I'd love using one...
Mark B UK: This seems to me like a mini-review, with many sections missing from the normally excellent DPReview full test. Will it be added to in due course, or is this a sign of cut-backs?
I appreciate the principle of tailoring reviews to camera type. However there are elements in the previous test format that would be very relevant to the D750. For instance:- RAW image quality- Noise and noise reduction- Dynamic range (which covered both RAW and JPEG and included an excellent chart and analysis of the effect of any DR expansion modes)
Would you consider reinstating these for future tests, and maybe retrospectively adding them to the D750 review?
This seems to me like a mini-review, with many sections missing from the normally excellent DPReview full test. Will it be added to in due course, or is this a sign of cut-backs?
Mark B UK: I know the number of CD-AF focus points (25) is relatively low, but is it yet known what proportion of the frame they cover? Is it a central diamond, such as the E-M1, or pretty much the whole frame, as with the a6000?
Apologies, yes I meant PDAF; thanks for clarifying that it covers 60% of the frame. That's better than the E-M1 but less good than the a6000 I believe.
I know the number of CD-AF focus points (25) is relatively low, but is it yet known what proportion of the frame they cover? Is it a central diamond, such as the E-M1, or pretty much the whole frame, as with the a6000?
The writing was on the wall, because Apple failed significantly to update the program for a long time.
IMO it's a strategic error. The cost of updating Aperture to make it best in class would be tiny for a company with the world's largest cash reserves, especially since much of that cash is offshore, preventing the company from repatriating it but providing the resources to upgrade the program locally. And Apple's brand and heritage are with the creative and imaging communities, who will now have one fewer reason for sticking with the brand.
Granted, a free program will be offered with future versions of the OS. But I cannot believe it will be anything like as powerful as a paid-for package such as LightRoom.
I would like to see someone, ideally Olympus, launch a tough compact that shoots RAW files. How hard can it be?
Mark B UK: Coming a year after its predecessor the E-M5 won the same award, the E-M1 shows how much the OMD line has done to win mass acceptance of m43 among enthusiasts. IMO DSLRs had simply become too big and heavy. Were I in product planning at Canikon my main priority would be to launch quality models, not just entry-level, that address these objections. It might also require a redesign of many of the lenses.
@ Anastigmat: too many Olympus fans? A smarter person would be asking themselves why so many people are fans of that brand at this time. Maybe because it is. Developing cameras that people really want to own...
@ Everlast, equally, the success of the OMD and X100S and recent launches such as the DF and X-T1 surely indicate that the smaller, metal-bodied, more dial-driven style of camera is welcomed by a sizeable chunk of the camera-buying community. You may not share those preferences; that's fine, there are other products for you. But no need to insult those who do.
Coming a year after its predecessor the E-M5 won the same award, the E-M1 shows how much the OMD line has done to win mass acceptance of m43 among enthusiasts. IMO DSLRs had simply become too big and heavy. Were I in product planning at Canikon my main priority would be to launch quality models, not just entry-level, that address these objections. It might also require a redesign of many of the lenses.
I have just two questions not answered by this otherwise very thorough and helpful piece: how many PDAF sensors are there, and what proportion of the frame do they cover?
With the X100S I believe there's just one, central one, which to my mind is of little value; the E-M1 has a diamond of sensors covering perhaps half the frame.
What I'm really hoping for is a mirrorless manufacturer that covers the entire frame with PDAF sensors. That would give real potential to beat DSLRs for action.
Does it have IS? I see no mention in the press release or specs.
swankFoto: Aperture not included, seriously?What value does this review have without Lightroom's biggest competitor? Aperture wasn't even mentioned in the intro.
I found this an interesting review, but share the viewpoint that it would have been nice to have seen Aperture included, since it's the obvious rival to Lightroom. While I accept that Aperture isn't cross-platform, the test was carried out on a Mac, probably the system of choice for most photographers, and even those currently using PCs would surely like to know whether Apple offers a RAW-processing product that warrants switching allegiances.
webneep: Merry Christmas! Great to see little Olympus do so well. I voted for the RX100 as I have one (and a D800), but the mere fact that it fits in my shirt pocket and produces stunning images makes it my favourite. The D800 is great and I love the amazing detail it captures, but it means I have to carry a heavy backpack with huge lenses to get the quality results.
I too voted E-M5 on the grounds that its combination of performance, versatility and low size/weight is groundbreaking. I have the body, 12-35 and 35-100 2.8 Lumix zooms and 12 2.0 and 60 Macro Zuikos. The whole system weighs less than a 70-200 or 210 zoom for Canikon FF...
Thoughts: Who would have thought,only few years ago, a M4/3 camera would compete with a die-hard professional full frame camera to become the best camera of the year? I am amazed! 2012 certainly has been an interesting year. Let's see how mirrorless camp is doing in 2013! Merry xmas everyone!
I guess it depends what we believe the award should celebrate: the objectively best camera of the year, or the most significant? If the former I think it's between the D800 and 5D MkIII, with my money on the latter due to the former's well-publicised and ongoing left focusing sensor fault. But if the award is for the most significant new camera of the year I think the E-M5 should win on the basis that it has transformed the fortunes of a format, and a manufacturer, by being the first m43 model to deliver true enthusiast-level IQ - and in particular DR that equals the best FF models - in a tiny package.