Donnie G: It appears to me that the Panasonic GH4 is a video camera, first and foremost, that just happens to do stills too. The fact that the camera comes dressed in traditional stills camera ergonomics may help to sell it to a larger customer base than would be possible if it were wearing video only clothes. It's kind of a "poor man's" Canon 1D-C aimed at schizophrenic video/stills photography hobbyist. I'm sure we will see a lot more of these hybrids, at this price point and below, from the other gadget makers in the very near future, as they continually hunt for a way to turn a profit from their camera businesses. Fortunately, Panasonic has the necessary background in video to do a good job of it. :)
It has a 50 shot deep buffer for shooting RAW+JPEG photos at 12fps. That's the kind of spec that challenges the Olympus E-M1, and tell me that the E-M1 is a video camera.
Howard S: "the ability to set exposure compensation when using Auto ISO in manual exposure mode." Can we have this on other models please?
I want this on my E-PL5.
Reilly Diefenbach: Sharpness is out of the picture taking equation with the D7100 and just about any lens at its better settings, corners excepted on many. Now you've got only the subject to worry about.
The subject is always the most important spec.
Add in a Lenspen and some form of remote flash trigger. I love my optical slave.
SW Anderson: I wonder if the Olympus Pen E-PL5 has the same problems. Unfortunately, it appears DPreview only does previews of E-PL models, not reviews.
Yep, same observation here. Beyond that shutter range my photographs were incredibly sharp. It's very easy to fix that using the Anti-shock feature though. I really wonder why there's no mention of it in the review.
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.
I was just gonna say this. For most situations 1/8 antishock is hardly noticeable too. Very convenient feature. Most of the times when I want faster shutter response, I'm working with higher shutter speeds too(1/500 or so for action), so the shutter lag doesn't bother me.
TN Args: If it is due to pushing the shutter button and light body combination, then EVERY light camera will exhibit it with IS off. Surely this is not true????
And why didn't you test it using self timer shutter release? If it is due to pressing the shutter, this will eliminate it. DPREVIEW come on, you haven't checked this. How do you know it isn't poor shutter design?
Shutter shock is a reality for every light camera with a mechanical focal plane shutter.
Looleylaylow: Cheese. But I'm sure there's a prog rock album cover awaiting discovery somewhere in her collection.
Pink Floyd included a similar photograph opposite the lyrics of Shine on You Crazy Diamond in the Wish You Were Here lyrics booklet.
Optimal Prime: Artsy stuff is great. But not at the expense of camera reviews. That's not why I visit this site.
Given the prodigious backlog of reviews, shouldn't DPR put more effort into clearing it and finally be as current as other major review sites?
Actually I almost look forward to articles like these more than the reviews themselves. I love the reviews but stuff like this is about improving the most important piece of gear in the photographic process: the photographer.
Joffun: If Apple think they are going to break into the emerging markets, including China, at these prices I think they are mistaken. Phone contract subsidies in many parts of Asia are generally either non-existent or a fraction of those offered in the US, so the cost of the phone is going to put off many potential buyers.
I recently bought a dual sim Android phone which is fantastic for about a third of the price of the iPhone 5c. The iPhone will be better in some areas (although not screen size and battery life) but it will be difficult for Apple to beat the Chinese manufacturers on price and overall value which are very important in emerging markets.
Apple is seen as a luxury item, so the iPhone 5c undoes that - why buy Apple if people are going to question why you could only afford the "cheap" version.
"Apple is seen as a luxury item, so the iPhone 5c undoes that - why buy Apple if people are going to question why you could only afford the "cheap" version."
Well said. Paying all that much for a plastic iPhone doesn't make sense. I think the iPhone 5 is going to sell better than it ever did now.
Also, I don't think that people have noticed, but the muted elegant colors of the 5S just don't go with the bubblegum pop interface of iOS7. It's like the 5C is what they made the interface for.
Tom_A: Many people here dismiss phones as not being for "serious" photography.
I like to walk around with my "serious" cameras, both digital and medium format film cameras.However I don't have them always with me. But I always have my iphone with me and I am happy that in many situations it gives acceptable results.The linked photo was taken with my iphone 4s, with the hipstamatic app which has a few black and white settings that look good out of the box. I did not have a "proper" camera with me at that moment. I think that the picture is usable (feel free to disagree): http://oi43.tinypic.com/9uc1tc.jpg
That's pleasantly detailed for a phone camera. If you hadn't said it out loud and posted it somewhere, I doubt people would have guessed it was a phone picture.
The only thing that might give it away is the luminance/chroma noise.
Henry M. Hertz: no question this is a nice camera.
question is... will it save olympus camera division?
m43 is under attack from other system cameras (most use APS-C sensors) and even smartphones.we are speaking about the mass market here.. not a few enthusiasts.m43 will always have the stigma of a smaller sensor.you can produce excellent products and miss the market completely… i have seen it again and again.
The technology that this camera brings could be what helps m43 establish itself: decent C-AF, loads of buttons, big bright EVFs. This is probably the first mirrorless camera that comes anywhere near equalling the usefulness of pro DSLR bodies.
Snowbird_UT: Too bad they stripped this little sucker down....looked like a great little twist on imaging. Heck, I could even forgive the lack of RAW files but the removal of things as basic as manual settings, focus peaking and ISO make this a no-go for most enthusiasts.
I don't personally think RAW is a forgivable omission. And that combined with the lack of manual control really makes it an uninteresting proposition. I think Sony bungled this one up.
Kodachrome200: to bad they didnt manufacture and sell it under there own brand. could have saved us all 500 bux
And given us lens hoods?
Marty4650: Hold on... lets get serious.
This is a $400 camera, including the lens. And in a few months, you will probably see it selling for $349. This is CHEAPER than every current high end compact with a 1/1.8" sensor. Those floor mats in your BMW probably cost more than this camera does.
Unless Sony has somehow screwed up this version of the 20 MP sensor, the IQ should be superb for both stills and videos.
Were you expecting a pro quality build at this price? Or a 1,000,000 dot LCD with swivel screen? Or perhaps a killer EVF?
Sony just took a shot across Canon's bow. And created a very nice second camera for NEX users.
This is a lot of camera for the price. Sony will have a hit on their hands.
This is probably the best way to revive falling mirrorless sales. Customers want DSLR controls in a cheap body? Here you are. It looks like a brilliant decision on Sony's part.
yabokkie: so it doesn't have sensor shift image stabilizer as many expected. probably Sony don't expect target users to ever change the lens?
Looks like it. They will probably introduce a higher-end SLR-style model for the enthusiast market.