We can complain all day about these dSLRs being too big, too heavy, and that they are dinosaur (which to some just means they are not mirrorless), but the IQ of this camera is just spectacular.
"In 'Touch AF' mode, when you're shooting in live view you press the screen and the AF point jumps to the location of your fingertip, and focus is acquired immediately at that point. Weirdly, half-pressing the shutter button does nothing at all, but if you've used a smartphone camera you'll be familiar with the behavioral logic of the Leica (and yes, it does seem strange writing those words…)."
I don't find this to be illogical. Since you are already using the screen to position the AF point, why do you need to "re-AF" by half pressing or go to the EVF? Why don't you just press the shutter all the way to take the picture and be done with it?
A fair criticism would be that the touch-AF concept did not go far enough in the T. For example, in many m4/3 cameras, you can touch and shoot at the same time. Indeed, with Panasonic cameras, you can touch to select the AF point and then shoot using the EVF. I consider this an *additional* feature that is nice to have.
Just tell you how much SONY has been overpricing its products ...
The mirrorless market is small and the one for m4/3 is even smaller which now already has two players. Adding a third player will first compete with the two existing ones, which means even less profits for everyone. Less profit means even more difficult time to survive and to invest in R&D. Kodak does not bring anything really new to the market but may only chip away the profit from the BIG two. If any one of the big two decides to quit, can Kodak take its place? Kodak has neither the expertise in optics nor videos. Without true innovation in the products, how can it compete with SONY? I don't see this as a good thing at all.
Marty4650: I'm really impressed at how good the image quality is coming from "the smallest of the large sensors."
I am also baffled at why Sony hasn't made market share gains against Canon and Nikon in light of all the innovation coming from Sony, and the absence of much innovation from the two market leaders.
Like it or not, Nikon has the 1 system whose price is coming down, if you shop for the older model. The 1 is an interchangeable lens camera system and has quite a few very good lenses. Likewise, Nikon has the Coolpix A which is pocketable with an APSC sensor. Thus for core Nikon fans, they now have more choices if they want to maintain the same work flow, especially if you are RAW shooters. I have gone back to get a Nikon D7100. What is the flaw with a Nikon camera like that? Size, really, if you can call it a flaw, but for everything else the Nikon is superb.
SONY still leaves me with the impression that they are in the exploring stage, lots of exciting new bodies but (1) you are not sure which one will stay and be improved to reach a maturity like Nikon and Canon and (2) the lack of a comprehensive coverage of lenses that are great and not too expensive.
SirSeth: My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.
For a while, I did not have an iPhone. Since we have wifi at home and at work, I got by with just an iPod-touch. When we traveled, my wife's iPhone can connect to the internet when we were on the road. However once you have a smartphone it will be hard to go back so if you don't need it, don't get one in the first place. If you are not a heavy user of cellular data (e.g. you are covered by wifi), you need about 500MB of data monthly so do not overbuy.
Sirseth: "I live in Wifi"
Besides Republic Wireless, you can also just use an iPod touch. Skype and many other texting Apps will allow you to call via Wifi with a small fee. However, unlike Republic Wireless, if you are out of the Wifi zone, you cannot call. Not sure where you are. I have Virgin Mobile, no contract, and for $30/m, I have "unlimited" data and text, plus many min of talk.
Sirandar: Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB
I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.
Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control
Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.
" I don't have an iphone, but an iPad, and guess what: it decide for you what apps it closes in background and when."
You can use "Background app refresh" in Setting to control which app you want to run in the background -- the more you left on, the faster the battery will drain. If you want Skype to stay on, turn it on there, and in "Notification" allows it to notify you. This will use more battery power though.
Just beautiful! Who cares whether these were captured by the camera in a phone or just a camera. They are fantastic.
GiovanniB: I don't understand the complaining about a lack of portrait primes in the review, because there's the amazing SEL 50mm f1.8 OSS which I love (!!) for its pleasant bokeh and great overall optical performance - plus stabilization. Not to mention the very reasonable price tag. The A6000 is an APS-C camera - no reason to ignore this one.
In full frame terms:
50 mm is good for full body shots.85 mm is good for half body shots. 105 mm is good for should/head shots.135 mm is good for head shots.
Using a FL shorter than what is recommended risks facial distortion. For subject isolation, these lenses tend to be at least f1.8.
sdh: To those who are making a fuss over the level gauge: WHY?
Activate the grid, pay attention to horizontal or vertical elements in the composition and visually align them to the grid.
In my experience a physically level camera yields an image that looks tilted, more often than not.
I find a level gauge most useful when photographing young children at their eye levels. They spend a lot of time crawling, running, or rolling on the ground and it is difficult to follow them and to keep track whether everything is leveled.
Lab D: For those who say, "AF tracking is better in even entry-level DSLRs"by "entry-level" do you mean D4s?http://www.youtube.com/embed/up8K_xd_iwU
D4s has basically the same AF system in D7100, which is about $1,000. D5300 and D3300 has the 39-AF point module which is also outstanding.
plasnu: Does anyone still choose DSLR over this at this price point?
And many have already invested in Nikon and Canon with their favorite lenses. I love the Sigma 17-50/2.8 on my D90 and am buying a D7100 so I can use this lens for a few more years. Sigma does not make one yet for the E mount. I love the A6000 but buying and testing lenses is just too tedious. For compact system, I already have m4/3. To cause a major migration to SONY, it needs lenses that are good and reasonably priced.
G1Houston: Is the lack of an external charger really a negative?
I have come to appreciate the fact that when I carry these cameras on a trip, I do not have to pack all the bulky chargers with them. I just have to bring a single USB cable that I already use to charge my phone and tablet. Is that really so difficult to charge a separate battery at night time in the camera? It is also possible to use those external batteries we have for the smartphone to quick charge the "camera" in the filed. I thus suggest Dpreview to reconsider calling the lack of external charger a "pro," to encourage companies to simply the accessary. It drives me mad that each one of my camera has a different battery with a different charger.
"Also, whenever you plug your camera into anything you're introducing another failure mode. Power spikes or faulty charging circuitry could easily fry the camera. I never plug my camera into anything. Take the battery out to charge and take the card out to download."
Is that how you charge your phone, tablet, or laptop?
"i.e. I am using Iphone's usb charger with a standard usb micro cable, which is rated 2.1a, 4 times as faster as included a6000 charger."
Exactly. If you use the charger for iPad or any other tablet, you can cut down the charge time in half.
"means the camera needs to be tetered to recharge the battery."
No. There are a lot of external batteries designed to recharge a dead cell phone that can be used to quickly recharge your dead camera. You must already have a USB charger in your car which you can use to charge the camera on the go. If you do need multiple batteries, is it that hard to charge them in the hotel at night? Why do you need your camera when you are asleep? To download and play with the images, you just need to take out the memory card and the camera can be left plug in to charge many batteries a night.
Is the lack of an external charger really a negative?
No one should expect this to be a quantum leap the way EM5 was in terms of IQ. However, it is my impression that the DR and high ISo in the GH4 are just so slightly improved over the previous gen of m4/3 cameras. The ISO 3200 images are very clean and detail so I can imagine ISO 6400 images will still be quite acceptable. There is no harsh highlight blown out in these images although the shadow is still a bit too dark, still not bad for m4/3.
I wonder what camera they used to shoot the video. Did Fujifilm use the XT-1 to shoot videos, which is considered a weak spot in their cameras?
G1Houston: Some on the internet complains about its AF-C mode in video that it cannot track the movement as well as Canon 7D can. What is your experience? How good is the dynamic range, relatively speaking? Better than other top of the line m4/3 cameras, such as EM1 and EM5?
What concerns me is that in the review, they mentioned that AFC tracking in video is worse with GH4 than GH3.