Top Dog Imaging: I am not a "fanboy." I daresay, the Oly EPL-5 and EM-1 are my favorite cameras of all time. I am 55. I've used a wide range of analog and digital pro equipment (from 8 X10 film to MFD to FF Digital 35). The Oly fast primes are simply fine. The camera bodies (that includes the EPL-5 with the VF-4) are nice to handle. The 16 MP sensors are great. Now I wouldn't expect to use these cameras for fine art reproduction, highly detailed landscapes, or finicky high-end commercial work. I know a number of pros using these cameras for editorial work, street photography, weddings, fine art, and fashion. What I love about the Olys is that I am taking more photos now than ever before. I am willing to take pictures in places I would not have otherwise even with an APS-C camera (I still use a Nikon D800). I haven't picked up a MFD (Hassey or Phase) camera over the last few years. I am patiently waiting for the 7-14mm pro lens to become available. A tool is a tool is a tool.
Oddly enough the m43 sensor is fine for a lot of "finicky" work today as the vast bulk goes to the web. That imagery that does go to print actually acquits itself very well at A3. I recently did a side by side test of several lenses on my Canon 5dmkIII and for fun, my GX7 with the kit lens. Astonishingly, the kit lens outperformed the 24-105 Canon (tripod mounted, MU) and since I was shooting at ISO100 the file was smooth and sharp. Considering that standards are ironically both higher and lower than in the past, the m43 works splendidly. The challenge is the driver not the car.
Adamant: When can we expect regular camera reviews to resume here on DPR? Car magazines manage to review dozens of vehicles every month. DPR has managed to review, what, two whole cameras since July?
I don't know if you have noticed but the car mags seem to review dozens of cars so long as they are Porches, BMWs, Mustangs and Ferraris with the odd Kia thrown in for credibility.
snapa: Olympus is really great at producing extremely expensive lenses. To bad their sensors can not do justice to them. Hopefully the next generation m4/3 sensors will be able to keep up with there lenses. If that ever happens, the m4/3 format will be a formidable one. That is of course, if the prices come down to reasonable prices, which they are not at this time.
In this environment of declining camera sales, cutting prices is a fools game. The fact that the successful companies have expensive lenses is because they generated the profits that enabled them to create great lenses that people actually buy. No one is lining up for the cheap garbage that is already available.
Take that you Canon 7DII fanboys.
Timbukto: Gearheads will oh so hate this review. They want to know more about the dynamic range of shooting their stapler and random things strewn across their desk under fluorescent lights. Not personal pet peeves and pro NFL shots.I suggest a DPreview staffer quickly insert a paragraph involving 100% cropped shot showing +5 EV exposure pull differences stat!
It is a great review and entirely appropriate to hear what a working pro want/needs from a camera as opposed to hobbyists making pronouncements as to what pros want. I suspect that almost none of the self styled experts ever thought of the utility of voice notation for a PJ.
Wye Photography: £174 for ONE filter. Are you taking the P!$$?
Thank you for your data point in Lee's market research.
The issue I have had with SD cards is the "teeth" separating the electrical contacts breaking off. Have had one jam in the camera and it was a pain to remove. If these solve that problem, I'm in.
Most of my cameras use CF cards. Only one issue with one was when I broke one in half when a Pelican case closed on it. I was still able to retrieve the data.
maxnimo: I was just browsing the GoPro website and apparently all their cameras have a fixed super wide-angle lens. They don't even mention the focal length, nor do they give you a choice. They must think everyone wants, needs and loves super-distorted ultra wide angle views.
This probably explains why all GoPro videos look so terribly distorted.
"Eyes rolling in disbelief!"
Well. clearly you have the model for the perfect competitor in your head. Go make it and then tell everyone they are dumb.
Menneisyys: So, $100 rise. After all the bad news on their financial problems, this all means they don't really want to save their own business / make them significantly more profitable by just making use of the law of vastly increased sales at slightly decreased prices? (See http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4919944138/gopro-points-to-increased-costs-as-it-reports-deeper-losses-in-financial-results fpr more info on their losses.)
Their low-cost Chinese competitors pump out, for the price, unbeatable action cameras. I much prefer using a $100 SJ4000 than a $500 GoPro while, say, fishing, climbing or swimming, because I'm not afraid of it getting wet / damaged and can put up with the _very_ slight decrease in IQ (the SJ4000 produces some very good-quality footage) and "only" 30p framerate. Against those competitors, they just shouldn't ask for so much money because 95% of their prospective clients will get the much cheaper camera.
I would presume that the basic would have the same quality as the earlier models just because it would actually cost more to make it poorer. Re-badging an earlier model means all development costs are covered.
And knowing the FL would do what for you? I suppose you can choose another action cam that has interchangeable lenses so you can put on a longer FL. Oh, wait! No one does that!
Andr3w: The Pentax 50-135 f/2.8 has been out since 2007 and is very well regarded. Unfortunate that it gets written off because it "doesn't sell very well". Any data to back this statement up? It is the second most rated Pentax lens on B&H.
I can't imaging Fuji or Samsung will sell significantly more anytime soon since Pentax has had a 7 year head start.
jtan163, true I am not sure why I wrote Sigma. My point is that other makers of great gear get overlooked in the frenzy that surrounds some releases.
GothtinPowers: So how do these compare to dedicated film scanners like the Nikon coolscans?
With the fluid mount option The Epsons can do very well with film and above 120 they are undisputed among affordable scanners.
Roland Karlsson: I sometimes scan drawings. Then it is important that the lens system is rectilinear, or there is some compensation. For my old Perfection 3200, it is not. So, the resulting scan gets slightly compressed along the long side.
Any way to find out how linear scanners are?
It seems that this is a problem with the timing of the software/hardware in that as the scanner moves along the scanning axis it is placing the lines too close to each other. I am not sure if there is an adjustment available to the user but there may be.
white shadow: This is a great camera for those people who cannot afford the Canon 1DX or who like a lighter body.
Great for fashion shows, sports and wildlife photography.
Canon knows how to fine tune the 7D to be even better. There is no need to join the megapixel race. Those who want a flip screen can always buy the 70D. Those who prefer an EVF and even lighter camera can buy a mirrorless camera. Those who prefer what the 7D Mk2 can offer are happy that they have the camera they want.
Spot on analysis. It's interesting to note that there is no comment on how the flagship models of any manufacturer need to have EVF, IBIS, tilt screens, GPS, 4K video and the other must-have items of the hobbyist.
Photomonkey: Canon did not set out to build an A7. They set out to create the next generation DSLR and as such seem to have improved every aspect of it.Not adding the features that the hobbyists are clamoring for is not an oversight but a deliberate statement about their idea of what the camera should be.
If you are looking for the Swiss Army knife of cameras, look elswhere.
"old technology sensor"? As there have been no real tests AFAIK it seems a bit premature to make such claims but this is the internet so I expect that.
Canon did not set out to build an A7. They set out to create the next generation DSLR and as such seem to have improved every aspect of it.Not adding the features that the hobbyists are clamoring for is not an oversight but a deliberate statement about their idea of what the camera should be.
Sigma and Samsung could sell very well if they get the buzz that Fuji got.Pentax makes wonderful gear but has never pushed the button of consumers the way Fuji, Olympus and Sony have in the last two years.
Chaitanya S: Finally a multi-aspect sensor from Panasonic. good looking camera.
Unlike the GH-2 that had an 18MP sensor this one seems to have exactly the same dimensions as the other 16MP sensors. The public indifference to the sensor in the GH-2 trumped any difference there may have been and certainly in light of the increased cost of a sensor unique in its application to one model. IIR there were some complaining that we should have had the full 18MP on the GH-2!
>>And, again, there is sizable difference between 13 and 16 Mpixels (just like with 34/38 vs. 41 Mpixels WRT the Nokia 808.)<<
If true, then it still is inferior in that at 4:3 on the regular sensor I get 16MP while the multi-aspect sensor yields 13MP. I get 14.5MP when cropping to 3:2 and 11.8MP at square. Both numbers scarcely being trounced by the "multi-aspect" sensor.
I take your points but IMO scant IQ improvement would be visible if at all over cropping or choosing other aspect ratios in camera. After all we are talking about 13MP vs 16MP. We are also talking about going to the edge of the image circle where IQ falls off sharply unless the image circle is larger anyway thus negating that "feature".I still stand by my assertion that the sensor is more valuable for marketing than actual improvements in IQ.As to the impossibility of explaining the benefits to consumers I would argue that most see the distinction but fail to see the difference.