vFunct: These 1-series cameras are BEASTS. No other camera, not even the D4, can touch their 15 FPS with FULL phase-detect AF. It really is a pro-camera.
People that even think about comparing this camera to NEX are clueless noobs. The NEX and other competitors in this category are worthless junk. Those are toys because they don't have the high-speed phase-detect AF that 1's and dSLRs have.
Obviously if all you shoot are still-life or landscapes, then you don't need high-speed focus, but if you ever take shots of people, and if you DON'T want to make it look like they're always posing stiff, then you'll have to go with a phase-detect autofocus system that you'd normally only get with a dSLR. And a professional might take thousands of these non-stiff shots per day.
Seriously, 15 frames a second with full phase-detect AF is an entirely different class of photography!
My only concern left is if it reverts back to contrast-detect AF in low-light like the previous models.
So to sum it up, 15fps = pro?I'd say those who shoot sports using single shot, manual focus and get sharp pictures are the real pros.
aardvark7: I have two observations:
First that image stabilisation is very useful, up to a point, but the main problem is whether the subject moves! In such a case the aperture is far more important (although that has its major limitations too!). I think the manfacturers over-emphasise the importance of this feature and now it's joined the megapixel race! Also, what is the power consumption of this compared to one of lesser ability?
Second, I would put money on, within a few months, many retailers offering a 'free' collar as part of a deal, rather than knocking the price down.
All that said, if it performs well, the pain of the price would be soon forgotten for Nikon users. I can see it now in the forums..."The best $1400 I've ever spent!"...
1. Image stabilisation is highly useful and is highly emphasised by users2. Not many would buy the tripod collar because there is image stabilisation, and no....retailers won't include them, never happened to Canon at least.
StephenSPhotog: The Quickdraw is EXACTLY the kind of thing that I have been needing!
That's one idea that sounds good, looks cool but works bad...
This is the first ever time I shared DPreview on my facebook!Geez! look at the size of it.
David Carr: 15fps played back at 30fps would indeed be "pretty pathetic slow-mo" because it would, in fact, be speeded up.
GoPros are useless in low light and have all the problems of a programmed exposure in bright light because you don't have any control over the shutter speed. No control, as a consequence, over motion blur.
You can't lock exposure either (which would be one way to reduce noise in low light, preventing the camera from automatically "gaining up" when it's pointed at something dark).
The ProTune firmware update helps improve the image in good light but does nothing to improve low light response.
Anyway, at least we know why the ProTune update was so overdue: they were busy making the Hero2 obsolete...
Auto exposure is logical, as you really won't want to fiddle with settings when you're doing a double backflip.But than, manaual exposure is still useful, I've seen a fan use a GoPro on the SIDELINES! I LOLed, I thought GoPro should be used in the action not out of it....
qwertyasdf: DPreview staff, go out and do some extreme sports to review this camera already!
Me?! Nah, I'd leave it for Butler.
DPreview staff, go out and do some extreme sports to review this camera already!
The present breed of DSLRs are competing on image sensor and also AF sensor.Will Dpreview do consumers a big big favour by including controlled focus tracking tests? The test would need something that will move at a constant speed everytime. (A reason to convince your boss that there's a need for a Segway in the office)
qwertyasdf: Dpreview viewers, let's guess which lens camera combo was used to take the above picture.
And the winner will be named the King / Queen of pixel peeping.
Examining the perspective, I'm pretty sure it's taken by a 50mm lens with a slight decentering, the right side is sharper than the left side.
Dpreview viewers, let's guess which lens camera combo was used to take the above picture.
Banhmi: DPR... can't we add some lingerie models to the new test scene? Beautiful female bodies are a cornerstone of photography!
Plus we have to see how the camera render skin tones.
You need to add a few bottle of wines, because is place is a WHINERY!!!
FranciscoJG: It is technically possible, in a few years, to an APS-C sensor to have 40 Mpixel, and a sensor FX to exceed 100 Mpixel. Just need to have a density near 14Mpixel per square, and this has already ben made in 2005 by Sony. I don't have is doubts that the customer don't need this. I have no doubt that today a 4.7 µm pixel makes a better picture than in 2008 a 8.4 µm pixel, due to improvements in the structural construction of the sensor. Nor do I doubt that the built-in image processing is today extremely better than they did in 2005/2008.I have no doubt that such high density sensors will bring great increase of diffraction and shading, not to mention many other problems. And for what? To show the images on any screen or Tv, 3 to 4 Mpixel is everything you need. To print on paper 12 x 16 inch picture, 12 Mpixel is enough. The 16 x 20 inch need 18 Mpixel; for 20x28 inch, 24 Mpixel is enough. Someone will print more than 0.00001% of is pictures in a larger format than this?
And when everyone has their eyes glued to their 3-5" smartphone screens, maybe 4MP is really more than enough.
Zone system has it's place in photography, but a whole book about the topic?I think one page is enough, you either get it or you don't....
The "Without Nimbus Cloud Dome in outdoor ambient lighting." photo clearly shows a lack of skills rather than the lack of cloud-dome.The shadow, the lower magnification...you're trying too hard to make the cloud-dome look like a useful thing.
Sorry, crap product and crap photos.
Cani: DxO reviews are the most comprehensive ones available, that's great news.
Just a comment.
In about every test methodology lenses are tested at (an unknown) close focusing distance only, which is frustrating since lense performance might vary significantly across the range of focusing distances from the closest up to infinity.
More and more we see lenses that test successfully but disappoint in the real world due to poor performance at infinity.So, imo if you had plans to include an appreciation of lens performance at infinity (other than sample shots) that would be another great improvement.
We need an ISO 12233 chart the size of a football field ;)
Mike99999: Meh... once again APS-C occupies the sweet spot between size and price:
I'm looking forward to see the 35-100 out resolve the Tokina 50-135...
Jonathan F/2: I miss Phil Askey's sample shots. At least you get proper people photographs every time he took pictures of his wife/gf. What's up with these samples? Who gets a fast 70-200 2.8 equivalent lens and then goes off shooting land/cityscapes?
Dpreview, you should go check out this Korean photo site which did a much better preview on the 35-100 and a proper one at that with a real model!
Wow, Koreans are becoming good at everything.Samsung now go make a 70-200 equivalent for your NX system and price it right!
bradleyg5: Seems like a pretty nice lens until you mentioned the price! 1500 dollars! Wow. You're telling me a Canon 70-200mm L F4 IS is worth less than that? Then people wonder why us trolls are bitter at Panasonic and Olympus.
Canon 70-200 f/4 IS is lower quality?!In what way? Build? Optics?It's one of the sharpest zooms in the universe.