PenGun: Another idiotic review. If you morons could not get sharp pictures because auto focus was off, find someone who can work a camera.
No one who needs 36 MP cares about the grip, or even what it looks like.
Another puff piece.
"No one who needs 36 MP cares about the grip, or even what it looks like."
Really? You think all the Nikon D800 users walk around with their cameras permanently mounted on a tripod?
TorsteinH: Gold award for a camera with slow focus that takes close to 1 sec to focus and then a seond delay until next shoot. But maybee I'm missing something...?
Which can't focus very quickly, especially in low light.
I always find a cameras ability to focus quickly high on my list of 'wants' (my pets and nieces and nephews don't do 'still')
If its not than, yes, this looks like a great little camera.
Keep them coming :)
Can"Physically rather large for a standard zoom"
And whats standard about a f1.8 18-35mm lens.
Nice review and a very impressive achievement by sigma. Shame the likes of Canon can't innovate on anything less than £10,000
That sounds like the worst camera sony has made for quite some time
After all their innovation this just seems like a half hearted effort
Would much rather see a higher spec slr/mirrorless camera. Shame.
Simon Says: Anyone who follows the tech industry knows that history suggests that any sort of "medium", be it floppy in the very distance past, discs, CF/SD, etc. shrinks over time, while the performance of next generation but smaller medium initially doesn't perform as well, will catch up and surpass the standard of yesteryears.(For details on this subject: check out "innovator's dilemma")
Sensor is just another example of a medium for light, and there is no exception.
We are already experiencing this trend from Medium format -> FF -> APS-C -> 3/4 -> ?
Trust me, at some point smaller sensors will be technologically advanced enough to be just as good as bigger ones of the past.
Yes obviously new small sensors will be as good as older large sensors at some point. Not certain what relevance your statement has though?
When that happens the larger sensors will be even further developed.
The best thing about sensor size at the moment is the willingness to put larger sensors in smaller cameras.
We already know larger sensors are a benefit to image quality/high ISO etc. Guess its a slow news day for photography.
It doesn't even look like its been done particularly well. I checked the date for April 1st tbh.
Its a lump of materiel screwed into the side of the camera, for the price they are likely to ask they could at least have put a bit effort into the design.
Lef Jack: Can anyone tell me if the new 70D is capable of shooting images at 300 dpi, as are Nikon and Olympus.
Currently have a 50D and 7D, but neither of them are capable of shooting at 300 dpi as far as I can tell from searching the manual and the camera menu!
£1000's of pounds on equipment and no idea what DPI means?
For shame :D
Thinking out loud: Trophy hunters are serial killers who get great pleasure out of destroying living creatures - the "trophy" is just a convenient excuse for their blood lust. If you doubt this, watch videos of the "hunt". They stalking their prey from a distance (the animals do not sense them) using telescopic sights on their rifles,they slaughter them with a high velocity bullet. The interesting bit is just how excited they get - orgasmic in fact, they rush over to the kill and marvel at just how magnificent the dead animal is. It does not occur to them that it was magnificent until they brutally end its life!Perhaps the only good thing about this is that these morons are killing animals and not humans - as far as we know.
'Thinking out loud' are you even aware that these big game hunting trips are what help finance the preservation of the big game parks and the animals under their care. Not ideal but culling etc is a part of whats needed.
The illegal hunting of big game and the disgusting slaughter of animals in the past is more worthy of your rant.
edeit: oh and howardroark are you vegi or vegan? Always nice to know how serious you are in your convictions.
Priaptor: You have to love all the hoi polloi posting their inane negative comments. None of you cretins even own one. It must suck to be just another wannabe.
pics or it never happened :)
Its one of those cameras that for those who have the money and enjoy photography, you would buy one just to see what its like :)
MrTaikitso: Having spent much time deliberating between a bridge camera and a real camera, I went for an NEX, because although you pay (depending on the model and deal at the time) £100 to £200 more, you get vastly superior IQ and low noise in low light. These superzooms are versatile and good value, but hopeless at 'all conditions' photography. Without a tripod, nightshots are a big no no for a start.
An NEX with a 24-1200mm lens range is £100 - £200 more expensive. Really.
I do wonder.
Guess the FZ is reserved for their high end bridge cameras and the LZ is for their budget offerings. To be honest I'm not certain what thus has to offer over any number of alternatives? Price might be interesting?
Tape5: RX100 is so incredibly capable and sexy it makes me take ten times as many photos with it as my other two cameras, both DSLRs. I am having a complete love affair with this unobtrusive beauty.
These days I think if a shot cannot be taken with my RX100, I don't want it at all. Wide at 1.8 or with a tiny zoom to still keep it open at around 4.0, I am taking pictures I can crop and enlarge to crazy levels.
Who needs a zoom better than 20 million super sharp pixels?
If there is one camera that heralds the end of chunky ugly DSLRs, it is this one. Sony is certainly here to change things and they are experimenting with RX1 as well. And all the while they are doing this, they are making RED bleed at the other front with their video machines. Insane.
what a load of bull. its right for you but saying such a camera is the end of dslrs is the height of stupidity. nice camera, not really innovative, just a slight change of, read good, direction to take. for most dslr users its a companion camera or something to take out for a change.
the_chris: There should be two final ratings - one for the stills, one for the movie capabilities. The K-30 would have gotten a gold award if it would have been regarded as what it is, an excellent stills DSLR.
This is why manufacturers have to implement video features at all despite the camera could probably be a better stills camera for the money if the video stuff whould have been left out. You need to have the features because of the final rating which is what most readers remember in the end.
We have finally reached the point I feared this hole video stuff would lead to: "Coffeemachine of brand A makes better coffee than the machine of brand B, but brand B machine makes milk foam also so it is the better machine".
And thats what I do these days. No interest in video what-so-ever.
The Pentax takes a brave approach given the other manufacturers to actually make a well price Camera! Want video ? Buy a video recorder! And let some of us have out cameras back please.
Tord S Eriksson: Trying the studio test applet shows the K-30 besting the K-5 with ease at most ISOs and most settings (not surprised).
The studio comparison applet has its faults, as further changing the cameras included in the test, to include the D3200, makes it evident that the D3200 is wrongly focused - things in the foreground is far sharper with the D3200 than those in the background, but it is also the only camera focused like that (at least the only out of about 10 we swapped between).
So it needs very little to get the wrong impression of a camera included in the studio test.
Ashwins is right saying the percentage rating is a bit childish, as every user has his own priorities.
I dumped my Pentax gear after having had issues both with manufacturing quality, and the response from those in the know at Pentax, that certainly didn't go all the way to correct the faults they knew of - for instance the focusing motor issue in certain lenses, like the lovely DA50-135.
An interesting point about made poorly
Is this the norm?
garyknrd: Yep, Sony is the leader by miles compared to Canon it seems?
Not long ago canon were right up there and even beating Nikon.
Canons sensor are old. No argument there.
Having said that I wouldn't base a camera purchase on the bases of a DXO mark - Canon/Nikon/Sony or otherwise.
Steve: now i'm on the fence between this and the OMD.I am trying to cut down on weight and size from my D7000... the panny seems to be almost as big as the nikon, although it is 1/2 lighter than the nikon..i'm using a 18-200mm lens as well. i'm just wondering if this is a deal killer for me... although there are some nice pluses to the camera...i guess i will just have to wait until i get both in my hands at the same time ?
Main selling point for 4/3's was the size, now panny offer this? Odd choice.
Still be interesting to see just what its capable of.
What do I know: Wake me up the day EVF gets as good or Better than a good 100% OVF
EVF will eventually take over as the tech will continue to improve. At this moment I just can't get on with the ones I've tried.
The tech is moving so quickly it hopefully won't be long :)
Good, and brave move, to spec it so close to their 7 series. Well done Sony :)
bradleyg5: The A99 is seriously the camera that has me considering selling all my Canon gear to switch too.
Certainly an interesting camera but would (as for anything) wait for reviews.
Also what Canon gear exactly (to make certain Sony offers like for like - which I assume they will by now)