This looks like a sweet camera. I'm gonna have to get those fast zooms from Panasonic along with this.
lancespring: It is true. Sony has shown more innovation in the past couple of years than Canon and Nikon have in the last decade.
Good for Canon and Nikon for making quality cameras and lenses and more power to the people who use them. But I always side with the ones who innovate and push the boundaries.
Those who are dismissing the RX100 after playing with it for a few mins at the store, try it out for a week if you ever get the chance. I've been a Panasonic shooter for a couple of years and I initially didn't like the RX100 but it grew on me and I really like it now. It's gotten to the point where I start pressing the wrong things when I pick up my Panasonic cameras. Panasonic probably has the slight edge when it comes to button placement and functions and things but the RX100 is very close.
The LX7 looks like a fine camera and if the RX100 never existed, I would've bought this no question. But I think that the RX100 is the closest I'm gonna get (at this point) to having a pocketable DSLR (minus the interchangeable lenses of course) and that's well worth paying extra. But everyone's gotta get the right camera for them and it's gonna be different for everyone so it's all good.
I wonder how well the Olympus VF-1 will work on this. Might be a cheap alternative to that $600 OVF. Sure, it's got a 4:3 aspect ratio but for $20 or so, I'll give it a shot.
This part is what really excites me:
"Rather than dwelling on resolution, Ng is keen to highlight the 3D capabilities of the light field approach. Because the light field retains information about the direction from which light has arrived, it has inherently captured three dimensions of information. Although not supported at launch, Lytro is able to show demos of images where the initial viewpoint can be moved around. 'We can change the viewpoint,' he says: 'which is unique to capturing light fields. They're effectively digital holograms. We've actually had holograms made from light fields - this is what the directional information can do.'"
I'm looking forward to this way more than being able to click on various focus points.
Well of course it'd get a lot of hate around here but I've had regular people who aren't all that into photography (some who confessed that they're absolutely terrible at taking photos) come up and tell me that they're really excited about this. I don't know if this is for me because I haven't seen/read much about it at this point but I can't knock technological advancement. It's kinda like criticising the first caveman to venture out of the cave and explore the outside world.
Not interested in these lenses although I am looking forward to trying out my collection of C-mount lenses on these. But I'll wait until the price of the body has dropped significantly.
I enjoyed using it when I was using an iPhone. I'm on Android now and I wish they made an Android version.
Wow, that's some fast zooming. I like it!
Entropius: Ugh. $400, for a lens that basically does the same thing as the $80 40-150 f/4-5.6 kit lens that's come with every Olympus camera since the E-510.
That lens, for the non-Four Thirds shooters, is the same size as this one or even a little smaller, focuses pretty quickly, is very sharp at any aperture or focal length, and as its last trick has actually quite nice bokeh.
I'm also disappointed about it not being compatible with the GF1 and GH1 which I both have. Oh well, I guess I won't be considering one until I upgrade my body.
Bravo Panasonic! Nice work! If the image quality is good then I might be getting this plus the 45-175 and replacing my 14-140.
leafinsectman: The group test says that the Sony HX7V doesn't have GPS:
"Depending on your priorities the loss of GPS mode in the HX7V might be a disappointment"
But the product page says that it has GPS:
"The GPS and compass enabled DSC-HX7V features Sony's newly-developed 16.1MP back-illuminated Exmor-R CMOS sensor..."
Can I get some clarification on this? Thanks in advance :)
Thanks, much appreciated!
The group test says that the Sony HX7V doesn't have GPS:
If you're interested in this lens, do yourself a favour and get either a Computar 25mm f/1.3 or a Pentax/Cosmicar 25mm f/1.4 and a $7 C-mount adapter from eBay. Both of those produce better quality images than this lens. I have no problem with 'bad' looking images but the price of the lens has to match the quality and I feel as though the SLR Magic lenses are way overpriced for what they are.
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