alpha dog: A problem with peripheral things like wifi, is that we as users have no real way to feedback to companies like Nikon. Sure we have the nuclear option of returning camera and getting refund and buying an Olympus say.... but that's not realistic if you have 20 Nikon lenses and you love everything else about the camera. So I think he is doing a service for the rest of us.
On a wider note - when will camera companies learn (from Apple and co) that the end to end user experience and seamless integration are critical in the modern world? I think the first camera company that learns this will hugely increase market share. Why can't I use my Sony tablet as a wifi-tethered viewfinder for my Sony camera? or to preview and tag 'keepers' in camera, and have them automatically uploaded, archived and imported into Lightroom when I get back into range of my home wi-fi? Camera companies need to join the connected age!
Why can't I plug external memory directly into my iPad or connect to non iOS smart devises? I agree with your point about Nikon, but your reference to Apple was misplaced
Clearly Semipro photogs need to be told what they should buy. I wonder if Dpr will feel the need to tell FULLY pro photogs what to purchase. Of course a fully pro photog should never buy a camera on this or any of the earlier lists...
Thank you for the article, it was a good read and nice images. What impression did you get with the speed and accuracy of the autofocus? Would you say it's still behind the competition?
beavertown: When I clicked the Like button, it became Unlike? Anyone???
@Khai by definition you can only unlike something after you have first liked it as it litterally means 'undo like'. 'Dislike' would be another story
supersport100: I hiked the PAcific Crest Trail in 2012 and a lot of smaller hikes in my lifetime. This camera is definately too heavy for any ambitious hiking.
Supersport my comment was not directed at you. I consider it laughable that a single option would be pushed as a viable solution to every problem by merely adding grunt.
Clearly it's difficult to understand a world outside ones limited experience. Let's not make judgements on a persons 'willingness', it reflects poorly
I hiked and canoed through the jungles,swamps and mountains in PNG and West Papua for 4 1/2 months with all the gear. 90% of my favourite images were taken with a Nikon p7000, it could have captured of half the rest at the relative IQ cost. The dslr couldn't have taken any of the shots recorded on the p&s due to lack of immediate availability. I learnt a huge lesson in the need for compromise.
Rouseabout: @Barney Britton, thanks for sharing your experience with the Sony cam.
"The last time I brought a DSLR on a mountain hike I almost left it tucked under a rock on the trail, rather than drag it all the way up (that was the old, famously brutal Mailbox Peak trail, for any PNW natives reading this...)."
Nikon D3300 with 18-200mm lens is 100g lighter than rx10 iii...
I'd love to hear your opinion on cameras in more compact hiking/outdoor/adventure friendly 500g range and lighter.
Haha, Honestly! Do you really need my point about this camera sitting in dslr size territory spelled out to you? Head slap! And I'm sure you believe a 600mm lens is indispensible to hikers and nothing can convince you otherwise. Oh dear...
@Barney Britton, thanks for sharing your experience with the Sony cam.
nicchiaphoto: why is it that at very high ISOs the image quality of the D500 looks almost the same (just slightly slightly better) to the a6300 IQ when in RAW mode, wile instead in jpeg the colors and performance of the d500 is ten times better than the a6300?? Even if in raw mode they are similar, they perform much differently in jpeg. Could it just be because of different processing?
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Would people be more amenable to sponsored content if the title was changed and didn't allude to a critical test?
'Field Test: Claire Bangser and the Olympus PEN-F hit the Mississippi Blues Trail' could be changed to 'DPR Production: Claire Bangser hits the Mississippi Blues Trail. featuring the Olympus PEN-F'
I enjoy these productions and would like to see them continue without being so contentious
Gesture: Best thing about DPReview. Keeping a couple score photo enthusiasts employed.
I never would have guessed they employ that many!
Pitchertaker: Superb review, video, and images. Remarkable places and people.
"This is sponsored content, created with the support of Olympus" Although the title is misleading, it is a lovely story featuring an Olympus camera
Rouseabout: ...BUT does it have a selfie flippy screen?
I can sync it with my iphone right? Maybe I'll need to upgrade my selfie stick...
...BUT does it have a selfie flippy screen?
Banhmi: "This is sponsored content, created with the support of Canon" since when did this start happening? Is this only being mentioned now as a result of the Lord & Taylor vs. FTC legal dispute?
Simon, I'm sure you know better than I the various means of sponsorship available to marketers. I remember a writer of another blog saying Sony offered an RX1r ii as a thankyou gift for an article. Did any DpReview staff or writers aquire Sony 'gifts' in this period?
A certain low light autofocus test (but not limited too) that'd have made Ken Rockwell proud comes to mind
These field tests have in my opinion always been infomercials. I congratulate dpreview for its move towards transparency.
Transparency would have been welcome during last years Sony tsunami and the following Fuji shower. Was I the only one to lose faith in dpreview in that period?
wootpile: Bleh, I'll never buy a Samsung camera out of principle after how they tricked tens of thousands into believing they were in it in a grand scale.
I understand pulling out of a market if you can't afford to stay fight and perhaps even conquer it, but Samsung has more financial clout than even Sony, a market presence as big as Apple, and the tech to do it all in-house without breaking a sweat.
Samsung promise isn't worth a cent. Shame on you.
Regularly beat dead horses just because you can?
Franz Weber: That is sad. I will never buy a camera from an asian manufacturer again.
Becksvart: The X-Pro2 I find rather aesthetically pleasing, unlike a certain recent just-crawled-out-of-the-sea Olympus product that many seem to find pretty.
Paragraph 4: first sentence indicates ergonomy is largely unchanged, second that it's part of what makes the X-Pro2 different from its predecessor. I feel that they feud somewhat.
No offence meant! Writing from my smart phone I can come across a little direct. Try reading " Ergonomically, the X-Pro2 is very similar to its predecessor but in terms of performance, it's a totally different beast." as "Ergonomically, the X-Pro2 is very similar to its predecessor, but in terms of performance it's a totally different beast."
If indeed you do have native familiarity with the language I wrongly assumed you'd naturally understand the first sentence doesn't make sense and naturally infer a repositioned comma. Though I could be wrong and DpReview could definitely clear things up by making the appropriate correction.