I was prepared to be amazed until i saw shot #3. I could be wrong, but I suspect the bird image was dragged into the spider web image. I feel the same about the owl shot. As for the blue elephant, all animals, even elephants are entitled to their moods.
Nikon, like Fuji, finally realized that a camera designed by photographers rather than by bells and whistles marketeers still has a place in the market. My long gone F series Nikon's were all about taking pictures and putting as little as possible between the photographer and the final image. They were rugged and wonderful cameras. That is what drew me to the excellent FujiX Pro-1, a camera that requires very little referral to a menu to use it. It has a real shutter speed dial, a genuine aperture ring and a simply way to go from automatic to manual with the option to keep or lose autofocus without a lot of fuss. My old D70 and subsequent D300 were not as straightforward as they should have been.
Welcome back Nikon. You have been missed.
Jim Evidon: "....'Every six months I want to do something new' Kimio Maki of Sony...."
I think we now understand Sony's problem.
Although Sony makes cameras with exceptional IQ, their cameras are the most ergonomically unfriendly devices ever conceived by man. At least we now know who that man is.
That is why I got rid of my otherwise excellent NEX series camera in favor of another excellent camera that was obviously designed by photographers who understand cameras and how they should be designed. It's ironic that my new camera has the same excellent Sony sensor as my previous NEX series camera. Maybe Sony should stick to selling sensors and components to camera makers who understand camera design.
"....'Every six months I want to do something new' Kimio Maki of Sony...."
I've seen better images from an old Box Brownie. Cell phones are best kept to making phone calls and playing with apps.If you want to take photos and send them wireless, buy a cheapo camera with WiFi and knock yourself out.
Looks like a nice FF camera. Expensive, but that is what FF cameras are. Larger format = larger lenses=greater weight and bulk. Frankly, from a practical standpoint, FF is really needed only by professional and that group of amateur enthusiasts that are into pixel peeping. My three main cameras are a Leica M8 which format is larger than APSC but smaller than FF, FujiX Pro-1 (APSC format) and Olympus E-M5 (MFT format).
All three cameras produce prints that are brilliant up to 24" to 30". Since I am not a professional, my Epson R3000 printer is limited to 13" wide by whatever length I feed into it. If I had a 17" printer, all three cameras would still produce sterling high quality images.
So, I really can't gush over any FF camera because I have no use for the bulk, weight and expense that it comes with. So my hat is off to Sony for what looks to be a fine FF product, but it is of little use to most amateur enthusiast photographers except for the bragging rights that it comes with.
Laser machine body texture instead of leather? You don't want to use this in chilly weather without gloves. The lens barrel looks like a Sony product. It's the one thing that annoyed me most when I had an NEX5N. No tactile difference between the focus ring and the aperture ring. Recessed shutter dial and shutter release? Again, another ergonomic backward step. It's not the smartest design to come out of a camera factory. I'll stick with my M8, thank you. If I felt like spending over $7500 for a new camera body, it would be an M type 240 and not this product of styling over function. But as a fund raiser for people who must have the latest collectors' item and don't want it to look like just another Leica, it does have a unique look.
"If you have to ask how much it cost, you can't afford it"....J.P. Morgan
Staged? Probably. Funny? Definitely.Actually, it appears to be an allegory on multitasking.
IMO, you are spending too much space on cell phones and other gadgets whose primary purpose is not photography.Leave the phone and other gadget reviews to sites that specialize in those things and are better suited to review all aspects of he product. Cell phones may take amazing pictures for what they are, but they are not serious cameras.Better images are available from most simple and inexpensive point and shoot cameras. Please stick to cameras. That is what built your site and your reader base.
How fast is fast and how slow is slow? To me, the important thing is whether it is fast enough for your needs. I am a careful and deliberate shooter. I remember when AF was a thing of the future and everyone had to manually focus. The first auto focus cameras did a lot of hunting before settling down and we all thought it was wonderful. My internet provider is lightening fast and it's major competitor promises even faster operation. But do I need it? I am only so fast and the older I get, the less fast I am. I guess this is a long winded way of saying that as a Fuji-XPro-1 user with all the latest firmware downloadsAF is lightening fast for me, although my OM-D is somewhat faster. So, how fast do you really need aside from enhancing your bragging rights when comparing cameras?
The Canon G15 viewfinder is not a serious composition tool, nor do I believe it was ever intended to be so. Only a very few of its competitors offer a "tunnel view" viewfinder. It is a handy thing to have when grabbing a shot and due to it's narrower FOV, you are bound to get the subject. It should be compared to cameras in the same price range that have no viewfinder. Let's face it. The only viewfinders worth a damn come in the Leica M's, The Fuji X100's and the Fuji X-Pro-1 and so forth and they are priced accordingly. So, it is unfair to criticize the G15 for the limitations of it's viewfinder.
For what it is, the G15 (CMOS) is a great little camera. Nice to take along when I don't care to take a premium camera outfit with it's greater bulk. With the right settings, I have made some very good 13 X 19 prints with it.
The GX1 is priced higher than the G15. The G15, and I suppose the new G16 are good cameras for the purposes intended. And no one is forced to use the viewfinder.
I'm not sure LR5.2 is ready for prime time. Not only does my LR5 say it's up to date, but four attempts to download the 5.2 update on DPReview resulted in stalling somewhere between 1/2 way and 3/4 way. I even went directly to Adobe's website and tried again. No luck. I know it is not the iMac because I download updates all the time. Has anyone else tried to download this "upgrade"?
I like that it is a little larger and has a built in grip. The need to remove the grip on my E-M5 to change batteries is a real pain in the derriere. The fact that it has no anti-aliasing filter is also a big plus since there are now enough excellent programs to eliminate moire so that the filter is no longer necessary to those who do their own post processing. The ability to correct for different lenses is also a great feature that I find very useful on my Fuji XPro-1 when using M mounted lenses. That Olympus adds this feature for 4/3 and MFT lens mounts is laudable. Moving the on-off switch eliminates the annoying placement of the switch on the EM-5. They seem to have addressed most of the issues and have added enough custom buttons to avoid most menu surfing. Three cheers for Olympus and I hope that their present financial difficulties brought on, not by product deficiencies but rather the former crooked management does not impair their survival. They make a great product.
Finally, a camera that is auto-everything; relieving the photographer even of the burden of actually having to take pictures. Ain't progress wonderful?
A few years ago, I bought a Lumix GF-1 for traveling plus the two kit zoom lenses. Right away I noticed that I could carry only the camera and a small waist pack to tote whichever lens was not mounted to the camera plus a spare card and some odds and ends. I then moved up to an Oly. OM-D and still was able to carry only a waist pack with a couple of lenses and the camera around my neck.About 6 months ago I realized that i hadn't used my Nikon D300 in several years, so I sold it along with most of it's lenses. I kept the wonderful Nikkor 50mm f1.4 plus a very long tele to use on the MFT's with a lens adapter.
Now i have a Fuji X-Pro1 with adapter plus the OM-D. I love the fact that with the OVF, I can follow action without any blackout or image shuddering. Both are amazing cameras and either can shoot rings around the D300 with much less weight and bulk.
All of the comments, so far, show why camera manufacturers should use a common raw converter. Adobe tried to encourage a move in that direction with DNG which is used by Leica and very few others. It is time that, at least the smaller manufacturers stop putting out their excellent products that have proprietary converter codes. If they would all get on board, then we consumers would all benefit. Certainly, the dizzying assortment of RAW converters packaged with cameras cannot be a major profit center for them, so why do they do it? Even competing cameras that use exactly the same sensor use proprietary RAW converter codes. It is time they all cooperated, at least to that extent.
When Adobe's press release said that PS was going to the cloud and anyone wanting the updates had to subscribe, I thought, how great for the professionals who have been paying a kings ransom to upgrade their suites every year or so, and how sad for amateurs who buy only a single program for a few hundred dollars and get several years use out of it. Adobe also said that Lightroom would continue as a stand-alone application.
As a long time PS user who, in the past two years has moved to LR, going back to PS for some of the tools like content aware, this latest move by Adobe comes as a real blessing. Adobe hasn't forgotten about the lowly amateur market after all. Three cheers for Adobe, and I will be downloading the latest version in the next few days. Hoorah!
Just to establish my creds., I own and enjoy using a Leica M8u and occasionally still use my M4-P. So my comments should not be construed as a reverse snobbery slap at Leica. But to release a camera that is obviously aimed at the street shooter crowd without a built in viewfinder and no image stabilization just boggles the mind regardless of whatever fine qualities the camera may have.The convenience of a built in EVF to avoid the ungainly hump that graces my NEX5N should have been of first design consideration.And to offer a 70mm capability without image stabilization, either sensor or lens type, really puzzles me. No serious photographer is going to hold the finderless camera like a cell phone and expect a sharp result.
I am the owner of a Fuji XPro-1, so I have the advantage of a very Leica like OVF with the option of a switchable EVF for close critical focusing as well as IS. Leica would have been well advised to up the price about $500 and include the missing modern features.
$1000 for the E-P5 body at Adorama plus the expense of the EVF. So it has focus peaking (in B&W only). While it appears to be cosmetically a good looking camera, tell me why I should prefer it over the OM-D which has an excellent EVF and focus peaking using the key line filter selection under Art Filters? Adorama, B&H and others are currently selling the OM-D body for just under $1000. The E-P5 is cute, but no cigar as the saying goes. I'll keep my OM-D.
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