Flying Snail: No firmware update can fix a failed concept.
The sales suggest otherwise
A review of a camera serves to provide an important guide to potential buyers whether to consider to make the purchase.
Obviously the reviewer's user experience will determine the final verdict.
It appears to me though, this time the reviewers only tested the camera, not used it as a photographer.
In my view, you might get a quite balanced review by asking the forum users (those brave early adopters) before Dpreview publishes a review, if ever.
Black Box: To sum up 19 pages of the review, Sony Alpha a7 is ambitious but rubbish. It should now be Sony's slogan.
You are quite entertaining... :P
G1Houston: "We're slightly surprised by Sony's strategy here:"
I think we can see a pattern now with SONY's lens road maps. When they introduced the NEX, they had the 16/2.8 as the "walk around" pancake lens, which is too wide. Only recently they introduced a "portrait" lens, but it is 50mm, again too short. The 55mm for the A7 is too long, but perfect as a "portrait lens" for the NEX, but the two NEX lenses mentioned above seem perfect for the A7. I think the lens designers for NEX and A7 must have gotten their assignment folders mixed up. What do you think?
The 35/2.8 is the only lens that can show off the compactness of the camera, a key design/marketing feature. However it is f2.8 and priced at $800. A key reason for this "slightly sueprising" decision, I speculate, is that it will not make the R1X look too overpriced. Is there a photographer in SONY in charge of the lens road map?
I think Sony should spend some money to hire some guys from Fujifilm to manage the lens road map...
Thoughts: So much to learn from the comments below. I should thank this review article somehow :P
I also think this article is pre-warning that only a silver award will be given to these cameras....i wish i was wrong....
So much to learn from the comments below. I should thank this review article somehow :P
Seems Sony Nex 5N and 6 are the best cameras for third-party lenses (from Sony), more forgiving when it comes to range finder lenses and camera shakes. One thing I was told is to use 'LOW' for peaking sensitivity rather than 'high' when you find it hard to focus.
A micro 3/4 mount would be very interesting to mount those pancake lenses.
Decent looking and some interesting products. Wish them good luck.
I bought my first ever DSLR back in 2009. It didn't take me very long to get annoyed by the fact that the camera didn't have internal auto-focus motor and the choice of lens was less than ideal. I would never recommend any DSLR that doesn't have auto-focus motor to any one. In fact, you can not find any other manufacturers that make similar cameras...
You can guess which company I am referring to...It is surprising 5 years on, things stay the same...
PS: People, look away and buy Pentax :)
Prognathous: I have to wonder why Samsung insists on building mirrorless cameras and a whole range of lenses when these products have proved to be such a commercial failure outside Korea. It would have been much better if they joined another system/mount, such as M43 or E-mount (Sony announced a while back that it's willing to share the specs with other companies, to get similar momentum and synergy that the Olympus/Panasonic duo is enjoying).
Who would have thought years ago when companies like Nokia/Motorola were the market leaders for mobile phones that a PC company- Apple and a Korean Chaebol would dominate the market. Sure Samsung might not be good at making everything, but they can not be underestimated.
Pentax users , although much fewer, tend to be more informed about their gear, which is quite good value for money.
I have never used Pentax DSLR, but I do love their small prime lenses. Nikon isn't very keen to offer similar DX lenses (35mm, 40mm, anything else I miss?), which was one of the main reasons why I decided to leave Nikon camp- I don't think I want to upgrade my DX to FX with everything heavier...
Well done, Pentax (and Sony) this year. I think the day when the industry without these two companies would be really a bad day for everyone...
Who is still doing metal AF lenses these days? Simply beautiful !
I bet Canon is working a camera with a hump too...
So Nikon has admitted that their idea of photography has not been very pure for a while
Perhaps, it would be easy for DPR to present sample shots in groups, each of which demonstrates certain quality of the camera/lens. For example: High ISO (to see noise), Landscape (to see corner performance), Bokeh effects, dynamic range etc. DPR of course need to make it clear, otherwise a series of snapshots (seemingly) without any descriptions seem a little inadequate.
Thoughts: This is likely to be the 'Camera of the Year 2013' here on DPR
Still can't forget RX100 MKII? Never mind, Sony has to try again :)
This is likely to be the 'Camera of the Year 2013' here on DPR
Michael Ma: I fell for the *superzoom* hype during the time I was just beginning to learn photography with the Panasonic FZ-20.
You think you will be able to gain superpowers with it by being able to see something far away that you would never be able to normally but I learned that anything over 3x is rarely ever used. Occasional bird shots, boat shots (more utility than photography), and a close up with a DOF effect if you have enough room behind the subject. But that still only equates to well below 5% of shots you would ever take for the average shooter.
My suggestion is, spend the same money for a bigger sensor (APS-C or MFT), and get a solid slightly wide 1-3x zoom lens.
Meanwhile, Sony put a full frame sensor into a body that has similar size of G16. Canon is dreaming...in Japan only