Class A: Some good points made, but I find the article is skewed towards mirrorless by omitting a number of disadvantages:
1. The camera body of a MILC body is typically smaller but adding a lens with a speed comparable to that used on a DSLR, the overall size advantage is not big. As a matter of fact, for fast / long lenses the small MILC body is an inadequate match to the lens' size and weight.
The argument that most MILC lenses are optimised for their format has limited weight, as lens size / weight is typically dominated by the lens speed, i.e., more closely related to the size of the front element rather than the size of the format projected.
2. A DSLR only turns on the sensor when needed. A MILC, on the other hand, needs to power it for composition, metering, and focusing as well which should result in a higher average sensor temperature, adding to noise in images.
1 is simply not true. In most cases, the mirrorless lens-body combination is significantly smaller and lighter than its DSLR equivalent. And I am not even talking about those fine pancake lenses!
taktak91: Problem with everyone and every companies these days.They all want to make a huge, quick buck, with the smallest investment and very short time.And they end up losing money, or missing long-term opportunities.That's globalization for you.
That's not globalization. It's this new and fashionable trend of always being superficial and driven by short-term mind-numbing rewards. Some call it "postmodernism".
BubbleGum: I bet that every person who commented above has a TV at home. I don't have a TV and I can easily see how this can be useful.
Think of it as a monitor, not as a TV, and you will immediately find it useful. Having a large dumb tablet instead of a cheaper an more versatile screen (that optionally can work as a TV, yeah) is not such a good idea.
"Passive content consumption from a distance" -- this looks exactly like the current society.
timparkin: Gobsmacked at the attitude of posters here. Sony have actually listened and made a change to their cameras because of it. This is fantastic news. If they could offer lossless compressed easily they would have done so. Instead they did what they could to get the fix out quickly for those who need it. The penalty is a slightly larger file size. The good news is these files will probably open quicker because of it! (they don't need to decompress). Celebrate this win and be polite - we might get some more concessions
I see, yes, that's odd.
@cantanima bis: I don't think lossless compresion is harder for a general purpose processor. The problem is their processor is probably designed to perform the lossy compression in hardware, and has no optimisation for a new algorithm. Nobody uses general-purpose processors for this kind of computationally intensive tasks, therefore a change in algorithm will always imply a change in hardware.
Wubslin: How much are the taxpayers on the hook for this particular exercise in adventurism?
@Wubslin: Yes it is, because "taxpayers" as a whole have neither the expertise nor the scientific understanding to be able to decide what are the avenues science should pursue long term. Common taxpayers will never understand why, for instance, math research is good for their well being, and if asked, they may just as well decide to end it all as it doesn't help them cook their next pizza.
Real science is hard, and most people will never understand its significance or priorities, so they shouldn't interfere.
Yes, profit, there's nothing else out there. (he doesn't seem to get it, apparently)
A lot less than the long chain of hard scientific work and sacrifices that made your country prosperous and civilized so that you are now able to be bored and use technology to post narrow-minded questions about the relevance of fundamental science research.
So, kitsch is now "creative"?
They should just hang large and ugly copyright banners on those buildings, and nobody will ever photograph them. Copyright problem solved.
Atomez: Leica camera bodies, mechanics and lenses are made in Vila Nova de Famalicão by Leica Portugal. Then they are expedited to Germany where the electronics from Japan are added, as well as the Leica logo and "Made in Germany"...
My mistake, sorry. Still, if you wanted to point out an error you could have been a bit more constructive about it. For instance, you could have simply included a reference like this:
Aberaeron, it must be really nice to be smug about how fluent you are in your own native language, isn't it?
This is the weirdest justification for snobbery I've ever read.
Just face it: if there really is a practical value to this type of camera, the market will request it, and other companies will start make it in volumes so that in two years such tools will be sold at affordable prices. But I'm afraid this is not about practical value, and this kind of tool is not really needed by photographers or artists. This is only a collector piece, it's about snobbery, and about throwing away money just to get a fabricated feeling of being special and unique. They might as well have printed a limited edition stamp with "Monochrom" written in gold letters on its face, and the effect would have been the same.
When you go to an art gallery, you don't care what brand of paint has the artist used. You just look at the painting and value its message.
princewolf: Yet another 1/2.3'' tiny sensor camera...
The answer is: why not?
justmeMN: I can see why a startup would want to enter the thriving and growing camera industry - oh wait. :-)
They hope to be bought by some rich company that may consider taking something like this to the market. You won't find many current startups with a business plan other than being bought by the billionaires.
plantdoc: Does this mean that Sony will disappear from AV receivers, headphones, movie disk players etc? More of a concern to me than cameras because I don't own any Sony cameras and probably won't buy any at retail price. Do they still make TVs? Another market they were going to abandon. Greg
Have you ever tried a current Philips TV? They are awful: slow interface, limited options, behave like second grade Chinese gadgets. Hope that Sony will not destroy their brand as Philips did. Because nowadays, as a consumer brand, Philips doesn't differentiate much from the cheap generic brands out there.
I doubt there are many fields where the phrase "too much storage" does apply :)
Excellent review, thanks al lot dpr! Fine device, although the price is a bit too high.
DaveE1: I understand that the monkey is filing a "Forget Me" takedown request following the new European Court ruling. Get your comments in quickly. This article may not be here for long.
I thought this type of photographers were already EU citizens, and MEPs, but they are better known by their political orientation (I didn't quite get it -- is it far right, or far rage or something?)
D1N0: Monkey's cannot own copyright, the photographer dit not intend de monkey to make pictures when it grabbed it's camera. So no copyright laws apply. The photographer should have given a different spin to his story. He gave the camera the the monkey in order for it to make selfies for the photographer.
@vfunct: Well, let's apply your logic. A photog. wants to shoot monkeys. You happen to be around his location and take a picture. He owns it, because "he intended to take it". Right?
Now, indeed, the monkey isn't human. What is a monkey, then? It's a force of nature, so it has no rights. Does the force of nature own the photo? No. Does the photog.? No, because the photo "owes its form to a force of nature". Conclusion: public domain.