Menneisyys: greatto see fuji's x-trans cameras easily beat even the Sony 24mpixel aps-c sensor noise-wise, even after downsizing the Sony images.
Guys (the ones stating Fuji does cook its RAW's), I'm afraid you're completely wrong. It's ACR. Version 8.4 (the one used here) is still not as good as even Fuji's own, free "RAW FILE CONVERTER EX powered by SILKYPIX", let alone commercial apps like Capture One.
Check out my just-posted forum thread here, where I do show you the differences in the processing results between these three RAW developers:
If you do take a close look at particularly the CO results, you can see there's absolutely no color smearing in its output. That is, there's no color smearing-based color noise reduction in Fuji's RAW files.
KonstantinosK: High ISO RAWs from the XT-1 look very clean but soft. Are they cooked?
It's ACR. Version 8.4 (the one used here) is still not as good as even Fuji's own, free "RAW FILE CONVERTER EX powered by SILKYPIX", let alone commercial apps like Capture One.
greatto see fuji's x-trans cameras easily beat even the Sony 24mpixel aps-c sensor noise-wise, even after downsizing the Sony images.
BobFoster: I have had this camera for almost 3 weeks already and I also can’t figure out how to set the minimum shutter speed when using auto ISO, can you shed a light on that?
I use the quick shortcut assigned to the Q (or Fn? The one next to the shutter button) button. There, you can quickly change the minimum shutter speed while using auto ISO.
2tnut: Nice review. When are you going to review the best android phone currently, the note 4?
"Fair enough, but seriously, who wants to fiddle with a stylus?"
Anyone that has to draw / quickly jot down anything.
It's of absolute value when I need to quickly draw a diagram etc. freehand to show to my workmates. It's impossible with a mouse and, withtout Wacom / nTrig tablets, I had to resort to paper-and-pen. With the largeish screen of the Note4 (and the precise pen input), it's perfectly easy to use as a piece of paper.
"Note 4? Thought that's a tablet with phone app and "innovative" stylus control from 1995?"
If you have indeed meant that seriously (and not just forgot to add /sarcasm): there's a world of difference between active Wacom pens used in today's top tablets and resistive ones commonly used on touchscreen PDA's and phones before the capacitive era pioneered by the iPhone.
"Nice review. When are you going to review the best android phone currently, the note 4?"
Currently, properly reviewing the Note4 is a bit tricky as the stock Camera app does not do any good for it as it applies far too strong noise reduction and oversharpening. It's only with third-party apps that it can deliver excellent images with almost no processing artifacts.
This also means that the Note4 could easily be trashed in a review because of the lousy stock Camera app.
I love mine but wouldn't in any way use the stock app for other than the absolutely excellent dual-camera (picure-in-picture - something that is REALLY missing from iOS) shots.
stblank: I'm not sure if I want to spend my time processing raw files captured with phone camera's optics and tiny sensors too. But I am other some people may find it useful somehow.
1. "The best camera is the one with you"
2. in-phone JPEG engines are generally cr@ppy. With RAW, you can get _significantly_ better images.
Menneisyys: "At an MRSP of $499/£420 for an unlocked device, the new Moto X is a real bargain in the high-end bracket of the smartphone market."
High-end? Are you sure? With a Snapdragon 801 and also pretty lousy spec (2GB of RAM, no OIS) and not very good camera?
I in no way would pay $500 for this with the, in all(!!!) regards, _significantly_ better Note4 costing only 250$ more.
RAM was only one aspect of why this phone isn't in the same league as, say, the Note 4 - or, for that matter, the iPhone 6+. (Albeit one can't really compare apples to oranges, that is, iOS devices to Android ones.)
As far as Android devices are concerned, and the higher price isn't a problem, IMHO the Note4 is a much better choice for anyone interested in shooting. With decent third-party apps with RAW-like, almost-unprocessed output and PP, it can produce (for a phone) pretty good results.
"At an MRSP of $499/£420 for an unlocked device, the new Moto X is a real bargain in the high-end bracket of the smartphone market."
Pritzl: Now that's what I call Christmas spirit. Go Fuji!
Now, I wish they announced a new lineup with at least a 28 Mpixel sensor (or at least Sony's current 24 Mpixel one) and also that Sigma starts releasing X mount versions of all their popular lenses.
photogeek: Video mode still sucks. Better luck next time.
"Video mode still sucks."
Very few current Fuji users have purchased it for shooting video as we all know it sucks at doing that (moire, aliasing, constant AF hunting if you don't use MF etc.) That is, I don't mourn it being this bad at video - its stills image quality, even with the 18-55 kit zoom, blows everything else out of water.
Michael Berg: With such a massive firmware feature upgrade, reviews will surely need to be revisited for this camera. Just check the video upgrades alone, exactly *all* of the review critique points have been addressed. For stills the AF focus area problem and customization issues have been fixed, and look at that electronic shutter speed. It's like a completely new camera!
"Why didn't they give us +/-2 for AE bracketing??"
True. That's one of the biggest problems with all current Fuji models, rendering exp. bracketing practically useless.
Impulses: Uhh, no MFT cameras? I'm guessing they were left out because no new entry level bodies were released this year... Could've swore I remember MFT (GF6 or a PEN) being included in a similar roundup last year. At the same time tho, the A3000 and others here were also 2013 releases, and you can get a mid to high end GX7 or E-M10 for the price of the X-M1...
1. The GX7 and EM-10 are still more pricey if you do shop around.
2. This is why it's in DPReview's own midrange roundup: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6428641287/mid-range-mirrorless-camera-roundup
The A5100 is mid-range. This is why it's in DPReview's own midrange roundup: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6428641287/mid-range-mirrorless-camera-roundup/4
Just keep in mind that the A3000 sensor isn't as good as that of Sony's 16 and 24 Mpixel sensors. It's about 0.7EV noisier.
That is, don't expect miracles from the A3000.
No point in trying to emulate shallow DoF. The results will be sometimes dreadful, as has been shown by the M8.
5tve: Raw was available on my OnePlus One in October 2014https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op3cMaQPvhY
"Sorry I don't remember the name of the application doing that to iPhone jpegs and it was back a few years, so 2011 or 12."
645 Pro and some other apps too.
WadeMedia: Apple, time to catch up!
Yup, it's pretty pathetic they still have no RAW support in the new iOS8 API...
Just don't forget that even JPEG's (not counting in messed-up WB) exported by other apps can be of a much higher-quality source for later PP than OOC JPEG's produced by the stock Camera app.
As third-party camera apps greatly differ in their support for various Android handset models, I recommend checking out them yourself to find the one that indeed applies the least processing and can make use of all features of your model. (For example, on the Note 4, as of 4.4.4, I only know of only one third-party app to be able to use 1/8s shutter speed; all the others can go down to 1/15s or, even worse (as is the case with FV-5), 1/30s only. See my other posts on this problem.)