'Global shutter' don't come for free. AFAIK the analog signal is transferred to a second layer and then digitized line by line. The extra transfer layer comes at a cost in image quality. But then Sony is the best and largest sensor manufacturer at the moment. If anyone can get it right, it's them.
All those comments about how the smaller sensor size makes no sense when the camera isn't smaller. You guys forget another really important aspect. A smaller sensor means lenses need less glass. While the lens itself might not be much smaller, the glass elements can be much smaller. That gives Nikon a higher profit margin on every lens they make for this system.
john m flores: Repeat after me - 15FPS @ 14 megapickles...15FPS @ 14 megapickles.... That's a killer feature for soccer moms and dads.
Actually you get 60 fps as well. No AF at that rate, though.
This is awesome! Wait, ... what? April next year??? LOL
M Lammerse: It's clearly not aimed at photographers but at Appelholics....i see already the queues and people sleeping in fromt of the stores...
As an non-Appleholic I own an Ipad 3 (that one with that Retina display) Technically I love the ipad, it has great components, it's screen is wonderful and the battery life is 10+ hours. By means of features/possibilities/integrated connectivity it's dredge.
+1This new mini iPad is clearly not aimed at professionals and photographers, but Apple's answer to a demand for smaller tablets like the Kindle.
I'm also with you on the frustration of how restrictive Apple is with their devices. Especially for professional photographers it's unnecessarily complex to get photos on or off the iPad (iPhone) at good quality and once there, there is zero way to manage them on the device or get them off to a flash drive or different computer.
Maybe it's just not aimed at photographers and their needs.
This articles is a good example how social media today has turned into a big popularity contest. Instagram is a great example of how desperate the young generation is about 'getting followers'. While I agree with some of the points brought up here, I wish people would ignore the dos and don'ts of how to be popular, but rather spend more time on thinking about how they can show others their life in a creative way. I think that's the power of photography, you can show others the way you see your world.
BTW I disagree about the faces and food. The face is the most beautiful thing and we are naturally attracted to it. Portraits have never lost their appeal despite that it's the single most photographed object of all times. Same with food. It's such an essential and positive desire that we can't help but love it. 'love_food' is one of the most popular accounts on Instagram and all they do is post random photos of food.
A camera that brings me coffee :)
Firmware can not change the physical design of the AF system. Most cameras did AF ok in some situations at one f-stop beyond the official limit, nothing new. It's not a matter of software/firmware, it's a matter of physical design. The AF sensors are designed to only see the light from a certain aperture. IOW, an AF sensor that is designed to see at f/2.8 will not see more with a 1.4 lens, nor does it get more light. Of course it will work with a faster lens, but when it comes to slower lenses it's more a matter of generous tolerances. This firmware update can only allow for some more tolerance, it can't change the design. The AF system was not designed to work at f/8, like for example Nikon did for the D4. Of course that didn't sit well with Canon so they are pushing it now to match it. Real life will show how well it actually works.
I have been active in quite a number of different photographer online communities. They all have their advantages and are great. Some became very large and are excellent. But the major limitation that they all come with is the very thing that makes them popular: they are for photographers, not for the average person. Those communities are full of other photographers. Becoming popular among other photographers is great for your ego but generates very little public exposure (with a few rock star exceptions). From a marketing point of view that's not helpful. So when I read that G+ is very popular among photographers but kind of a desert when it comes to the average person I'm not too excited about it.
I'm not saying have a photographer heavy community is in any way bad. It can be very helpful and full of useful info for photographers, but in terms of getting your name out there that's not working based on my experience. But then, G+ has the chance to become a general social media hit.
This might be a fine product, but I highly recommend everyone to give 'Paddy for Lightroom' a try. It's a fully configurable plug in for Lightroom that allows you to not only define your own hotkeys, but gives you access to controls that are hard or impossible to do with a keybord otherwise. I have set up Paddy with my own hot keys to do 'relative adjustments' to my most common used settings. Paddy has sped up my work in Lightroom a lot.
And best of all, it's absolutely free!
I really wish DPReview would feature open source and free software. That would be beneficial for the readers.
What's fascinating is that people look at the exact same samples yet they seem to see very different things! :) It's so funny how different people see their favorite camera as 'the winner'.
I think there is even a scientific term for this kind of selective perception of facts. People tend to see the world through a filter that lets only things that are in their favor pass through.
All these cameras that came out in the past few years are so amazing, so good and actually so close in terms of quality that you really need a giant magnifying glass to find differences which are then blown up to favor one or the other brand/camera.
It's a good thing because now it's not about the difference in cameras any more, it's back to just being a good photographer and artist. I'm not saying there is no differences between the brands, but there is really no technical excuse for not getting a shot and no one has a meaningful advantage regardless of brand. Happy shooting!
I have used the EyeFi a lot and it's very useful. Very reasonable price to add WiFi to any camera. Geotagging works pretty decent in cities.
My issue is mostly the significant power consumption and the unreliable connection. The range is very limited. Even in a small studio you lose connection randomly and it's rather annoying to wait for it to reconnect. After all if you rely on seeing the images on your laptop or iPad you need that consistently, not just sporadically.
Louis Dallara: You can buy a whole Samsung camera with built in wifi for $129 on AmazonWhy would you spend $99 on this card? IMHO.My Eye-Fi X2 never worked right, so why would I gamble on this card, besides it doesn't work with a D800
It does work with a D800. I have used it several times with my D800. Both in Direct Mode and with a router.
The connection is not very reliable, though. But the same is true when used in other cameras. I tested my card in several cameras. The main issue is that the card and the antenna is so small that the range is too limited.
Looks great. But everything takes about twice as much screen space now without giving you twice the amount of information. Especially the old tight and compact list of threads was great, but now is a long 'padded' list. Not sure that's really an improvement.
EssexAsh: Does this work with a D800? the previous model was absolutely useless. They claimed the door of the camera blocked the signal of all things! I could sit the camera on top of my ipad, in direct mode, and a connection would never be made. Rubbish.
That's odd. Because I have used my EyeFi card in my D800 in direct mode. It works. It's not the most reliable connection, but it works OK in a studio.
That is awesome
Pixel Judge: I bet the next iPhone will have this function built-in.
There is already an app that triggers the internal camera based on many different events or conditions.
Münchhausen: The Price Point is ridiculous, for the 6d As well As for the Nikon D600. We're broke in Europe, and we will simply not shell out 2000€ for a entry level FF. Greed is good, but it is killing economy right now. Where is the camera manufacturer that would offer a 1500$/€ FF camera? Sony could have done it, but they didn't have the cojones for it, or Pentax, but they don't have the will either. I won't by anything of this, and even not the RX1 with its ridiculous price. vale
Sounds like you are just upset because you can't afford it. It's not the company's fault if you can't afford a product they make.
Octane: I'm happy that as a customer we are getting more alternatives, more competition. It's a good thing for all of us.
Sony is great with adding new technology and fresh new ideas to SLR cameras. They are great at marketing these features. Unfortunately they don't quite work as well in real life. Each cool new features comes with limitations. The very small AF coverage for example really limits the hyped AF capabilities.
I love all the innovations that Sony is adding to their cameras, I would love to use them, but frankly as a pro system it's not there yet. Sony has *one* full frame camera. With Nikon I can pick from a number of cameras that each is designed to match a certain priority.
But most importantly the number of up to date full frame lenses just doesn't cut it. Sony has a long way to go to catch up with Canon or Nikon here. And frankly I doubt they ever will considering how consistent and fast the big two come out with new lenses.
@Cane, no I don't every lens that is available, but I have the largest choice of lenses on any system available to me and I made very specific choices that I simply don't have in Sony's lens lineup. Yes I only need one 85mm prime, but being able to pick my personal best match out of 4 different versions that are available is an advantage.
@remylebeau The advances made in lens design and coating are significant. Especially with digital cameras better coating is important because the sensor reflects light back causing flare and flare. Since Nikon has never changed the lens mount I was also very happy to use older lenses on my first Nikon FX camera, but I had to realize that most of those glorified 'old gems' aren't as good as people make them sound. Over the last three years I replaced all but one lens with modern versions. The difference in quality is obvious.