Seems they moved the one dial from the back to the top (good) without actually thinking about how you use it. Of course pressing 'up' and twiddling the dial on the back makes sense being that you'll be down there anyway, but moving the dial to the top but leaving the 'modifiers' down where the dial used to live is not cool.
abortabort: It's a pity those LEDs will be the most polarising feature of the K-S1. In all other respects it seems to be a better 100D and filling a void that the a55 left behind (the 100D also did this but with poor build, poor VF and poor performance, 4 years later).
The K-S1 on the other hand at least appears to have better controls (despite the gimmicks), much better VF, better sensor with no AA filter (plus AA simulation - best of both worlds), in body IS, a good selection of small primes, decent AF, optional WiFi control.
Weather sealing would have been icing on the cake, but is fine without it.
Again it's a pity that the only thing people will comment on is LEDs where in reality it is getting closer to being a small frame decently spec'd Enthusiast Camera for those who still prefer a DSLR.
Yeah agreed. 100D was interesting until I handled one. Small nasty and outclassed.
brownie314: The K-50 is bigger. BUT - it is bigger in the right place - hand grip. Looks to me like the D-50 is the better deal. Only slightly larger and so many more features.
What features 'so many more'? Other than a second control dial and WR? Seems it has a lesser sensor, not compatible with FluCard, AA-Filter etc.
Richard Murdey: K-50 is so much better in every possible respect that the K-S1 can only be described as being "for stupid people who don't know any better".
Or people who want a smaller body without going the mirrorless route. People who want a better sensor than the K-50 offers and couldn't give a toss if it has some LEDs they'd never use.
To me it looks like a much better K-01 with an actual (100% coverage pentaprism) VF without being much bigger.
Of course if it isn't an ugly black lump of a thing it can't possibly be 'serious' and only for stupid people. It's such a pity that Pentax had to tone down the K-30 and make the world's most boring K-50 'update' to serve the masses.
It's a pity those LEDs will be the most polarising feature of the K-S1. In all other respects it seems to be a better 100D and filling a void that the a55 left behind (the 100D also did this but with poor build, poor VF and poor performance, 4 years later).
Zvonimir Tosic: DPR's final words are off the base and common sense, because first the camera is established as a mid-level camera -- as Ricoh Imaging stated -- but then DPR compared it to Nikon's and Canon's entry low-level cameras and their price.
Well, such a paradoxical conclusion. Reminds of the same problem they had with the Q7. Can we expect better from the DPR than its usual guesswork? Is Pentax brain really guilty for challenging common misconceptions about cameras and how they should look?
Put a Canon logo on K-S1, and odes of praise would follow, "Canon decided to put a 100% view pentaprism, removed AA filter, uses brand new sensor and not one 5 years old as usual .. whoa! Camera of the year!"
Yeah probably, though without AA-filter and (hopefully) 14bit RAW. While the K-50 may be cheaper, it uses the AA equipped 16MP from the k-5/II rather than the K-5 IIs.
neil holmes: May I suggest you try the Sony "Live View grading App" with the a7s.
I have only had it (the App) for 5 minutes with my normal A7 and I think it will make a sizeable difference to me for video. For a start the basic a7 creative styles range for video for things like sharpness expands from a range of -3 to +3 to -7 to +7.
For a lot of people might well be worth the $10 just for that alone.
The built in picture profiles of the A7S cover this more than the grading app so far as I can tell.
kangoo1707: 2/3" sensor? I'll pass. When it comes to compact camera, sensor size matters. Most of my shots are under 50mm and at night party.
Why only for compact cameras?
cjep1: Why have they replace the real dial with four buttons?
I can use the dial with my thumb without looking; buttons requires that I can see which one I hit... bad move!
And why no GPS?
They replaced the rear dial with the dial around the lens.
rjx: Sounds like a nice photographic tool.
But come on. 2/3? In the 3rd quarter of 2014?
I really feel Fuji could have elevated their game by making this at least 1".
For the older X10, fine. And for the X20, okay. But not for the X30.
Personally I'd like to see an APSC sensor, but that might hurt X100S/T sales. So I really don't think it would have been unrealistic to put a 1" sensor in this nice camera. Sigh. I guess a bigger sensor will be the big selling point for the X40.
So Fuji should ditch APS-C for 135 format? In late 2014 they should at least be going with 135.
Individual1: Unless I am caught in a time warp, Sony has introduced an RX-100 Mark III (and I have one!). Editors missed that the article describes the RX-100... Mark II. Unfortunately, you conclude on a slightly sour tone, but miss the point about this camera, the IQ. Maybe that's a problem with 'First Impression' articles, where you are constrained to not discuss the image. Then again, maybe the image isn't 'mind-blowing' or take it out of the 'middle ground.'
I think they specifically talk about the RX100 II as it falls into a similar price point. That and any excuse by DPR to downplay Sony and boost Olympus / Fujifilm / Panasonic (their personal favourites). See how they mention the new control dial on the Fuji? Compared to the same 'clickless' dial on the RX100 series? Did we see the words 'not engaging' once here when talking about the dial? Of course not, it's a Fuji so the same thing on a Fuji is great...
pew pew: dam sony.. I wanted the a6000 now you tempt me with the a7s..
I love all this 'advice'. No an a6000 is not an A7S, no matter how you justify it.
EthanP99: Weather sealed body for their non weather sealed lenses? Sweet...
A bit like Fuji then?
andrewD2: Sad there is no 5R/T any more. Small as is comfortable to hold yet with two control dials.
I really really disliked the implementation of the dual dials on the 5r/5t. Actually thought the 5n was a better camera to use TBH. Though with the completely different FW of the a5100 I'm sure they could have implemented it better if they had one.
parallaxproblem: You state in your first paragraph: "The a5100 picks up where the NEX-5 series leaves off"
This is NOT a replacement for the NEX-5T
It is a continuation of the NEX-3 series and basically a mild update of the A5000 to include the latest sensor/chipset and a touchscreen (though you don't mention the touchscreen in your preview)
In comparison to the NEX-5 series:
- it does not have a Metal body. Front plates on all NEX-5 models were alloy as were the top plates on earlier products in that series
- it does not have any form of feature connector so you cannot connect an external EVF or microphone or external flash, as you can with the later NEX-5 models (this is a big disadvantage of the A5xxxx series)
- its LCD only tilts upwards whereas the NEX-5 series LCD's also tilted downwards as well as upwards
- it does not have the top dial of the last NEX-5 series models
PLEASE UPDATE THE INCORRECT STATEMENT IN YOUR PREVIEW THAT THIS IS A REPLACEMENT FOR THE NEX-5T
It DOES NOT have to have feature parity to be a replacement. Sorry that you don't like it, it IS the replacement to the NEX-5 series, deal with it.
Black Box: I don't think Nikon will like Sony's new naming convention.
What about their old naming convention of A700, A300 and the like? I don't think Nikon own a monopoly on naming conventions that go Alpha Numeric Numeric Numeric Numeric.
Black Box: Burst rate 6 fps. Same sensor, same processing engine. WHY artificially reduce speed! Sony keeps shooting itself in all legs of which it has fewer and fewer.
Heat dissipation in the smaller body maybe?
snooked123: where are the lenses? Plz stop churning out bodies and concentrate on lenses.
Yes I hear they stopped all lens design development to produce this slightly remodelled camera. Must have taken every lens designer they have to change that grip material and drop in other items from the parts bin.
Treeshade: Why would beginners pay $200 more for a5100 instead of a5000? For 4 more MP, extra ISO, or the AF speed that no beginners could perceive? The only "consumer" upgrade is the built-in flash.
a5000 is priced too well for another consumer level Alpha to complete.
Beginners having good focus tracking that they don't have to be a genius to operate is surely a huge drawcard.