Yes the D600 is a flop. Its sensor was prone to becoming covered in oil spots. If this doesnt happen on the D610 it will be a massive improvement and a brilliant camera.Most will say then if there only that improvement then why isnt the D600 a brilliant camera. All I can say is do you really like your pristine blue skies covered in a sea of oil spots.
Sad to see the old scene go. Sure was fun.
CameraLabTester: The best review is a LIVE and REAL LIFE review.
Good camera stores let you handle the merchandise.
But online and printed reviews are also good in equipping the interested parties prior to their sojourn to the camera shop, so the sales sharks won't pull the rug under them.
Unfortunately handling the D600 will not reveal the oil spots on the sensor. Thats where reviews come in.
I had to choose between the D600 and 6D and in the end the Amazon reviews made the difference. Nearly 30 percent of the D600 reviews were 3 or less mostly due the oil issue and a lot those with a 4 rating still complained of the oil issue but thought it was such a great camera they would assign it 4 anyway. Who want s to suffer from buyers remorse! The 6D had most 5 and 4 ratings and had no real issue to speak of. So I went with the Canon 6D.
Two of the best cameras are not in the list. The Canon 6D and Pentax K2. The D600 is though, with its dull yellowish, murky viewfinder and LCD and oily sensor and erratic button placement. I played with all three at the store yesterday. Ho ho ho!!! Dam lady there taking up all the salespersons time buying a 5D Mark 2.
schufosi777: Pity I cannot buy it. I am an English speaker living in Japan and it comes with Japanese menus only and Sony will not allow it to be imported from anywhere. So its down to the other two who do have English menus.
Yes hiragana and katakana are easy to learn however a lot of the the menus also contain a lot of kanji as well, the third alphabet the Japanese use, which is very difficult. That said, most of the menus are icon based so its a matter of learning the manual inside out. Panasonic are the other company that sell Japanese menu only cameras in the Japanese market. I do not have any trouble with my FZ 150 now, although it did require a lot of extra effort matching the menu pages to the English manual especially where that naughty kanji presented itself. The A99 is a very complex and feature rich camera so would take more time to master. The up side is you end up learning the manual and camera inside out.
Pity I cannot buy it. I am an English speaker living in Japan and it comes with Japanese menus only and Sony will not allow it to be imported from anywhere. So its down to the other two who do have English menus.
Can you cripple a camera more. Japenese have zero marketing ability. America please save the idiots.
1995 pounds???????????????????? Thats 3200USD. Hello am I missing something. The price in Japan is 2500USD. Whats going on. I will import it from America!!!!!!!!
GPW: I have never followed any so called rules of photography and I have won a number of contests. photography is an art not squares and lines.
I think it is more about achieving a balanced composition and subtle asymmetry than adhering to strict rules. The best photos are the former.
By ISO 400 any discernible increase in detail is smeared away by noise reduction which is required because noise is readily evident even at ISO 100. Large grained noise too. It is very blotchy. This sensor is really easily out performed by the 16mp Sony sensor above ISO 400. I think its a pity Pentax will use this senor in there flagship model.
Fascinating pictures, thanks.
Oveerik: This is WAY better than SONY A77 which i sold as not usable over 1600 ISO. I rather have this as companion to D700 (later D800) than A77 with A900.
And - if I do not need 24mpx there is a possibility to shoot at lower resolution.
Obviously there many other criteria to image quality than just high ISO performance. It is just apparent and somewhat surprising that the images from this camera appear so much cleaner than the A77/A65 at higher ISO. Ok maybe not 2 stops like I said before but it is obviously better. That said I find the low ISO images from A77 brilliant.
The higher ISO is amazin It is so much better than Sonys performance with the quivalent sensor, more than two stops better. Images are great just a little flat and muted nothing pressing a few button on the PC wouldnt fix. Cant wait to see what Pentax can do with this sensor if tthey use it.
Hey they changed the grip so you can actually hold the camera now. Hope they do it with models above it as well. Was like a brick before.
Well the performance is rather remarkable. By my calculations the pixel density for 16mp Four Thirds sensor is equivalent to a 25mp APS-C sensor . Throw in the A77 and the Olympus is more than a stop better noise wise at all ISO. Also it appears to be on a par if not better than the best APS-C camera the K5.
Brilliant. I'm excited.
My Japanese wife has an amber urushi plate and it looks absolutely exquisite. You cant appreciate this art form by looking at photos.
This camera is a work of art. Literally.