I'm not sure I get it.
So the photographer takes a picture. Getty gives it away for free for non-commercial use and earns money from it through ads. Photographer gets nothing.
Doesn't seem like a good incentive for photographers. Why would one want to give their work away, so that some corporation can profit off it?
But the general idea of making photos available for free and monetizing them is an interesting one, especially today, when 'theft' of images is rampant. But without photographers getting their fair share, it just looks sleazy.
It kinda seems to me that photographers are taken for granted more and more. How often do you hear stories about some corpo wanting to use your work without compensation? Or offering a non-paid 'job' and calling that an opportunity?
Pyramides: Next interview, please consider asking if they are going to change their policy regarding firmware updates of released cameras. Or at least mention that you hear a lot of Olympus users complaining about that....
Olympus needs to understand they need to be loyal to their users, if they want their users to remain loyal to their brand.
Oh, and thanks for the interview ;-)
Totally agree with you on that.
And judging by the last firmware updates they released, I think they might have already changed their policy (at least I hope so).
For example, the latest update for E-P5 that enhanced its WiFi remote control capabilities took me completely by surprise. I decided to not buy this camera and wait for a newer model with proper WiFi remote control (which turned out to be E-M10, which fits me better than E-P5), since I was certain that E-P5 will not receive any significant update and will stay crippled for the rest of its life.
If they will really add focus peaking to E-M5 as rumored, then Oly gets a serious thumbs up from me. I hope they really do continue on this road.
Just a Photographer: The digital camera market has matured. Who still owns an analogue camera for their daily use?
Mom & Pop don't want a new camera every two years and they won't buy a new camera anymore now they have got used to using their smartphone. Which is good enough for most people except for those people that demand more quality.
What I don't understand is why Nikon and Canon just released a dozen of small pocket camera's again while sales figures show that this market is hardest hit by the downturn in sales.
I think we are heading back to the 1980's and 1990's where you could buy a cameramodel and use it for 5 to 10 years. To then buy a new camera with just minor updates.
With 24MP to 36MP sensors available I just don't see the need for anything bigger in the near future. Who prints larger then 22", if they print at all. Most pictures end up on the internet anyway.
And as for ISO most people will never use anything beyond 12800 ISO. Which is already quite good for most modern digital DSLR's
My thought exactly. I was quite surprised with the latest compact camera lineups from the big boys. It's as if they didn't get the memo :)
These days, it seems it should be enough for a company to release a single ultra-zoom, a rugged model, and an advanced compact. Maybe a pocketable one if you're feeling lucky.
I wonder if we'll see another megapixel race in hopes of bringing in new customers.
AbrasiveReducer: What I would really like to know (but don't expect to find out) is how Sigma moved from making inexpensive and poorly quality controlled lenses to some of the best lenses on the market.
Most DPR readers don't go back this far but Sigma always made unique lenses. The difference now is that they are not just unique but also good, and that's an amazing turnaround. Somebody within Sigma decided that sticky diaphragms, wobbly mounts, loose screws and decentering would no longer be acceptable. This is huge achievement but they did it. I suppose nobody wants to take credit for fixing something that most people don't remember.
I don't know how they did it, but it looks like Kazuto Yamaki is the one who made it happen. It was after he took over after I believe his father's death in the beginning of 2012. Few months later Sigma announces new quality control system, the usb dock and new lines of high quality lenses.
It seems to me that this guy has a clear idea of the future of Sigma. And he does not want his company to be 'that cheap brand', as it was not so long ago. It takes years of hard work to change people's perception, so there's plenty of work ahead of them.
I really hope they can stand their ground. But it looks like the likes of Nikon make it easy for them, releasing overpriced garbage like the Nikkor AF-S 58 mm f/1.4G :)
Nice, informative interview. I think that the new dp2 is a good move. Love it or hate it, it created quite a lot of buzz and raised some eyebrows. For a company with limited marketing resources, that's a blessing.
And I'm still torn on Quattro. It does not look like it's an ergonomic design, but at the same time I refuse to think that Sigma would throw ergonomics out of the window just to make some buzz with fancy design. Also, it's huge, if you think of it in terms of compact cameras. But there's something in me that really wants to love this camera. And I didn't even own (nor cared about) any of the earlier DPs.
So I think Sigma might be on to something with this one. We'll see if I'm right once it hits the streets.
That's some seriously unique camera. I'm really curious how does the new sensor perform. And how does this camera handles. Coz my gut feeling is that it will either be great, or outright terrible.
Either way, a breath of fresh air in a very predictable market. Bravo, Sigma. Hope DPR will get their hand on one soon, so we can read a full review.
Jogger: Given the IBIS, small body, and lack of first curtain electronic shutter.. is suspect that shutter shock will be a major issue, as it is with all other recent Oly m43 cameras. I would wait to hear about how bad this problem is before jumping in.
Quote from the article you are commenting on:"The good news is that our preliminary testing suggests it isn't prone to the image shake that can occur with the PEN E-P5."
I would expect DPR guys to not write this if they discovered that this was a major issue as you suggests.
Way to go, Oly. This looks very, very nice. I was really struggling to choose which way to go with upgrading from my E-PL1. And E-M10 seems to be a perfect camera for me. It also seems to be reasonably priced.
I'm glad that Olympus does not artificially cripple the firmware, so we can have all those nice features.
I actually think this is the only thing Canon showed this year that is remotely interesting. Seems like a nice, cheap, entry level DSLR and I can see its appeal. Good move on Canon's part.
Still, if I were in the market for a DSLR (which I'm not), I'd rather put up a little more money for one of Pentax offerings.
Richard Franiec: Still no love for EOS M?Possibly smallest and (currently) least expensive camera with APS-C size sensor.Incredible line up of supported (via adapter) EF/EF-S lenses.You can get the kit with a nice lens for much less than any of the cams mentioned in this round up. In fact it is less expensive than most advanced fixed lens compacts mentioned in "leave the DSLR" section.We all know about the M's quirks but even slight mention would be nice and well deserved.
Sensor in EOS M might be larger than M43, but it still lags behind current gen M43 sensors in performance. So if you are willing to trade a bit of image quality (not to mention other things) for a bit of more bokeh, than yeah, the sensor in EOS M might be considered an advantage.
And like Juhaz wrote, EOS M can't really be considered anything other than an entry-level camera, so no wonder it didn't make it into this list.
Nicely written and useful overview of available options. Although I was surprised that Olympus' in-body stabilization had not been mentioned as a big selling point. And it was only hinted in case of K-3. And this is a major differentiating factor, as those are the only two cameras from the comparison that offer this. And depending on user preferences, that might be a really big deal.
If I were still in a market for a DSLR, I'd go with Pentax, but since I got Oly E-PL1 for cheap, I'm totally sold on the mirrorless idea. E-PL1 is crap by today's standards, but it was enough to make me realize that I really don't want to carry large and heavy piece of equipment such as a DSLR. So I will probably upgrade to E-P5, thought I would prefer a Pen Lite if it had focus peaking.
Anyway, it's been an interesting year in photo industry, lot's of interesting products that actually try to push on forward. I wonder when will Canon wake up and make a move.
Finally! I was expecting Samsung to do something like that for their Android based cameras, but Android is there just for show. But this is the real deal.
Unfortunately, it's far from being really useful. I had a quick look at the API, and there's not much you can do with it. Take a picture, start/stop movie recording and basic stuff like that. It looks very easy to use, thought.
I hope this is just a first step and we'll see this API grow with more advanced features.
Hope they can make it. What I would expect from this technology is a perfect point and shoot camera. No worrying about focusing, depth of field and so on. That would be a killer for street photography.
Current Lytro cameras are neat gadgets, but don't deliver that. Live refocusing is nice and all, but still just a gimmick. It pretty much fails as a camera, because it can't output a picture at resolutions matching even a smartphone cameras.
Ability to set focus during RAW development would be fine for 99% of use cases. Make live refocusing a secondary, cool feature, not the center point of the whole thing.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed, as I really like the underlying idea and would love to see an ultimate point and shoot camera.
Wow, it looks really nice (the PEN I mean). Maybe PEN sales would be better if Olympus released a few "limited", stylish editions. Or allow for some kind of visual customizations.
"The plan includes cancelling development of low-price compacts, launching fewer compact models and closing three factories."
Makes sense to me. Low-end compacts are as good as dead, about time they acknowledged that. No point in wasting resources on them. If business is bad, scale down and concentrate on what's important and what makes money or has the potential to make money.
I think the future of Micro 4/3 is brighter than the future of APS-C DSLRs. Most photography enthusiasts I talk to fall into 2 categories: those considering scaling down to mirrorless, or those wanting to go up to Full Frame. Or both (a pipe dream for most). So the only saving grace for APS-C seems to be the price.
Currently, the choice for mirrorless is:- castrated offerings from Nikon and Canon that were dead on arrival- Sony NEX, which is ugly ;)- Micro 4/3, which offers wide range of bodies and lenses- Samsung NX, which exists
Only two of the options above are worth considering, really.
Maverick_: What the Aptina exec is failing to notice is that, today, in 2013, the new Nokia 1020 already ushered in the new age of quality smartphone camera with zoom. Just think what is possible in 3 years from now in smartphones and then in 5 years.
The future will only be smartphones and FF DSLRs. In 3 to 5 years time, just a tiny group of enthusiasts might take a 1" compact with them, for the rest their smartphone will produce amazing image quality and will be more than sufficient, specially since they can so easily load to FB or Instagram or whatever other future SM platforms.
Granted, there is always a market for niche products. But there is no real future in niche cameras, where they would directly compete with the amazing cellphones of the future.
Your best camera is the one you have with you at all times. And cellphone got that covered. And they are just getting started in taking photography seriously.
"The future will only be smartphones and FF DSLRs."
Now that is a silly idea. The difference in size, weight and handling between the two is HUGE. What about people that would like to shoot good quality photos, but can't be bothered to walk around with few kilos of gear?
I was preparing to buy a DSLR. But after having a chance to play with mFT camera for some time, I completely changed my mind. I realized I don't want (or need) such a big piece of weight. Now I bring my PEN everywhere I go. I would not do that with a DSLR.
I would guess that compact cameras will be mostly replaced by either smartphones or small mirrorless cameras. There will probably be a place for advanced compact cameras with large sensors, but the traditional compacts as we knew them will disappear.
And APS-C might get replaced by Full Frame on DSLR, or APS-C bodies will shrink in size (Canon already started that with EOS 100D).
Mikhail Tal: So they are going to charge $80 to change the mount on a $100-200 lens. LOL good luck with that.
How convenient, ignore high-end lenses, take a part of a deal and ridicule it.
How about this. Sell your old Sigma lens that cost you 3500$ (like 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS Sport) for 3300$ and buy an equally good copy in other mount for no more than 3500$. And do it in less time than the Sigma conversion.
Good luck with that :)
And how will your argument look once Sigma releases some high-end lenses for Sony E / MFT? Coz that could never happen, right?
Not exactly mini, more like regular size. But that aside, those are solid specs, the phone is good looking, and hopefully can produce photos that match its bigger brother in quality.
HTC One is too big and too expensive for me, but this slightly smaller version is what I'm looking for as a replacement for my current phone (4.2" screen).
And I totally don't see much to complain specs wise. 1080p screen of this size would be a waste and unnecessary. And lower resolution means that less CPU, GPU and battery power is needed to make it run smoothly. One can complain about 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of unexpandable storage, though.
If only they can price it competitively, it will be my next phone. HTC, please don't let me down.
babalu: ..that's what I call Post Processing , he he ... no kidding, any astrophotography that deserves the name (actually deep sky photography) can only be achieved via the kind of processing described for this shot ; therefore, requesting "only unnoticeable PP" is missingthe the point here.
Well, that depends on the interpretation of "only unnoticeable PP". As you wrote, you can't really achieve good deep sky photos without this kind of processing.
And frankly, compared to PP on many "normal" photos (HDR for example), this can be considered unnoticeable. Dark frame subtraction is normally done in camera, so you can't count it as heavy PP. Stacking only increases signal to noise ratio, so it might be considered similar to enabling in-camera noise reduction, hardly a heavy post processing procedure. Of course, one can argue about removing of vignetting or bringing out the faint details.
But I think that as long as you stick to bringing out the detail and colors that is already there, it's acceptable.
Unless, of course, the author of the challenge wanted to exclude deep sky shots. Anyway, I'm okay with competing with such photos. It's a nice photo, congratulations to the author. Luckily, there are quite a few impressive non deep sky shots in this challenge as well :)