Finally a camera to replace my Fuji X-S1, IF it is large enough to be operated comfortably by someone with adult sized human hands and isn't just another jewelry camera.
My wife has a Panasonic FZ1000: very nice image quality but there is so much slop in the manual controls that I don't find it usable. In fully auto mode, it works well for her.
My son has the Sony RX10 with ok IQ but definitely inferior to the Panasonic. The 200mm lens is also too short. The II probably fixed the IQ problems with the sensor. Disappointed that Canon is using this particular Sony sensor but it will still be superior to my current Fuji.
I won't be buying for a couple more months so Fuji could still come out with a X-S1 replacement or Olympus a 12-200 (or longer) travel lens but I doubt whether either of these will happen. Oly 12-200 is 24-400 equivalent.
So the specs and price are right, just have to wait for my local camera store to get one in to see how it handles.
Scottelly: Is anyone else wondering why this sensor gets BSI? I mean aren't there 24 MP APS-C size sensors out there that are like WAY more densely packed with photo-sites? Why aren't THEY made in the BSI configuration?
BSI is a technology for reducing noise and extending dynamic range, great for tiny sensors like those in phones. However it does have a downside, bleed between photosites. Just compare images for the 1" non-BSI sensor in Panasonic with the 1" BSI sensor in Sony and you can see how the Sony, in comparison, lacks clarity. No big deal for folks just shooting JPEGs, storing their images on the web or emailing them but for those attempting to produce high quality images for printing or viewing on the better 4K TVs, the difference is quite noticeable.
Of course since Sony throws away over 90% of the image quality with their 11 bit lossy RAW capture, nobody is buying this camera to get high image quality anyway. It's just a very expensive point-and-shoot.
Another piece of jewelry sized for the hands of an 8 year old.
KingOfAtlantis: which version would a photographer use?
I've found their tech support to be helpful with questions like this. They didn't try to push upgrades at me.
I have the 3 and haven't seen a reason to upgrade. If there were a way to match my monitor and printer then I'd be open to an upgrade.
Geared heads are like Porsches. Love or hate em, nobody is neutral unless they've not spent any time with one.
The precision adjustments are wonderful.
I like my JR but admit the vertical range limits are frustrating. I'll probably get a super heavy duty ball head to mount between the legs and geared head for those situations.
I've always found ball heads frustrating though perhaps I've just never tried a good enough one.
Sony will focus on sensors for vehicles and phones, each heading rapidly toward a billion sensors a year. Sony is doing extremely well in this market. Sensors for cameras, a rapidly declining market measured at less than 1/10th of one percent of the phone/ vehicle market.
With a growing multi-billion sensor market out there, they will soon stop wasting their time on the collapsing multi-million sensor camera market.
My worthless opinion, within 5 years, only Panasonic will be making camera sensors.
If Pany just made a full frame version of their current 4/3rds sensor, it would be 64 MP. When it comes to sensor technology, Panasonic is the world leader; not Sony, Samsung, Fuji or Canon.
"Here's the buttock-clenchingly expensive Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZE - a $4500 lens - brutally converted into a $2250 42.5mm. Shame."
Cutting the lens in half doesn't change the focal length. Otherwise an interesting article.
jack123torr: Hi all,
I am tempted to sell my Nikon D7100 + 18-200 lens (old vesion, "red NR") and replace by the FZ1000. It is smaller, lighter, more options (rotating screen, panorama, wifi, NFC, etc etc etc).
The only point that concerns me is: "will there be a noticeable difference on 4x6 prints at ISO 3200 and 6400"?
Any comments? Thanks.
If 4x6 inch and not foot prints are your target, there is no need for you to spend more than a couple hundred for a camera. You won't see a difference between a Fuji F900 and a $100,000 Hasselblad system.
Peiasdf: Wow, for the price of these adapter, might as well pick up an extra Rebel SL1 when you want to shoot Canon lenses.
Lens bulk, what are you smoking?The Canon 100-400 yields a 200-800 equivalent. Now what is the size weight comparison with the 800mm Canon canon, I forget? This smart adapter is just the thing to get me to buy into the OMD system though it would be to enable the operation of a Canon 100mm macro.
After comparing the images to those from a Nikon D90/D300/D300S, IMHO it exceeds the IQ of those cameras if only slightly. These are amazing results for a $900 all in one camera, I doubt whether Panasonic is making any money on it. Just shows what 8 years of sensor technology advancement can do.
ISK: More FZ1000 samples here:
The RAW files are there for download, just click on the link. Unfortunately Lightroom doesn't yet support this camera.
Timmbits: I like more controls... but I prefer the large LCD on the Sony, and I hate swing-out screens with a passion - no matter what you tell me about these two, I couldn't live with that LCD. I guess we all have our preferences... but for me, it would be the Sony.
I too vote for a Fuji X-S2 with a larger sensor and a larger and faster RAW buffer. A battery grip would be a nice option and of course the latest in EVF technology. The ergonomics and size are terrific, a camera for adults instead of these little toy cameras for folks with the hands of an 8 year old.
starwolfy: Before talking about isos people should learn what a correct exposure is. I shoot iso400 film hand held at night with no tripod on a 55 years old film camera. Look at my results on my gallery (just night examples of what I do, me who is just an amateur).
iso 400.000. Is it what you guys need ? Really ? Really ???
What a joke.
Go up into the Rocky Mountains to photograph wildflowers. Set up your RRS or Giottos tripod with your favorite camera and lens, compose and calculate exposure. Then notice that you'll need 1/4000 to 1/8000 sec to stop the fluttering flowers and leaves from the ever present wind. I forgot to mention that you are in the shade to get the deepest and richest colors and that some flowers only bloom in the shade such as the Lady Slipper Orchid or a Coloradian's favorite, the Columbine. The shadows are a good 8 EV darker than sunlight.
Of course multiple image HDR is impossible under 4,000 frames per second due to ghosting.
A beautifully clean ISO above 400K? I'd take out a second mortgage were it available. For now I'll keep saving my nickels for a D3S or D4S.
from a former D300S user
8GB of RAM for serious image editing, NOT!
MLWestphal: What a shame it will be cloudy in NJ.........
Or didn't buy a Tesla. Wonder when the press is going to get wise to Teslagate. Christie is just another pawn of the oil companies aka Bushy and Ronnie.
Maybe the price of used 645D's will drop to a more affordable level. That and a 200mm macro would be just fine for me.
vadimraskin: What is the point in small camera that needs big lenses? Balancing it is a pain!
The point of a small camera is that they are basically jewelry as Leica discovered 40 years ago. Designing camera bodies for the hands of an 8 years old is an admission that few buyers are serious about photography. This is all about sales and not usability. They even lossy compress the raw images from the A7 bodies and nobody complains.
While WayneHuangPhoto hit most of the top issues, there is still the almighty stupidity of the camera makers.
10's of thousands of Nikon D300/D300S owners did not replace their cameras because of the tiny raw buffer on the D7100.
Fuji is covering every silly mm and f/stop below 60mm with nothing meaningful above 60mm. Where is the 80-400/100-500 long lens, where is the 150mm macro...? If those lenses had existed, I would have purchased the X-Pro and then replaced it with the X-T1 even with the silly top shutter speed of 1/4000th sec. It's got an electronic shutter Fuji, give us high shutter speeds so we can actually use your f/1.2 lenses and eventually long telephotos.
Canon hasn't built a new camera in several years, just 60's Detroit styling changes and miniscule technical upgrades.
Sony,they can't do anything right.
Olympus, the only company getting almost everything right. They now have almost 50% of the interchangeable lens mirrorless market share. I wonder why?
No different than what Jony Ive designs for Apple. Fashion is more important than function. Leica has been in the jewelry business for 40 years.