Well, these are deeply conventional pictures, which present a cookie cutter view of how, in general, Eastern Europe is supposed to look like. They kind of fit with the current Chevrolet Cruise commercial broadcast during the Olympic Games, which appears to cater to the conventional view of American, Russian, Chinese, Indian couples, their dress, and music. These are the kind of pictures, where the photographer, at home, decides what the mood and style of the pictures will be, plans his trip accordingly, and takes the pictures of the rightly chosen people, places, angles etc. As a "specific project", these are well executed.
A _good_ documentary would require the photographer to start with an open mind, explore different facets etc. Simply searching the web for images on "sochi beach" and "sochi nightlife" would probably give a better idea of what a visitor would actually experience going there (of course, except if he is really looking for a certain pre-established vision)
Bernard49: Nice to show some real samples. I did expect more for a 2000 euro camera! maybe the hyper hype of this new toy was over the top as so my expectation.
Ok, I will bite. It would be more useful if the samples would follow a regular script. For instance:
-urban landscapes at noon / at night-green landscapes-outdoor / studio portait-bar scene-dance club (low light / movement)-museum (low light)-fast sport
Then, some of the situations would just not work, but then you can say that "ok, after a half hour of trying to take pictures in the dance hall, out of 30 shots, this is the best we could got out from RX10" etc.
On another note, a personal note added to the samples, would also be helpful, because the intent behind a picture might not be clear. You could write, for instance, "I shot this landscape at noon with f1.8 / 2000 because I wanted to test "bokeh / lens sharpness". And then we would understand, so would know what to look for in a picture. By the way, I am referring here to this one:
MattLangley: A little surprised, this seemed a bit excessively negative. Some of the complaints are perfectly valid and reflected by other reviewers... Though I'm surprised with the issues the reviewer had with the controls. Most reviews I've seen love the controls and placement or have very minor complaints (such as the video button etc). In personal use I have found the controls to be great and I don't accidentally hit any of the controls.
I think it's a case of needing to adapt to the controls and once you do you find their placement works quite well (not perfect but quite well). Other reviews seem to echo this as well.
Again some valid critiques but it seems that there was a lot of nitpicking on things that boil down to adaptation or preference that weighed heavier than it should have.
I think that this reflects a difference between reviewers and users. If you buy this camera, you will use if for years, and become familiar with the user interface. When a reviewer comments that "I don't know why the buttons do not behave as I expect them" comes from a reviewer who spent a couple of days with the camera, and judges it from the point of view of his own "muscle memory".
RawDogg: Now it's set at -1.33 for a low light shot...Why is this?
Because with this correction, the picture is correctly exposed and represents the color and light level of the venue.
The focus is at the end of the guitar, one of the possible choices for this. Other choices would have been the face, the left or right hand. With APS-C and F2.0, these are unfortunately either/or choices.
Frankly,this is a technically correctly taken picture, for a scene which is a reasonable target for this camera.
I am not sure I agree with people who go glossy-eyed about the creative potentials of low depth of field. In many cases, such as this, one might want to have somewhat more of the picture in focus.
OneGuy: The 720p video is quite adequate and 1080p is but a marginal, fashion improvement. 720p fills up the 1920x1080 screen fully and nicely, and I think dpr penalized the video performance too much on the P7100.
However, I think its time for ALL integrated lens cams to be tested for flare. This parameter is ignored by dpr and by the manufacturers and can be a big minus compared to MIL cams. "Look, Ma, I can go to 7x" (but cannot ignore the bright sources outside of the FOV).
I kept saying similar things until I got the Sony HX9V. Trust me: there is a world of difference between the 720p from the Panny ZS3 and the 1080p60 from the Sony. The first is a "good quality home video", the other one is "virtual immersion in a memory". You need to make sure you actually view it in 1080p60 though.