Richard Murdey: Just back from biccamera, where I could do a hands on of the X10 and J1/V1.
The viewfinder on the X10 is awesome, leagues ahead of e.g. the G12. Despite what dpreview says, the detent on the ring is very heavy, no chance of accidentally switching off coming to the end of the zoom. Build quality, aesthetics, size and heft are all just sooo right.
However, the control interface is AAAAARgth! The most counterintuitive, headscratching mess I have yet encountered on a camera. Fuji has got to deal with this issue.
Meanwhile, the J1/V1 are badly styled and clunky, pretty much a toss up in bulk to the GF2, the GF3 and NEX feel considerably smaller. Nice interface, nicely designed lenses, but the cameras are just way too thick and bulky for what they are supposed to be.
Most companies license physical parts of their cameras. Fuji needs to license some one else's UI. If they would have done that and put a prosumer processor in the fuji x100 the used market wouldn't be flooded with them right now
onlooker: The camera may be very good, but they need to get a new marcom person to get rid of nauseating stuff like:
# Professional 11MP Sensoror:# 2x Sharper Glass Lensor:# Professional Low Light Performance
Drivel like that immediately makes me question their integrity, however unjust that may be.
Give them a break,Writing up summary of the new camera must seem really boring compared to shooting up a redbull/cocaine mixture than jumping out of plane, landing in a kayak and than going over Niagara falls (I assume that's why they made the camera and how they tested it at least)
jerrycambuk: I was torn between the Mini and the EPL3, and went for the EPL3 as a result of the direct control PASM dial. Having now shot the camera for a couple of weeks with the Panny 20mm f1.7 being permanently on the front, all I can say is I love it. It makes an excellent lightweight alternative to my D700, and is great for citybreaks or days out.
So, I'm a Pen convert, and the sensor is quite OK for me. I'm sure the Mini will sell really well to those not fussed about stuff like PASM.
Also note that the E-3/E-5 does not have a PASM dial. But it definitely has the modes. So I think this may be a part of the camera that is talked about a little too much.
Whats the dpreview technique for making the samples comparable? Are they all shot at the same distance with an equivalent focal length lens (all 50mm equivalents) or all framed the same with the company's sharpest lens? And if they are all framed the same than how do they make the comparison tool show approximately the same scene for the close ups? Is it a different number of pixels for each close-up?
Atlasman: A 100mm equivalent in the m4/3 format looks like a 50mm—the image still has the characteristics of a 50mm—I would never use it for portraits.
Lol Bokeh isn't something you can measure. Its a unique characteristic of every lens. Maybe you mean DOF?
Yeah its not the focal length that affects how the image looks, its how far you are from the subject. So this will look like any other 90mm equivilent
Joesiv: Great to know Ricoh supports older models like this. Makes for good marketing for the newer models too, giving customers confidence in giving Ricoh a go.
Maybe a typo though, the heading says GR Digital II, but the article references the III.
Dear DPR: I'll be your official proffreader if you pay me a small amount of money and let me play with all the cameras. Its a small price for making your website a hell of a lot more credible
Is this the beginning of rationality and a return to decent image quality in the compact camera megapixel race?
They should have made it constant f4. Than everyone would think "ooooh L grade lens! Great Price!" but since you lose half a stop on the long end it won't be taken as seriously as it could have been.
I'm sure it will be a nice lens but I think making it variable aperture was a pretty serious oversite from the marketing department
You don't need to do any tests or to proofread? Wish I had your job...
"I takes pretty serious sealing to..."