Hard to believe $650 is the entry for a DSLR. Even $450 would seem a lot to me.
Samuel Dilworth: I can’t predict the future, but I can tell you a universal problem with today’s cameras: they are pointlessly complex. I had great hopes the Df would offer another way, but if anything it’s worse.
The first company to make a genuinely simple, enthusiast-orientated, high-quality, fairly priced camera will have to beat people off its doorstep. Or me, at any rate.
I hugely enjoyed this series of interviews, but I was disappointed that the need for simplicity and reversal of feature bloat – which seem very urgent problems to me in 2014 – were not talked about by DPReview or the manufacturers.
When one becomes a raisin in the pudding, it is hard to see the pudding.
Let's click through and click through again.
Gesture: Unattractive cameras, almost seems "kludged" together, but I wish them well.
StanRogers, good points. Perhaps I also meant to say "clumsy." But, yes, the ergonomics and even aesthetics of the tools we work with do make a difference in performance and output.
I never understand these camera designers. With all that bulk, then go ahead and add some kind of integral hood for the LCD as an aid to composing and viewing.
Unattractive cameras, almost seems "kludged" together, but I wish them well.
Henry M. Hertz: another lame interview....
i don´t know why the interviewers never ask the questions that come up on every forum.
as only one example... why not asking why canon is still using 7 year old sensor manufacturing? a 500nm process.they improve sensors... well not as much as others do.
the 18MP sensor get´s a bit long in the tooth even with dual pixel AF.
the 1DX sensor is fantastic and it´s a wonder canon can do this with a process that is at least 3 steps behind sonys manufacturing process.
still the question is when will canon update to the same manufacturing process as, for example, sony?
canon builds the best overall DSLR´s. i love my 1D X.but the real question is .... when will canon improve sensor perfomance?with improved DR and low read noise of current sony sensors canon would be unbeatable.
Imaging Resource a bit more journalistic?
Rob Bernhard: [[Americans also seem to prefer bigger cameras. Sales for the Rebel SL1 have not been as great as we expected in America, for example. We've received some complaints about it being too small. But in Japan and Asia we don't see any complaints about that. So we have to be mindful of the differences between regions.]]
It's a shame the SL1 is not selling well, but I suspect it's more about price than size. Certainly there are those that truly need a larger camera, and there are those who measure their virility by the size of their camera, but a lot of people do want a smaller camera with good performance. The SL1 checks a lot of boxes. But it does so at $750 in the big box stores (with lens). Canon has been offering incentive/discounts but I think it's too little too late.
gerard boulanger: "smartphones, not enemy.." I think that statement is absolutely wrong.
Not that smartphones are capable of technically challenge high end DSLRs, but they already swallow the worldwide P&S business and they will continue to eat market of entry level DSLR and mirorless cameras in the near future.
To me the real threat for all the photography industry is that one day the IQ from very small sensors will be more than enough to share, publish even print 4x6 pictures without carrying another device, most of the time bulky and heavy.
Sony understood the trend with its Q series. Not a success now indeed, but the idea is there.
The last time I went on the golden gate bridge (last month), more than 50% of photos were made with a smartphone...
More and more folks want to be able to do something "right away" with their snaps and the smart phones are answering the bell.
aftab: " There are many development tasks around that goal, such as increasing resolution, sensitivity, dynamic range and so on. Ultimately what we want is to have a camera that incorporates all of this. With unlimited resolution, unlimited sensitivity and unlimited dynamic range you can take photos of anything that exists on this earth. That's our ultimate goal. "
Canon users who worry about resolution and DR, worry not. Canon has you in their mind. :)
Let's innovate in addition to refining.
I admire the silly names each OEM gives its image processor.
showmeyourpics: It looks like another jewel of a camera to me. If we accept the fact that different people have different shooting styles and favorite subjects, then the proper question for judging this or any other camera would be: what is it good for? As a "mature", fine art photographer, I like to "sip" my photography. I also love the look of mechanically refined gear which gives me a sense of fine craftsmanship. I appreciate the functionality of button and dial controls but still enjoy the feeling of older-style controls. This camera would not be my first choice for fast action photography but there are caveats here too. I do take publication-quality action photos of animals with slower cameras because I spent the time to learn and predict animal behavior, and "be there" at the right time and place with the camera ready for the shot. It seems like the X-T1 can offer high IQ together with a very enjoyable shooting experience for my kind of photography. It needs a good set of weatherized lenses.
I think you are describing a Leica rangefinder camera. This camera is intended to go "hot and heavy" with any DLSR.
expressivecanvas: Outstanding job, Fuji... watch out Canon and Nikon! Before long, I can see Fuji putting a serious hurt on Olympus and Panasonic too. Great job, Fuji!
More importantly, Fuji working towards a sustainable, enthusiast's niche.
Good. OEMs need formal system of Technical Service Bulletins that consumers can access.
Game changer. Candidate for world's best camera. Props Fuji.
Gesture: Nikon=continuous improvement.
Good thoughts by everyone. Nikon, Canon = Honda, Toyota. The newest model doesn't obsolete the earlier ones. But it will be interesting to see how PDAF on sensor and EVF evolve/advance.
I think the OVF could do more with integrated overhead display, but that isn't where the industry is trending.,
Richard Franiec: Enthusiasts, pro's and up-graders are the shrinking consumer group. They are no longer able to satisfy and sustain the sales of ever expanding lines of new camera formats and models. Not to mention ever growing used gear market.2-3 years old gear is almost as adequate as the new offerings.In recent years only handful of product created big time disturbance. The example: Sony RX100.It seems that the market is diversifying into niches: smart phones, super advanced compacts and specialized camera systems either by IQ or/and speed of operation. Anything in between is a fair game.With declining sales it is inevitable that the prices will rise and the progress will slow down.
Yes. No one really tries to improve the interface. Going back to multiple dials is not an improvement. The Nikon Df is almost a parody of a camera. Only, the Pentax K-01 showed some imagination with the interface, but Pentax retreated,
57even: Phone cameras probably only account for the loss of compact sales. Higher end sales are being damaged purely by people's lower spending and unwillingness to use credit.
Any maker who is centred in the enthusiast market, content to maintain a relatively small volume business, and has a relatively diverse business portfolio which can mask small losses in cameras, can probably tough it out by selling fewer models and building higher value luxury products with good margins.
Those at greatest risk are the companies whose revenues are highly volume dependent and who have substantial investment in plant, production and distribution, especially if cameras are a large proportion of total income.
Thus, may be better for Sigma and Fuji who appeal to a restricted, discriminating client base.
slncezgsi: I guess the camera companies just need to lear that they potential market size in not going to grow in the near future and lear to make profit on sales that they have. It may mean that will will not be seeing a re-design or update to each and every line they produce (and keep adding new lines). It seem like they are trying to over-develop each other - and that costs money, money they do not manage to recover. All this mirror-less burst (new cameras, lenses) - look how much was accomplished in just few years - now probably need to take on a bit more relaxed pace with less investment costs. The tough part will be to communicate it to the consumer who got "spoiled" by the quick advancements and logically expect it to continue. Many shooter skip 1 or 2 camera generations, because they come all to fast and it always pays to wait for the next & better one.
Producing the finest cameras across the board of all time without sales interest. Yes.
One of the first challenges, back in film days, was the family camcorder. Now, it's smartphone, tablet and cell phone cameras.