Stefan Sobol: GoPro had a nice head start in the market. They came up with a camera system no one else had. Since it was the only thing, people put up with the down sides which include poor batteries, clunky interface, flakey wifi connectivity, over priced cameras and accessories. The video quality was very good for what was available.
However, GoPro stopped innovating and thought the competition would never catch up. They got it wrong. They cut the price of one of their models by half, and that still didn't help them.
The only thing that is currently keeping GoPro going is market penetration and market weight (sort of like MS Windows). Eventually that will not be enough and GoPro will become a niche product. They either need to cater to the entry/enthusiast market or go high end/high cost for professional production equipment.
However, I think the writing is already on the wall.l
Yes, first to market isn't always most lasting. But what cameras and systems do you think will succeed in this space.
Gesture: Beautiful. Magnesium alloy. uber Technology.My questions: how resilient to the elements and temperature extremes; how does Sony response to a service issue.
There are so man y fine cameras. If I am spending $1K in the future, I'm picking the OEM with the best warranty service record.
Exactly. Unless one has money to burn. Although it's interesting at one high end of the spectrum, with Leica, I would have confidence in my purchase and factor that in evaluating the price.
Beautiful. Magnesium alloy. uber Technology.My questions: how resilient to the elements and temperature extremes; how does Sony response to a service issue.
Gesture: All that real estate on back. Let's get a larger LCD on there.
It's hard to fault what I am sure is a great camera. But what I see by Nikon and Canon is a failure to rethink/streamline/improve the paradigm. 97 buttons, dials, levers, switches, connectors, flaps., whatever-but the OEMs don't have the "guts" to rethink these cameras.
All that real estate on back. Let's get a larger LCD on there.
The high-point, end-point of digital SLR with optical finder?
Would be hard to work in that outfit all day, but I am sure there is an immense sense of pride. Good to see a combo of sophisticated tech + human element like Leica.
Helps explain the cost, especially lenses.
Richard Kwon: I think the problem with camera sales are that there are little reason to upgrade... I currently have a Canon 5DM3, but I don't see a need to upgrade. I have a Sony A6000, but I dno't see a need to upgrade... I have a A7RII, but I don't see a need to upgrade since it has 5 axis image stabilizer. Regular people are happy with their iphone camera, too. There are not much improvements in iQ and focus speed in the new cameras.
Yes. The product is mature and exceptional for the most part.
A suitable paradox. The industry is challenged even with so vast a global audience, but the overall products are clearly superb technologically and artistically. The caliber of main line cameras from Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, etc. is phenomenal. The digital era has redefined what it means "to see."
More models; less models. Higher prices; lower prices. More doo-dads; less doo-dads. The way ahead is not easy.
Gesture: I don't think the OEMs understand what the readers of a site like this want:Better camera at less costDurability and weather sealingGreat customer service and warranty service
We'll ask Hasselblad.
Acrill: Its pretty obvious that Olympus is trying to compete with Fujifilm X by adding these 'film sim' modes. The Chrome Rich simulation even looks strikingly like Fuji's Classic Chrome.
I enjoy Olympus cameras, having used them in the past, but this Pen-F is a non-starter for two reasons:
1. At this expensive price point, the Pen-F should include the amazing autofocus system found in the E-M1 with on-sensor phase detect points. In fact, this should be part of every Olympus camera moving forward. To omit it is a massive marketing failure.
2. The film sim modes (and design, I guess) are all that separates this camera from the E-M5 II on a practical level. There is not enough product differentiation, and that is also a marketing failure.
I have to think that most practically-minded enthusiast photographers would choose any camera from the OM-D line over this Pen-F.
Yes. This parceling out of technology and so many models get tiring. You would think these folks would learn from the auto industry.
Nice images and presentation.
I don't think the OEMs understand what the readers of a site like this want:Better camera at less costDurability and weather sealingGreat customer service and warranty service
Didn't we hear the same thing when the first Digital Pens came out?
Iconic masterpiece not even in stores yet. Looks like a junior clone of Nikon Df. Way too many buttons, dials, knobs, levers. Hardly the RF style I used. Set aperture, shutter speed, focus, shoot. No meter, autofocus or autowind needed.
Look at that top plate, even back. MUCH TOO BUSY. Design help from Nikon????
Upstream we must swim with 1G bills in our gills.
1. What happened to GearShop?
2. You have a large staff. Why not issue reviews "at a whole."