Yet, today's cameras do seem to use the same materials, buttons, dials, subassemblies, icons, menu legends, etc.
photosen: This is where I part ways with dpreview; the fact that there are many decent cameras does not mean it doesn't matter which you choose, but it does mean you should invest in your own technique, the opportunities to shoot, developing an eye, and then seeing if that decent camera isn't trapping you into a lens swamp, à la Sony.
New lens to shoot at walls or take a short trip? Take the trip, please.
Good thoughts. Accumulate experiences, not possessions.
Old Cameras: All of their comments are self reinforcing, they sound a little too sure of themselves. In ten years they'll be in exactly the same market position they're in now. They make cameras that try very hard to look like retro film cameras, and simultaneously can't wait to stop making film. Their products overlap each other and until yesterday they all had the same sensor. Their products are the opposite of innovation. Typical sales guys, toeing the company line. I think they're just throwing cameras against the wall, trying to find one that will stick. I like the style but I can't think of a compelling reason to own one.
I don't own one of these cameras but they hold great appeal to a photo veteran like myself. One thing I think you neglect is Fuji's legacy in fine lens making.
The real story is this: of all the post-WWII Japanese firms, which carried on in many ways the mantle of the German optical-mechanical industry, companies still in or quite recently in imaging include Olympus, Konica, Ricoh, Epson-Seiko, Mamiya, Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Minolta, Cosina, Tokina, Tamron, Sigma ... It's a tremendous contribution to the world's intellectual capital, productivity and enjoyment. And we also had Yashica, Kyocera ... now have Samsung, Panasonic, Sony.
Regardless, who would have thought that Leica would be able to introduce so many models within the last 5-6 years.
arndsan: Nice one - I'm grateful that fuji-film as only company stay with the viewfinder and develop it. It's the most important part of the picture taking experience - isn't it !?Very purposeful camera tool look.For my taste the camera could lose some bulk considering it's an APSC sensor.
Yes. The only company to actually try to rethink and improve the viewfinder. These cameras have so much wonderful technology in them, but the camera industry rarely rethinks the forms. That's why we have digital SLRs with 50 buttons, dials, levers, etc.
DaveClark: No stabilization renders the video mode useless. I got rid of my X100 because the video was horrible. I got a Sony RX100M3 to replace it because it had better video and I could shoot handheld at lower ISO due to stabilization. I tested both cameras side by side and in most cases the Sony did just as well because of lower ISO. I might have considered the X-E2S, but not now.
Wish I could own one. I give Fuji props for creating something unique and innovative.
I always gasp at the prices, but Body Only seems reasonable.
Gesture: Only 25+ dials, buttons, levels on the back alone. The modern digital camera just got lost in the interface-and the obviously locked into sub-assemblies that no one has the bravery to redesign and rethink.
More than 40 dials, levers, switches, buttons, whatnot overall (I lost count) is not natural.
What happened to the GearShop links?
Only 25+ dials, buttons, levels on the back alone. The modern digital camera just got lost in the interface-and the obviously locked into sub-assemblies that no one has the bravery to redesign and rethink.
Steve Sanacore: I just can't see how either of these cameras pushes any boundaries... The D5 seems like a small incidental upgrade to the D4 which is a camera really only useful to sports shooters. As far as the D500, does anyone buy a cropped sensor camera these days? I guess it's nice to have options, but I still don't see any boundaries being pushed here compare to Sony, Panasonic, Leica, and Phase who are truly making major leaps in design and features. Glad to see Nikon still trying though.
Good comments, Rishi, and your contributions to DPReview are excellent.
All these benchmarks are fine, but what I want to see from this price point and position in a model line is durability and working well in reasonable temperature extremes.
A new era. Where do I sign up.
Much-desired or -called-for. I don't think anyone was still anticipating low so many years on.
The 300 series models than can use CHDK are a nice value. Nice carry everywhere camera. But are CCDs really that less expensive to outfit a camera with than BSI, Canon?
zodiacfml: Hmm, someone is still making CCD sensors. I am interested in sample images from these two models with the sensor.
Partner paid-for content. Yup, the new world of software. I yearn for the good old days. We bought the software license and used an app how we wanted.
The app. The app. The app. Wish I had copyrighted the word.