knize10: At last, what took so LONG ?
DPReview is trying to be a reference review that we can read 10 years later and it still means something. I don't mind that. If I can afford to buy the camera right when it comes out, the review is not that important.
ybizzle: Nikon is in a tough place with this one...
On the one hand you have the GR which is $300 or so cheaper and arguably better and on the other hand, you have the X100S which costs the same but offers a faster lens, hybrid viewfinder, faster focus, and better handling and IQ. Bad timing/pricing make this camera a dead duck.
Except Nikon has exceptional market presence, intense advertising budget and a wonderful brand equity.
Cailean Gallimore: The X100s knocks both the Nikon and the Ricoh out of the ring just with it's beautiful and extremely useful viewfinder. Slightly better high ISO doesn't matter much unless you're shooting indoors most of the time. Who are these people who shoot at high ISO so much of the time? Lol! Silly nonsense.
Why is only Fuji the one trying to advance the state of viewfinders. Try harder, "Avis."
Richard L Goujon: Agreed with marike 6: I'm using a D800 and when I take a look at the coolpix A gallery original files I' m impressed by the sharp images, color balance and rendering. Really impressive. It reminds me my nikon 35 Ti film camera, sharp as a samurai blade!
With significant vignetting?
"Significant vignetting in both JPEG and Raw filesPedestrian focusing limits 'decisive moment' abilities"
Then, are Ricoh GR, Canon EOS-M and Sigma DP1M, 2M, 3M Gold cameras.
"We've also shot many of the same scenes with Sigma's DP1 M but will publish that as a separate article, since it's performance means it doesn't make as much sense to compare them head-to-head." Must mean sigma DP1M far exceeds Canon and Ricoh!
Question: where is this camera built. In a Nikon factory or at a contractor?
CameraLabTester: This will have the same fate as the Nikon "1" system... Oblivion.
Sometimes, great big companies like Canon and Nikon make really huge blunders... but they are too Jurassic in thinking, they just run the useless idea to the ground, at the expense of the suckered consumers...
Nikon just had 8-page full-color INSERT in USA Today, partnered with Best Buy. Not a cheap ad buy. I think every model from entry level P&S to full-frame D600 and D800 was included.
Real incentive for getting an EOS-M. Also, other than incredible appearing a couple of times, more reasonable press release language than most.
Thanks, a good year for Sigma.
leventhan: Cons: No dedicated movie shooting button
Shawn, thanks for following along with the comments. Value-added.
HubertChen: Thank you very much for the Test. I thoroughly enjoyed the Standout Features Explored Page. Bravo! I hope in the future to find this type of page on other camera tests too!
An interesting Standout Feature of K30 and K5 might have as well:I just bought the K-30, so I am not sure if all applies. But here are my experiences so far:
PDAF speed was impressive for a Pentax and fast enough for almost everything other than sports action.
CDAF. Significantly slower, than PDAF, buy usable for everything other than action. However I found myself shooting in CDAF almost exclusively as a combination of features allows for a very smooth workflow. I am using Liveview with a Viewfinder. After proper programming I can move the AF focus point very fast over the screen where I want it. AE/SEL button is set to Focus. I programmed RAW/Fx button to digital preview. When I want to take a picture, I do not use the shutter but the preview button. I can then explore the preview instantly ...
Thanks for sharing that work flow. Finally, with the new LiveView and quality LCDs/AMOLED, etc., we can use our digital DSLRs in many ways like view cameras. The ability to move around the focal point is especially useful. I even remember when Phil Askey questioned if anyone would ever need or want LiveView in a digitgal SLR!
iudex: Nice to see a Pentax DSLR review after some time. A couple of months ago when I was considering which new DSLR to buy instead of my K-r I had been deciding between the K-5, K-5 II and the K-30. I finally choose the K-30, because the K-5 II as a hot novelty was quite expensive; today I would go for it, as the prices got more reasonable. Anyhow I think this camera is overlooked by many, despite the assessment of dpreview as being one of the best APS-C DSLRs. I have visited Athens last week and (apart from sightseeing) I looked also at cameras other people took pictures with. During 4 days I saw only one (!) Pentax in a sea of Canons and Nikons. Anyhow my K-30 did well in the hot dusty conditions and I am happy with it.
Interesting you say that because in the US Nikon just ran a full-eight color insert in USA Today in partner with Best Buy, i.e. expensive. I never realized before how strong Nikon marketing is. We're a long ways from Alex Agasse and the Canon AE-1 days.
Beeco: I would like to upgrade my ageing Lumix G2, and I'm really hesitating between Nikon d7100 and Pentax K5II/s. UK Amazon body only Pentax K5II £678, K5IIS £849, Nikon d7100 £868 and 35mm prime lens are the same price for Pentax and Nikon.So "moneywise" not much different between Pentax and Nikon. Both have a splash proof body that is quite useful in the UK, altough Pentax body is more compact.I'd use for street, panorama, general photography, and enjoy going out taking pictures. Not for studio, videos or earn money with it. Anyone can help me to decide? I would really appreciate.
I'd look at what lenses you might want to use. It seems like Nikons maintain outstanding resale value, just try to find a D90, D300, etc., but so do Pentax, because there are less extent bodies out there. Some of the older models, K-x, K-7, etc., cost almost as much as the K-5.
Barry Fitzgerald: Please stop the "no movie button" nonsense this is a stills camera. I have a movie button on my camera, and guess what I disable it in the menu because you set it by accident (now I have a useless button that does nothing in stills shooting). This movie button commenting on reviews is tiresome.
Spot on Zvonimir. Many of us don't need the camera to look like the console of a space ship.
One would like to think at this price level and as prime lenses, all the corrections "are in the glass," and don't rely on the camera's software engine.
Interesting, here in the US, a recent USA Today paper had a full eight-page color insert, all Nikon, in conjunction with Best Buy. The thing that stuck out was all the pegs for WiFi-with the optional adapter!
Tripping the shutter is the last thing any photojournalist does. It's about engaging life and people and the world and, dare we say, caring and making a difference. Go ask a W Eugene Smith, Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, etc., etc., etc,
No Adobe Creative Cloud subs for the Trib, one surmises. Didn't even retain one Director of Photography to coordinate the freelancers and staff doing photography and videography?
That expensive optical viewfinder has been done away with; not to mention smaller without being exotic miniaturization. These cameras should cost less.
Daniel from Bavaria: Hi,
I cannot really believe that. They cannot be so ... hmm ... blind.There are very nice mFT cameras with very nice primes, there are also very nice Sony Nex cameras - ok, very few primes and finally there is the Fuji X-System which brings nearly everything what stands for Leica: OVF plus EVF, very good primes and a extremly interesting roadmap plus a very good standard zoom.And Leica? Leica thiinks they can win market shares with an expensive (but nice looking) system with a dark zoom and no primes. For them, I don't hope so and whait curiously for the announcement - even when I am already sold to the X-system ;)
Bravo, Fuji, for actually trying to advance the camera viewfinder system.