Wonderful camera, but should be no more than $425 with kit lens. The pricing on all these new cameras will just drive consumers to smartphones even more so.
No OVF, no mirror box, no moving mirror, smaller platform, why do mirrorless cameras cost so much.
Isn't this where serious cameras have been heading. Eliminate the OVF, make things smaller, add WiFi more recently. First M4/3,, APS-C and, now, FF migrates to this type of platform.
samfan: BTW since the cameras are indeed so eerily similar in details (strap holders, zoom ring etc.), I wonder if it doesn't indicate that Nikon actually used some off-the-shelf parts they found in some Chinese plant and just used them in order to make the N1 in the cheapest manner possible and then charge 800 € for them. I mean, the shoddy backs of the first two N1 cameras show this quite clearly.
Now Sakar may simply be using the same off-the-shelf parts and Nikon, seeing their mistake, reacts in the same way as they did with the D600 fiasco: claim innocence and throw the problem at someone else.
Sounds awfully like the usual steps of a corporation which smells its death in the air.
Shame, because Nikon could return to being the camera powerhouse they used to be. Instead they just wobble around in bullsh*t. As it is, it seems I won't be upgrading my Nikon DSLRs ever.
Said the same thing when Nikon 1 came out and handled it in a store. Sure looks like it was ordered up from contractor components. That's why these cameras can come out so quickly. Lens units, shutter, basic circuit boards, the dials and icons, LCDs I expect can be ordered up-mixed and matched.
markie_jan61: Yeah, yeah. Still waiting for Canon to release a large-sensor fixed-lens successor to the somewhat flawed Canon PowerShot G1 X. And I don't care whether it doesn't have color accents.--
Good thought but G1X and EOS-M clearly just trial balloons. Easy to keep developing the already matured G, S and Rebel DLSR cameras.
Greynerd: I thought Apple held the World rights to the rectangle. It is all very confusing.
The problem nowadays is that life is a comedy performed by people without a trace of humour.
Tell that to Canon Powershot cameras. Or maybe Canon preceded Apple.
If Sakar has infringed Nikon's patents, the courts will decide. But I think DPReview is missing the bigger picture. Clearly, different classes of cameras have many commonalities, right down to those control rings around the lens bezel on the enthusiast compacts. Who really designs and assembles Nikon's or Pentax's, etc. latest and greatest P&S.
Looks like many contractors are becoming OEMs, buying up or licensing languished brand names like Kodak, GE, Bell & Howell, Honeywell, Polaroid, etc. I think they would be better off with new names, but that isn't the issue here.
It's interesting how quickly 3rd party digital cameras can be developed. And, here, Sakar is following Rioch, the only other entity to explore what is an outstanding concept-lens/sensor,even shutter modules.
Well-done. Your design is cleaner and better balanced.
dszc: Ok, now I know what class of camera I want, but where is the info to help me choose which one?
Horrible. Not at all a typical dpReview quality article. :(
When are going to look more at printers and printing.
Don't mind the GearShop at all. But why is camera after camera GearShop recommended, available for order before it is even in user's hands. The idea was these were cameras that DPReview know to be good cameras and thus recommended.
Should be a parabolic curve.
raimaster: at least 10 highlights: 1. 24 MP2. 8,3 fps - 23 raw buffer (first firmware)3. 25 crosstype sensor - 3 luminance flux4. On/Off AA Filter5. Robust WR - metal + magnesium alloy body6. AF -3EV7. 86K pixel metering 8. 200.000 shutter circle9. USB 3.010. Body IS.....also dual slot card, 14 bit raw video, focus peaking etc ...
I am impressed, also. Next, Pentax needs to develop the AF on sensor so LiveView is more valuable.
Welcome, welcome upgrade and features to K-5 and a great competitor to Nikon D7100. But what is it with companies and naming. The next camera will be the K-1 and, then, there is no where to go. Others have boxed themselves in with naming everything the X Z and/or 1.
Good thoughts, also 25 centers for the phone booth ... oh, scratch that.
Small LED flashlight?
I thought it was less costly to produce a camera without optical viewfinder and mirror box???
Utterly amazing. You can get many a 4/3rds camera from Olympus or Panasonic, even a DSLR, for less than the Nikon 7800 or Canon G16. Instead, why doesn't Canon advance the G1X and let Nikon come up with something similar.
I hope PhotoNinja also takes a stab at Foveon sensor. You get great highlight recovery and noise handling for starters; also, PN handles the black point much better than other RAW converters I've tried.
Great idea. Have a place to discuss sensors, advances in focusing technology, lens design, etc.
AlexBakerPhotoz: These cameras are really nice but there are getting to be so many new small pocketable cameras with significantly larger sensors that I can't picture a serious enthusiast buying one in this category anymore. I'm in the market for a new small camera to have with me all the time instead of my bulky DSLRs, but am tilting to the 1" or APS-C sensor small cameras now available for not too much more $$.
I question whether this camera merits review with so many other exciting products being introduced. Regardless, it is disappointing that cameras of this size and cost haven't migrated to at least the sensor size of the Nikon 1, RX100 cameras. Develop the GIX. This model was ready for retirement.
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