Nice writing, Damien.
Zeisschen: Does anybody here actually use that software coming with your cameras? I always have the feeling all camera makers just have to give that kind of software so nobody can complain about not beeing able to open raw files in Adobe etc when the camera comes out. Seriously, I'm just interested. I for myself never touched any of them, didn't even give it a try. Did I miss anything?
Hard to answer. Each one has some custom tweaks. Thus, in Olympus RAW software, one can apply the Art Filters post-exposure. But, yes, I'd rather get a $30 coupon for PhotoNinja or similar program with a camera purchase.
With Sigma, you must use its RAW converter, but it does have some nice highlight recovery capabilities. Several OEMs use a proprietary version of Silkypix.
Thanks for sharing. I think Olympus knows better how to take digital information and turn it into something photogenic and for lack of a better term, "real.".
The 100 percent full MB view here, ????.
G1Houston: I am a long time Nikon user and have incorporated m4/3 into my system for its good IQ and compact size. However to photograph my kids, I am now mostly using the almost 3 year old D7100 which is just a blast to use — it is fast, with excellent IQ, and its focus tracking is outstanding. Now Nikon has put a state-of-the-art FF sensor in a body that is even lighter than the D7100 with even better AF and metering system, all for just a little bit over $2,000. I thus wonder what is the advantage of the mirrorless system that dpreview and others seem to promote it as the future of photography? Take A7 as an example, you can make the camera only that small before handling becomes a real problem and its lenses are not substantially smaller than those of Nikon/Canon, and are certainly very expensive. What is the advantage of the mirrorless — why does IT have to be the future?
I think we have to give Sony credit for trying to eliminate that moving mirror with the translucent cameras. But it seems that those are on the back burner now. At least, Sony, Fuji try different things with respect to viewing systems.
Look at the modern DSLR. It has outgrown its ergonomics. Even the entry level models are ridiculously complex. One of the appeals of mirrorless is the streamlining of the body and interface.
Yes, Mirrorless less expensive to manufacture but priced like a premium item. We seem to be going backward. Remember when system SLRs had multiple finder options. Why not a DSLR that can take an optical finder OR an EVF.
What happened to folded optics. Do the smart phone cameras employ them; if not, couldn't they?
Jim Salvas: I've been using this for two days and it is a very well-designed app. It's responsive and everything works seamlessly.
I understand why Olympus has made this available only on the E-M1. The E-M1 is positioned as Olympus' professional-grade model and since tethered shooting appeals mostly to pros the app further helps differentiate this top of the line model.
I guess so, but why not allow other OM-D owners to purchase for a reasonable fee, say, $25-30. None of the OM-D cameras are slouches, nor are they inexpensive.
I expect price point to be high, but at least Epson is upgrading scanners. Many of us have old 120 and 4x5, etc. film negatives to scan.
blue hour: - no touchscreen- no Wifi- can't record 4K video- more expensive than the competition (Pentax K3, Sony A77 Mk II,Olympus E-M1)- all of those competitors feature stabilization built into the body, that works with every lens you attach- rumours of a hybrid viewfinder (like the Fuji X100 T) didn't make it to the production line- Canon should reinforce their innovation management
Look how long Nikon had wireless only as an adapter. Canon and Nikon just don't think that way.
perivalepaul: If I upgrade it will be from version 9.
Two questions, do you you think it will be of benefit from 9 to 13 and does 13 contain the pen tool ?
I'll be using it for photo work and very little if any video.
I do very simple editing. The biggest advantage to upgrading is accessibility to more RAW translators and, as far as I can tell, Photoshop Elements 11 has a fuller version of Adobe Raw than earlier versions.
My biggest complaint: removing CS Bridge in favor of PSE Organizer. No matter what verison I use, I have to intall PSE 8 to get CS Bridge.
Wonderful tool and value for what it is. Also, there are many great PSE tutorials and books out there. And plug-ins/enhancements to add back Curves and Channel Mixers, for starters.
One neat trick: you can open a JPEG image as "Camera Raw" and do some of the processing available to a RAW file.
Gesture: D3X, more than 20 buttons, dials whatever on the back alone. The console of the space shuttle was less complicated.
This is probably why it is so hard for Canon and Nikon to innovate. The underlying circuit board probably "locks in" so many functions. I have the same critique of the Df in its vein-just so busy; almost seemed like a parody of a camera. I'd like to see OEMs rethink the DSLR.
D3X, more than 20 buttons, dials whatever on the back alone. The console of the space shuttle was less complicated.
Take the challenge, Canon. Navigate an APS-C (Canon type: 1.6 crop) modle to EVF finder.
Lou54: No Wi-Fi and no touchscreen is disappointing. Otherwise some really great improvements.
Even the EOS-M has a touch screen!
But the most interesting camera at Photokina. At least, Nikon is advancing "affordable" full format.
How this have in-camera focus adjustment like the Pentax DSLRs?
This is getting closer to what M43 could be.
Good to see Sigma DP1 given its due.