What can Sony do to get traction in this platform?
Enjoying these readers' portfolios. Glad that DPReview is seeing between the lines.
Well-done, Jeff. Very helpful.
Nikonos anyone. This would seem to be one of best niches open to camera makers. Some good suggestions below.
Just Ed: Have To agree about "photos" sucking even in comparison with iPhoto. Apple seems to be dumbing down a lot of OSX to be compatable with IOS.
IIf I wanted my iMac to be more like the iPad I would not have spent a couple of grand on it.
As I understand, this was Jobs original vision. He didn't want the computers to be upgradeable. Tell that to my Beige G3 (one of the most formidable consumer computer builds of all time), my Blue & White G3-G4, my Gigabbit Ethernet G4 and so on ...
The future is clearly closed hardware and closed software. We could see that way back when the iTunes Store began and iPads and iPhones don't have the microSD slots that other smart phones and tablets have.
dpfan32: It still like iPhoto wants to import your photos in a different library to double the photos space on your hard drive! Ridiculous in the times of very small sized SSDs in recent MacBooks :-(It behaves like an external app instead of leaving the photos where I put them in folders and know where they are.
And 2.nd: it's all about selling expensive cloud storage for beaming your photos on all devices possible ... No thanx!! I'm using Picasa which takes my folders and displays them as created by myself.
Thanks. Not an easy interview to edit. I'm glad you are presenting viewpoints/insights at the end of the formal interviews.
Does ANYONE make a good image manager, where you create folder by folder and not have to "dump" all images (iTunes, whatever) into a common library???
I wouldn't be surprised if the number of conventional "computer" models dwindles. I expect the Mac Mini to go and for there to be only 2 laptops, if that, an Air-Macbook and a Macbook Pro. All computers will have sealed battery, memory and hard drives I expect, only upgradeable at time of purchase.
tinternaut: I've said before that the Koreans will either make a place for themselves in this business, or die trying. The NX1 is utmost impressive. Likewise, that Samsung did it all by themselves* is utmost impressive. Whether or not Samsung will succeed, in tne market place, is another matter.
* I reckon the only other players who do everything, themselves, are Sony and Canon?
Edit: I forgot Panasonic.
Samsung's APS-C offerings. I know there have been issues in the early days, especially with high ISO and processing speed, but the ergonomics, exposure, color balance, etc. are outstanding.
random78: Unlike dpreview which thinks that XC10 is so much out of league of FZ1000 that it doesn't even warrant a mention in the article, filmmakers at EOSHD which actually use these hybrid cameras, are giving a far more lukewarm response to XC10:
Andrew Reid clearly doesn't think XC10 offers anything of signifcance over the FZ1000 and actually recommends getting an LX100 over the XC10. His final comment "This camera tarnishes the Cinema EOS brand."
I can only say as someone who usually bemoans the prices of these cameras, the Panasonic FZ1000 seems a great value.
R N: Anybody remember the early Nikon Coolpix models? They had the swivel idea for the grip. Then the industry - including Nikon - went with making cameras that were digital versions of old form-factor designs. It's nice to see this idea come back.
In the early days of digital there was a sort of heady optimism about the opportunities to innovate on what a camera could be. With convergence, maybe it's time again.
In many ways, that Coolpix 990/995 hasn't been equalled. The new Sigma with such a broad platform could have benefitted from that approach. Much better in my opinion than a fragile moving LCD.
Dale Baskin: Since there have been a lot of questions/comments about this camera relative to cameras like the FZ1000 we've decided to put together a small addendum to add to the article that may clarify the differences between cameras. (Which is why I'm not hanging out here responding to comments.) I'll post a message as soon as it's up.
One neat thing about the GH cameras (mentioned in the article) is the ability to use a remarkable range of lenses-ancient and modern.
blue hour: http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=canon_xc10&products=panasonic_dmcfz1000
FZ 1000, 1inch sensor, 4K video, 20 megapixel stills, $89925mm-400mm f 2.8-4
XC 10, 1inch sensor, 4k, 12 megapixel stills, $249924-241mm, f2.8-5.6
Dare I say the FZ1000 seems like an outstanding value.
$350 sounds like a bargain.
Mister Roboto: Another nail on the Apple's coffin?
It is nice running a real computing environment (Windows 8.1) on a tablet. For those with the interest, need and patience, much better than iOS or Android platforms in my opinion. With a Windows 8.1 tablet, the system power and features are always there.
cantanima bis: I want to make sure I didn't miss anything: no more precise measurement of dynamic range, as with other X-cameras? Just a few words saying "It looks good"?
This is a more compact "short form" review.
I think this is much more than a clever viewfinder. Fuji is the only company that has tried to modernize the optical viewfinder. One of the reasons we still "argue" so much about the viewfinder is not just the focus aspects of phase focus , but because the OVFs haven't really modernized. Hats off to Fuji and, with its rebirth of pellicle mirror, Sony. The ratings are how well a camera competes with its class-in which case Fuji in my opinion should be a Gold.
Interesting read. Thanks for posting. I give Olympus a lot of credit for persevering and the gestalt image quality with an Olympus product is always excellent-good value.