xoio: I know it's premium spec, but a launch price of over a GRAND for a point-n-shoot pocket cam!!!? Hmmmmmmm
Sony has a sound marketing strategy. After all RX100 series is a sales hit and for a reason, it seems. The premium specs of consecutive models will appeal to some "upgraders", for others, the (now) modestly priced MKIII model will fit the bill.This is nothing new: remember Canon S90 series? They just lost the market for not innovating enough past S95, except the G7x which adapted the Sony sensor.Sony has the rights to exploit their invention of 1" sensor and develop it further. Asking premium price for every consecutive model to cover the cost of development and make profit resulting from the improvements is normal when you have no or a little competition. The term "milking" comes to my mind but in this case it is fine with me.
iudex: A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to put my hands on many recent cameras in one time and to compare them. Like many readers here I had the RX100 high on a pedestal. But when I handled it I realized that it is not for me. Yes, it is surprisingly small and really pocketable, but this is also it´s course. People with bigger hands have really nowhere to put their fingers, there is almost no space for holding the camera, you accidentaly press buttons at the back with your thumb and in front there is only spippery flat surface. The buttons are so tiny it is a problem to know which one are you pressing. And the highlight of Mk III - the EVF is so tiny it is hardly usable (the screen itself is small plus the light is entering from all sides). After trying almost all enthusiast compacts and CSSs I came to the conclusion the smallest acceptable camera is Pana LX100, which is reasonably big and comfortable to hold.
@GlobalGuyUSA,Already invented in 2012:http://www.dpreview.com/articles/3660240707/sony-rx100-accessory-grip-from-richard-franeic
CaliforniaDave: I just received a retail purchase RX100IV, and I don't think that the six applications that you mention are "included."
When I choose Application List on my RX100IV, I get three items:Smart Remote EmbeddedPlayMemories Camera AppsApplication Management
Is the camera you are reviewing a new retail purchase, or has it had applications added to it?
@Richard Butler,..."and what is the risk that they'd detect it was us sending cameras in and give us preferential treatment?"
Richard, following that logic, one can only hope that Sony (and other manufacturers) don't send to DPR a handpicked camera samples for the review?
Kudos to DPR and Damien for touching the subject of MF camera to such extent.I found the hands on article educating and enjoyable at the same time.
Richard Franiec: Mr. Oosting deserves at least the benefit of seeing future of the brand differently than his predecessor.Give him and the company a couple of years and see where they will be then.A lot of guts, vision and hard work will be required to resurrect icon which once was Hasselblad in its glorious past times.I wish him well.
He deserves that because as an underdog, he accepted a challenge many of us think of as crazy for photo industry outsider.Unless he is nuts to leave well paid jobs in the fashion industry, he must be sure that he can succeed in this alien (to him) world.Conviction can go a long way as far as one have a clear vision and determination. I hope that he has both.
Mr. Oosting deserves at least the benefit of seeing future of the brand differently than his predecessor.Give him and the company a couple of years and see where they will be then.A lot of guts, vision and hard work will be required to resurrect icon which once was Hasselblad in its glorious past times.I wish him well.
Out of 15 cameras Canon released this year to date only 5DS/5DSr are worth mentioning. It is clear that lesser DSLR models struggle to compete not only with respective APSc based DSLR's but also with most of advanced mirrorless cams. Compacts (S90/S95) used to be an envy for the rest of manufacturers. Now Canon compacts are pushed into oblivion by the likes of Sony and some of M4/3 advanced compacts.On the other hand the last few years brought the fantastic Canon optics to fruition.So what is going on? - one might ask.Nothing as far as Canon cameras are concerned. It is a great time for the likes of Metabones making the wonderful Canon glass working with advanced Sony FF mirrorless cams. The hibernation on the part of Canon seems way too long.
A great and passionate article ticking the right boxes of what many enthusiasts are trying to figure out regarding recent market's directions. I applaud Mr Butler's attempt to put his thoughts in such clear layman's terms. He provided us the platform to spell out our desires of how the future of photography should looks like to be most satisfying for us, the paying customers. Manufacturers have (or need to develop) the tools to bring our desires to fruition, they just have to listen carefully to what We think and want and willing to pay for.
"After a certain point, old digital cameras are just that: old digital cameras."How true is that!Every time Leica is trying to do something extraordinary, they fall short of the most recent technical developments. Even the optics are not the end of the world, just take a look at Sigma's M&Q series.The name recognition seems to be the best selling point: people who buy the Leicas don't ask others what they think about the cam. They just have to have it.A perfect description of the niche product.
WT21: Is DPR in a partnership with Kickstarter that they advertise KS products? Been burned so many times on "crowd sourcing" -- "investor" beware!
This is hardly an advertizing. I (and no doubt many others) see the coverage as a very useful info about the interesting, photography related product. Kudos to DPR and Miggo.
Many critical comments are true, but they all are missing the point:Canon gear in "Guinness book of world records" - PRICELESS...
Very nice indeed. I'm almost tempted to consider one.I like the grip which reminds me of some of my own earlier designs.
Thanks for many pictures taken with Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art.The lens really complements this hi-res sensor.
Just the thought: If the sensor of this caliber would not perform admirably in the studio scene test, the comments would be in 2000 territory by now.
Smug face of Mr. Maeda during recent interviews is self explanatory now. Good job, Canon, great job, indeed...
Turd: A little creepy but at that price i'll take two!!!
A foot selfie stick signed by Yeti should be priced at least at $20K.Until then, I'm not interested LOL.
Good reporting by LR and, consequently, by DPR.Now it is Canon's turn to sort out the issue.
IEBA1: What the hell is it with DPreview and this stupid camera?First we get the powder puff piece of why it's a "big deal" and "leading the convergence." Then we get this.
As a writer for over a decade, I'd like to see this author ask one followup question to clarify the double-marketing speak that contradicts itself:
"The XC10 has a 5-axis stabilization system when recording HD video. That’s … optical stabilization with digital stabilization. With digital stabilization you [crop the sensor]. You don’t lose image stabilization when shooting still images or 4K video. … since you’re using the entire sensor to capture an image or video, the camera reverts to normal optical stabilization."
So then there's no "5-axis" stabilization in 4K or stills. If not, then don't promote it.
"The XC10 uses the same codec as the C300 Mark II. It’s called XF-AVC. It is a proprietary Canon codec in an MXF wrapper, but it is H.264 based, so it is standards based."
It's proprietary - it's standards based.
@Barney Britton,Indeed, keep up the good work.I'm waiting with anticipation for EOS M3 review which Simon promised.
Richard Franiec: I'm wondering why Chusk Westfall gives interviews like this one. Maybe he has more fun than some of the posters might suspect? Nothing wrong with mixing work with pleasure and getting paid for that.
I'm sure he is on both counts.
I'm wondering why Chusk Westfall gives interviews like this one. Maybe he has more fun than some of the posters might suspect? Nothing wrong with mixing work with pleasure and getting paid for that.