MisterBG: Several of them have a very distracting background.
I saw it as a total piece. My eye moved around the frame taking it all in. I found it refreshing, but each his/her own.
At last, a true full frame camera! Now we don't have to suffer the poor depth of field the 35mm offers.
J2Gphoto: This Fuji got my attention and I was giving it serious thought. Like I posted before I like the Olympus lens line up better. But now after reading Steve Huff's review of it and seeing the SOOC JPEG's and several other things he said the E-M1 does much better I am now convinced the E-M1 will be my next system. I'd advise anyone considering this camera to read Steve's review. He never pulls punches and gives honest real world use reviews.
But what do you really think? Try to be nice.
Wow! what beautiful abstracts. Thank you for posting this.
Scottelly: Before long they'll have multi-sensor cameras with one color captured from each. STOOOOOOOPIIIIIIID! WTF do they think a regular Bayer pattern sensor is?!? A 20 megapixel camera with a Bayer pattern sensor is basically a 3 color module with 5 million red sensors, 5 million blue sensors, and 10 million green sensors!
This dual sensor stuff would make more sense if they were planning to include 3D for better face recognition or something.
But the colored filters are placed on top of the sensor. Having two sensors, one for color, one for luminance should produce a cleaner image and so is a good idea for phones which generally look crummy at any reasonable size.
Marty4650: I think we should remember that the Kodak "legacy" isn't for making high end cameras.
Their legacy was always "cameras for the masses" like the Brownies, 126 and 110 Instamatics, Disc cameras, etc. While they did occasional produce a high end camera, their main goal was make photography easy and affordable. So these Kodak branded cheapies might fit right in.
These are probably aimed at emerging third world markets.
that's true Higuel. Kodak invented the Bayer sensor and should have owned the digital camera market but the company was to lazy or whatever to capitalize on what they invented.
Then they sold off the sensor division!? Kokak is the poster child for how not to take advantage of your own invention.
peevee1: "But then again, this is a model with an optional viewfinder so that people who don't want a viewfinder don't have to pay for it, that Nikon US plans only to sell in bundles with the viewfinder. At which point, I'm beginning to wonder whether any of this makes sense."
Here is the sense for you. Markets are different. Asia likes their small, viewfinderless form factor. They got it. US likes their bigger, DSLR-like form factor. We got it too (with EVF and grip on). And Nikon saved a bunch of money in fixed costs designing and preparing for mass production only 1 model of this class instead of 2 (unlike, say, Olympus with both E-P5 which does not sell well in the US and E-M10 which should sell better). And then they saved fixed costs in the low-volume (for mirrorless) US again shipping (and of course marketing etc) only one kit instead of several different kits. And for low volumes fixed costs is all that matters.
Nikon bundled the camera with the grip and EVF and priced it accordingly. That's why it costs $1,200.
This camera is loaded with great technology. If Nikon joined the 4/3 group they would own that market. The 1 strategy doesn't make sense to me.
I noticed this camera was only given a numeric score. No "gold" or "silver" designation. Why?
Dolan Halbrook: It seems to have been mostly missed but this update adds camera profiles for pretty much all Olympus m43 bodies, the E-5, and XZ series. Great news for Oly shooters.
Lightroom doesn't have lens profiles for Olympus.
Donnie G: My guess is that this camera will be a bare bones, entry level, full framer that will replace the APS-C D300 series in the Nikon lineup. Having some type of hybrid ovf/evf switchable viewfinder and support for full compatibility with all of Nikon's legacy dslr glass along with completely analog controls will be the camera's defining feature set. I'm also guessing that this camera will be priced at around USD $1800, just like the D300 series was. To me, that would be the move that would make the most sense within the Nikon marketing scheme. :)
I'm in Donnie's camp. It seems to be a niche camera and the leaked specs seem to put it below the 610. If priced right, somewhere between $1,400 - $1,800 it should sell well.
Cheezr: Here is my test. I took an image at ISO 12800 in decent light and converted it in Adobe Camera Raw CC, Aperture (latest), DxO8 and DxO9. Below are the links to the dropbox files, enjoy.PS in both DxO I used default but smart lighting to medium and luminance to 15Aperture was apple defaults and ACR adobe defaults
ACR https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/31373150/K5211836PS.JPGAperture https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/31373150/K5211836Aper.jpgDxO8 https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/31373150/K5211836_DxO8.jpgDxO9 https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/31373150/K5211836_DxO9.jpg
Original DNG (Pentax K5IIs) https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/31373150/K5211836.DNG
also btw, DxO8 took 11 seconds to export and DxO9 took 2 minutes 7 seconds (both as reported by the software). Both on a Mac Mini i7 w/8GB ram and SSD
I compared DXO Prime against NIK DeFine 2.0. I found no real difference except that NIK was much, much faster.
photonius: Well, despite the advantages of dSLR, a nice print on good quality film paper should last a long time. In that time you have to keep buying new technology every few years and copy your stuff again and again if you want to save it into the future. Hopefully some new stable technology will come along. I thought CDs and DVDs would last, but seems they don't. (hard drives fail of course routinely).
A quality inkjet print can last well over 100 years framed, even longer in storage.
Nevertheless, it's good to see film surviving for those who prefer to use it.
(unknown member): Awesome post but all three of those photographs shown, and every other one on the photographer's site under "Storms," is of American extreme weather, not Canadian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, or any other country on the continent. Since that is the case why are you mentioning the continent??
Sorry, but the increasingly common habit of referring to the continent every time something America specific is mentioned is getting very old, and annoying. People that write for a living should not be making such obvious mistakes.
The name of the country is The United States of America. So saying America is shorthand for USA.
No one would think the word America refers to El Salvador.
attomole: anyone using this for fuji Xtrans? what are your experiences ?
Iridient is best at processing Trans-X files.
This kid has great imagination! Keep at it and have fun!
dougjgreen1: My main issue with this list is that right now, the Panasonic Lumix G5 is a better deal than the G6, because its available for roughly half the price, and it's around 90% the same camera.
But I get the fact that it's politically incorrect on a gear site like this to recommend a camera that's on end of life clearance over the model that is replacing it.
Just because the D7000 has been replaced doesn't make it a worthless camera. It's an excellent camera.
Valterj: In this list many good cameras are not included: Sony NEX-5R, Samsung cameras, ...
In the title : "Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000"
Why did you include Olympus OM-D E-M5: $1299 with 12-50mm kit lens
And Fuji cameras like Fujifilm X-E1 16.3MP $799.00 are not included in this list...
The OM-D is under $1,000 now.
Orange and yellow?? Yikes!
The garish color aside I wonder why Pentax hasn't crashed the mirrorless party in a big way? The company used to be forward thinking, but now it seems they only offer pretty much more of the same (except for the bizarre colors).
What he does is actually a traffic safety hazard. Other drivers could be temporarily blinded by the light and hit something or someone. This guy needs to rethink what he's doing.