pwilly: An interesting perspective that only DPreview could do, would be to link Camera ownership to what they voted for. Obviously, the A7ii is getting clicks from non-owners.
Based on clicks, the D750 has been the most popular camera on the front page for some time now. So why doesn't that convert to a runaway here?
Certainly a major factor is the fact that the A7ii can mount lenses from Canon and Nikon plus the native lenses. So if the future is a considerably smaller enthusiast camera sales pool, the advantage goes to the one that makes use of the 100's of millions of lenses that exist for those enthusiasts.
When Canon went to the EOS mount, they angered their entire customer base by creating a new mount that would do Nikon, but not Canon lenses, because at that time Nikon was the leader. Sony may be reading the same playbook, it sure did work for Canon.
@ pwillyI am not talking about reviews only, but all articles. I guess they each has a set of keywords assigned to it, amongst which is the manufacturer and model, and these are counted. The fact is when a new article shows up the corresponding camera model goes to the top, if it generates interest at all, unlike the Samsung NX1 for example.
@ sandy b
And where is the D750 now then ?!?
Alright, pulled from the US market because it has issues!
Why are we arguing at all then, D750 is not being sold right now. Its sales are NIL. And a share of the copies that were already sold are going back for repairs.
And btw, the A7 II kept spot #1 for a while after it was released and this was the Christmas period, so you can judge how many cameras were sold then and how many are being sold now.
@ sandy bYep, the A7 II is not in the top 100 DSLRs, because it is not a DSLR, simple !
Now check top of Compact System Cameras list:
Which camera is at the top of the "Most Popular Cameras" list depends directly on what articles are published at the moment!
If you click on an article about Nikon it count a click, since there are NO any A7 II articles published for ages this Sony camera is not getting any clicks !!!
There have been many Nikon articles lately, including pinned at the top, even like the one "Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried" and this takes it to the top.
Previously in the year, around reviews, there were times when a Sony camera had about 40% !!!
As I commented below, I think this is the reason:The majority of camera buyers, enthusiasts, care about a compact, lightweight and non-intrusive camera, they can have with them without alienating people around, and don't care if the RAWs are 11-bit or 14-bit encoded.Mirror-less cameras are most suitable for this, that's how majority of people see themselves, that's how they vote!
Everlast66: A lot of comments below explain why A7 II is inferior to the D750, 14bit, proper PDAF, blah, blah, blah and why it shouldn't be leading, but let's see why the results are what they are.
In real life enthusiasts outnumber professional photographers at a ratio of maybe 10:1.While it is perfectly appropriate and expected for a professional photographer to turn up at an assignment with a couple or more DSLRs +lenses (perhaps with an assistant) and this will look reassuring for the client,in the hands of an enthusiast in a non-professional situation these will look intrusive/offending and make him/her look like a geek at best, but even a stalker or perv.
The advantage of mirror-less cameras is not only the smaller size and weight, but more so the FRIENDLIER look and feel and un-intrusiveness. People react much better to mirror-less cameras, behave more naturally, or even don't notice at all.
To sum up in one sentence what I meant:The majority of camera buyers, enthusiasts, care about a compact, light and non-intrusive camera, they can have with them without alienating people around, and don't care if the RAWs are 11-bit or 14-bit encoded.Mirror-less cameras are most suitable for this, that's how majority of people see themselves, that's how they vote!
A lot of comments below explain why A7 II is inferior to the D750, 14bit, proper PDAF, blah, blah, blah and why it shouldn't be leading, but let's see why the results are what they are.
Marty4650: Lets be honest. Most of the people who voted in that poll never touched ANY of the cameras they voted for. Perhaps a few did, but most didn't.
And absolutely no one has tested them all. Not even Dpreview had done that, and they have a staff of fifteen people.
So this poll is pretty much a popularity contest. We just voted for the camera we thought was the "most significant of the year" based on what we knew about it from reading various reviews and looking at the spec sheets.
Once you understand that point, then all the claims that a camera wasn't available for sale long enough, or wasn't available in all markets, becomes meaningless.
@ bluevelletYou got me there, I was just reaching for my calculator when I went on to your comment :)
@ MartyI was actually asking only if you voted or not, not which ones, because of your comment that people vote without owning any of the cameras. But left the comment a bit ambiguous, so that you might list them anyway :)
tom1234567: Samsung NX1 beats them all My opinion
Your joke beats them all jokes in my opinion
@ Marty4650 - the honest guySo, Marty, did you vote in this poll then?
Everlast66: When are we going to see the winners of this poll announced?
I am starting to think DPReview are not comfortable with only mirror-less products winning (and in top of that by Sony) and we are waiting to see the D750 inch past A7 II to announce the end?
Wooo hoooo, great results this year :)
Awww, this new GF has put on quite a lot of weight ...
When are we going to see the winners of this poll announced?
CaPi: Sony does great cameras. The a6000 I unboxed and sent back the same day. Does not fit my hand and the useage experience and jpeg results dont go anywhere near the price tag from my point. Get an entry level dslr and enjoy yourself - or a compact and have it on you always. This is a false compromise from what I saw.
Yep, CaPi's post is a complete nonsense. The A6000 is cheaper than the m4/3 cameras that CaPi bought, has larger sensor, more compact body and significantly better IQ. He's just trolling.
Jonathan F/2: Those lenses look huge. Better off buying Micro Four-Thirds for the size and getting a DSLR when you need FF and proper continuous focus.
@JonathanWhat we are talking about is that 'huge' is a relative term and you can not call a camera/lens huge if you do not take in account what you receive for its size in return!
However, the fact is that Sony's FE mount system is the most compact full frame system and lowest priced as well. Of course it can't compete with DSLRs in couple of areas, but if you don't require these specific features this would likely be your best option for a full frame system.
On the other hand if a M4/3 size sensor is sufficient for you, you will be much better off with a RX100 or LX100 camera that would be MUCH more portable and cheaper that the overpriced and over-sized M4/3 system cameras.
Micro four/thirds cameras are huge for their sensor size, better off buying a pocketable 1" RX100 camera instead!
Vivid1: ...and THIS is dpreview's 'Gold Standard'??? BhwaHahaha. Don't worry Nikon users, there will soon be a d760 to solve all the problems :-)
@BarneyDuring the entire December we could only read First impressions, Second impressions, Reviews and then Review Updates of Canon, Nikon and Samsung gear. While we couldn't see reviews of say Sony's A6000, A77II, A7II, A7s which seem to be generating a lot of interest which was confirmed in the gear of the year vote.
Then there was this strangely positive new category 'Real world tests' that also included, surprisingly, Canon, Nikon and Samsung.
enenzo: There appear to be a clear image ;-) Canon is lost. The winners are Sony, Fuji, Panasonic and Nikon. Especially Sony! Well done.
Who is Canon :P
Everlast66: So DPR managed to make 2 reviews of the 3 month old Canon7D II, with the second review written specifically for the .02 firmware update,but still have not bothered to review the 7 months old Sony A77 II. Even the 2.0 firmware update of the A77 II didn't seem to be important enough.
No wonder Canon and Nikon have the biggest market share if Sony, Pentax and other smaller manufacturers are getting treatment like this.
And the A77 II is half the price of the 7D II with 90% of the functionality.
So DPR managed to make 2 reviews of the 3 month old Canon7D II, with the second review written specifically for the .02 firmware update,but still have not bothered to review the 7 months old Sony A77 II. Even the 2.0 firmware update of the A77 II didn't seem to be important enough.