Hopper did some very good work with a camera, glad his stuff is getting some recognition.
Looks like a shiny Samsung NX300. Almost 2k for an APS-C sensor? No thanks. There are much much better buys out there.
The ground glass focusing screen is what tipped it off, otherwise I would have believed this. I would buy this camera btw if it were real.
NCB: What will make or break this camera is the pic quality. Period. And as yet nobody knows what that is. 1" isn't a tiny sensor; a "premium" compact would be considered brilliant with this sized sensor. And this is a rather special sensor. So, let's see how it actually does in real world shooting.
I'm surprised that this article has actually appeared when it has. It's somewhat pre-empting a serious review.
No I think it will be price and price alone. Image quality and performance will be quite good, but at +1k this camera makes absolutely no sense. I honestly can't see Nikon selling very many of these. The original V1 and soon to be slashed V2 will offer good value I think. I'll probably wait to see the V2 prices come down then I could see myself getting into this sysem.
I used to be a DX shooter for many years but left this year for mirrorless and won't be going back. I got really tired of Nikon offering up the same camera time after time, no new DX lenses, especially primes, and the recent push they've been giving customers to move to full frame. I grew tired of it and it is time to move on. So many interesting and truly excellent cameras to explore.
Theelderkeynes: You missed the bargain of the decade - the Sigma 60mm F2.8 A very sharp very well built but nice and light portrait/short telehoto and all for £129 or say $200. It cannot bre beaten, anywhere.
Agreed, it is a special lens. Just dynamite on my Nex 6.
This really wasn't the camera I was expecting or hoping for...especially the price. An optional split prism focusing screen would be very welcome. From the rear it looks like a D700 body with a retro looking top half molded to it. This camera really doesn't look like any sort of Nikon FM or FE or F3, nothing of the sort.
crsantin: Is he is trespassing to get these photos? That concerns me more than anything. Did he get permission from the property owners to publish these images? I wouldn't want someone trespassing on my property to take pictures. It doesn't matter if I'm living there or not.
I can abandon my house but still own it. That doesn't give you the right to walk onto my property and start taking pictures. My point is, someone must own these properties...someone's estate, the government, whatever. Abandoned doesn't mean trespassing laws don't apply...not where I'm from.
Is he is trespassing to get these photos? That concerns me more than anything. Did he get permission from the property owners to publish these images? I wouldn't want someone trespassing on my property to take pictures. It doesn't matter if I'm living there or not.
This is probably the digital camera I've been waiting for since, well, the beginning of digital cameras, but it is way out of my budget. Too bad they don't offer a version of this that regular people can afford. I would buy one immediately.
Very clever Sony, very very clever. 20 megapixel APS-C with a lens for...$400???That's the initial price too, not the deeply discounted price that comes along at the end of the product's life. The DSLR goes mirrorless. Goodbye micro four thirds, it was nice knowing you.
I don't have a problem with this. The monk and the atomic bomb are pretty powerful in colour. It's an interesting exercise, and that's all I see it as.
Micro four thirds are priced way too high, the cameras and the lenses. Too many models released too quickly as well. You have no time to really enjoy your purchase before a new model is released, making you feel like you have inferior equipment. People are catching on that they can get last year's model and stupidly reduced prices, so why buy new. Look at what the Panny GX1 is going for now, it's just stupid. Nikon has the same problem with the V1, priced way too high at launch and now are selling it at crazy low prices. Is anyone buying the V2 at $800? Didn't think so.
Meanwhile I can get a Nikon, Canon or Sony DSLR for well under 1k, even under 700 bucks, with a lens. When I don't want to lug that gear around I can just shoot with my phone.
In about 5 years time, all DSLR's will be mirrorless and smaller, phones will have greatly improved cameras (sufficient for most of the population), and systems like the V1 and m4/3 will be a memory, as will the compact camera.
No compromises is corporate talk for high retail prices. It's 2013, develop some AF/MF lenses. Modern AF works very well for the most part, and new cameras aren't really made for MF the way cameras were in the past.
This young man is talented and shows a great deal of imagination, something sorely lacking on this site. Some of the comments here are woefully ignorant, but then, that's just par for the course on dpreview.
felix from the suburbs: I've got it twice as bad. Not only do I love my cameras but I also play in a band. Cameras and guitars - can always find a reason why I need another one.
Wow, me too. Fortunately I've learned to curb my guitar gear purchases, I've got 2 guitars some pedals and 2 amps. Not so lucky with the camera gear, I've got too much stuff and I'm always looking at the latest and the greatest. It's a very frustrating obsession.
7k for an Nex 7? Ok then.
The film sims are good, and can improve your digital images and save you time...they do NOT make your digital images look like film images. There is no way you are going to make that happen from a digital image. I've been using DxO film sims for a couple of years now. I like the product but don't have any illusions that these sims are a substitute for real film. For $40 I'll probably upgrade because there are a couple of sims that I really like and use regularly. If I want film images though, I use my film cameras.
SHood: The Magic Lantern and GH2 hacks are much different as they had full access to the firmware to improve IQ. The samsung "source code" will allow you to add new features but not affect the IQ.
Have you ever used an NX camera? The IQ of even the original NX series-NX10, NX11, NX100-is quite good. The 30mm f2 is a stunner of a lens...not sure where you are getting this opinion from.
Thank you for this list. I'm currently trying out DxO software. It is very impressive so far. I'll be trying out Corel Paintshop next. Though PS cannot really be replaced, there are other alternatives for photographers wanting to just work on their photos.