CameraLabTester: The algorithm for the procedure is simple:
As soon as the half press confirms the focus, and full press shutter release is made, the lens mechanism rotates 15 steps behind focus and captures 30 frames in 1 second, ending at 15 frames in front of focus. The DOF distance will not be constant because of focal length variations per lens or zoom setting. The key is the incremental rotational "steps" that would be triggered by the "stepping" motor.
There is no patent for this, so other brands would quickly come out with their own updates and software fixes of basically the same thing.
Panasonic was the first to come out with this kind of free firmware update.
This easily should buy Lytro out of business if it works well. Macro photography would be massively improved. That's an area where focus is a nightmare.
Why on earth would it burst at 60fps??? What if you need a half second exposure.
This seems like a simple concept that could have come out 10 years ago. Just get the nearest and furthest focal point, and do a focus bracket. You could use burst or whatever. Not 30fps though. I am baffled why I never see aperture bracketing either. I mean, come on, cameras should all do all these options its just software.
pgb: There's also other changes being proposed with 4K other than resolution. A far greater colour gamut with the proposed rec 2020 colour space -
currently rec 709 35% of the colours we can seeCinema DCP 54% rec 2020 76%
and HDR monitors. These combined with 4K will make a bigger difference for those not convinced. There's also 100fps primarily intended for sports.
More techy -
I am just as excited about the expanded pallet as the extra pixels.
There should be some mention about the new color standards available in 4k. These 4k displays are not JUST about more pixels. Its a wider color pallet also. FINALLY we are getting a wider pallet, that is huge news, but absent from this article.
tonybelding: I don't see any possible way that this is a useful device -- or at least, not for anything recognizable as "VR".
As a 3D stereo camera, okay. . . I already have a Fuji W3 that does that (and it's very nifty). But in VR you need head tracking, and you need the view to change when they look around, and it's hard to see how you get that out of this gadget.
With 180 degree lenses, you could allow some head movement under the guise of being zoomed in by default. Its a stretch. Basically they have made a 3d camera. It may be nice for something like the Oculus Rift that has that type of wide angle display. Oculus said they want to release a camera too, I suppose it would be very similar to this.
The gopro dual hero 3d system is really good. I have been using it for a while, for just normal 3d videos.
JameOl: Would be nicer if it was a phone holding platform, just a stabilised handle with connector, not a camera.
How durable is the TRD Beholder or Feiyu? I really need to stabilize some of the stuff I shoot. I see lots of people review that they fail within 1 month.
Archiver: About seven years ago, I would have been salivating at the prospect of a new Canon compact camera. I own the S45, S70, G7, G10, and S90. My credit card would have been ready for Canon's latest camera. It's a little sad that either my interests have moved past a once-favourite brand, or that they no longer produce cameras that suit me as well as they once did.
I agree Archiver, i also was going through the G and S line. Canon jumped way forward and made unaffordable pocket cams. ILC can do anything, but pocketcams have to have more of a zoom range for me.
What baffles me is why I cant get a bigger sensor than 1/2.3" with a decent zoom range. You get either tiny sensor massive zoom, or huge sensor no zoom and massive price. WTH. Does anyone know of a 24-200mm zoom, 1/1.7" sensor that shoots at least 1080p 60fps video, and fits in your pocket.
aut0maticdan: Sorry, if it has a dedicated record button, it should have 4K these days. Its like not including raw in a stills camera. They aren't priced low enough to exclude it. These cameras are all dead to me.
I still don't take a pocket camera that seriously. I love one for travel video mostly and stills in a pinch, but who uses one of these for "serious" photography. That's why I want 4k in it. Its already NOT my choice for serious photos. I think the only serious photos are from people that own a dslr that want some backup, great, stick 4k in it and we can all be happy. Canon ALWAYS lags behind on the video side of things for their pocket cameras. The G and S series were always about 4 years behind everyone at creeping up to full HD video. So people will buy Sony.
No optical stabilizer? There goes any reason you could have had to buy this thing.
mpgxsvcd: GoPro has pretty much saturated the market. Everyone who wants one has one now. Everyone who wants a better one probably can't afford the better one.
They have dominated the market but now the market is drying up. They need to come up with a new form factor and also figure out how to make the highest resolution and frame rate modes available on the less expensive cameras.
I love my gorpo, but there are so many things they can add to improve the camera still, like global shutter, stabilizer, go to h265 encoding, bring 3d sync back, manual zoom lens, shorter wifi preview lag. I think they can easily keep going for many more releases that hopefully wont drive the price up any higher.
You can already get a housing on ebay for $20 that has a 37mm filter thread, a strap and tripod mount base.
otto k: That's some pretty creative use of 4k term, not that I blame them, it has around the same number of pixels, it just feels weird to call something 4k that's shorter than 3k on either side...
Anything over 1920 pixels wide is going to be called 4k because you have to leave the HD max pixel width.
I hope this opens the door for a FF mirrorless.
bovverwonder: Who cares about this camera? These comments are a lot more interesting.
The funniest ones revolve around something like "hey canon, I cant afford to film my cat videos with this...why did you make it"
I used the RX100 2 and it was garbage for video if you ever intended to touch the zoom lever. Like a 3 second delay with any movements. It went sailing into the digital zoom and you could not turn that off. Just horrible compared to the sony hx30, not to mention the tiny zoom range. I wonder if any of that was addressed. There seems to be a big focus on its video capabilities with this model.
steve ohlhaber: Given that gopro was the top selling camcorder, that means action cams are big. Going from the tiny gopro sensor to 4/3 seems like a massive step - maybe too far. I would love to see an action camera in between, so it can still be fairly small. Something just a little larger than the gopros sensor would go a long way. I like the idea of bigger and better. The interchangeable lens concept is a big deal for action cams. But size is also a big deal. I think this will fit a niche within a niche really, because its an action cam that is really big, that really narrows it down. Its not that cheap and also not waterproof. I love that this segment is expanding.
Which one has a 1/3" sensor???
Given that gopro was the top selling camcorder, that means action cams are big. Going from the tiny gopro sensor to 4/3 seems like a massive step - maybe too far. I would love to see an action camera in between, so it can still be fairly small. Something just a little larger than the gopros sensor would go a long way. I like the idea of bigger and better. The interchangeable lens concept is a big deal for action cams. But size is also a big deal. I think this will fit a niche within a niche really, because its an action cam that is really big, that really narrows it down. Its not that cheap and also not waterproof. I love that this segment is expanding.
brick33308: these images are soft in areas where they should be sharp. not impressed with this camera.
Its 18 megapixels from a tiny sensor. You should not be surprised at all.
makofoto: Why not just go with the new Sony RX100 mkII? How many really need the zoom range of the HX90V?! Does the AF and IS really work well enough at the long end to make it useable for shooting those racing cars, tennis/soccer players? (I really wish DPR would stress test these cameras with sports coverage!)
My dad had the sony rx, it was worthless as a travel cam. You need to be right on top of everything. If you are traveling, you are shooting outdoors a lot. I constantly am zooming into all the details of a city as I walk around it. I have the sony hx50v and it is one of the best all round cameras I have ever had. Videos are great, stabilizer is good, quality is good enough for snaps. Its this series or an SLR when I go out. The video looks very good with these cameras.
steve ohlhaber: Mirrorless vs DSLR is about the shooting experience, not the final image. Since you can get a full frame in both designs, and its possible they could have the same exact sensor in both, and you could use an adapter to use the same lens on both bodies, you WILL get an identical image from both. Its really about how you got to the point where you made the capture.
I am not excited about looking through an electronic finder, but I am excited about a shorter lens to sensor distance that allows lenses to be better, smaller, and cheaper. So, in that regard, mirrorless has the ability to produce a better image if you spend the same money on a camera and a lens built for each system. It has that ability, I am not saying they have done it yet, but technically, it should be easier to make a better lens just because of that shorter distance. That should make the vast majority of pros excited.
All the optical engineers pretty much agree that a shorter distance is easier to optically control. This is a vital thing to understand in any mirrorless discussion. The result is a better image. Some focal lengths are probably irrelevant, but its easier overall to optically produce the image. Easier = better IQ and that also can be cheaper. This is ONLY in regards to the lens.