I have more respect for Laika the Russian space dog.
Back when Canon started flashing high end cameras at the film industry ( I wonder to what overall degree of success), it was predictable that they would start stealing tech and innovation from their own DSLRs at the lower end.
C300, C500, C' how easy it is to send a company to the gurgler?
''Conservative'' and '' unimaginative'' and still ''very good''.
Maybe this was possible ten years ago.
With a camera this capable and small, the entire chain of the eye, brain, arm, elbow, wrist, index finger, thumb, vision, light, motif, subject, mood.....changes drastically.
What does that bring to the photographer to be light and inconspicuous? With a superb lens attached and a full frame? Well this camera is here to answer that. My guess is plenty.
Sad Joe: Been several hours since I picked up this story (and commented) and I still think its a great move by Sony - BUT way too expensive, even if this is a Leica killer its simply not worth $2800 or £2800 (here in the UK we always have the pleasure of paying far for our toys than our friends across the pond) as the natural question is: When is the version with interchangable lenses due ? Second - the Sony brand simply doesn't carry anything like the power of Canon or Nikon let alone Leica. I strongly suspect this is a flagship model designed to lift the brand more than actual sales. Roll on the much cheaper Nikon version complete with Nikkor lens.
Surely the price must be at least this high for the champion that takes the title as a Leica killer.
Trends within the world of photo-videography are being accurately guessed by Sony. The most important feature of this camera is not electronic at all. It is Sony telling the industry that it can produce engineering solutions with meaningful results and with great speed. frightening speed.
It looks highly aggressive. Sensors to give away to competition at a higher MP than their own flagships, lenses all over the shop ( including some very nice video lenses ), tiny this, fast that, FS 100, 700, VG, etc ...
Sony's steps have the quality of a giant's foot size. Soon if they remain at it, we will have supervideos , with ridiculous frame rates and resolutions so photographers end up doing a video burst for every photo take with all the advantages that it will bring. From here it is all memory and speed.
Klaus H: I'm sure most football fans will agree with me - The H5D is a bit like Andy Carroll, too much hassle, too big and awkward, pretty inconsistent, and way, way, way overpriced. ;-)
Maybe they should call it Hasslebland.
RX1 is a no brainer as it enters an empty playing field.
A99 is entering fierce battlefield. It would be good for Sony to do their pricing a bit more competitively.
Nikon removes the AA in 800E to just squeeze a few more photons in.....Sony sends 30% of them to the roof.....
We have to wait and see this video advantage when camera is released.
Take all the M9s that have a 35 mm CZ permanently attached to them, well, this little Sony beats them all and more.
Isn't that good enough? Not to even mention the price difference.
In the list of all other things Swedish, Meatballs, Ikea,Saab....This is not a bad thing. OK maybe a bit archaic. Looks like a diving torch light. Not the best for street photography. You point this thing at anyone, they think you are Satan himself about to suck their soul into your camera.
It is very ugly which is exactly how we love Pentax. You think they would use the opportunity to do a few needed tweaks. With a non-FF design objective, I am also sadly disappointed by its video reach. Samples will tell if this is justified.
In a post post post modern world where Instagram rules, the term Masterclass is surely a bit passè.
These guys manufactured genius faster than doing lines. Faster than a 1950s factory making cream biscuits. Contrived a bit. They owned the definition of genius back then (and Salvador's tache to prove it).
It is sweet to see the SeeZee people finally drop their pants on their manual-focus-only vision. A presumably vegetarian of more than 150 years, is caught eating raw chicken.
Leica may be next to drop their shorts (they never wore pants) on their definition of good value.
It is great to see companies crawling over each other for the consumer money. Canon probably planning a MEGApixel, Sony is kicking nice and hard, Faveon is rapidly evolving, Lenses are getting better on P&S and P&S are pushing low end DSLRs, Leica is blowing its own nerdy horn, medium formats are getting cheaper, camera phones are getting better, Social and other apps are coming in, Instagram etc etc.
It is so much fun not to buy anything at all these days. By the time you pull your credit card out, you can bet a better camera has come out already.
I personally like what is happening here. With the new take on the old. This is for those people who practice it, a great opportunity to cross a bridge in time and into a different cultural and artistic norm. The most creative artists like anywher else, will use the opportunity to add to the great past and appreciate that revisiting nostalgia needs to always take both ‘the now’ and ‘the future’ into account to remain relevant as art. I also like it because it is here.
Francis Carver: US$19,900 just for the lens, huh? Bitchin'....
Just found this digital camera WITH a Carl Zeiss lens for US$129.99.
I guess CZ products are all over the map when it comes to pricing.
If CZ had to do a Curiosity landing it would make a platinum and diamond scaffolding all the way to Mars. These guys are very highly sebaceous middle aged men. The mechanics. The old way, the hard way type of lens makers. At least Leica is sexy. Zeiss should go back to microscopes.
Tape5: Yet another stupid lens from Oberkochen. ( Does that mean over-cooked by any chance?)
Yeh...those arrogant stupid people with their arrogant stupidity that manifests in the form of being arrogant and stupid and as a result end up being doubly stupid because they do NOT know what they are talking about their arrogant stupidity stupid...shhh....stupid ( I am now frothing at the mouth) stupid..arrogant ...
Ha......If I said to you I adore this lens jdrpc, would you promise to calm down? I don't want you to burst an aneurysm.
Yet another stupid lens from Oberkochen. ( Does that mean over-cooked by any chance?)
''...while the full-frame EF lens line-up offers outstanding quality and flexibility – utilising luxury, class-leading optics..''
Only Canon knows what luxury it is that this camera is utilising. And class-leading ?