jorden mosley: I voted for the GH3.
It's probably because I do mostly video, but I thought the Panasonic's GH3 and Sony's A99 hands-down made the biggest leap in making the best hybrid cameras. But I gave the GH3 the edge due to sharper video quality, lack of moire', superior AF for video and much higher in-camera bit-rates.
Random thoughts about the poll: Kinda surprised the RX1 got more votes than the A99 (same sensor and price, one is interchangeable lens the other is fixed). Though I'm not surprised with the percentage of votes that the EM-5 got, a lot of stills only m4/3 shooters have been raving about that camera. The 5D MkIII being in the top 3 is well deserved with it's clean high iso performance and fast/accurate AF system.
I think a site like this one just doesn't appreciate hybrid, or videography. The cameras that are best for that aren't going to do as well as excellent still cameras. In the end, though, it'll be hybrids like the GH3 that bring in a lot of serious pros to the M43 system, and mirrorless generally. It's the camera that will have the biggest impact on both mirrorless and full frame DSLRs, in the long run.
But, the GH3 isn't shipping yet in quantity, and won't until 2013. It should probably not even be in this poll, but it should be next year.
Nikcan: GH3 will be there, give it time
Yeah, next year. It's only shipped a few preorders so far. Won't really be available until 2013.
macmanlou: I would have chosen the Panasonic DMC-GH3 this year, but I don't believe that any camera that is not available to the public should even be in the running.
Happy Holidays to all. Love and Peace in 2013.
And big thanks to the Dpreview staff for all they do for us gearheads every year.
Yup, it should be on next year's list, not this year's.
mpgxsvcd: What this poll shows is that Panasonic needs to start advertising their products better. The GH3 is one of the most revolutionary cameras in history but no one knows that because you can't even buy it in regular stores.
Panasonic's marketing department is horrible. Their engineering department is excellent. I like it that way because I know how great their cameras are. That won't help them with sales though.
It's the first pro body for M43. It's an outstanding hybrid camera, which is the future. It's mirrorless, which is the future. It's getting a lot of attention from videographers, and with the 12-35 and 35-100 lenses for it it's getting a lot of attention from Canon/Nikon still shooters. It may be simply an evolution of the GH2, but it's going to shake things up because the technology has finally arrived to bring real pros into the system and shift things away from DSLRs.
Camera of the year 2012, though? Not really. It hasn't shipped beyond a few preorders, so far. Camera of the year 2013.
James A Rinner: Two full frames and a micro 4/3 are taking over 62% of the votes! The Canon and the Nikon may produce better pictures for the pixels peepers but the OM-D EM-5 is definately the "Camera of the Year" when it comes to being a game changer for many photographers. I bet many of those Canon and Nikon voters also own an OM-D!
Yeah, the GH3 will be a big deal in the next year or two. It hasn't shipped in quantity yet, so it's not really the camera of 2012. But in 2013? It's the first truly professional M43 camera, filmmakers are already raving about it, and with the new lens combo of 12-35 and 35-100, it's really making M43 a serious system at last. Pro hybrid shooters are going to go nuts for M43 because of the the GH3.
I hope the GH3 makes it on the poll next year, since it hasn't really started shipping yet, outside a few preorders. I'm actually pretty surprised it's on the list this year, for that reason.
Ahmet Aydogan: Death is the inevitable culmination of life. The feigned sensibilities of those who have an "ethical" argument against the display of death or imminent death reflects their own discomfort with this indisputable fact.
Considering death's importance to life, I think we do ourselves a disservice not documenting it thoroughly. The only thing offensive about this NY Post front page is the headline, not the image.
rocklobster: How do you think the man's family would feel seeing that image. Shame on you NYP.
I can't speak for them, but if I were in their situation I'd be offended by the headline, not offended by the photograph. I think I would want to see the photograph. I think I would want to have as many photographs as possible to help me make sense of it and to see him one last time. I wouldn't want to see an after photo, but in this, the person is still alive.
I'm just speaking for myself, here, as somebody who has had people in his family die too young. I have a photograph of one of them, at the end, and it doesn't bother me to see it. I wish I had a photograph of somebody else in my family who died much more suddenly.
Very clever. I like the framing, too.
Wonderful shot. Well deserved win.
This is horrifying. Good job :)
Everyone should just read Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Eye, to get the basics. Composition is more than just where things go.
Every picture in this article is following some compositional rule or another that I am aware of. Composition is more than just putting certain elements in certain fixed places on the frame. The subject(s) still need to be interesting, or there has to be interesting tension, etc. Some things are more objective than others.
I think a better thesis would be that there are many, many rules, some of them contradictory, and it's good to know all of them so you have some idea which ones to use in which situation, and which ones to acknowledge and then ignore.
Maybe rules isn't the right word for it, anyway. It's more like, this has worked for artists in the past. They give you a framework for understanding good images, in the hopes that we can find success as well. I think your best point in the whole article is the one about doing specific projects. I am routinely inspired to experiment with different compositional concepts as a basis for a specific project.
I still can't quite get over the sky crane maneuver. This robot is pretty much the coolest thing our species has ever done.
Not my kind of photography, but very interesting to read. Thanks for writing this.
alan_potter: Congratulations on the new site!
Mobile phone photography is clearly here to stay, and the technical quality of these devices is bound to improve rapidly (as, indeed, it has been doing over recent years).
I believe that the compact point-and-shoot camera will rapidly become obsolete, as the quality of mobile phone cameras improves. That quality will be a serious differentiator, your reviews will help us choose which devices to go for.
Further, the forums will be of great benefit, and I do hope that there will be a lot of reviews of photography-related apps.
Well done, and good luck to the new site!
I think dpreview would be stupid to ignore the trend in casual photography and not go after this segment with their particular knowledgeable style. Better to keep those photographers in the same family of websites, to encourage crossovers in the community. Hopefully Connect is popular, people on Connect get curious about the original dpreview site, get interested in "real" photography, and come join us here on this site. Could be a great influx of new talent and content.
shaocaholica: What are current trends? Are people sticking with mobile devices or are they quickly migrating onto dedicated cameras?
Sure there are lots of people who will only use a mobile phone camera but are those the same types of people who would actually be interested in reading about it?
It seems to me that the more interested in the subject the more inclined you are to read DPR vs connect.
I don't have a problem with mobile phone 'camera' reviews staying on DPR.
I'm really glad my phone has a camera, and that cameras in phones are getting better. There have been a bunch of times where having a camera phone was really useful. There have been a handful of times when I've gotten really great pictures I never would have gotten otherwise. But I would never go out specifically to shoot pictures with my camera phone.
For my part, only having a camera phone has driven me to buy a real camera. At last, I can really photograph for photography's sake.
I have no problem with dpreview branching out like this, though. Mobile photography is clearly huge right now, and getting huger. Insert statistics about iPhone pictures dominating picture sharing sites. With luck, maybe some of the camera phone people will cross the bridge over to the main site and real photography. The more people in this particular hobby, the cheaper and better real cameras will get, and the more variety we'll get too.
PAUL TILL: I've got to say it.
In the 4 years I've been here at dpreview I don't ever remember a newbie complaining that the forum was awkward to navigate, in fact I don't recall ever hearing anyone say it needed overhauling.
Sometimes things just work and in my opinion there was absolutely nothing wrong with the old styles. We had a few glitches after your move across the ocean but other than that it was perfect.
It's like when a car manufacturer spends millions of £'s developing the handling on their car and the owner sticks a set of alloys on it with the wrong offset and wonders why it no longer handles as it should.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Hi, I'm a newbie, and the old forums were awful. It remains to be seen if the new ones are any better.
I love this one.
There were a lot of great benches in this challenge. Congratulations on your win.