The user interface is bad; this has been a fact for years with Japanese cameras [so they say in the reviews]. Why can't the Japanese employ people who know better how to design user interface?
What is it about a 3.5-5.6 lens in a small sensor camera to rave about? And that hideous grip on this compact! As if it were a sledgehammer!
Does that $1000 body [hideous grip] deserve the f3.5-5.6 $150 lens? It is comical from Sony to offer that.
Time after time new cameras are introduced which have shortcomings. The shutter problem here - is it elementary or not? If it is, why not eliminate it before introducing the camera? Why do the JPEGs show subdued colours? Isn't this elementary? Then, size and compactness. People complain either way. The grips are hideous full stop. You either have a compact [no grip] and leave the heavy telephoto at home, or you carry the heavy stuff. It is ridiculous to be talking about a pocketable IL compact in conjunction with a 200mm heavy zoom. The manufacturers have absolutely no excuses about the elementary stuff. They have to get such matters in hand and not come up short. Features? Great! Compromises? Not great! Cut down on features in order not to have silly compromises!
At M$3.3K a FF camera with a crazy 42Mp sensor in a tiny accommodation deserves a bigger body with a good battery and approipriate treatment in order not to have any of those 'Cons'.
Battery: FF super-compact with huge amount of processing - what battery life? This is the part of the cake that you cannot have and eat it. Perhaps this explains why there is no touch screen?!Mushy buttons are not quality. Weather sealing requirement neither here or there.Well, yes, the camera has been around; Sony should have listened, but they have not. If RX1OO can have good video, why not this one?
Optics and quality in the film era were fine enough. One only needs to look at the quality of work [fashion, photo-journalism, industrial, travel, art] from that era.
Nobody talked about inadequate background blurr, depth of field or focusing problems. So, remove IS, AF and any of self-inflicted complications from the equation now, and you should be able to have higher quality, unhindered by all that new nonsense like pixel-level analysis.
Digital era has brought in countless of difficulties counter-balanced by cheap photography for hundreds of millions. The result has been a much worse quality / quantity relationship.
chessov: I wish instead Zeiss would come up with a sub £2000/2500 digital Zeiss Ikon with a full frame sensor. That would be a winner.
What happened to Contax-Yashica?
cheetah43: How the hell can one take action photos with all those AF machinations to think and fiddle about? And, where is the action? The photos are all frozen at 1/2000.
Steppenwolf, Dummheit ohne Grenzen!
How the hell can one take action photos with all those AF machinations to think and fiddle about? And, where is the action? The photos are all frozen at 1/2000.
Look at Sports Illustrated sports action photos of half a century ago! This digital photography age is ridiculous.
Comments and opinions vary; the subject matter ought to be analyzed precisely, scientifically. Soft or not soft, sharp or not sharp, colour rendition accurate or not, banding or not banding! Can people not agree on something this scientific? If it becomes so subjective then why bother with tests?Leica lens bad or inferior or inadequate? What BS! But they seem to have f...ed it up with their sensor and software [sorry, firmware] both of which can be sorted out without having to write off their investment in this camera.
Leica must have invested a lot into this; then realizing potentially a total failure they climbed up to their cloud and came up with those dream prices.And the grip! Get a grip, Leica! What is the 50mm/1.4 envisaged for 2016 going to cost? They've set up the scale; it's going to cost Mickey Mouse money.
What 28mm sees is not what the eye sees looking straight ahead. Why do people rave about a 28mm lens with all its distortions? Yes, you can do this, that and the other post-processing. It should be click, post to the printers, and no faffing around with the image.
What a hideous piece of a camera! Apart from that, with all the round bodywork how does it stay secure being held? Sony, Sony!
Marking: 82%. OK, fine. What improvements would take the mark beyond 90%? There seems to me a great deal of confusion about marking standards and consistency. In DPR's view how could a camera attain 95% in its class? It would be interesting to know. if DPR says, "It is impossible; the matter is subjective" then marking loses its sense.
Design: that grip, horrible, stuck on [looks as if] with sloping shutter! Forget this. Can one hope for a larger RX1, ILS camera with EVF? No silly grips, please! C'mon Sony, you can do it. The a7II looks awful.
JacquesBalthazar: That Sony FE range sure has some very attractive features, and most of the recent lenses are clearly best in class. Well done to all involved! That said, I do wish the Sony body designs and user interfaces were not what they are. I just do not like them. Would love that range to have the Fuji xt1 design for example. One day maybe. Part of the pleasure of photography is the interaction with the tools. I think they are getting the lens designs right, the body features are great, but the body design.....
Alpha 7 body design is bad; RX designs are fine.