Skipper494: I agree with others, why compare chalk and cheese? Comparing a M4/3 with a FF is absolute nonsense, particularly harping on video when we all know that video cameras take much better video. It would also be nice to see 'professional' standard sample photos, instead of the usual snapshots. For instance, I chose a Fuji S2 Pro long ago after downloading the extra sharp London Bridge shot.
We expect to see the ultimate capabilities of cameras in these reviews, not amateur examples. That an a7S was used to shoot a Chev commercial is hardly a recommendation, an Airbus or even a BMW, maybe.
My Pan M4/3 system is sitting in its bag, waiting for a buyer, but my NEX 7 and Samsung NX20/200 are kept busy.
If someone didn't compare FF to m4/3, then the differences would just be theory and myth, and could be a disservice to both sides.
steelhead3: Why do so many people misspell the over used word "whine"?
Ha. I tried to figure out what was wrong with the word "error".
wetracy: Nothing more than glorification of war and war machines.
There are many who just love aircraft. That appreciation can exist despite the original intended use of the aircraft.
ray-ray: The fact is, the digital age has changed and everything heretofore has gone out the window in regard to intellectual property. We've seen this time and time again with digital music and digital imaging suffers the same plight. The days of original tape recordings and original negatives have faded into history. The onus is on the artist and photographer to accept the fact that the rules of the game have changed. It's way too easy to copy, manipulate, alter and otherwise pilfer digital files. You can't count on everyone being honest, because history has proved that not everyone is. The primary reason for protecting one's work is to protect the revenue it potentially can generate. That being said, new ways are going to have to be discovered to guarantee the revenue stream.
This isn't the supreme court.
Good lord, does it really matter if it is LEGALLY defined as theft? It is illegal, and it represses the revenue rightly due the copyright holder in a similar manner to theft. So either you are an appologist for copyright infringement, or are being a pedantic troll.
Scottelly: I can't believe the key differences table above does not include the new "standard-style" hot shoe! The old A77 had the proprietary Sony slot-style hot shoe. WTF?
Why would we not expect the new style hotshoe? Sony has not made a Minolta style hotshoe since the A99 was introduced (at least)
Candle11: What is the future of Sony A-Mount System? are there anymore lenses and equipment coming out?
I hear they have an A77 replacement coming.
Hawaii-geek: No two(2) card slots?
Sony's implementation of 2 card slots has been rather pointless anyway. I would love to see it happen.
theprehistorian: Are there any decent lenses for these things? I have recollections of most of the standard primes being a bit below par compared with similar from Canikon...
Yeah, I think they only have those hack Zeiss branded lenses.
PerL: How does the viewfinder behave when shooting at top fps? Have they got rid of the "slide show effect"? Why is this important issue not mentioned in the press release, or did I miss it?
I have used both.
D1N0: No weather sealing?
in the "specifications" it lists "environmentally sealed" and "yes" right next to it.
I have never understood this complaint. By "slide show" I presume it si meant you see an image, then it goes away, then you see another, then it goes away as each image is taken. How is this different than with an OVF camera that blacks out between frames as the mirror rises? I have an A77, and I have zero problems with following action.
QuarryCat: who needs Sony?With the bad service, the slowly AF-lenses...Alpha System is even worse than Pentax and the technical support is the worst in the camera-world.
Nikon, pentax, canon, olympus, apple, all need Sony. Well, they at least use Sony parts, so.......
(not to mention Olympus's bail out by Sony, because even Sony can manage a buisness better than Olympus).
awaldram: Whats with dropping the minolta flash mount.
Hardly mentioned but seems to biggest 'News' in this camera obsoleting all Sony flashes.
Does the ISO hot shoe support any kind of TTL as it looks like single pin , so is there data fed over it to support TTL
Come on Dpreview inquiring minds want to know.!
AF hold and fps/af priory are old hat being on previous cameras at this level , You've even reviewed one recently (k3) it's not new and you should be reporting it as expected/required rather than new tech.
Brrrrrring! Brrrrrrrring! Hello? just a minute.
Its for you, it's 2012. It says there are more pins on the front of the hotshoe. Also, adapters are available for this hotshoe, and the older flashes are still supported wirelessly (BTW, there is a "new" wireless protocol, too).
xmeda: Poor Sony users, still no formidable DSLR..
Sez the Pentax shooter (OP)
justmeMN: Another mirrorless camera with DSLR Envy. Since you can't beat them, pretend to be them.
Sony lists the a3000 on their "Alpha DSLR Cameras" web page, because their goal is to deliberately mislead uninformed customers.
(The even worse a3500 isn't available here, yet.)
Neither is an A77, A99, A65, A55, A33, A37, A57, and A58.
The mirror in an SLT has nothing to do with optical path, just AF path.
Would an A mount camera with OSPD get this same kind of gruff. Or is this only because it is a cheap Emount?
Why would this be considered less of a DSLR than the SLT cameras?
If we go by the literal definition of an SLR, none of sony's cameras would fit that bill, so they should all be lumped together.
If we go by form factor and features, then grouping it with the DSLR's kinda makes sense.
If the only reason it should not be called a DSLR is because it is E mount and not A mount, then Nikon, Canon, Pentax and the others need to change their labeling, as they are not A mount either.
Also, how does the 3500 availability affect anything in your statement? Why is that worse? Worse than what?
For what reason would the camera be released only in Australia? This is a serious question.
gerard boulanger: Internet shopping. The last camera I bought in a store was 10+ years ago.Business and shopping habits are changing very fast. I guess it's a matter of value added, if there is none, why buy in a store when I can buy it cheaper online and return it if I don't like it?I feel sorry for the Calumet business and the employees, but I am afraid this is just the beginning...Before internet business websites, I needed to go to a photography store to understand how that camera work, feel and look, what are the pros and the cons. Today, one hour spent on specialized websites (DPR and other) and I can get a pretty good idea and avoid bad surprises.
As long as you do not patronize a brick and mortar for information gathering to buy online, I agree.
Eyeglass10101: This is one of the reasons why internet shopping must be taxed. It's unfair to businesses that don't have an online presence. It creates an unfair business environment. Or.. just don't tax retail sales.
Regardless of Calumet, there is a problem with the taxation disparity. Whether the answer it to tax internet sales, or not tax local sales, I don't know. I believe in free market competition and low taxes, but there is a an unfair advantage to internet sales.