I find this sort of article very useful--putting the camera to work in the sort of setting it was designed. It is a nice complement to a formal review.
4 miles in and out is taking the camera for a spin. I wonder how the camera will hold up for entire season?
Thank you. I appreciate the article.
The market may be shrinking, but Sony is building products people want to buy.
More people are taking pictures than ever before. The thing is most do not use what we think traditionally as a camera to do this. The bottom line flows from this.
The Pelican cases represent a tough choice for consumers-they are indestructible, but the weight was the price for this. The classic trade-off.
I have been dragging the 1510 through airports for years--up and down curbs and steps and the wheels are as good as when new (they can be replaced if they break or so I have been told). I have a 1610 that I check and the baggage handlers haven't been able to destroy this one. The trade-off has worked for me for transporting camera and diving gear for years.
If the old ones ever break, I will consider purchasing the new and lighter version.
starwolfy: I have this bag. Overall it's good but many things seems not mature enough so overall i feel so so.
First: the peak design clamp system that you are Supposed to clip on a side of your bag feels very unsecure with heavy cameras as the side pockets become loose and makes your camera very nose heavy like it may fall down.
Second: the bag may look big but indeed you cannot put as much as you would first think inside. It kind of lack big pockets and deviders are meh...despite all the marketing.
Third and probaby the biggest issue to me : the front pocket is badly designed. The bottom part doesnt extend when you put stuff in this pocket so the overall capability is very small and the pocket become hard to close with just few things only. You need to press it hard toward the internal part of the bag to be able to close the pocket when it contains only say two batteries and a charger...and few random small things. Moreover the design of this pockets is made in way that the bag doesnt grow much bigger externally when you put more stuff in it but it rather become tigther inside keeping the external look good but the inside even less able to carry stuff.
Except that ! It's very well made. It feels nice to touch. There are some eronomical parts that are very good like the top zip, the simple idea to hold your tripod and the clamp to ajust the size is very nice. I like this bag a lot but at near 300 euros with shipping I expected a more mature product.
Your comment is a nice complement to the review. Thank you.
Is that poor women in the sample photo dragging the camera behind her?
Seriously, this looks like an amazing camera.
Craig from Nevada: Whew. Lots of people bumming on a $229 camera. This little camera is rugged, sized correctly for travel, and takes decent pictures. It is the kind of camera you pick up before you go on vacation. It will serve you well and if gets beat up, lost or stolen, no big deal.
Shop harder, my friend. It can be found for $329, no tax and free shipping.
I purchased this camera several months ago. I am happy with it. The jpeg photos are fine. I get bright photos. The size is right as is the price. For what it is--a modestly priced camera that is built for travel, it is a good value. It is nice to have as a backup camera.
Craig from Nevada: Other than battery life, the price is of this camera appears to be it biggest shortcoming. $899 looks about right for this camera. This can be fixed and it will probably happen when the E-M1 II is introduced.
I wouldn't take the comment by photohounds too seriously. Bad manners on the part on photohounds.
What are you babbling about?
The ad hominem attacks ('whnines') are really childish. grow up.
I agree. What is interesting is just how high they are starting with the MSRP for this camera. The flagship E-M1 can be purchased at a lower price. I guess Olympus believes that the 20MP sensor gives the Pen F a boost in the market.
I guess a few early adopters might be enticed, but most buyers will wait for the aggressive pricing to start on this camera.
Other than battery life, the price is of this camera appears to be it biggest shortcoming. $899 looks about right for this camera. This can be fixed and it will probably happen when the E-M1 II is introduced.
Peiasdf: What an unusual decision not to have 80th anniversary edition K-1.
If I am marketing, the first K-1 released would be the limited 80th anniversary edition followed in a few week/month by the regular K-1.
The K-1 will sells itself. No reason to distract the buying public with a special edition.
Fluff like 80th Anniversary editions are for cameras that are further along the product cycle.
Looks like they got a lot of things right with this camera, including the price.
A wildly overpriced retro style camera that is underpowered. How about building something that looks like it is from the second decade of the 21st century and has battery with decent capacity?
Dbosch: Got it as a gift, black. Looks good and feels good in hand. Video refocusing was surprisingly good and smooth, no jumping.
Price is steep , half a grand for 1/2.3" is overpriced in 2015. (399+tax thats around 450$ in Canada.+delivery) should have had at least 1/1.7" sensor.It's a Porsche 911 with VW Beattle engine.
Henry's had it listed on Ebay for about $280 USD just before the holiday. Free shipping to boot.
The title "Gear of the Year" is somewhat pretentious for what this is--a personal commentary on a modestly priced camera that was obviously the right piece of gear to have on a tubing trip.
There are some complaints below that somehow this is not a legitimate review--perhaps, but it is a thoughtful column by someone who actually used the camera for its intended purpose and is obviously very happy with the results. This is refreshing.
I think this is a nice compliment to the review that was published some months back.
Johnedlt: Is this the first time they pre-announced officially? Wouldn't the norm be for a gadget company to release something into the grapevine (rumor mill) if they wanted to generate interest prior to market? ; )
Does it mean they have something that isn't linear in terms of upgrading the line? Something that will get people to pluck 6Gs again? Haha!