This looks like a very good value.
$699 (body only)? Not bad. Nothing new here, but the price.
It will be substantially cheaper by Christmas.
Josh Bailey: is the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 Lens that comes with it good for landscapes or would it be better to get just the body and buy a different lens?
Stuck between this and the EM-1 for first camera. Definitely want to be outside in nature with whichever I choose.
Wait to see what Olympus rolls out tomorrow--E-M10.
Jim Salvas: I bought my E-M1 a couple of months ago, but I wondered before the intro what I would have done if the X-T1 had been available at the time. I think I would still have chosen the E-M1.
In the Fuji, you get a slightly larger sensor and maybe an improved EVF plus possibly improved video, but on every other significant point of difference, the Olympus comes out ahead. More customizable. In-body stabilization (a huge deal if you want to use legacy lenses). Better lens selection.
Still, it's good to see more competition in this space. Who knows, we might even see reasonable prices someday.
The Fuji is $100 cheaper than the E-M1. That is a start.$999 sounds about right, so we have a way to go still
mgblack74: I'm looking for the word "silly" in this review. It was used fairly early in the the description of the Nikon Df and it never had a chance in the eyes of DPR reviewers after that. I guess because everyone is horny over Fuji these days, design elements are looked at through rose coloured glasses. C 'mon DPR... show the world you're fair and consistent and tell us the Fuji XT-1 is a silly design. An extra button step to engage selectable AF points should warrant that at least, no? Or the low mileage batteries, no? Or the single card slot, no? Hmmm.
A fanboy rant. The merits or shortcomings of any camera is a matter determined by the user and not DPReview.
showmeyourpics: After having read the review and the readers' comments (thank you all), it looks to me that this situation is similar to most introductions of revolutionary gear. I believe that every one here is at least partially right. The A7 is a 1st generation, ground-breaking camera and Sony should be recognized for it. It shows that MILC's are maturing quickly and approaching state-of-the-art performance all the way to FF format. On the other hand, as a 1st generation, the camera tends to be somewhat unbalanced offering cutting-edge features next to others that are not (yet). DPR conclusions mirror this reality. I would be very surprised if Sony did not take care of these shortcomings in the upcoming reiterations, and beef up the choice of (pro grade) lenses. With the often tough outdoor photography I do, this is the first camera model that would make FF approachable to me.
Critical recognition is one thing, opening your wallet and dropping cash is another matter altogether.
There is plenty left--most notably clicking the order icon.
The authors described themselves as ambivalent about the Sony A7.
I am not sure how this ambivalence equals a silver award.
Sony appears to engineered a camera where the whole does not equal the sum of the pieces.
Black Box: To sum up 19 pages of the review, Sony Alpha a7 is ambitious but rubbish. It should now be Sony's slogan.
No, rubbish can get a gold award too.
FrancW: it seems that DP couldn't handle the fact that Pentax came up first in the previous poll, so now we get a new one ;-(
its apples and pears again.
It is dollars and cents. You get to participate in a bogus poll of gear and by doing so be exposed to advertisements for the products. DPReview sells stuff. It is more akin to Newsmax than a Gallop Poll
reginalddwight: Is there really a need for this article, when the ones you guys published only a few days ago on enthusiast compacts and high-end pocketable compacts will suffice? Just saying.
Perhaps a year-in-review of smartphones for social photography makes more sense in this category.
They are hawking gear like everyone else. Tis the season.....
The ads for the cameras are longer than the article. Took forever to scroll through them. LOL. It is more like an informercial at 3:00 AM
"Social Photography"? We used to call this get a picture of the kid's birthday party. I guess it is all soooo serious now.
Retro is soooo 2012
This one isn't as ugly as the last one on DP Review (which isn't saying much)It must be a fake.
I am not a Nikon user, but I have read about the D600 and its troubles here and elsewhere.
Reading the comments on this thread it seems as though Nikon has gone out of its way to create ill will among its core users.
Reminds me of Detroit in the 1980s--you paid top dollar for a car and when the door handle fell off a week later the dealer acted like they never saw before in their life.
It is tough and expensive to switch systems, but I would think twice before adding to my kit. The D610 is probably the camera they should have produced in the first place.
Tyra Banks makes anything fashionable
Craig from Nevada: At this point in time, there are too many cameras chasing too few buyers. Very simply a situation of overproduction. The technological/social changes are moving people to nontraditional cameras--the I-phone. All of this has been discussed a length on multiple threads and forums on this site.
Look at the list of forums on this site--some of the names may disappear in the not too distant future, much like the some airlines--remember TWA or American West, Continental. Until supply and demand get into alignment, it is going to be a bonanza for consumers. Your money will go pretty far---hang around the price of the EP-5 will drop a few hundred by Christmas.
Olympus has a problem in terms of having moved from DSLR to mirrorless. The adoption of this approach has been slow in the US and Europe compared to Asia. The Oly forecasts just can't seem to catch up with this lag. Regardless, why pay $700 or $1,000 for a camera when you can get a DSLR kit for far less? Oly has a problem.
I agree Oly had no other viable path. They simply could not compete in the DSLR market. They moved forward with some very nice cameras. Yes, mirror will be just a niche in a few year. Oly has a window of opportunity to gather market share. The trouble is that they can't sell enough cameras in the US and Europe. The window will not remain open forever. Perhaps the new OMD will help.
At this point in time, there are too many cameras chasing too few buyers. Very simply a situation of overproduction. The technological/social changes are moving people to nontraditional cameras--the I-phone. All of this has been discussed a length on multiple threads and forums on this site.
The package with the 17mm, VF-4 and EP5 is nice, but on the pricey side. I don't know if people in the US can fully appreciate it. What does an entry level Nikon or Sony go for with a kit lens?
The wimp factor--should have featured it with a Hog instead of a Vespa. Put a Harley sticker on the camera and you can double the price of the camera.