Antimateria: A58 IS a DSLR and is the best entry level.Photo, the best video af, no limits in live view and tilting lcd.In raw quality is excellent on hig iso too, in jpeg too for the target.Kit is good and you can use 16-80 Zeiss, the best aps-c kit.Nikon d3100?What awful piece of s........
But not everyone will like the electronic viewfinder. That's the reason I sold my otherwise excellent A57. And that transluscent mirror is terribly fragile. In fact, it's not a mirror at all, just a bit of polythene. Take GREAT care when you clean it
qwertyasdf: If I were to recommend a Canon entry DSLR to a friend, without a doubt, it will be the 550D.
I recently purchased the Canon 600d with kit lens for 399 Euros. The image quality is not a patch on my Sony NEX5n but the Canon offers far better handling and some very nice prime lenses (at reasonable prices). Now I enjoy going out and taking photos again.
peevee1: SL1 is actually a very poor choice of DSLR. Yes, it is body is smaller than other entry-level DSLRs, but not ANYWHERE small enough to hold it like a compact (the base on the right side of body is too thick to cradle it in the base of your palm), and at the same time the grip is too small to hold it like a DSLR (gripping it). And the lenses are not any smaller - it is not like it suddenly turns into a m43 camera because they made the grip a little smaller. And you pay (compared to to say T5i) for the slightly smaller size in much smaller battery giving much shorter battery life, and you lose articulated screen.Also, as usual with Canon, its sensor trails all other big sensors in image quality (both dynamic range in good light and noise in low light), even smaller m43 sensors.If you want truly small and light system (not just body), look at m43 cameras and lenses, and if you want a camera for EF lenses, look for body which can handle them well (at least 70D or 6D).
I used to have a GF1 and liked it a lot. However, I would not recommend this system to anyone. The image quality and dynamic range was very limited - I was forever getting images with totally blacked out shadows and blown highlights - even in overcast conditions! In fact, I found my Canon G9 provided better dynamic range in good light. The lenses are very expensive and some are of poor build quality. Personally, I would recommend the Sony NEX series with the new Sony 35mm.
I quite liked the SL1 with a 40mm pancake. But you are right, the body is too small for typical DSLR-sized lenses. I think even the canon 35mm f2 or the 28mm f2.8 would be too big for it.
A good overview but we all have our favourites. I really want to replace my G9 because it is so old but every time I use it I don't see the reason why. It really is a terrific camera and proves to me that 1,7 inch is more than big enough to make great photos.
VaLeX: Too many skeptics around here. Obviously, you savy gear-heads, this camera is not for you. But it might have a good consequence even for you. The fact that the camera has a control ring around the lens is great. The consequence of these cameras (Oly ZX1, zx2, Pentax Mx1, Panasonic Lx7 etc.) is that the consumer of compact cameras, non-savy, non gear-headed can elevate his own standards, give up smaller sensors (which might disappear from the market) and require to the manufacturers more quality and functions from such cameras. In my view, the next level after phone cameras should be the 1/1.7 sensor, paired up either with such a bright lens, or with a constant bigger zoom (such as the new Stylus from Oly). Anything else between these is unjustified, given the quality of phone cameras nowadays.
But for many mobile phone users there will be no "next level up". Mobiles offer more than good enough image quality for 10 x 15 prints and many apps such as Snapseed, PS Touch or Art Studio offer a far more efficient way to manipulate images than PS 6, for example. Also, the output from the Lumia 1020 is already on a par with 1,7 inch sensors. Where will we be 3 years from now?
That the Lumia offers pretty good image quality has been clear from the available samples for quite some time. I do not think you need a comparison like this. Rather, you need to focus on what you can do with a mobile camera and the related apps like Snapseed or Photoshop Touch. Surely the point about mobile photography is that the camera is only part of the package. So minisculing like this (for that is what this is) helps nobody.
This is the sort of camera that makes me love mobile photography.
liquid stereo: Deck chairs on the titanic...
Oly/Pana/Fuji/Sony: Here are different/better offerings — ergo, sensor size, solution size, high ISO performance, etc. — at a lower price.
Nikon: Here's one of our cams — same features, in an angled body — for the same (high) price.
Canon: What's all this then?
Canon: LOL! Look at our sales!
Segaman: hey guys DSLR are going to be a rare breed, the stats are telling us that in the next five years, things will be hard, so lets keep the spirit alive, specially for Nikon, which I love their products!Christopher Chute from market intelligence firm IDC predicts Nikon may be out of business in 5 years if the trend continues.
“You’re talking about a 10-15% decline in DSLR shipments all over the world. Which is kind of shocking because that market’s been growing double digits for almost ten years. Nikon recently said they have a five year plan to address this. And my view is, that five year plan should have come out five years ago. They’re not going to be around in five years.”http://www.eoshd.com/content/11409/consumer-dslrs-dead-5-years
I keep reading that DSLRs are dying out but what I see contradicts that. On the contrary, I very often see young people - women especially - wielding Canon DSLRS. This leads me to think that they are becoming increasingly fashionable (maybe because they are considered "retro"). By contrast I very rarely see people using a M4/3 or mirrorless camera. I myself bought a Canon 600D at the wacko price of 399 Euros from MediaMarkt recently. I have to say, I far prefer using it to my Sony NEX5n, even though the latter has a more powerful sensor. Still, the Canon's output is more than good enough for me - and seems noticeably sharper as well (especially with the excellent 40mm pancake).
A sheep in a wolf's body...
Mirrorless Crusader: Great photo but you should have flipped it horizontally. The human eye moves naturally from left to right, which is the opposite direction this photo is leading us.
Doesn't it depend on the subject? In this case, it is the viking, which is (correctly) on the right side. If the train lights were on the right, we would have to look down to the left. As it is, I see the viking, the seagull and then - oh sh*t, there's a train coming... (should Photoshop some tracks in there)
Filter apps are ok - it is much easier than using the clunky old "Actions" on Photoshop. Saying that, you only really need Pixlr Express and Snapseed.
Art Studio and ProCreate are two exceptionally good apps. LensFlare and Repix offer some great effects - the likes of which you cannot get easily on Photoshop. I like Photoshop Touch also (the ability to send an image from phone to tablet is really good). Filterstorm is powerful but I need practice with the interface. Point is, there is still an opening for a REALLY comprehensive photo manipulation package on tablets. And Apple really should start offering some sophisticated digital pen support.
I find it very difficult to love my Ipad 4. It is too heavy and awkward to handle. Dust has entered the screen and scratches have appeared from nowhere. The operating system is also embarassingly simple. (The eco-system on the other hand, is magnificent.) As soon as Microsoft gets it stuff together, I'm off.
Seeing as you can get a Sony NEX5n with its bigger (and really excellent) sensor for less than 500 euros, how many units does Olympus expect to sell?
Why is this "fashion photography"? I see only a woman in an old coat, black dress and some blurke gurning. My old man always insisted that photography was a con, and this just proves him right.
2001: When I bought my G9 it was the compact camera of choice., it could shoot raw, it had full manual controls and a magnesium aloy body. It was one of a few compacts a professional photographer considered. This was in 2007. For me this is where my interest in the G series ended, although still excellent cameras , compact iLCs with aps c sensors and interchangeable lenses and being able to use old Lieca , Contax and Angenieux lenses via adapter for the same price as G series camera ended my enchantment. I remember the outrage when the G7 didn't shoot raw. Given that the new bodies are plastic, the price is high and the sensors are small and they are made for professionals who are aware of all this, I wonder how they even sell at all. The blunders of the EOS M and now this ? Can't Cannon at least put an aps-c sensor to at least make it worth looking at ? Cannon has more than proven they make excellent ones. can't imagine buying this camera, I think others feel the same. 9 fps per second is nice but not enough of a rationale to get the camera. Is Cannon asleep? Is a stubborn moron in market research holding everyone hostage at Cannon ? Are they trying to lose a lot of money and reap the rewards of an obscure subsidy or stock option of some kind? I really can't account for any reasons Canon has for making an obsolanete camera and figure out why anyone would want to buy it? I remember when Canon made the best cameras on the market from the 1980's until now. Nikon and Sony are catching up and in some ways even surpassing Canon. Canon's response seems to be bending over backwards to fail. Hopefully Canon will wake up, otherwise the mid 2000's will be remembered as a once great maker a remembered fondly in spite of it's failures like a Voightlandänder and the German camera industry before they lost out to the Japanese in the early 70's
I still use my G9. It's a great camera.
Why all the fanfares? The Samsung Galaxy S4 has an excellent panorama function as well. Was there an article entitled "Why I can't stop taking Galaxy S4 Panoramas?"
The fact is, the Iphone looks nice but enthusiasts need a bigger screen and image stablisation. On a recent visit to Russia, I used my Samsung S4 more than my Sony NEX5n but really, image stablisation is a must in low light. The only problem with the Lumia 1020 / 925 is that the apps are so sparse. Why no Snapseed, Photoshop Touch etc? Tragic...
limlh: I think there is a definite improvement. Image from Iphone 5s looks like it comes from a real camera and not a phone. Nokia Lumia 1020 looks very good as well. Sony Xperia Z and Samsung S4 look terrible.
Have to disagree. The Iphone 5 looks better. Compare the cards and colour circle towards the top right. The card next to the Queen of Spades looks cleaner and better defined on the Iphone 5. Look again at the threads. The Iphone 5s has slightly better thread definition, but the colours are off, with red looking like orange (skin colour on the unshaven caucasian is also orange) and the black-white inscriptions are clearer on the Iphone 5. So, definitely not an improvement - objectively speaking.
That Sony RX100II is really very good. But since I realised the joy of LoFi photography, all I need is my Samsung Galaxy S4.
That's pretty expensive, Samsung...