1. Is this really an original idea?and/or2. Are these photographs great?
Peter Del: I am looking forward to seeing pictures taken with the 9mm, to see how much distortion there is. The angle of view is 140 degrees as opposed to the 7.5mm Samyang, which is 180 degrees! My 9-18 is 100 at the wide end.Peter Del
Naveed, yes it is possible to correct the distortion:http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3373069http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3150131
ekaton: And the recipe is: pets, small children and lots of photoshop - and many will like all these real life shots. Not my cup of tea. Too obvious an exercise to push the "uuuhhhh oooohhhh how sweet grandmother buttons". By the way the world we are living in these days, at least in some parts of it, would probably react very differently if the very same pics were taken by a man.
What critique? I saw instructions how almost anyone could take similar shots if they wanted. That is not critique, that is demoting the value of the work. This kind of comment is only valuable, if it comes from a person who actually has done the same, and thus have some photos to show. Otherwise, to me, that person does not understand what photography is all about.
superstar905: Conclusion - Cons■Poor noise reduction■JPEG rendering of yellows a bit washed out■Electronic shutter can produce banding under artificial light■Video resolution tops out at 1080 30p■Default dynamic range settings produce slight highlight clipping■Slow 1/50 flash sync speed
Don't know about you, but the cons I highlighted above should have carried enough weight to knock the award to silver. I removed the battery con but thats another one, you need 2 - 3 batteries to run this thing for an event at best.
Most of the cons are related to JPEG shooting. OK, there is banding in electronic shutter, but how many cameras actually HAVE electronic shutter? AFAIK, video quality has not been criticized, but rather the video specifications (there is no 1080 60p). Actually, that specification does not mean much. You don't make conclusions based on pixel count alone, do you? Panasonic video is known to be one of the best, if not the best on interchangeable lens cameras. The flash sync speed seems to be the only real con, but hey, there is a flash on that tiny camera!
This is Canon saying to their loyal customers that "you cannot live without PDAF" and that "mirrorless system cameras are toys".
This is partly true: If you MUST have a Canon and you want to be even a little serious, then you need to use PDAF because Canon CDAF is absolutely TERRIBLE, and you need to get a DSLR, because Canon mirrorless system cameras ARE toys.
What's wrong with me? I kinda want one!
ericsan: Big disappointment as i was ready to move from DSLR to MFT...A new body with an older sensor...same as Canon recycling years after years it's 18 MPIX sensor on various bodies...What's wrong with these brands and their policies of "minimum innovation"will wait for the new Olympus bodies coming shortly and decide to make the move or not !!
By innovation do you mean the sensor technology? In terms of innovation, I find far more important concept the following: mirrorless system camera, short flange back distance, electronic shutter, EVF, fully articulating screen, touch screen (touch focus), WiFi, power zoom lenses, excellent manually controlled video, face recognition, PDAF that works in video, focus tracking across any part of the image, small lenses, software correction of aberrations, multi-aspect ratio sensor, stepless aperture control on a system camera lens... Of course Panasonic was not the first to introduce all of this, but you can't claim them not for being innovative. The innovations from other manufacturers includes IBIS, translucent mirror, PDAF on sensor, customizable adjustment ring in lens and focus peaking... Please, feel free to upgrade the lists.
ivan1973: I thought there is a build in vibration-based dust removal?
Sure there is: http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d600/features01.htm (see the second paragraph: Nikon's Integrated Dust Reduction System with Image Sensor Cleaning function).
The problem is that dust removal is not perfect even for dust, and does not help for oil or other liquid/sticky materials.
Lyndsay Williams: I designed the original version of this, Sensecam for Microsoft, in 1999. for people with memory problems and dementia. I wonder why this version is is so expensive? We always had the problem that the temperature sensor measures close to the temperature of the user (as on chest) not the ambient temperature. I wonder how this has been solved.
Measuring temperature of the temperature sensor at +/- 2 Celcius (4 Fahrenheit) accuracy is relatively easy. A calibrated sensor that is guaranteed to measure it's own temperature at +/- 1 C-deg (2 F-deg) costs quite a bit. Measuring air temperature at 1 C-deg (2 F-deg) accuracy additionally requires a shielded and ventilated system around the sensor.
It may be that the temperature measurement is quite accurate, but properly interpreting it may be quite challenging.
jhinkey: Ugh - no true 16:9 ratio with a multi-aspect ratio sensor. As someone who shoots a lot of landscapes and is looking for something more compact than my FX DSLR this camera just became much less desirable.
Perhaps, since they say this is "video optimized" they will release some other m43 camera that keeps the multi-aspect sensor capability?
A GH2 may be the way to go or the OM-D just became much more attractive.
Multi-aspect (or normal 16:9) sensor is important especially for video. Cropping from 4:3 to 16:9 makes no sense at all!
technic: interesting to have so much choices for a quality compact. Seems to me that Sony stretched the limits of optics a bit too much with their RX100 (frequent decentering issues, soft corners, low closeup image quality). The XF1 retro design isn't my taste, but 25mm WA is a nice extra compared to the 28mm of RX100 (and XZ-1/XZ-2). Will be interesting to see how the lens performs, compared to RX100, XZ1 (with its great lens but smaller sensor) and S100 (even smaller but also a bit compromised lens).
If the lens performs well wide open, I'm almost forgiving that it is so freaking slow. F4.2 at 50mm-equiv. Seriously?
VideoSam: Panasonic's CDAF has come a long way since the G1. From what I gather, and after taking over 80,000 photos with my GH2, the G5 looks even faster than the flagship GH2. Makes me excited for the GH3 around the corner!
The bottom line is that G1 AF is much faster than the hybrid AF on 650D (based on these videos and my experience with G1).
The Panasonic site is showing shots of just one photographer with no prior experience of the gear he is using. It does not make sense to judge him or the gear by comparing his shots to the best shots of all the others. Even comparing portfolios of 100 best photos taken by a photographer at the Olympics would not be fair, because it's crucial to know your gear.
By the way, in my opinion Dean has succeeded pretty well. I'm expecting more action photos as he is getting used to the system. Maybe he will take more less challenging shots with narrow depth of field, as well.
alanmushnick: what is banding?
Banding is geometrical noise, typically horizontal or vertical lines. It looks very ugly, and although theoretically it should be easy to remove, practically not many software can do it.
I find it remarkable that Canon is trying to close the gap between mirrorless cameras and DSLRs by bringing tech from mirrorless to DSLRs. When did mirrorless go by?
P.S. I know they both have edge in somewhat different purposes.
Sorry if I'm stupid, but what does it do? How does it differ from normal tripod plate? What does 'universal' mean in this case?
Pentax can't lose much with this camera. They don't need to develop a completely new lens setup. At least they are offering a different option to the mirrorless market. And let's face it, AF speed is not everything (as long as it is less than a second).
On the other hand, what kind of products are they planning to sell after 5 years?
MarcMedios: All things being equal, I think I would buy a Canon G1 rather than this camera. The lack of viewfinder on what is supposed to be an almost-DSLR camera is troubling
Panasonic also offers cameras with a viewfinder, you know? How about Panasonic Lumix G3? It's pretty much similar and has been available for some time already.
Bart Hickman: 300mm/F6.3 on micro 4/3 = 600mm/F12.6 on full frame or 400mm/F8.4 on APS-C. Doesn't sound so amazing to me.
A FF sensors allows you to push up ISO and by assuming that noise only depends on the intensity of light at the sensor you get that you will get equally noisy image with f/6.3 with MFT as you would get with f/12.6 on FF. Anyway, on a normal bright day, you can use this lens handheld at ISO 100 while camera shake not being a problem.
jj74e: are our eyes even able to perceive that much resolution?
not to mention, wouldn't that slow down refresh rates? people have highly acclaimed sony, panasonic, olympus, and fujifilm viewfinders. certainly they could be better, but performance is more important than resolution now IMO, and I would rather save a few hundred bucks than get the ultimate EVF display
eyewundr, in many cases contrast detect auto-focus (used in live view) is actually better than the phase-detect auto-focus (the 'optical' solution), when considering entry level or mid-range cameras. They are both accurate enough (but CDAF is more accurate), they are both fast enough (but PDAF is in general faster), PDAF is far better when the distance of the subject from the camera is changing but CDAF is not limited by the number of focus points, so it can keep the focus on the subject as it moves along the frame.
It's like arguing which are better, apples or oranges. The same goes with the whole OVF vs. EVF discussion.