Artistico: Yes, this is the must-have thing for a camera since there is no way I'll be able to cope if I can't share all my unadjusted images almost instantly on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr - my friends would love their timelines filling up with that. Preferably they should be up there just as I trigger the shutter - no, even before I take the picture would be ideal so I could look it up there myself before bringing out my camera to see if a picture was worth taking. Someone should invent a time machine Eye-Fi card so I could do that.
Not to mention it is too much hard work actually taking the SD card out of my camera and inserting it in the card slot on my computer to import my photos that way. I mean: who does that anymore? I read a review of an Eye-Fi card and it says you can "get rid of a ton of messy cables". Who doesn't want to get rid of literally a ton of messy cables, right?
"who does that anymore?"At least, me...
"Who doesn't want to get rid of literally a ton of messy cables, right?"
Uploading an UHS SD card with a fast internal card reader to a laptop is MUCH faster than WIFI and does not need messy cables at all and largely compensate for the (ridiculously short) time lost to switch the SD card from the camera to the laptop...
Paul_R_H: I just bought a camera with wi fi - a Lumix GM1. The interface is shockingly incomprehensible, the instructions are hopeless, and the connection itself is slow to establish and prone to dropping out. Given that the Mobi card depends on the host camera for its menus I'd be surprised if it's all that easy to use. And it won't go directly to a laptop without, again, an absence of sensible menus. Tell me, what was wrong with a USB wire anyway? Or just popping out the SD card and popping it into a reader? Except for social media sharing via a phone when you have no laptop handy, I just don't see the point. And even for that purpose you can buy SD to iPhone/iPad readers.
"Except for social media sharing via a phone when you have no laptop handy, I just don't see the point."Setting aside pro photographers who needs to instantly review an enlarged picture of their shots, Geeks like wireless connections...It is the future for them even if it drains batteries of their cameras and mobile devices... ;-)Personally, I give priority to battery life.
mpgxsvcd: F3.2-6.9 lens is all I needed to see. NEXT!
Maybe I am wrong but diffraction is only related to the physical iris diameter. This diameter is the same at wide and tele ends, wide open.Thus if diffraction effect is not noticable at wide angle wide open there should be no reason it is not the same at tele end wide open.
Philip Sm: If Fuji are listening, I would like them do something about the RAW size 31mb's for a 16 megapixel camera.
They need to have option so it can be smaller or be able to determine if you want 12 or 14 bit output.
Some photos people would not need the whole 16mp but only want the raw at say 8 or 10mp
MR Fuji - Listen I would absolutely buy it but 31mp raw TOOOOOOO big!
My 14MP Samsung NX11 produces 28MB RAW files...Extracting the JPEG "thumbnail" with DCRAW shows it is a full-res high-quality JPEG file of about 6.5 MB ! Thus shooting RAW+JPEG just gives you twice the JPEG file. The only difference I noticed between the two JPEG file is the "thumbnail" version contains a reduced set of EXIF data.
@gskolenda : big RAW file also means bigger and faster SD card and camera processor to achieve a decent burst rate. It also means more battery power. And in the end, more money...
tkbslc: How come Canon can build a $250 22mm f2 with a metal body and sharp optics, but Olympus wants double that? (3-4x given the current $125 street price of 22mm). And the Canon 22mm is nearly half the length of the 25mm.
m4/3 has some great lens options, they just all seem priced about double what I'd expect.
"It can be either of two things. They do not have the economy of scale or they are just profiteering."It is neither of two things, it is both ! ;-)
Lux Painter: The 25mmf1.8 sounds like an awesome lens and was long overdue. And based on Olympus reputation of building great lenses it should have a stellar performance.
But the price tag of $400 (twice the price of a full frame 50mmf1.8 lens) must be a sick joke!
Maybe Olympus is trying to ruin their m43 biz completely.
Twice the price ? In Europe it will be 4 times the price !400 euros for the 25mm F1.8 lens when the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 MKII sells for 100 euros... Totally crazy !I can buy a SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 DC HSM EX for less than 400 euros too, and it is not an "old" lens. Well, that is not for the same usage, but the Sigma is certainly a much more complex design.I am aware the sales volume of the Canon 50mm is certainly "stellar" compared to the Zuiko 25mm to come... Thus the price difference.I am tempted to give the M43 system a try, but cost still keeps me away from it.
EricAotearoa: Wonderful, the Olympus download program can not run on Microsoft Surface computers, well the RT version anyway. Absolutely great.
Why does Olympus not make the firmware available as a downloadable file to be copied on the SD card ? Then turn the camera on, select "fimware update", click OK and "Roule ma poule !" Process compatible with ANY operating system... No need for a proprietary USB cable...Too simple ? Or Olympus is afraid of possible firmware hack ?
I like these pics. And I also like to read negative comments and critics : this is the proof I live in a free country, not a totalitarian one with forums full of positive and politically correct comments only...
Jonathan F/2: Better off getting an E-M1 and have the awesome 5 axis IBIS.
@Rob Sims & ZhanMInG12,IBIS can be turned on when focusing manually and reduces the effect of camera shake on the live view. It really helps at magnified view.
retro76: The one thing I cannot figure out: Reviewers absolutely love Fuji cameras, but consumers do not - why is that ?
Maybe the answer is simple : excellent for reviewers but expensive for customers ?
stevens37y: Better to make such a thing than watching the TV every evening.
@Press CorrespondentInstead, you can build something useful yourself rather than watching TV. It is even much better...
dagobah: DOF doesn't look different for f1.2 vs. f1.4. They also meter the same (200 iso, 1/2500s). Very slight difference in DOF comparing f1.2 to f1.8. Most sensors don't record the light past a certain aperture (due to the physical shape of the electronic pixel well), so that may be about f1.6 or f1.4 for gh3.
There is a reason why the shots at F1.2 and F1.4 have the same shutter speed for same ISO. Apart from the fact that the ratio between 1.4 and 1.2 is just a little bigger than 1/3 EV, and if we assume the diameter of the iris matches the theorical aperture value, stopping down a little bit from full aperture only stops the peripheral rays where the lens is generally darker due to vignetting. It would be complicated to modify the relationship between the iris diameter and the theorical aperture value to compensate for the vignetting. The small over or under exposure does not worth it.
I am not impressed by this not so shallow DOF...
Karroly: Samsung designs LCD, AMOLED displays and sensors. Why not design square sensors and displays to be put into a camera that can frame horizontally or vertically without the need to rotate it ? The result would not be so ugly, bulky, heavy and most probably would be cheaper, IMHO...
@Scottelly,"It also adds another camera to the Samsung stable."You are right because this one is a beast !More seriously, what looking "so cool and professional" has to do with photography ?And a square sensor plus a bigger battery will not make a camera that big. And it adds another camera to the Samsung stable too...
orion1983: what´s THAT? shall look like a FF-DSLR at first glance or what? Looks like you can better build a wall with such cams instead of putting it in a reasonable bag :D All this 1/2.33"-60x-zoom-crap instead of a 2/3"-20x-zoom with a good IQ....but a company that also sells SLRs will never give us what they really COULD do in respect of a pro-bridges i assume.....
@2eyesee,A joke ? Is there any camera with a faster 1200mm equivalent lens ?
whtchocla7e: Wow, it has physical controls. Samsung, what are you doing..!?!?
@b craw,I own an NX11 and I never use the iFn button. Because everything I can access with it, already have a dedicated button and is accessed with a SINGLE click rather than pressing the iFn button several times. But I miss the OIS switch of the first versions of the kit lenses, and the Samsung designers forgot to give to the user the possibility to program the iFn button to toggle the OIS on or off...
Samsung designs LCD, AMOLED displays and sensors. Why not design square sensors and displays to be put into a camera that can frame horizontally or vertically without the need to rotate it ? The result would not be so ugly, bulky, heavy and most probably would be cheaper, IMHO...
Richard Murdey: The collapsible lens is a tradeoff. Smaller, but you have to press a button and twist to unlock it before its ready to use. In addition to turning on the camera.
Locking the lens is not mandatory, you know...You can also turn the camera on with you right hand while AT THE SAME TIME unlock the lens with your left hand...But maybe you are not multithreaded photographers...
photo nuts: Panasonic 14-42 kit lens weighs 95 g and Canon 18-55 IS kit already weighs ~ 200 g, so not much weight savings here. As for collapsible design, I was expecting to see something more pancake-like such as the Panasonic 14-42 lens. Not happening either. Sigh.
@BarnETI think you did not catch Photo nuts' meaning. I personnally understand this : He does not see the 195 g of this Nikon lens versus the 200 g of the Canon 18-55 kit lens as a significant weight reduction and, as the Nikon is a collapsible lens, he was expecting a weight somewhat closer to the Panasonic 14-42...
But the Pana is for smaller sensor, so there are no chances for the same kind of lens design for APS-C sensor to be as small and light as for M4/3...
samfan: Any idea if the camera can turn on and off automatically depending on whether the lens is locked? Does the camera refuse to take pictures when the lens is locked? I don't know, I feel this design is kinda weird for DSLRs.
It works for N1 because the N1 cameras switch on automatically when the lens is extended, but with DSLRs I'm kinda used to just flip a switch and have it immediately be ready to take pics without further fumbling.
Also the lens name is confusing... G II, which reminds of the older pre-VR G II. They could call it G III or add some descriptor.
I think you are not obliged to lock the lens if you want to get ready to shoot quickly...