Donald B: what is wrong with DPR cant you put the resolution of the Vf ? same as the g3 no figures. also would be nice if you could tell us weather the hdmi is playback only ? or live view !
The database didn't have a category for viewfinder resolution. One has now been added. I shall look forward to populating it.
abortabort: The screen aspect ratios are wrong for the A65 and A77 (and presumably A57). The A33/55/35 all had 16:9 screens, the newer SLTs are 4:3.
You're absolutely right - I should have checked, rather than trusting the spec list I was given.
ThePhilips: DPR, how deep in your review pipeline the NX20 is? When one approximately can expect it?
No pancake kits though is a bummer.
We haven't been sent a camera yet, so it's not even in the queue yet, I'm afraid.
ET2: In the intro page's comparison, you list , "Continuous shooting rate (no AF)" That's not true. A77/A65/A57 all do continuous AF in 12//10/12 fps mode.
We've seen a series of different specs from Sony on this. We're waiting for clarification.
VipinJoshi: Finally, the Tilt LCD of A33 makes a comeback in the entry level model, the LCD Size & Resolution reduces though. Have been using the A57 for quite a while now and the low light High ISO JPEGs are mind boggling! They seem to outperform almost everything from Canon & Nikon, barring the Full Frames.
The icing on the cake is the SAM 18-135 bundle (across the range), making for a versatile kit at at amazing price. The (exceptional) EXMOR sensor finally gets a better lens to show its true colours (pun intended), as the 18-55 quality wasn't upto the sensor's potential.
Haven't been this surprised since i saw the Olympus OMD-E5 samples. The features set seems exactly the same as the (amazing) A57, which is a good thing. This one looks like a segment beater to me.
Jefftan: Is that 225 gram including battery correct?It maybe without battery
You're right - someone had entered the 'excluding' battery figure. I've just updated it.
Sorry, I mis-described speed priority mode in the table. It's now been fixed. We're still waiting for clarification on the number of effective dots in the viewfinder - the specs on our page are consistent with the latest information provided by Sony.
Stollen1234: its a good camera
this Grand Prix is just a Japanese event
Well, except the International judges who have their input.
peevee1: Fujifilm makes Leicish move. At $350, you can buy a whole new camera with 28mm eq lens.
You'd struggle to find one with an APS-C sensor, for that, though.
jaykumarr: In final words ('Good For') this should be changed to refers this camera HX200 instead of panny's FZ150
//The ultimate 'general purpose' camera, the FZ150's versatile 24X zoom lens is just as capable when it comes to wideangle landscapes as it is for extreme telephoto shots//
of course, this comment may be removed after correction is made.
Is there any chance you're comparing the camera to the FZ150? If you are, it'll replace the text at the bottom.
justinwonnacott: does this work with LR4?
LR doesn't use the ACR plugin, though both ACR and LR are based on the same processing engine. There's already a second release candidate of LR 4.1 that includes these cameras, I think.
Jokica: Page 2, Specification:Digital zoom Yes (60x)Shouldn`t it beDigital zoom Yes (2x) ?
That should now be fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.
photo nuts: More previews from DPReview...
Where are the actual (camera and lens) reviews that were promised a year ago? Sigh...
Lens reviews are on hiatus (as you know). We hope to restart them in the next few months. No promises were made a year ago.
Reviews have continued at the same rate as usual - they take a long time but there are two big reviews coming soon. Previews are usually written at the cost of news, not at the cost of reviews.
Marty4650: Hey... lets be honest.
A camera optimized for black and white photography is news.A "special commemorative designer edition" for $25,000 isn't news at all.
Leica is famous for grinding out special editions that only differ in two ways from their regular editions... "they cost a lot more" and are "very exclusive."
Dpreview needs to get off their Leica worship kick. These are just repackaged cameras, offering nothing new or innovative. This website should be about cameras, not about marketing methods of squeezing more money out of people who have too much money for their own good.
The only "news" here is that a few fools will order these overpriced kits.
You cannot separate cameras and marketing. All products are (and need to be) a combination of engineering and marketing. To understand why a product exists and offers the features it does, you need to understand who the company thinks it's selling it to, and how.
We concentrated our coverage on the more interesting cameras, and gave less coverage to the rebadged and repackaged ones, just as we do for every brand. So I don't see how that suddenly equates to 'Leica worship.'
It's not as if these came at the expense of other cameras being announced. And, to be clear, no review was interrupted to provide the coverage.
Unless you're suggesting we shouldn't cover Leica at all?
jaysonmc: Looking at the samples: detail certainly looks good, dynamic range seems a generation back as well as the metering. Seems like a tough sell to "photographers" at $8000. I would have expected higher DR and a cheap (though slightly) going with an all Monochrome camera. I am failing to see the benefit here, except in increased detail. A Shame.
It isn't a manual-only camera - it offers P, A and S modes, just as most other modern cameras do. At which point metering is a valid concern (though it must be stressed this is a pre-production camera, and metering may yet be adjusted).
raoul821: maybe I'm wrong, look too fast, but exposition seems really tricky.I guess CCD just don't have enough DR (it's quite impossible to clip a Tmax for example)
Exposure is difficult. Leica's product manager points out that you have to treat it like slide film - anything you clip is gone for good.
DaveCS: I'm surprised no one's been (and DP Review as well) talking/posting about the new 50mm Summicron that was also released today... APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH - all for the low low price of $7,195 USD..... ya.. 50mm... f2... (mind you it's almost distortion free)
We will be, once we've had a chance. We only got the press materials recently, so we covered the cameras first.
walnist: There are many technical advantages for a pure monochrome sensor.Having no bandpass filters means each pixel will be able to capture more light, and the sensor coating could be optimized to enhance sensitivity in a certain spectrum (like for IR cameras for example).
Having no bayer array, the effective resolution is at least doubled (like on a Foveon sensor), and this is further enhanced by the lack of low pass (anti alias - moirè) filter.
So by having a monochrome sensor, theoretically you should achieve lower noise, higher sensitivity (iso) and much higher per pixel sharpness.
Then again, Leica's sensor technology is a bit outdated by today's standards.But I like the idea.
I'm surprised the preview doesn't explain this.
brudy: "Leica hasn't made any further concessions to digital with the M-Monochrom "
I'm not sure how having manual controls has anything to do with concessions to digital. That statement makes no sense. And why fix what isn't broken?
Beyond the primary controls, Leica hasn't done much to offer access to the controls you might want to access on a digital camera.
Zigmont: It would be interesting to take identical B&W photos with the Leica and with another good "normal" camera; say a Nikon D800 and compare the differences.
I'm also thinking that web resolution isn't showing us what the camera is really capable of in the hands of an experienced B&W photographer who also remembers how to best print B&W!
The full-size files are available for download from the gallery (click on the link marked 'original'