Sony user here: kudos to Samsung for this incredible product. It's not what I need, but this is a great push for innovation in this stale field.
JurijTurnsek: XC10 has that 12 mp sensor going for it, since only 8 mp is used for video and that's exactly 4K.
But if you have the processing power, a downsampled full-sensor read 20+ mp sensor will produce a better image. Even (downsampled) Sony a7R can hold it's own against a7S for stills, but cannot compete in video, since it is not sampling the whole sensor.
To conclude, read the whole sensor, have a lot of mpx and downsample them. Also don't forget a constant aperture power-zoom lens, since you are targeting ENG use.
I was not applauding Canon, actually just the opposite.
I remember when Canon released their HG10 camcorder with only a 2mpx sensor that would bring you superior HD video due to larger pixels, but in reality it didn't bring much improvement at all. The same happened with 4mpx camera modules from HTC.
photo_rb: I don't think this idea of convergence is all that prophetic anymore. It was obvious 5 years ago but I think we will have to wait for 6K before it is practical.
Regarding this new Canon for drone use, it is a bit heavy considering the importance of every little bit of weight. What is even more important is if there is any weigh shift while remotely zooming. I haven't checked the specs so I don't know. But anything that can throw off the delicate gimbal balance is a no-no.
If camera makers want their devices to be drone-worthy, they should pay careful attention to connectivity, both video output and control adjustment. For example Sony's NEX cameras are ideally suited for UAV's because of their size but you have to convert the HDMI output to AV in order to transmit it to the operators screen. And firing the shutter or activating video is not a simple process.
Wifi is fine but will it work at the distances these drones can be from the operator?
AFAIK the lens has no power-zoom and remote zooming is out of question?
XC10 has that 12 mp sensor going for it, since only 8 mp is used for video and that's exactly 4K.
Krich13: "We couldn't detach the lens from this a7 to check its weight without the camera, ..."
And what pervented you from checking the lens weight WITH the camera and then subtracting the camera weight?
It is subjective weighing - they probably did not bring a scale along and the most they could claim is "the lens does not weight a lot for it's size".
You shouldn't think so little of the staff.
Impressive specs, but overheating could be a real concern in such a small body. Hope this won't be the case and I hope to see Sony's reaction soon.
Kudos to Samsung.
Who are the people that will buy the 7.8 million compact cameras? I imagine that most of them are not the high-end models.
Donnie G: To all of you techies who say that you can already do, with equipment you already own, everything that the Canon CS100 is suppose to do, I say you are absolutely right. I can too. However, the CS100 isn't designed for you and me. It's made for the billions of low tech and no tech folks out there who used to buy billions of disposable and cheap P&S cameras before the camera phone came along. Those non-photographers are still out there, and that's where the potential sales are for this device. Would I buy this device for myself? No! But, my photography and tech challenged friends and family members might buy several. There are billions of them and only a few hundred million of us techies. Is Canon on to something, or on something? Time will tell. :)
These people have had to come up with a storage/viewing solution by now and know better. I think cloud storage is better suited for them (and smart TVs have the apps required for viewing), since it is probably more reliable than a single HDD copy of unique files.
GlobalGuyUSA: If Canon integrates NFC to all its cameras, or some other transfer language, including its DSLRS, this could make sense. But I could see it quickly becoming log jammed. Does NFC allow very large data to transfer quickly?
It would be nice to come home, set the camera on this thing, and just let it upload the photos for me. I'm not saying itse necessary, when theres a perfectly good USB 3.0 cable or reader. I'm just saying, that it'd be nice.
NFC is used only to transmit Wi-fi log-on information (quick pairing, no typing necessary). The actual file transfer is done over Wi-fi.
Thoughts: Any other companies has come up with such idea?
If not, this is innovation from Canon.
All storage companies offer some kind of "connected" external discs with software that makes viewing photos, video or anything else on a TV easy as pie. This is not innovation, this is dumbing down an available product and marketing it.
MPA1: Shame they could not get a second card slot in.
I wonder how people would react to an additional microSD slot. From my experience, they are not slower from SD cards at all and you could use it as a mirror exclusively. On the other hand, battery life would take another hit.
Jogger: Better to have an RX100/G7X type compact that you keep as you upgrade phones and such.
The lens extends, so you are not going to fool anyone.
JurijTurnsek: There is still room for A7 in Sony's line-up. Some people don't need IBIS and are happy with the low price and lower weight and bulk, excellent performance of the original A7. Maybe Sony will prolong its productions as it did with the RX100 series.
I was thinking in the lines of people who mostly shoot below 1/100 shutter speed and would be happy to purchase a used A7, now that a lot of them are going on the market.
There is still room for A7 in Sony's line-up. Some people don't need IBIS and are happy with the low price and lower weight and bulk, excellent performance of the original A7. Maybe Sony will prolong its productions as it did with the RX100 series.
dbenyakar: After all this great spec they are still using that really bad NP-FW50 battery? Its useless!!
I quite like their dedication to keep the battery the same - as battery density increases with the now increased pressure for electric cars with a longer range, the battery will be improved (in the same shelll) and still compatible with all their e-mount cameras (excluding the PRO video).
maxnimo: I was just browsing the GoPro website and apparently all their cameras have a fixed super wide-angle lens. They don't even mention the focal length, nor do they give you a choice. They must think everyone wants, needs and loves super-distorted ultra wide angle views.
This probably explains why all GoPro videos look so terribly distorted.
"Eyes rolling in disbelief!"
Wide lenses are exactly what you need in a cam like this. But, if you are trying to use it as a "normal camera", you can easily change the FOV:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KItJRr9Hlo
jnd: Doesn't look all that special, 60 MB/s and faster cards have been there for some time and I use one for raw video capture with Magic Lantern. I guess with the 4K stamp it will sell better although you can use fine exisiting non-4K cards.
I believe you are confusing minimum constant write speed of with the top possible write speed.
Price seems very reasonable for these specs. Kudos to Transcend, I shall remain a loyal customer.
iliasb: Any info on pricing?
319€ in Slovenia.
JurijTurnsek: This interview read like a dream. All of the answers were straight to the point and very realistic (not some CEO vague crap). Since I'm a Sony NEX user, I'd really like them to take some notes.
Video features keep me with Sony.