The Silver Nemesis: What I find very intersting on this site is how (some) people owning the camera equivalent of a Lamborghini are expressing their point(s) of view about a VW Polo (entry level cameras). And that is...considered fair, by the...general audience.
Keep T2i, or upgrade to completely different system. Currently, there isnt any future in APS-C Canons.
Or, if you dont mind weight, get some used "pro" FF camera from Canon. Pretty much anything there is upgrade. :)
jrkliny: I am truly uncertain how to interpret this new data. When I look at the comparisons it seems that a Nikon 7200 can be pushed about +5 stops without excessive noise. The T6 sensor can be pushed about +3 stops. A couple of extra stops is clearly an improvement, but I am not sure how valuable this will be in normal use.
Also RT works just fine with most regular RAW formats. Plus you dont actually need that, there is thing called DNG converter from Adobe, which simply makes DNG (with settings as you want them) from any current RAW format.
Which you can after use with almost any RAW developing program. Including those free to use, obviously.
If someone really wants, its no problem to have only free software workflow. There are free RAW converters, RAW developers, GIMP, even free pano tools (MS ICE for example, even tho its a bit clunky).
Yea and if you compare old 40D vs SL1, you might want to cry from all that improvement. :)
By the way, 40D wins per-pixel in every aspect over SL1. :D
Funny part is that 40D is actually better than any today APS-C from Canon. In every aspect, apart mpix count. Also its made from "real stuff" (magnesium alloy mostly). Plus it has very nice colors (even while color accuracy isnt too high). But still beats today Canon colors.
Only improvements in Canon lands are in terms of AF and processing power/speed. Sensors are pretty much worse and while more mpix could help, it doesnt cause most stats for them is simply too low (or too high .. like noise :D).
Also reason why 1D X has only 18 mpix. Cause their tech simply cant make such camera work with more. If they made CPUs, they would be out of business, cause their manufacturing process is from stone era.
Exposure latitude also shows how good or bad is noise handling.. kinda important. Samsung could get little kudos for their performance with NX1.
nananananana: I wish people would stop assuming that dynamic range is a defining factor when people buy these cameras. You do realize that you can't see high dynamic range from a regular photographs. The only way Dynamic Range might matter is for people who do very heavy post editing.
We dun care about dynamic range. Stop assuming we do. What I care about is:
-COLOR ACCURACY (thank you low pass filter)-LOW WEIGHT-CONVENIENCE-GOOD JPEG QUALITY-GOOD APS-C LENS SELECTION THAT ISN'T TOO EXPENSIVE AND LIGHTWEIGHT-FREE SOFTWARE LIKE DPP-ERGONOMICS
Canon provides all the above, which is why they ship cameras.
We do not care about dynamic range or micro adjust. And by we, I mean the target audience for these cameras. People who buy these cameras have a life outside of photography, they are not pro photographers.
Hm.. interesting list.
- color accuracy (color filter array aka CFA is responsible for that, not low pass and not only that, color profile itself is needed)
Okay I care about colors a lot. Probably reason I wouldnt buy anything from Canon today. Last time they had good or even great colors was 1D/s MK3.
- low weight
Nikon or any mirrorless weight same or less
Rest no care, apart ergonomics, thats important for any camera. Compared to cameras of old, most today arent great. Last camera with "ergonomics", was probably A900 from Sony. Everything else is somewhere around okay, or not okay.
Dynamic range is important for everyone, cause it gives bit more room for user error. Whats more important is signal to noise ratio aka SNR, which in Canon case isnt great exactly, especially not in APS-C lineup (FFs are usable mostly).
Anyway.. there isnt anything worth it in Canon APS-C land. 5Ds will be interesting, but thats kinda all there is.
zsedcft: I suffer from micro 43rds syndrome - it is not having a below average size part of male anatomy (as the name would suggest), it is the constant headaches you get from prolonged time in photoshop trying to make up for the poor dynamic range offered by these small sensors.
And higher than average SNR. :D
SnakePlissken: I think the DP Merrill cameras which now sell for about £300 are the best value cameras of all time. Nothing is as pleasing as opening a Foveon file - the level of fine detail, beautiful skin tones, punchy colours etc are just wonderful.
They are quirky and bad photos look horrible, but when they hit the mark, nothing looks as impressive. And for £300 you get a small, light camera that takes images that best most DSLRs 3x the price.
I recommend checking out the photos of NoisyParadise on flickr, he often uses Sigma DP cameras with impressive results.
I hope RT will manage to finish their Foveon support. That would change a lot (I would probably get one for myself).
Pandimonium: Sigma should just make an e-mount body with a foveon sensor in it.
I think some sort of SA-E mount would be better. With lots of adapters for various manufacturers.
E-mount is flawed, due being made for APS-C and being far from perfect for FFs.
Sure Sigma probably isnt going to make FF camera like ever.. but who knows. Its good to have some backup plan.
ozturert: Sigma DPs lose in:- Speed (or slowness). I can live with slow AF, but writing RAW+JPEG on my DP2 Merrill took loooong time.- Speed (or slowness) of editing RAW files. I used Sigma's software to convert all RAWs to TIFF, then edit in ACR and PS. That took ages.- Strange blooms on bright light sources (like a sun reflection on a window, a small light source etc..)- Horrible high ISO performance. Above ISO800, the files behave worse than a 12-year DSLR.They win big time in:- Incredible detail, and in DP2's case, near-perfect lens characteristics. Incredible detail from one corner to another at f5.6, same or better performance then Sigma 50mm Art. You really use one to see this, that 30mm f2.8 lens is excellent.- Interesting color in JPEGs, and very good color accuracy in RAWs.- Very silent leaf shutter with up to 1/2000s flash sync.It's obvious what to improve, but I don't see the response from Sigma. They REALLY must license Faveon to Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony etc..
It behaves badly due ISO being pure software thing and SNR is bad even on base ISO.
Its hard to change this, cause they quite apparently are not using latest sensor tech and its still stacked sensor, which makes things really difficult (heat wise especially). Should be possible to fix via design changes and outsourcing sensor manufacturing.
Just doubt that will ever happen.
Latest series have slightly improved SNR due not being true Foveon. But Im quite unhappy with this solution, cause its loosing its reason for existing.
Wonder if they wake up and just make mirrorless.
I mean, without cutting camera apart. :D Sure thats possible.
Fotoni: No higher quality video compression. Why Samsung care so much about space saving considering the price of the camera? Fast and large memory cards are cheaper nowadays. I bet that most of the potential customers would take H.265/H.264 10-bit or Prores 10-bit anyday instead smaller video files. Post-processing is needed for high quality and it has been that way since cameras have existed.
I guess that if their pipeline compress it on-the-fly, it puts much less strain on actually writing files (means cheaper and slower cards for consumers).
Sure, it is pro camera, but its built with average Joe in mind too.
Obviously for pro's or enthusiasts having H.265 with nearly no compression would be best..
Paul Verhoeven: Samsung has really turned around things with NX1 and S-lenses for it. Instead of "me too" lackluster performance, now they sell top notch, cutting edge hardware plus constant MEANINGFUL and timely firmware updates. Bravo!
Yep, Samsung had very nice lenses even before and cameras werent bad either. Only it needed NX1 for world to take notice that Samsung is actually making some of these.. :D
tecnoworld: As far as AF is concerned, this seems a different camera! Wow, zone af is simply great. It nails focus constantly on still subjects, even in low light and backlit situations!!! I'm excited.
I'll try it with my daughter at the beach as soon as the sun comes back, but is seems ultra precise and fast. Well done!
Too bad they did not implement more new requested features, but this is a very good 'second start'.
Dpr should definitely retest the camera and improve the rating to at least 90% now.
They would need to do it with Fuji probably once per month, or how they "update" their cameras due their "Kaizen" philosophy.
Im glad Samsung is fixing this camera (and apparently improving). It had huge potential even new.
PB47: Compliments to the hand model. She's always got the best nails. And this is one snazzy camera. Seems to be pretty good value.
He has.. pink polish?
Adrian Harris: What is DFD Technology?
Kinda does, cause even low level Nikon cameras have better AF-C than almost any mirrorless. :)
But given time, even DFD tech will be pretty usable..
Mirfak: General quesion for users. If for technical reasons you had to choose between IBIS and all of the 4K functionality, which would you pick?
IBIS, but I care for neither actually.:D
ddtwenty: So much anticipation for in-body imagestabilizaer.
IBIS is slightly overestimated. With longer lens (where you really need some sort of stabilisation almost always) its pretty much useless.
Thoughts R Us: How many people who buy a Monochrom are going to use the Photos app anyway? It's oriented towards very basic consumers. I would imagine the customer base for the Monochrom would be using something like Lightroom.
Pretty much. If they will use it at all. :D
Mescalamba: Selection of RAW files, well thats something you should keep for the future guys. I always prefer to be able to "touch" RAW files before trying or byuing anything. At least as long as they are shot without too many mistakes..
Reason why I for example like focus-numerique, or photographyblog reviews. Even tho both are sometimes quite lacking in that "properly taken shot" department.
And about files itself. Very very good. Much better then expected (considering nearly nothing is shot on base ISO!).
Selection of RAW files, well thats something you should keep for the future guys. I always prefer to be able to "touch" RAW files before trying or byuing anything. At least as long as they are shot without too many mistakes..