I never thought I would say that, but with all that “avalanche” of retro-looking cameras, this body actually looks rather refreshing. I think it might become a New Retro pretty soon :)
icexe: I think the the people saying these images are mediocre should look at the entirety of the photos in each collection. Each of these images were individual photos picked from collections that tell a pretty powerful story when viewed in their entirety.
I think if you took the time to look at them in their proper context, you will have a much different opinion of them.
I did. Went though the entire set of series in Pro category and was quite disappointed overall with just a couple of exception. And I was looking explicitly for the context, not the quality. Way too many series reminded me of a photo club-like projects that I used to participate: photographing local bridges, park alleys, social events from hundreds of different angles. Most of my projects looked exactly like some of those winners; the only difference is that I usually trashed mine instead of sending them to a contest. Just look at my album here called "Panning"; how is it different from the top three winners in Conceptual category? So when I go to see a world contest, I don't want to see the same stuff I can find in my personal amateur album; I want to see much more, I want to see Wow, I want to feel speechless, I want something absolutely breathtaking. I didn't get any of that from the Sony winners, even from those that I liked.
Danny: Excellent photo's, and to those who are negative: where is your picture in this list? Or are you just too good?
There are some very good series indeed, but I have to admit - watching some "winners" made me think just that: "I am either too good or at least as good as they are". And I am just a lousy amateur who barely touches the camera throughout a year.
Sadly Apple hasn't released anything new since Steve Jobs left this world; which is 2.5 years already.
PERCY2: Very Popular these days: SELFIE that's the theme of the contest and of course the Winner nailed it
You can cee the reflection of the left hand along the rim at the bottom of the glass (and possibly the camera as well).
To reduce processing time, why don't they simply reduce sensor resolution from 15x3 to 10x3? This would give them the same volume of 30mp to process as 4:1:1 but at the same time preserve true Foveon nature of "real color in every pixel". The idea of Quad seems pure marketing gimmic to me in an attampt to go back to 4.9MP sensor.
I make my own breakfast every day; is this enough to interview me for a cooking website? Seriously, if this is the best of instagram, I am happy I never looked at it.
Beautiful work but the images would surprise me more if a typical mom who lives on a farm in rural Russia took them (most likely some time between long hours of farm work to support her kids and drinking husband). For a wealthy professional photographer, who Elena really is, they look rather standard IMO. She is definitely a talented artist, knows her gear and how to apply clever post-processing for dreamy effects but so as thousands of other professional photographers. So the article sounds more like an ad campaign to me than a true success story.
Conclusion - Good, But Not Good Enough.
One thing that really disappoints is lack of innovation from Nikon. The Df reminds me of an Eva character from an animated movie "Igor" - a charming monster slapped together from everything that was laying around in the lab of an evil scientist. But unlike Df, Eva at least had one unique quality that no other "creation" in the story did - Life. The Df, on the other hand, has absolutely nothing unique, nothing revolutionary, nothing that never existed before. Same old sensor, same old AF, in the same old body. It looks like it was a home project of Nikon's Marketing Department without any help from R&D. Sigh.
This is how ALL DSLRs should have looked like from the get-go IMO.
Hope there were a less expensive DF version from Nikon though. There is already a Sony A7 and I am sure other competitors will follow with something similar and less expensive but I just don't like the hustle of changing brands too much...
The IQ of the samples is just horrible even by the small sensor standards.
Superb. I wish there was a video showing how he actually does it ...
I was surprised to see how aged their equipment is; by the look it is probably from the 80's. No wonder they have to test every lens. Still koodos to Sigma for producing some nice lenses on such dated equipment.
Why so many comments regarding creating filters? The beauty and uniqueness of these images is that their effect is achieved without applying any creative filters (except probably for Barbara Cole, which for that reason I would exclude from this category). Most likely most of them are oversaturated to a certain degree, but that's about it. The rest is just a rare moment of visual illusion created purely by sunlight, and not by some cheap, disposable, mass-produced, "fast-food" filters.
Larger sensor, larger pixels, faster lens, two-tone flash, instant multiple exposures, 10 frames per second burst, panorama with adjustable exposure, slow-mo video, very clever processing - I think it will be a great snap tool.
Good for a snapper on a budget with realistic expectations about IQ.
The IQ is just at the average small-sensor P&S (and even some smartphones) level. Plus all FZ models (maybe except FZ50) exhibit this annoying "lack of luminance" in their images making them too dull for my liking. It becomes noticeable only when comparing to other cameras but once you notice it, it become a real distraction. I do have FZ150 but only use it for video because of this "grey cast effect" as I would call it. I see the same quality but less sharpness in pictures from FZ70.
A sad story of creating a product that nobody needs. Hope their patents will find the way in some industry, if not in consumer photography. And I have a feel that all this talk about exciting new products is just a smokescreen to save their faces in front of investors...
The majority of Nikon customers are still waiting for D400... Hopelessly?
Nice features paired with rather mediocre lens IMO. Although the IQ still should be MUCH better than a smartphone. Depending on the price, this might be a good alternative to a phone for a casual shooter.