chlamchowder: I don't understand this move. They might be able to respond faster to market forces (i.e., other companies like Nikon buying Sony sensors), but Sony sensors are already quite popular. On the other hand, it'd reduce the camera division's influence over sensors. With Sony going for mirrorless, developing on-sensor tech like PDAF pixels is really important.
I feel like the Sony camera division has more to lose than the sensor division has to gain.
Sony sensors have far more potential for growth than their cameras. Sensors will make money, cameras will not.
dcolak: I just returned my A7RII.
Can someone explain to me how to use both front and real dials at the same time, without contorting the hand?!
Can someone explain to me how to press C1 and C2 without the help of the other hand?!
There is no way in this world one can use A7RII with one hand or use front dial without braking hold of the camera.
The old A7 and A7R are BY FAR MUCH BETTER ERGONOMICALLY!
Why are front and rear dials so important?
Well, THAT IS HOW YOU MOVE YOUR FOCUS POINT!
You use front and rear dials to move the focus point, both with electronic and manual lenses!
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO MOVE THE FOCUS POINT WHILE HOLDING EYE TO THE EVF!
You have to let go of the camera, contort your hand and start moving front and rear dials and then, you have to grab differently the camera, to be able to press the shutter.
I am so disappointed.
DP Review of A7II mentioned this fact, but I didn't know it was THAT bad, until I started using the A7RII.
NEX7 and TRI NAVI are far better.
Dude, relax. Everyone raves about how this camera is a landscape photographer's dream camera, so you need to chill out and do what landscape photographers do, use a tripod. And take a deep breath before adjusting those dials. Adjust them one by one, no need to adjust them at the same time while holding your eye to the EVF. Take your time, the landscape ain't goin' nowhere!
MBell: Does it get a Gold in the full review though? Can't wait to read it.
I'm pretty sure DPR is going to create a Platinum award just for this camera, as they deem it worthy of its own pedestal, haha
garyknrd: Good I hope it hurts Canon's bottom line so they will update there sensors or change to Sony. Interesting days are a coming. Cannot wait to see what the new Canon updates will bring.
@garyknrd"or change to Sony."
A short 10 years ago, Nikon sensors were noisy pieces of CCD turd. If Nikon had started using Canon's advanced CMOS sensors, sensor tech likely would've stagnated.
Canon is still heavily invested in sensor tech. And while it's sensors are behind Sony's with regards to DR, Canon is still for the most part the leader in pro glass and that will continue to attract/retain professionals. The A7R2 is undoubtedly a fine camera, but any of the pro Canon bodies are still very capable of producing results, which is all that matters for most pros. Well, that and CPS.
"That's not to say they don't have some hits or they aren't usable, but they have a different strategy for conquering markets."
Yes, this is correct. See here for hits and flops:http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2009/05/Sony-Timeline-HD2.jpg
And this, while a bit old, says a lot about Sony:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/business/global/sonys-bread-and-butter-its-not-electronics.html?_r=0
wilsonlaidlaw: I agree with BarnET. With digital cameras it always seems better to expose for highlights and then recover from shadows. There always seems to more data to be recovered from over dark shadows than blown highlights. I have read in a very lengthy technical article in LFI magazine, explaining why this is so but this seems to have joined the blown highlights in the data not being recoverable.
expose to the right
Joe Ogiba: Official White House photograph taken with A7r II FE 55mm F1.8 :https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/21511378622/
Our tax dollars are not only used to blow up hospitals in Afghanistan, but also to fund new toys for White House staff photographers. The 5D3s weren't good enough for you?
I have the N5, happy with it except the camera. Plus 32GB isn't very much.
I preordered both a 5X and 6P, will return the one I don't like.
Sadly the 5X maxes out at 32GB, and the 6P may physically be too big.
Excited about the new cameras in the 5X and 6P, but really disappointed that the 5X only comes in 16GB and 32GB storage options. Also lacking in the 5X is a notification LED and wireless charging, both of which aren't deal killers but are downgrades from the 2 year old N5. I was all set to preorder the 5X this morning, but now I have to think about it.
Judging by last year's N6, I would've thought that the 6P would be too big, but thankfully they downsized it a little. Odd how the 6P is smaller than its predecessor, but the 5X is larger. Both phones seem to be approaching a sweet spot in size, at least for me. Too bad the 6P is so fugly.
And then there's the Moto X PE. Good price, and more importantly a microSD slot. And the camera is very good as well according to DXO, for whatever that's worth. Plus the wood and leather options are very sexy.
Stumped as to which to get.
Joel Benford: What is the (35mm equivalent) focal length of the main cameras?
"angle of view" then.Everyone knows what is meant by focal length equivalent, so why not just stick with that.
SD card storage is cheap. If you are going for the highest quality and don't mind sacrificing some continuous shooting capabilities, shoot uncompressed raw.
If you want to minimize the storage impact on your drives at home or on your servers, then convert to DNG before archiving (easy to automate this).
Will a selfie stick support iPhone+DXO ONE?
Because I need me some more bokeh to isolate and highlight my beautiful face.
Patiently awaiting the full frame version so I can emphasis my breathtaking eyes.
Coming soon to Kickstarter:
Housing to make iphone 6s operate, look more like a traditional 4x5 view camera.
Tripod sold separately.
Photoshopping a photo of a cat's face over any distracting blown highlights almost always makes most such images more interesting.
There's a typo at the end of this article. I believe "$" should be replaced with "RMB."
pdelux: The Question every geek wants to know is: When will the porn industry get their hands on this?
They already have. Google around and you will see.
The Lotus Eater: There seems to be a fair amount of concern as to whether Sony will offer lossless compressed files with these updates - I'm sure not many people want unnecessarily large raw files.
The terms lossless/uncompressed and lossy/compressed seem to have become almost interchangeable throughout this whole saga, to the extent that I suspect Sony's press team either doesn't understand the difference or hasn't communicated it as well as they could have.
Hopefully we can assume Sony's engineers will deal with it properly and to the satisfaction of everybody. Well, almost everybody.
@T3"We listen to lossy mp3's with no problem, and they still sound fine."
To Joe Consumer, this is indeed the case. 192kbps mp3s played on desktop computer speakers or ipod earbuds are more than satisfactory. Just as iphone photos are good enough for them. The vast majority of people choose convenience over quality.
But these are high end Sony cameras we are talking about. People tend to buy such cameras more for their image quality than convenience. Just as people who spend $20K for a set of home speakers and $10K for an amplifier aren't going to listen to mp3s over bluetooth.
Doesn't Google already offer this to some extent? via Street View and Cardboard?
acidic: Nice stuff, but probably half of the images don't belong on DIGITAL photography review.:-)
Most of those images were captured in analog. AKA film. I will guess that only a small handful of these images were captured digitally.
I am not bashing film, just making a snarky comment. In fact, this gallery has me thinking about going into my freezer so I could shoot a few rolls of the Velvia 50 I hoarded early in the last decade.
Nice stuff, but probably half of the images don't belong on DIGITAL photography review.:-)