How is that a "cut price" Rebel? Seems more like a full price Rebel. Seems like a big improvement over the first gen G1X which was horribly compromised by AF and lack of close focus, pointless OVF, etc. Priced better too.
Great second body for any NX user who wants an extra body that can double as a 2.7x multiplier tube to give you reach.
Couldn't you do this better and faster with multiple lesser cameras and lenses on a rig?
ZAnton: Samsung... good in a digital technologies, but total loosers in optics.
Optics are good.
Bodies are a mixed bag in my opinion, but there is a lot to praise. Just not quite photographer friendly enough to make a huge bang pioneering a new mirrorless format in the face of Sony's offerings to date in the similar time frame.
But its still early in the game and Samsung will eventually catch up or surpass. They almost always do. Both seem to recognize that traditional photography is changing a lot with technological revolutions. Samsung seems to be placing the most emphasis on nailing down connectivity, while Sony seems to be hammering away at absolute top sensor IQ/size ratios. We'll see how the long race plays out. Sony seems to have big (and deserved) profitability now, while Samsung can afford to do the Microsoft approach of throwing money and reiterations until they get it right someday.
Samsung would look more successful and innovative if sony hadn't done so well thus far.
Body style and flip screen are much nicer than the Nikon 1. 20MP vs 14MPPrice is closer to J3 than V3.Takes $150 NX mount adapter with full function so you can put a $250, OIS 50-200 on it for 135-540 equivalent.
Most important questions:(1) how fast is the AF? CDAF (2) how good is the mid ISO performance compared to RX10/100 or Nikon 1?(3) how is the video (specs aren't great but what about the quality?)(4) how sharp are those new lenses, esp the kit?
TomasJacko: Interesting review of an interesting camera...
But guys, it seems to have slipped your mind, today again, to put online your review of Canon 1DX.
Such absent-mindedness must be annoying also in ordinary life, am I right?
Really, do think of it tomorrow, ok? It's just one click..
Its just a press release combined with a short preview. Putting these out takes no effort. Actual reviews of cameras are entirely different and take serious time and work using the camera.
Perfect camera for moon photos, right? Can do the person standing in front if the moon on a buikding shot as well...
tecnoworld: Samsung has:1) a dslr like body with evf w/o phisical controls (galaxy nx)2) a slightly smaller dslr like body with evf (nx30)3) a smaller rangefinder body w/o evf (nx300)4) an even smaller body w/o evf and w/o physical controls (nx2000)
There will possible be a micro body during 2014.
So what's missing? The body I'd personaly want: one similar to #3, but with evf on the left (or at least with an optional evf to be added).
This is a huge lack, since sony, fuji and m4/3 all have this kind of product.
I just dont get how anybody can argue that a central EVF is more ergonomic for left eye or right eye people than a left EVF.
For right eye people, a left EVF gives 100% relief for the nose.
For left eye people, a left EVF has camerabody and nose interact exactly the same as a middle-position EVF hump style camera, since you still have to shoot right handed to do the shutter release. In fact, a central hump puts the face of left eye people too close to your shooting hand and you're still better off with the EVF on the left.
And yeah, as far as "optical axis" goes, the EVF view is TTL, so whats the difference? Neither configuration gives puts your free eye over the optical axis, except possibly left viewfinder-left eyed user.
People like the hump if they're used to the hump. But its intrinsically less ergonomic. And its added bulk that is unnecessary.
I think it's a nice camera, but it will all come down to image quality... if the image quality is top notch a la almost RX100, they would still have to price this more in the $400 range to position themselves in relation to the RX100.
RX100 made a huge splash, and I think in some ways opened up the "casual consumer's" mind to the issue sensor size in compacts.
Falling behind in terms of both MP and in terms of sensor size, this camera basically has to be SUPERIOR sensor quality to RX100 to really make any kind of big splash in this sector I think.
I might consider buying this camera, but probably at a lower price than $499. With peaking and the fast autofocus, the actual performance of this camera might be really great, and hopefully if it doesn't make a huge splash, the price will be much lower.
Putting 4 sonys and only 2 nikons on the list actually helps nikon. Not that D800 wouldn't win anyway... but some people definitely vote brand.
Daniel0140: Very strange---The camera that got the highest review ratings of all milc's, the NEX-7, is not even on the list---No vote!!
I believe that NEX 7 was a 2011 camera, though hard to find until 2012.
Rage Joe: And to tell you the truth the pictures Angel Adams took/made are pretty. Pretty BORING.
Who is "Angel Adams"? Ansel Adams was a highly respected photographer whose prints have sold more copies than your DSLR camera has pixels.
Marcelobtp: WOOOW samsung again copying sony!
Samsung has pretty much caught up with and blown away Sony in every area of electronics except for cameras, and they already have better lenses for their NX system than those for the NEX. They are sitting on more than 3 times the market cap of the badly hemorrhaging Sony, and are committed to surpassing them in cameras, which means they will within a year or two. Its inevitable at this point.
ammie: I think it is irresponsible for the authors at DPreview, in using this title, to equate the views of Mr. Chung with the practice at large. Mr. Chung fails to make any serious arguments challenging the journalistic or artistic importance of (stills) photojournalism, merely his own ability to make a living out of it. Therefore his view in my opinion sullies the large number of people around the world who are putting their lives at risk everyday to visually inform us about the planet's state of affairs.
Perhaps a better title for this piece would have been "Dan Chung: No future in photojournalism FOR ME". Maybe in the future, when Mr. Chung realizes he no longer has the talent, desire, or ability to shoot in the documentary, advertising or narrative industries, he will come back and try to convince us that there is no value in capturing moving images either.
Don't take it so personally or to attack Mr. Chung or dpreview. It's just a very legitimate opinion from a guy whose career is photojournalism.
He knows what people are paying for photos, and the trend is not good for making a good living through photojournalism alone, anymore. There does not seem to be any technological or social trend in sight to reverse it either.
Just less money, and tons of competition... from people who are doing it for free. why pay a guy $500 to cover an event, when they're "crowdsourcing" it for free?
Yes a photojournalist can find some opportunities to make money, but they are less and less. So he has to diversify at this point. Video is the natural way to expand your business, given your equipment and skillset. Though that is gettin crowded too.
A huge part of the reason that photojournalism is dying is not so much video.
It's that there are so many cameras on the scene in most places a photojournalist might go now. Sure, there's still opportunity to take great and important photos... But the opportunity to have FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT is deeply impacted if a large percentage of your regular money making opportunities are already heavily covered by high quality camera phones and amateur photo loggers with feet and eyes on site.
I think he's emphasizing the diversification into video as a way of surviving financially... (which is of course going to financially squeeze the "traditional news video cameraman" when there are thousands of people who can shoot great professional video trying to scratch out a living)
I bet traditional paparazzi are also gonna by squeezed hard.
Very difficult to make a good living SELLING photos of events, when HALF THE PEOPLE will be bringing an excellent camera.
Mssimo: I'll take it for $150
300 mm that weighs 300 grams. And pretty decent minimum focusing distance. You'd actually have a shot at mounting this on a flexible tripod without it falling over.
BradJudy: I haven't seen it mentioned much, but this technology can also be used to generate an image with essentially infinite depth of field, rather than choosing a particular focus point and using a conventional depth of field. That's how it's used in industry (and why it was developed in the first place) to create very large depth of field without super small apertures (and thus long exposures).
Maybe i misunderstand this techZ
Can you produce a higher resolution approximation of this "light field" image today, by programming a high end SLR with good video capability to:
(1) step 1: simply shoot a photo with your camera at a small aperture and very deep DOF to get everything into focus at once.
(1) step 2: shoot full HD video wide open in your fastest frame rate, while smoothly and rapidly bringing focus from infinity to closest macro rapidly, to assign depth and "blur properties" to everything in your frame..
(3) step 3: computer shenanigans.
Or something like that. I'm just spitballing here, but it seems you should be able to do something along these lines.
Amazing tech though. Very cool. I wonder if the tech scales easily to higher resolution or if the difficulties expand rapidly with increased resolution.