For everyone complaining about low resolution and bandwidth..
Strap your iphone to the camera mast and see how long it functions. I don't doubt it will take a few pictures right away, but what about next week? Understand that space qualified cameras are just a little bit better engineered than the consumer garbage you keep in your pocket. Understand that NASA doesn't flood a data connection with trash pop-ups and useless java ads. They don't stream google-ads either. So they can do a lot more with 250MB daily than you can.
If you're going to add this many Megapixels ShmegmaPixels into a camera, you need to make a bigger sensor. Soon enough they'll be extolling the benefits of photosites smaller than atoms which are useless. But to you it will sound fantastic!
Kill the incessant increase in megapixels. I have enough already!
cgarrard: More consumer crud that just taps all resources. I wish there were more brave manufacturers out there who weren't afraid to do what they think is right vs. what they think the average consumer wants.
Absolutely correct! This is also experienced (in disguise) when you go to compare specs and read reviews. You start bouncing all over the place before coming to a decision.
If a product was truly great with only the necessary features this situation would never arise.
ryansholl: Of all the news to place on the homepage of Digital Photography Review, what is chosen is about a photo taken on film.
Well.. nearly everything today is cropped'n'shopped, especially advertisements and fashion magazines. So why not a little fake film grain thrown in for good measure?
Now, I find this to not be aesthetically pleasing photo. The lower left corner shows a lot of turbulent & violent motion happening in a hurry. They could have done better.
I'm sure I've seen the ad and photo before, but it is un-memorable and I'm only commenting because I'm testing out a new keyboard! G'night!
IcyVeins: What is currently the best pocketable superzoom camera (at least 10x zoom) in terms of IQ and features? The "top of the line" cameras I know about are:
Canon SX260Sony HX30VFuji F770Panasonic ZS20Olympus SZ12And of course this Nikon which doesn't seem to be very popular with DPR.
It's not popular with me either. I tested it out and took some test shots. Some of them were just a mess, to many things to mention are wrong. I'll leave it to the reviewers to discuss that. If they aren't afraid of getting "blacklisted" by the camera mfg's!
magneto shot: seriously 1/2.3 sensor? sure someone brought up pentax Q...but...is that really sellable at all? come on, guys, lets not fool with physics. The days of 1/2.3 sensor compacts being anything serious are gone. even camera phone (808 pureview nokia) have much bigger sensor.
If we're sticking these high-density sensors on small cameras in this day and age. We (the camera companies) better damn well know how to process and extract an image from all that noise!
It would seem to me that consumer electronics & industrial companies such as Panasonic and Sony are better at signal processing than the big optics guys like Canon and Nikon. It's just a very large general observation and maybe wrong. But it seems that the likes of Nokia and Fujifilm are doing good things with image interpolation and all sorts of processing goodness. And it shows.
I'm still undecided if I like Nokia's PureView tech or not. It seems perfect for small cameras and mobile photography. I wonder how well the techniques they use can be applied to a full size DSLR?
Yes, I would tend to agree here. 1/2" should be the smallest size sensor in a camera today. I don't really care about how many MegaPixels I get. I am more interested in the quality of those little dots. And, furthermore, how well those dots are processed into a final image.
I personally believe that camera mfgs (for small P&S) should spend available budget funds more on sensor R&D and build quality.
There is too much money spent on developing shmancy fancy software tricks and gadgetry. Let's divert money from those useless features toward bigger sensors and thus better image quality. That's what taking pictures is all about, isn't it? We're not here to play with menus and graphics. We're here to take a picture!
I don't buy the nonsense argument that bigger sensors cost more. That's a load of BS based on incessant cost cutting. Big sensors are like anything else. Produce enough of them and the price drops to near nothing. Business wins and consumers win!