Chris62: In test scene we can see right down corner of the picture completely unsharp and on the left side is much better.It means poor quality.Right mounted lens on camera should give the same sharpness in all 4 corners.
Hi, RasterFarian!'Are you saying that the image quality of the II is lower than the 100?' Yes, that's how it looks! And I don't know what to think of it!
My advice: If you can do without Wi-Fi or an optional viewfinder, go for the RX100, the price of which has dropped down a lot!
Or take the equally sized Panasonic GM1 into consideration, with its bigger sensor, its praised tiny zoom lens and the option for lens changing.
Or what about the Canon G1X II (still to be launched in a few weeks), which seems to be a really versatile and capable compact camera, albeit not as compact as the RX100 II, but with a bigger sensor and with expanded zoom range? The Canon - the optional VF included - is anything but inexpensive, though.
The resolution is impressive! Are you sure you've shot some pictures with 10mm focal length? The images just don't look like having been made with a super wide angle lens, there's nearly no typical vignetting or distortion.
Isn't it a pity? Sigma has re-engineered the DP Merrill cameras, making them less prone to noise in low light conditions and speeding up processing. But making the Quattro cameras look like extraordinary photographic tools on the one hand, and on the other hand still not offering an EVF to the serious photographer is anything but reasonable. It's a contradictory strategy, which might bring the new cameras just like the DP Merrill versions in a very small niche within the toy department, eventually. Furthermore, since there's no EVF attainable Sigma misses out on the chance of offering a real stand-alone camera, a 12mm super wide angle camera would be.
Although I'm not convinced yet of Schneider-Kreuznach as a maker of high quality glass for the MFT system, I'm interested in these new lenses. Three years have elapsed since the first announcement, and Schneider-Kreuznach hasn't even started to deliver!
What's wrong with them? Why are they putting credibility and reputation on the line?
Cal22: I like the line of lenses, especially the primes the high aperture and the handling of which are meant to be reminiscent of great moments in the history of photography. Most likely we'll see a 16mm to be added in the months to come.
Unfortunately, the rangefinder style camera is not to my liking, it's too inconvenient for a left-eye photographer. And since there's no EVF attachable to an M1 or A1 I'm still standing on the sidelines.
Thanks for sharing your experience!
Considering to buy me the XE-1 a while ago I got aware of the inconvenience: '..-your nose rubs the screen." Moreover, what do you do when you want to shoot from ground level?!
The XE-1 (even more the X Pro-1) represents a link to the old days when rangefinder cameras were in the hands of the masters of photography. And a great many photographers nowadays might be happy with such a retro style camera, especially when engaged in street photography. But for landscapes or traveling for instance I'd prefer two slim and capable camera bodies and an attachable EVF.
My right eye has a visual defect, so in this regard my left eye has to do the work - especially, of course, when it comes to photographing. Composing the picture may take me a lot of time sometimes; and with my left eye at the built-in viewfinder dials and buttons of the camera - sitting close to my right eye - are hardly to use.
These built-in viewfinders can prove to be fine tools indeed. But they come from the past. Nowadays photographers should be given the option for a viewfinder to their liking. A rear screen might be helpful especially when the camera is in low or high position or being mounted on a tripod. But I don't want it to be my only tool for composing. Generally there's no better tool than an attachable and tiltable EVF, in my view.
I like the line of lenses, especially the primes the high aperture and the handling of which are meant to be reminiscent of great moments in the history of photography. Most likely we'll see a 16mm to be added in the months to come.
I had thought the converter makes a 75mm (FF, equiv.). If it is not more than 50mm, it's not worth the money and the inconvenience. You'd better forgo the converter and crop the image!
This accessory might help to expand the camera's versatility. The question is though: How much will this additional glass deteriorate the image quality?
By the way, I'd rather see a sibling with 50 mm lens for the Ricoh GR and an optional EVF for that pair of cameras. I don't understand why Ricoh is missing out on this chance.
Tripeiro: No EVF no sell. Still, an interesting product if you don`t care for an EVF.
If you care for an EVF you may buy an optional one!
Thrashbarg: I'd really been looking forward to this camera, but sadly the lack of viewfinder had removed it from my shopping list.
If only I could find a waterproof housing for the Ricoh GR...
Why not attaching the optional EVF?
iudex: There were 4 issues with the G1x:1. it was too bulky 2. the VF was useless3. the lens was slow4. the AF was poorThis successor solves 2 problems completely and partially (possibly) the other 2.First I applaud for the lens: the improvement in speed is enermous, f2-3,9 is much better than most of the competition, only Fuji with 18-55/2,8-4 can compete, however it looses in range. Getting rid of some external controls, OVF and articulated screen helped make the body smaller (however getting rid of some controls is controversial). While I do not regret dropping the OVF, I hoped for a built-in EVF. Possibility to buy external EVF is fine, bue a built-in one would be better and more pocketable.The improvement in AF speed is yet to be checked, but it will problably not be amazing.So generally a lot has been improved and I like the nex G1x very much, but there is still space for improvements, most importantly putting a built-in EVF.
I prefer an optional EVF to a built-in one! The camera body is smaller without an EVF. An optional EVF is tiltable and you do not have to press your nose on the rear screen. And many photographers who can do without an EVF, don't have to pay for one.
Good news, indeed! Especially the optional EVF and the new lens are to my liking (not mentioning all other new features including the better look). Most important is of course the image quality: How does the lens perform in low light conditions with bright lights inside or just outside the frame? Does the lens allow usage of filters?
Sigma, the work is half done: Where's the stabilizer? And where's the optional EVF?
You're right in seeing 'poor quality'!
Whatever might be causing the 'poor quality' - the alignment of the camera in the studio or the alignment of lens elements or the lenses attachment to the camera body - the result is an image quality, you can't seriously praise as 'top of its class'!
In a camera review on a german website ('dkamera') you can find the same phenomenon: They ignore the poor image quality of the RX100II compared to the RX100 (see last two images in test chapter 'Abbildungsleistung') - and give the camera the highest rating!
I'm surely no hater of Zeiss lenses as being owner of six of them. But the renowned brandname can't make me blind. That's why I haven't bought me the RX100 II I was really interested in.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the DPreview team!I appreciate your helpful information and supporting advice.
Best wishes to you and to all visitors here!
ArnfinnP: I've had my GX7 for a week tomorrow, and have stumbled on a rather interesting problem. In semi dark conditions I sometime get a strong stripy pattern in my pictures, especially when shot with a high ISO. An example is here: www.flickr.com/photos/arnfinnp/11131880726/in/pool-228956.... It was shot with an ISO 800 and f2 at 1/200.
These stipes where not there, though there were patterns of light and dark than might have been accentuated. I had the same problem yesterday, when taking pictures indoors during a lecture: Strong stripes that clearly was not there from the beginning. It looks like a moiré problem to me, probably due to the lack of a anti aliasing filter.
Look for 'Silent Mode' in the chapter 'Features' and what the electronic shutter may do in artificial light!
WeddingEtCetera Com: Today, the DMC-GM1 is in my hands. It is almost too small. An element begins to bother me. It is impossible to place a quick release plate for photo or video tripod with another lens than the Panasonic 12-32 or 14. With the Olympus 17 mm, it is limit. Direction La Grand Bibliothèque de Paris behind my home.I am surprised by the reactivity of the DMC-GM1. It is immediate. Faster than the DMC-GH3. The touch-sensitive screen is reactive too. Even too much. Take care where you put fingers. Too low on the screen, you modify the white balance without being careful. The screen glorifies the images but without betraying them really. What you see is what you will get …Return at home. The editing is also simple as for the DMC-GH3. The audio dubbing is essential. The audio recording is mediocre. To use only indoor.Now it just needs a nice case to carry the DMC-GM1. Enjoy your Panasonic.
Film Video Test Review on > http://vimeo.com/80144049
You want a quick release system for your GM1 (suitable also for bigger cameras)? The german firm Novoflex produces MiniConnect, which works with a relatively small disc at the camera's bottom. You can check it out by means of a 1Euro coin, the diameter of which comes very close to that of the MiniConnect disc.But don't forget: Deciding on the GM1's optional grip is deciding against a quick release system. And vice versa.
Sorry for giving you a wrong advice: Since the optional grip has no provision for a tripod mounting, it won't allow a quick release to be added.