thx1138: Wow, Barney you really let them off the hook with that first question. The answer was insipid and you should have highlighted the fact that the weaknesses are in the lack of sensor development for going on 7 years. From clear leaders to clear trailers. Of course the sensors are still good, but they are not great except for high ISO noise. You could have at least pressed them harder on how they will face the challenge not only from Sony, but Toshiba and Fuji. And FWIW, I am a Canon person through and through, but would dearly love to see a sensor like the Sony 36MP in a 5D IV. Also don't forget even if Canon can match the current Sony sensors, by that time Sony will probably have moved ahead again with their next gen sensor.
Since all the camera companies are Japanese, maybe DPR should consider learning or seeing if your next hires can also speak Japenese to easier get your interviews done?
Horshack: Canon denied they've been spending more time innovating video technology instead of stills, citing the development of their dual-pixel technology as proof...a technology used primarily for video on the 70D :)
That said, their dual-pixel tech is very cool and should play a more prominent role in stills AF for future generation bodies.
Dude, ever hear of live view?! Dual pixel is also autofocus for live view and the 70D and lesser cameras now have touch screens. Plus the interview states USA customers are asking for more video and he mentioned a merger of tasks in the same camera. So users of dSLRs seem to be more than the whiners on DPR!
RedFox88: This is similar to Canon announcing free mirror fortification on 5D models 6 months after the 5D2 came out even though it had been an issue for some units for a couple of years. Had to wait until the new model is out and some owners put down the old model having bought the new model to minimize their costs. It's a business.
you could still probably have your 5D mirror fortified for free. Contact Canon. And contrary to what many say on here, digital SLRs are not disposable these days. A $225 shutter replacement is a lot cheaper than a $900 or $1300 new camera.
This is similar to Canon announcing free mirror fortification on 5D models 6 months after the 5D2 came out even though it had been an issue for some units for a couple of years. Had to wait until the new model is out and some owners put down the old model having bought the new model to minimize their costs. It's a business.
It's sad that cameras in phones have done away with many P&S cameras because the phone pics are worse in part due to no optical zoom. So many pictures of kids far away in the photos along with poor color balance and exposure due to Apple's lack of photographic controls on their phones.
Chris Yates: If Canon put out a phenomenal no holds barred mirrorless, I betcha they wouldn't be in this situation. Period. No brainer.Otherwise, camera sales as such have long plateaud and have been on a decline for some time.
So you volunteered to pay a premium for a camera with a dial and expensive lenses. Good for you.
Shamael: Keep selling the mirrorless bodies to dumping prices, overprice the good DSLR bodies and keep making lenses at prices no one wants to pay anymore and the market will collapse sooner or later. Let's see Sony as an example, good cameras, like A7 or a6000, sell at dumping prices. If you want the next better lens for it, it's right away 800$, if you want a top fast prime in the f1.8 or 1.4 range you end between 1400 to 2000$. Those companies forget that the whole world is in a crisis and 90% of the world population do not belong to those that have money like hay. We see at what level Hasselblad fights and what profits they do. Some companies like Leica might look good, but behind the scene it is much different, Leica fights with bankruptcy since many years and the future will bring us more and more simple cameras with AF and lower prices. You can not survive with top luxury overpriced stuff forever. On the end, what makes the market? Low and mid range DSLR's only, but is that enough?
Dude, not sure where you are looking for your info. Cameras aren't replaced every 8 months. Canon has slowed it's SLR offerings with cameras lasting for 2 years instead of 18 months and the 7D that is now over 4 years old I believe. nikon on the other hand seems to be replacing SLR more frequently, namely the d3000's, d5000's, and a rumor that a d7200 is coming this year.
nicolaiecostel: People got lazy and manufacturers got gready. 10 years ago everyone was raving about DSLR's, lenses and such. Websites like photo.net were swarming with users, in the milions.Now everyone just casually snaps something with the smartphone and uploads on facebook. And the manufactureres got greeady, in their tech showdown made cameras and lenses more and more expensive to the point where the amateur doesn't buy anymore, and even the pros find it hard to justify the amount. Just look at the PC market, it tumbled, everyone just buys a laptop and gets done with it.
The D800 is 500$ more expensive than the D700, the 5Dmk3 the same compared to the 5Dmk2, and so on. Also, cameras got so good, sensors are so great that you can just stick with them for years. The market is going towards a technological saturation, where it's hard to see the update and the old gear is simply good enough. I stil shoot with my D700, and will be doing for years to come just because it's all the camera I need.
Sorry, wrong. The d800 was the same price as the d700: $3000
Funny thing, on Canon USA's webpage about the G1 X II I watched a video about continuous shooting (burst) and the video is for the G16. They showed a guy holding a Powershot camera up to his eye to operate the camera... but the G1 X II has no OVF. Obviously they don't have all the marketing materials finalized for this.
If this was available 18 months ago I probably would have bought it instead of the G15.
Jogger: Much much better option than the Pana GH4 where you need an ext recorder to get prores. The only thing missing is 12V power and XLR input, but, the GH4 doesnt have that either.
no, 32k is the real thing. No 128k is the real thing....
mpgxsvcd: Whoever does the first GH4 vs. BM 4K camera shootout is going to get a lot of attention.
...that is if you don't care about the jello shutter aka rolling shutter of consumer cameras and even dSLRs. The blackmagic has a global shutter. Look into it.
topstuff: I am amazed at the number of people discussing the Olympus EM-1 in comparison to the A7.
This makes no sense at all. They are completely different cameras designed for completely different shooting styles and purposes.
All they have in common is relatively small size.
One is absolutely not better than the other. Which suits different people is entirely personal to them, the way they like to shoot and the subjects they like to shoot.
but they both take pictures and they both are EVIL.
wcbert: These rules are out dated and have to be looked out. The only one that cares is not the public but the purist photographers.
... and rules were made to be broken! :D
Over reaction by the AP. Removing the camera/object is akin to removing a branch or leaf because it "got in the way" of what you were photographing, or cloning out a street light because it was unsightly. Removing the camera does not alter the subject of the image.
I didn't realize the 6D is a good stop cleaner at very high ISO than the new sony and d610. Impressive!
Retzius: The A7 should get a special achievement just for moving technology forward and creating a product that the big 2 have not been able, or willing, to create yet.
Regardless, when the next iteration of the big 2's consumer body is reviewed, i.e. the D5300, I am sure it will get a gold award.
No bias here... move along
If "moving technology forward" is going back to camera startup times we had 10 years ago and a slow buffer clearing of 10 years ago, and the slower autofocus of 10 years ago... How is this an improvement? Nice try sony, but it's clear that your technology just isn't on par with the Big 2 and SLRs.
PerL: So this almost prototype with a native lens line up of about 3 lenses, with 2 sec upstart, AF and frame rate suboptimal for "catching the moment" receives about the same score as the Nikon Df (81 vs 80), a much more refined, capable and mature product (and BTW is the smallest, lightest DSLR - not the D600 or 6D as the review said). And the A7 receives a "Silver Award" which the Df apparently did not deserve.
For size and weight the 6D and df are a wash. Within 1% of each other for weight.
harold1968: 1. DPREVIEW, please note that the Sony external chargers is available for about £40. The conclusion implies they don't exist.
2. "Very Good image quality" is an understatement. Intentional ? You gave the E-M1 "exceptional", and owning both, I can say the A7 blows the E-M1 out of the water. The E-M1 has noise at base ISO and less DR and less colour depth at the same price and weight. This is totally inconsistent.
A $2000+ camera should include a charger and not a cord plug-in like a P&S camera!
ZhanMInG12: Just building on some reasons why DP thinks the A7 is not a good camera
1. You need to buy a $50 official charger or $10 knockoff to avoid plugging the camera in to charge it.
2. You can’t control minimum shutter speed in Aperture priority mode, and have to use manual mode with auto ISO to set whatever shutter speed you want.
3. The jpegs have too much noise reduction, which can, um, be turned off in the menu.
4. The default controls are bad, but can be easily customized
5. No built-in flash, despite the vast majority of FF bodies not having one.
6. Wifi implementation is not mature at the desktop side, but mobile wifi live view works like a charm.
7. New, high-performing lenses are expensive.
What an awful, crappy camera!
Shawn: some sony fanbois think that any negative view of a sony camera is calling it crappy. Just some very immature people out there!
This is a camera trying to fix something that isn't broken. We don't need dials for these settings as they are better and faster controlled in other ways. This must be the camera for the mid-life crisis men in their 50s and 60s even 70s who want to try to "re-claim" their youth... and pay for it!