*grabs popcorn bag*
Fangurls of the DPR! To battle! Once more into the breach!
This is silver, but Canon 70D is gold. Heh.
Really, I am ever more convinced that dpr just hands those out in order to maximize page reloads as irate fangurls battle it out in the comments. Fine, whatever puts food on their tables is a-ok with me.
Fredy Ross: I seemed to have missed if these cameras a silent when shooting. The nex is too loud so I am hoping they are quiet. Anybody know?
"The cameras we've used are pre-production, but they are responsive and generally a pleasure to use, though they certainly aren't made for stealth, as both have a rather noisy shutter."
Out of idle curiosity, I thought Zeiss had decided to ditch the "Carl" part. Are these official Sony names of the lenses?
Well, well. I was convinced Nikon 1 was nothing for me. And suddenly, if reviews confirm it's half as good as it looks on paper, I probably have my next camera purchase for the vacations.
Pretty clever, Nikon. Better not be any of that QC messing around you allowed yourselves with the FF cams, tho.
Marcus Beard: Pretentious nonsense. There are millions (literally I expect) of amateur photographers who take vastly more interesting pictures in my opinion. I'd have deleted some of these if I'd taken them.
I don't know about pretentious nonsense. Some of them admittedly look that way to me, but then I'm not an arts maven.
Two interesting points of note: If these pictures are anything to go by, the high end art world could not care less for thin DOF or sharpness. Interesting, as these two are probably the main cost drivers for camera gear...
Not for the first time, I find myself wishing that AF speed and accuracy was measured more systematically. Dpreview does such a solid job of fixing other stuff in hard numbers, and then this crucial aspect is left to "we feel". It was luck I read the conclusions to find out that the much vaunted hybrid system does not, in fact, increase focus speed, only moving tracking accuracy...
Oh, delightful. The cartel of huge software vendors that have ruthlessly exploited all the failure modes of the US legislative process by intense lobbying and campaign donations to basically turn the mobile market into a cozy little oligopoly are now leveraging their "software patent" dysfunction into other fields, as mobile features transcend phones.
Great. Just great.
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Amateur Sony Shooter: The review is pretty much as I expected. 84% is a fair final mark, Gold or Silver I could care less since I already bought it. The only thing DPR missed on A99's key feature/benefit is the AF-range which to my opinion is truly "must-have" feature for any long tele lens, regardless whether or not the lens has it's own focus limiter switch.
Actually, they didn't miss that at all, spending some ink and giving us a shot of how it works and what they think of it.
I'm devastated to hear it's just 20% slimmer than "your average digital SLR". Here I thought it was a small camera.
Oh well, it's Time.
I thought this was connect content? I see the link leads there, and I'm a bit peeved to see it here, since I've specifically followed the instructions given on Opent Talk on how to filter that out of my news stream.
I respect people who are interested in this mobile stuff, but please mark it accordingly so that those of us who are not can skip it easily.
Solid effort on DPRs part here. Solid.
Let's count the ways in which this is great:
- They've committed to reshoot "key cameras" of the last year with this scene. Comparability maintained.- DOF vs diffraction issues hopefully finally laid to rest.- Good number of varying items, testing for lots of different image issues.- Center and corner test chart rings, great (but brace for fanboy complaints about using decentered or otherwise faulty lenses).
- Perhaps too many pictures. Shooting an object and a printed pictures are different things.- The textile star patterns to the left and lightly above the center square could use slightly more intricate patterns, perhaps.- The old scene provided for some shadows, this one doesn't. Hard to see what can be done about while preserving the plane approximation.
As an IQ test, it will do very well. Possibly the old blue clock face would merit an inclusion.
Back when Sigma introduced the Extra Special Delux Rainforest Grip with Burly Burl for Pimp McDaddy Edition of their latest, insanely overpriced for what it was, DSLR, I thought I've seen it all.
But Hasselblad goes one better. This is both hideous, tasteless and instantly brands the putative owner as an arrivista parvenu.
So close. I might get this just to write my own camera apps. But it really should have a phone to become to carry-everywhere device.
Attention, Samsung: we want a Galaxy s3/Ex-1 hybrid. It should be embarrassing that a pure camera company like Nikon beats the worlds largest smartphone maker in this game.
Love they way you used highlights and shadows here.
Absolutely beautiful. Enjoying the film like quality you coaxed out of this scene.
So, basically Dpreiew finds the IQ great for a compact and the interface lacking. And the galleries seem to bear that out, as far as the IQ goes. Not bad.
Kudos to Nokia for the sort of innovative drive that I can't help but to wish some camera manufacturers would bring to imaging.
Timmbits: I don't care! Korea has decided to start hunting whales, and I am participating in the international boycott of all Korean products!
I really hope you don't have a Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus or Panasonic... you do know what Japan has been doing for decades now, right? Right?
Jurriaan Schalken: Does the image of flagbearing/waving muscled heroes still work for people?
I know nationalism and patriotism are important aspects of american life, but images like that always remind me of... North Korea. NOW i don't say the countries are alike, no way! Even though The Netherlands and Europe are seen as socialist by many US people/media, when you look at how the country represents itself visually, the US behaves like a communist country (not in terms of ideology, McCarthy's brainwash is still very present).
The way sports heroes are represented as hollow non human nationalist bots with a flag seem very similar (and devoid of humanity) to me.
So, athletes that look human, have a sense of humour AND are the best in their olympic field, is thought provoking and interesting (to me).
Nationalism only works if it's reinforced again and again, and it needs a lot of repetition, to reinforce, what is essentially, a form of ideological brainwashing. Whatever that ideology may be.
American nationalism is different from European. It centers around common ideals, symbolized by the flag, not around a common set of genetic markers and ethnic identity. Whenever an European complains about US flag waving, your should consider that your equivalent is your skin color. Which the ever increasing masses of desperate immigrants living in ever more violent ghettos who hold European passports but will never be considered countrymen by their native neighbors can attest...
On the balance, I'll think I'll go with the flag waving, myself.