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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.
In your spec sheet, assuming it isn't just Panasonic's, you give the body type as "Rangefinder-style mirrorless". In my world at least, you need some sort of integrated VF to claim that - so X100, X10 or NEX7 would be, but NEX5N, GX1 or this wouldn't. Neither would micro-dslr:s like EM5 or NX11.
Would you care to qualify your criteria for "rangefider-style"?
Very good. I would personally prefer smaller spacing and more controls, but this is a fine resource to have indeed. Thank you, DPR!
Very good. Thank you. Especially appreciate that you made it a web site adapted to small screens and not yet another retarded semi-webpage app to download and update.
On my Galaxy Note Android phone, I will probably be running the full version for the time being, seeing as I have 1280x800 px to play with. But it's nice to know that an optimized hand held version is being perfected.
First, thanks for moving towards and standardized high-iso test.
But that said, you probably should take a look at the scene while it's still new and you haven't shot dozens of tests with it. People have bene criticizing it, and some of that is unfair - it needs to be a tripod shot for comparability and lighting needs to be stable even if low for the same reason. The subject, though, are just about as bad as they could have been for this test - NR smearing doesn't really impact most of the items in the picture. The rat, which is affected, is out of focus. Please consider replacing some of the plastic figurines with hair, texture and feather samples, ideally in patterns that tend toward small. Those things in central focus. If possible, try to normalize the highest-iso shot at 1/250 or possibly even shorter, since high-iso is so often used to freeze action. It will not be a perfect test - what is? - but it will be better.
bluevellet: The biggest criticism I read from this preview is that "the buttons are too small".
My thought exactly.
"Paging Decker, Replicant loose in Olympus isle!"
Very easy on the eye though - both the girl and the cam.
Jon Stern: It's silly that we are still calling these cameras "mirrorless". We don't call DSLR cameras "filmless"; film cameras weren't called "glass-plateless"; and glass plate cameras weren't called "portrait-painterless".
Equally, we don't normally name things by what they don't contain. Otherwise my computer would be called a chickenless, pyramidless, stuffed-toyless, Andromeda-Galaxyless, swimming-pooless, 5000-foot-statue-of-Charlie-Chaplinless, Pope Gregory-II-less, etc., etc., etc., ... laptop computer!
Personally, I enjoy calling it "mirror free camera". MFC is a nice TLA, too.
My personal favourite among so many great pictures. Well done indeed!
ZoranC: As I look at results of cherry picked copy following questions are crossing my mind:
1. Was final, best, copy cherry picked with assistance from Canon or it was from same supply channel us mere mortals get our copies through?
2. Should reviewers post reviews based on best copy one can get or based on average copy one usually gets? I believe it should be later because results should represent typical result buyers will be getting. Otherwise review is misleading potential buyers into thinking they too will get so good results when they might not.
3. Are all other cameras DPR reviews cherry picked? If not why DPR is posting result from best copy of S100 against random copies of S95 etc? Playing field should be level and if it wasn't how we can know S95 wouldn't have topped S100?
4. Took 5 copies to get one that performs as it should?! WOW! What that tells us? That DPR "just" had bad luck with 4 or that majority of S100's will behave worse than product manufactured properly should?
From the preview: "At the time of writing, we are expecting another sample from Canon and we will rush it into the studio and out into the real world as quickly as possible."
So basically they had Canon send them a perfect sample. Now, before we all start wailing, I think most of the cameras they review are manufacturer samples sent out especially for reviewing purposes, often way before they're available through normal channels. Rather goes with the territory. Always assume that whatever online review you read is the best possible that piece of hardware will ever preform and that your own copy is likely worse. If anything, I'm amazed at Canon's amateurism in not securing good copies for a high-profile site like this from start.
All that said, I'm not sure I buy all this DPreview "doesn't matter in the real world" talk. We come here for technical details. If you think your tests are irrelevant, perhaps you should change them for test you consider reflect RW performance better.