I've personally tested dozens LED lights for reproducing 35mm slides and I can tell you that there are serious differences in emission spectra between these light sources. Auto white balance doesn't come close to fixing many of these issues, and sometimes the LED (RGB) color is so way off, that no amount white balance can correct for it.
Of course, you can shoot all of your LED-illuminated images with a calibration card included and then PP in LightRoom, or you can save yourself a lot of grief and drop a C-note on a cute little cube that emits a CRI light in the %90+ range.
Richie Beans: What's the plan for compatibility with cameras that don't have remote shutter capability, i.e P&S cameras or the Sony NEX and new Alpha line?
I can see how that would (likely) work....but seems like a half-baked solution. At least Gigapan has a mechanical shutter-press for mirrorless camera integration. I recommend a similar solution as MILC are far lighter (for your smallish ball head) and present a smaller profile to wind for outdoor time-lapse shooting.
I absolutely love this concept but it's useless to shooters like me who bought a MILC so that we could make use of our legacy tools. Make an integrated mechanical plunger and I'll buy a unit right now!
What's the plan for compatibility with cameras that don't have remote shutter capability, i.e P&S cameras or the Sony NEX and new Alpha line?
I'd have used 4 cameras and spun the subject on a lazy susan.
...and would have taken my rig to the beach and shot the SI swimsuit issue.
If it doesn't have a fully articulated screen, it's just an ideal paperweight.
For the life of me, I don't understand the value of analyzing photos of other photos.
Also...eliminating the box of thread is a mistake. That was a VERY useful point of comparison.
You took this image from a plane..... slacker.
What!? No optical viewfinder? Curse the gods!
"....quality of manuals is not great"
Man, you gotta dig hard to find something wrong with this camera!
Put an articulated screen on it and watch Canon's market share in these types of cameras disappear.
AA batteries in compacts RULE!
For you pixel peepers..... save yourselves 2.5 billion dollars! If you want 24Mpx, hi-res images of dirt, take your fancy-ass cameras to Nevada, shoot, and PP with a mud filter. Voila!
Kudos to NASA for proper design!
WalterPaisley: The problem with a review like this is that it focuses on the camera feature of a phone that is otherwise receiving pretty mediocre reviews. Just read Wired Magazine's article.
Then there's the cost. $650+ unlocked on Amazon.
I'd rather have a mediocre phone attached to a killer camera than what I have now... a mediocre phone attached to a junk camera.
iae aa eia: amazing how nokia and zeiss got to this. nokia did a job i never expected them (nokia) to do in the photography area. they (nokia) did not content themselves to compete in the phone market, but in the photo market. i mean, professional photo market.
man, to have a phone being compared to a d800 to give us an idea how good it can perform is... weird?, great!?, absurd?, annoying? right? disorientating?... to which one would they compare if the d800 were not launched then? haaa!
and zeiss, my gosh... german lens engineering at its best. what the heck of a resolutive lens! and give a look at their lens design. i just found this image of it (http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/images/features/808-lenses.jpg).
congrats nokia (and zeiss)! i'm amazed.
Sick! I wondered how they managed to illuminate that large sensor! Thanks for the link...
I had an old Motorola candy bar phone with a Kodak 5M camera. I bought it knowing it would take better photos than any other phone at the time. I wish my current HTC incredible 8Mpx phone took photos half as good as my old phone did.
Great quality shots from your phone are a revelation! Wish I had the 808. Go Nokia!
Man....that's a pretty camera!
If it doesn't run on AA batteries, it's a punter's photojournalist camera.And what's with all that crap glued to it's exterior?
2 grand for a "photojournalists" camera, and I have to duct tape a viewfinder to the top? Are you effin' kidding me?
20 cent filter and software tweak + old camera = new niche product.
Well done, Canon!
Poor howardroark .... it must suck to have spent $800 on a P&S whose lens cover is attached with a tiny string.
This is the progeny of Canon's A-Series cameras, the most perfect P&S cameras ever created? As it is, too much inbreeding has created a hunchbacked, idiot-savant of a camera; perhaps likable and skilled at one or two things, but one-eyed and too slow to be of much use.
Canon- I've patiently waited years for your entry into the MILC market. You've deeply disappointed me.
tlinn: Folks can disagree about features and performance—what it should and should not be able to do. For me, this conversation cannot be divorced from price. At $500, this camera would be great. At $800, I think it offers such low value per dollar that I find it laughable. There are too many alternatives that offer more for less.
"It's unlikely to stay at $800 for long."
-Unless there's another tsunami in Japan, or a flood in Thailand. Given this camera's unique place in cameradom, it'll stay at $800 well into next year.