The IQ of MFT has matured so other more refined choices just like the pure joy of using a particular camera/system are gaining importance. The more now when the choices in CSC have developed so nicely and together with accompanying lenses. great read. &happy shooting
All the picks earned their place deservedly imo and pleasure to read a matured assessment in a bit broader perspective. What fantastic cameras and lenses 2013 has brought.. As to Dpreview awards, otherwise photographers’ subjective rating; it'd have downgraded the reviews for me personally if they were missing. no matter my own sentiments.
That the ultra small camera is liberating in a sense of creativity of its own kind would seem like carrying wood into the wood but trying sony nex6 these days makes that experience fresher. Impressed by the optical quality of the Touit 32/1.8 T* by the way. so much so that I can give up the range and stabilization for it and its speed. it also worked best with my d90 used as a 'compact' before.
@CrusaderThis certainly was not neutral temperature lighting, nothing like 5500k daylight and certainly not a control factor. The angle of the Sun’s (variable factor #1) rays passing through the saturated atmosphere (#2) and the mist (#3) shift perceived colour significantly as does the angle at which you are observing from to mention just the greatest ones. Sorry to sound impolite but you better shut down your PC and get out there to the real world before giving advice about nuances of this excellent shot.Hynek
HSway: I like the selection of lenses released at the launch very much. The f4 mid-range zoom is voted the first interest lens on SAR. Speciality lenses will be certainly added. Nikon users ask for compact 35 affordable prime long time. I read the 35/2.8 is only 120g. Very in line with the main concept of the A7 Alphas. If they are very good wide open it all comes spot on. Road map that just showed up confirms the next lenses coming are f4 UWA and large aperture prime.
It seems the camera is equipped with traditional f.p. shutter. It’s loud and a distinct mechanical aspect of the camera, I can understand it. But the trend is different and soft sounding shutters such as in d7000 line and d600 are very popular, including the Q mode. I didn’t see any quiet/silent mode reference re Alphas 7. This shutter can cause problems, and likely to induce vibrations during its mirrorless shutter cycle in tiny bodies. Still probably a profitable choice for the mass market. /
@ kreislaufSomething else. The effects of the shutter shock on tripod under 1/200s are almost guaranteed. Especially at slow shutter speeds. It is detectable with d800 body/lenses combinations (and more with the camera flipped vertically off axis.) Maximizing support stability (and brackets, collars etc) can negate the effects but the body of these dslrs are massive in comparison; they also have fewer shutter swings. Absolute or real-world effects hand-held are less predictable. No mirrorless without el. f.curtain for me in principle. I applaud to Sony but this omission is a pity. Not sure anyone can read this anyway :-))
/ But having the electronic front curtain as an option sure is even better one.
I like the selection of lenses released at the launch very much. The f4 mid-range zoom is voted the first interest lens on SAR. Speciality lenses will be certainly added. Nikon users ask for compact 35 affordable prime long time. I read the 35/2.8 is only 120g. Very in line with the main concept of the A7 Alphas. If they are very good wide open it all comes spot on. Road map that just showed up confirms the next lenses coming are f4 UWA and large aperture prime.
I applaud Pentax since K20D for their excellent cameras. Good to see the trademark safe and prosperous.
It shouldn't come as a surprise.It may well be that "selling the potatoes" lost its momentum (or one of these) for several reasons. Generally the manufacturer knows that the regular fluctuations are occurring on more than one level of the schema (some very specific to itself) which is built in its plan accordingly (i.e. not expanding too much beyond healthy flexibility). Building positions on the market is another crucial thing. Anyway, the potatoes have been shifting around for some time and will end up in a certain pot sooner or later. For the other cameras it will be about the (size of the) sensor - lens system - character - service - perception of the brand - and money a bit more than it used to be. As these things crystallize and the other phases go on shaping the market. Also, if a manufacturer was doing ok making a junk it may prove the worse option in the future with rather the selection picking up its momentum. Besides, some of the Atlasman’s point applies currently too.
Photography winning so that’s the point can’t agree more. Small cameras handy can be as decisive as any other feature. Nice open article from Barney as always.One thing. *The fixed FL - discipline and creativity relation* depends strictly on how one uses a zoom lens (for convenience or otherwise). Prime is sometimes found liberating (often used argument that the option given by zoom is distracting) but that’s not about the discipline, quite the opposite. While it *can*, and at the same time doesn’t have to (quite the opposite), help more creativity. very individual, depending on a particular style and needs. So 'makes me' but no "makes you more disciplined and more creative" - that can be very wrong. Just generally. - 'you' is often meant as 'me' anyway in lighter tone writing.
The distinction between mobile and camera photography is shrinking. And nothing has changed about the photography. Particular image has to have its vital components together. Mobiles can do that.As for the rule #3: Does this define the mobile phone photography? I fear it does. In 99% of cases. So in the line above I was thinking the rest.Hynek
HSway: Sony is a top innovator. This is one of the results. Their decisive sensor technologies are another and for a long time. the example of their RX 100 update is what I call The update. They are not alone it stands to reason but they really are a standout for me.
Apart from the RX 100 update and from the other I mention I mean the RX1. I see the 'R' insignificant yet a nice version of the RX1.Hynek
Sony is a top innovator. This is one of the results. Their decisive sensor technologies are another and for a long time. the example of their RX 100 update is what I call The update. They are not alone it stands to reason but they really are a standout for me.
Very compact, non-VR, less extreme range, variable aperture, quite a bit cheaper than 16-35/4 VR, less distortions at the wide end, interesting addition to the excellent uw-wa Nikon set. I’ve not looked at the lens myself yet. But samples posted on the forums, quite a few on the lens forum, looked often promising. Some of them excellent actually. Useful design. And a great option for many.
HSway: Thanks for the work, great review. I think these little cameras are excellent, perhaps even superb for their category. For someone using most of the raw file potential though, the sensor really is in need for a substantial update. That’s why I see the rating a little too kind and would personally move the score a couple of notches from excellent to very good and bellow cameras like Nikon 5100. But that’s "For someone using most of the raw..." perspective. Tough to guess what view might be more objective overall. And the review made the point clear in respect of the sensor’s certain limitations.
There is the camera and the sensor side of things. Both rather distinctive case with these cameras. So while excellent cameras, perhaps even superb, for those used to getting the most of the raw file like myself, the camera will be seen bellow the cameras like 5100 due to some sensor limitations and I’d rate it lower. Outside the ‘excellent’ scale and more towards ‘very good’. Looks like a clear opinion to me.
But I can see *for others the camera as such* has more weight and would reflect in the individual scoring despite the sensor limitations that don’t hurt them too much. Not my view, though.I also sold the 600d recently and used it alongside d7000 as I used d90 along with the 450d before (*That*, at that time, was an excellent sensor btw).
Thanks for the work, great review. I think these little cameras are excellent, perhaps even superb for their category. For someone using most of the raw file potential though, the sensor really is in need for a substantial update. That’s why I see the rating a little too kind and would personally move the score a couple of notches from excellent to very good and bellow cameras like Nikon 5100. But that’s "For someone using most of the raw..." perspective. Tough to guess what view might be more objective overall. And the review made the point clear in respect of the sensor’s certain limitations.
Mike99999: This lens is crazy slow.
Primes are the way to go for mirrorless systems: Olympus 12mm f/2 is the wide angle of choice.
@MikeTo get this MFT needs 9-18/f3.2-4.5 lens. I concur the Olympus in-body latest stabilization is great when you need smaller apertures and larger DOF for landscape type of photos and similar use (not everyone is a street shooter). But I am still thinking the fitted uwa (or telephoto)-specific IS could give very good results. And there is the 22/2 where the speed makes more sense.
Very beautiful.Congratulations on the win.Hynek
If it’s as good as the ef-m 18-55 (and 22/2) it’s a great addition. I see the stabilized uw-wa lens an Excellent move for this. The lens I’d be personally looking for most though is a 35-40 mil fast compact lens. The excellent ef 40 pancake is not a direct design. And yes the camera to be taken seriously needs something to look through.
p5freak: A brand new f2,8 prime lens for 799 and it is soft in the center wide open ? Thats disappointing. A Tamron 2,8/17-50 for 299 is sharper in the center wide open.
I’d see the sharpness wide open relative to the price. If it’s twice as expensive one could expect this pin sharp wide open. Besides, a 14mm lens at f2.8 really has limited use, the more so on an aps-c camera - like less practical for subject isolation (21/f4.3 lens full frame equiv.). This is a very challenging design lens optimized a bit differently and with remarkable distortion result that contributes to its resolution. I feel Fuji is on a good road with such lenses.