Interesting article. In the current model lines it would be worth considering the 13" MPBr carefully compared to the Air. Much nicer screen, more processing power, 0.5lb heavier, same size and not much of a hit to battery life either. Good enough to be a dedicated desktop machine for lower volume shooters as well. So for some a 13" MBPr might be all they need, and even those with a dedicated desktop setup might still prefer the 13" MBPr to the Air. If an extra couple hours of battery life and 0.5 lb are critical and you already have a desktop then the Air is still a good choice.
Stephen_C: Do the people at DPreview understand the concept of the f-stop? An f1.8 lens gives the same exposure no matter how large the light circle. When I shoot medium format the exposure is not affected by the final crop I use of the image. An f-stop of f1.8 means f1.8. The f stop does not go down if you use a smaller sensor or crop the image.
Yes they understand. Do you understand the concept of reading the paragraph in which they very clearly explain the context of this lens with regards to F/2.8 on FF and ISO settings?
Pointless. This app does nothing that any of the apps available in iTunes do and do better or just as well. Yes jailbreaking lets you do interesting things, but this app isn't one of them.
Really like this image. I wish it had placed higher. Great work!
That's a good well thought out roadmap. If they really get those lenses out in that timeline and improve AF in the next FW or body then they may be the fastest manufacturer to produce a true system out of the starting gate yet. NEX has been ridiculously slow and still isn't there (still is more of an interchangeable body system than an interchangeable lens system). M43 has had a lot of time and two manufacturers to get where it is.
Anyway, best of luck to Fuji with this - it looks good on paper so far!
Great composition. To me this is a different and very successful take on the over-shot Alabama Hills/Whitney.
Hopefully these pictures will show that IS *does* work at 9FPS. I need to protect the honor of this little beauty :)
Yes, I just tested IS 1 and IS off at 9 fps with the 45/1.8 and IBIS most definitely does function in Sequential High at 9 fps.
djec: "'5-axis' image stabilization system"?!
ffs i hope the rest of the science behind the camera is slightly more intelligent.
In control systems translational and rotational controls are counted separately. That's why there are more than three axes. This is the standard nomenclature used in science and industry.
Thanks for the compliments!
@Laszlo: This was taken at sunset just after the sun had dropped below the horizon. A storm system was passing but there was some open sky to the west that allowed a nice twilight glow from the western sky.
Russ Houston: Many of the comments here sound just like the film forums when the first digital cameras came out.
Yes and no. When digital cameras came out they were low resolution, but nothing limited their resolution in the future. Now sensors that "out resolve" lenses are common and everyone expected them to eventually get to where we are now.
This is a bit different, physics and information theory tell you there is a fundamental limit to the resolution that has nothing to do with the sensor and everything to do with diffraction. So the resolution isn't going to improve much. You'll always be stuck at resolutions significantly lower than "normal" cameras and there really is no way around that.
That isn't necessarily an issue - it doesn't need to hit the same market. It is a different thing. Digital cameras though are very much a replacement of film by comparison and that's where your metaphor breaks down.
So after downloading a flash update, closing my browser, installing it, and coming back I can finally see the images...
Anyway, nice review DPR. I think you about hit the nail on the head in a fair and balanced manner. No surprises really, did just what everyone thought with the limitations everyone expected as well.
cgarrard: No ISO 100?
Man I hate when manufacturers do that. It's really irritating. I like long exposure shots just as I do like to shoot in darker settings with higher ISO's.
ISO 50-25,600 would have been so much better.
Yeah, I'd like a lower ISO to. But blame Panasonic, it's their sensor that limits the ISO and not a choice on Olympus's part :)
kenw: Do I see that the add on flash looks like it might tilt to a bounce position?
Ah, I see, flips up to gain distance from the lens axis and yet store compactly Now I understand. Thanks!
kenw: Awesome customization. One question: Can I implement a one push AF to something other than a half-press (like one of the custom buttons)? By which I mean, half-pressing will not cause AF, but pressing one of the Fn buttons will cause AF to occur (and never requires a two press "unlock-relock" like the G1 did). This is a common Canon custom function, and available on the GH2 with the right settings as well.
Thanks so much for checking that out, Mark!
Do I see that the add on flash looks like it might tilt to a bounce position?
Awesome customization. One question: Can I implement a one push AF to something other than a half-press (like one of the custom buttons)? By which I mean, half-pressing will not cause AF, but pressing one of the Fn buttons will cause AF to occur (and never requires a two press "unlock-relock" like the G1 did). This is a common Canon custom function, and available on the GH2 with the right settings as well.
50*1.5 = 75. 50 *1.6 = 80. These are pretty useful portrait focal lengths, I don't understand the "no-mans land' comments about them. Sure, maybe 56 would hit the venerable "85" spot on...
Jogger: Basically heres how it works. It has a VERY small sensor. ie. everything is in focus, for each pixel you also know its depth.
In post process, you can selectively blur based on the depth of the pixel... i.e. the out of focus areas you see are digitally created... i.e not real.
As mentioned already your analysis isn't correct. There is a very well written thesis on the topic, you might consider reading it.
There is no "curtain" in this camera so the "electronic first curtain shutter" statement is misleading. According to Chuck Westfall the camera does not have a focal plane shutter (no surprise there, it would be silly to put one into a fixed lens camera). It is using a leaf shutter instead, like most every other fixed lens camera out there. That is also why it is quiet, all iris shutter cameras are quiet regardless of whether they close their shutter at the start of the exposure or not - "electronic first curtain" has nothing to do with it.
I think the spray and pray mode that auto selects the better images will be big hit with their target market. I suspect we will see that feature move into compacts though, on it's own it doesn't seem compelling enough to justify the rest of the system compromises.
Thanks for the initial thoughts. I think these short articles prior to full reviews are a good new feature to the site.