zakaria: Well done Pentax as usual .thanks Richo for keeping k 5 body!
That is a nice touch, but seems the grip is different. Was thinking about ditching the Kx as a back up, but still shoots well and can use AA's in the K5/3 battery grip as well.....
rossdoyle: This is good news. The DA 55-300 is a sharp lens. I have often wished it was weather-sealed to go along with the weather-sealed camera body (K-5). Next, I would love to see some weather-sealed limiteds and DA primes...
Can't see my self heading out for this in a hurry, but agree my version of the DA-L is pretty sharp. Just another string to their bow and makes a lot of sense. The new HD coatings will be interesting to see reviewed and particularly on the K3....
That's a whole lot of camera for the money...............
Henry Falkner: In my perception, that tripod is a fashion accessory, possibly suitable for a pocket P&S in a dire emergency, but not for a DSLR.
If your serious about image quality landscapes or shooting in Low light, then it's a must.....depends on what your shooting. Not everyone has hands as steady as yours.....
robbo d: Why the blow ups with Nokia and Sony (which looks hideous) ??
This doesn't give a level playing field, am I missing something here??
And yes the iphone5 does look better than the 5s
Cheers PeeveeEven with that, its clear to see the Nokia still looks far superior and the Sony is rubbish, that's a little surprising..........
Why the blow ups with Nokia and Sony (which looks hideous) ??
I've seen head to head samples between 808 and 1020 on another site. The 1020 overall is the better shooter, giving better tones and Low light performance. Perhaps in kind lighting, the 808 has better IQ, but overall, technology has caught up. Still going to oust any other cam phone and hopefully Nokia Aust, will bring it in, then my plan expiry in Nov will be complete.Simply, it's an advancement on any previous phone, it's getting closer and closer to being the same as a top compact, so for having tethered to your phone, it's a half decent shooter.Nice review.
Not so much negativity?Perhaps it's the third version and no company would continue if it wasn't doing ok, especially in Japan,its small, colorful, matching with handbags, scarfs and Japanese painted dolls.
I love the general tone of the review:
Most people in the office Love it butIt doesn't fit into any kind of category we want to put it inIt takes pretty good photo's Butits not a compact zoom or a rangefinder or a M43 or ait takes videobut it's not quite like a canon or panny or..this is the third one: butNot sure who wants oneIts got a few lenses;but we forgot that people can buy the whole kit and putting adapters and using all sorts of lenses and having heaps of fun.
we're confused, we have to put it into a category and because we're gear heads, we've forgotten that most of the public just like having fun and taking photos and its colorful and fits easily into a pocket or bag.
Sorry, still Love you DPR, just remember life doesn't always fit into a box.
US $648 on ebay..............ouch
Ok, so it's a compact of which there is plenty out there. But if you read the article, then its packing some pretty good features which will let you take photos in all situations. Low light multi shot and two different HDR settings, RAW, high resolution multi shot, 360 panorama, very good image stabilisation, 36x zoom with multi shot higher res once more and time lapse.Be interesting to see how this works in real life, but looks like the compact back up that fits my bill.......not being an avid movie maker anyway.Sure the Nokia 1020 looks great, but still wont' surpass this function set.Yes, would like to see the RRP$$
robbo d: I have the WG2 and am interested to hear if the 3 is an upgrade in terms of IQ. These cameras are not good at all for landscape wide open shooting, but excellent for close up macro, does it still have the microscope feature? and of course good for underwater.Very rugged, but they have not yet figured out how to get good IQ. Very soft at edges, so the waterproof covers still hamper good quality shots.Looking like the WG3 is again not the top of the pile.Still for what it does well, I will keep mine for specialist uses......possibly not worth an upgrade.
Interesting, upon having a proper look at the wider angle shots, I'm seeing what looks like far better IQ and not the fall off at the edges that I experience with the WG2.
I have the WG2 and am interested to hear if the 3 is an upgrade in terms of IQ. These cameras are not good at all for landscape wide open shooting, but excellent for close up macro, does it still have the microscope feature? and of course good for underwater.Very rugged, but they have not yet figured out how to get good IQ. Very soft at edges, so the waterproof covers still hamper good quality shots.Looking like the WG3 is again not the top of the pile.Still for what it does well, I will keep mine for specialist uses......possibly not worth an upgrade.
brdeveloper: http://pureviewclub.com/2013/15270– Sensor size 1/1.5”, 41MP, pixel size 1.1 micron, true 16:9/4:3 aspect ratio
So it's not competitor for N808. It's remotely possible it will outperform its Symbian bigger sensor brother.
Hmmm, did a comparison at work some while ago.My HTC using HDR, an N8 and an 920.Winner by far in dynamic range into a sunset was the 920, second using HDR(cheating) was the HTC and then the N8.I'd say the n8 on producing large images would have been far better, but straight out of the box jpeg was the 920 by a country mile. Just later image processing I suppose. Maybe the N8 could have pulled some shadows out with some PP??
Hoping for a faster roll out to places other than the states. This is most definitely the phone ive been waiting on and to replace my now aging HTC. It is re defining photography.Still no match for the versatility of a DSLR for specialised photography, but in a small package, that's amazing IQ.Telstra Australia, please take note.....
Rachotilko: While I generally dislike following the herd in my judgements, this time I agree with crowd wisdom. This camera is simply wrongly conceived from the very start. Using PDAF-optimized lenses with CDAF results in poor AF, huge flange distange results in aesthetic/ergonomic disaster, lack of viewfinder makes the focus-peeking assisted MF difficult.Pentax got the concept of mirrorles completelly wrong
Glad Ricoh don't take any notice of your judgement then.....and other nay sayers.It's aimed at the Japanese market, who Love this sort of thing. Recent firmware upgrades have improved AF, Japanaese don't care about VF's, colour is all the rage over there. Ka-chin$$$ it's a profitable move.......Concept of mirrorless is ???? .....narrow minded. Use of millions of old retro lenses.....pricelessThink about it
Heie2: I am a Pentaxian fanboy through and through, but I say this in the most objective way possible:
The best value for money DSLR's/MILC's under $1000 are the Pentax K-500 ($595 w/ 18-55 kit lens), Pentax K-50 ($696 body or $776 w/ Weather Resistant kit lens), Pentax K-5 ($500 used body - discontinued), with the number one spot for "best bang for your buck" across the photographic world given to the Pentax K-30 ($479 body) and the Pentax K-01 ($299 w/ 40mm pancake lens) despite what is undeniably a controversial body design for DSLR/Mirrorless, respectively.
Even the lowest entry level isn't skipped over for $1000+ features such as 100% penta PRISM viewfinders and DUAL command dials.
Anyone that tells you otherwise is delusional.
.....and some of the Pentax kit lenses like the 55-300 and old FA film lenses like the 28-105 work fine and deliver outstanding IQ for $$$. That's information that non Pentaxian's have no idea about.Huge bang for your buck with pentax.
Nikonworks: Most retailers hold a straight forward 'Inventory Sale', of which this article clearly seems to be, except the straight forward part.
DPReview please take notice:When I was a kid 'slot cars' were the newest and 'biggest' thing.Stores opened up just with slot car race tracks. It was fantastic but very short lived because the market place became overloaded with slot cars and accessories to the point the kids could not keep up with the market.The whole market folded like a deck of cards.
Of late, you, the editors are doing the same thing here at DPReview.You have too many Final Reviews to post before listing 'Old cameras under $1000'. You are reaching in all directions, phones, tech, cameras, etc.You are making this site unwieldly and soon ambiguous.
You better get together and focus on your mission.
At the same time you can discuss formally thanking me for my 'Real World Samples' suggestion.
Goodness, we get worked up don't we......Thought it was a good read, especially on a weekend.....Nice job. Especially when the old cameras are for some a very relevant market. Not everyone can afford new stuff straight onto the market and choose our upgrades very seriously. So this IS very relevant......gosh even the Pentax supports will have to be fairly happy with the comments here...and that takes a lot...LolAlso...being an old filmy, I am now very much a smartphone user and value some of the recent articles which is very much now a huge part of photography. Look at what Samsung and Nokia are in the process of bringing to the table??Understand the times and Dpr's need to keep up with everyone, not just the traditionalists
Wow, casio and Fujitsu make phones?? Casio are underated in the camera stakes with some good cams.That rugged phone has some great specs for outdoors types, hope it will make it down under, that's got some serious potential
Great review Dpr and pretty much shows they are all very close. I have an HTC sensation which produces reasonable images but is now old tech and find my even older Pentax X90 still out performs other than app generated effects.
The next Generation Samsung smart cam and Nokia EOS must almost be with Dpr for preview by now, so be interesting to see the leap in IQ
Hmm................okay this is a challenging product.Now I have played with my partners Samsung compact and there are cool things about it and things I don't like, butI do use an android phone, andI'm a Pentax user, which means i'm also a traditionalist who likes 'normal' SLR's.This thing looks like an overgrown Samsung Galaxy with DSLR grips and lenses...............kind of hate it and like it. Very confused.However, never had a look at Samsungs aps-c sensor or results, but have to say, this is the future and well done for setting it in motion.I suspect that there will be battery issues? using such a big screen and everything that goes with it.I just think the technology of Samsung and the soul of Pentax would be a great combo.Got to be worth watching though........tempting, and the product will get better