Interesting result. Pentax users are traditionally supportive, but this seems to go above and beyond that. Now is the time for Pentax to cement this result and continue to build their sales and marketing game, plus a few new serious 'system' products to continue the momentum.
RoelHendrickx: How can you seriously expect the readers to vote for "best" of several cameras.Any reader probably bought only one of these in 2013 - if he bought ANY camera in the first place...So everyone is just going to vote for the one they bought (or wished they could have bought), without on-hands knowledge of the others.Such a poll does not search for "best" but for "most popular in sales/wishlists".
Pentax users are a fiercely loyal breed that historically punch well above their weight in polls and forums.......the fact that they have three in the list is excellent, but the results are just normal as Canikon users don't feel the need to defend their brand so much. There is nothing new to see here.........but is a good result.
rolis10: The Pentax K3 is an Excellent camera with a amazing build quality. Lenses and skill are what i am going to concentrate on. This camera has all the tech i will need for a while. All camera manufacturers are producing great cameras but what sold me on Pentax was my photography instructor. He mentioned to our class that we needed to be cautious with too much moisture. He was at the butterfly Pavilion in Denver and the steam was turned on and he had to leave for fear of ruining his camera. Did a Little research and hear i am. A Pentax customer probably for life as long as they keep producing awesome cameras.
They dropped the ball at the beginning of the digital era, had a FF ready to go but never produced it due to expensive sensor.Always relied on APS-C which are very good for stills and rugged build, but not the all round systems of Canikon. Presently playing catch up and looking ready to bounce back. All the signs are good, but video implementation and AF systems not quite up to Canon / Sony levels but improving...........
KW Phua: There is not easy to find a perfect camera. When everything is perfect the cost most likely will be outstanding also. So each manufacturer select what they think is the most important criteria/spec for their camera. They may target their selected group. Same for the user. I also like to have a perfect camera, but if nan is perfect, I will select the one most suitable for my way for photography. Yes, GOOD IQ is very importance but for someone, he may prefer to get faster AF, and some prefer to use MF lens with top quality. Why need 1Dx or D4 if he only use MF lens.
....and it's also no point having good IQ if your camera doesnt focus properly. Better having a sharp shot than no shot, which is where Canon derive their solid reputation.
yabokkie: Canon is my first line gear but there is no Canon camera that I'd give a good rating. they are all so-so ones.
(the dual-pixel AF on 70D is an "invention of the decade" but the image quality and AF sensor are no good compared with rivals)
interesting call??I would love to get my hands on a 70D and take some shots to convince me how much difference there really is between the Canon sensor and one of the Sony/Toshiba ones.......The 70D review here on DPR was not exactly glowing, yet it got a 83% score. I still maintain that Canon is where it is by making all round solid performing cameras, pro support and heavy marketing. That's where almost everyone fell off the boat. Go into a shop and try not to find a Canon product and you'll be hard pressed.It would seem to be the whole package which they do well, not necessarily individual parts of the camera standing out other than video and AF.But then again how really bad is everyone else in terms of focus speed? and how really bad are Canon sensors in real life?Perhaps large blow up quality from their APS-C? but the reality of how many doing that is minute in whole sales terms.
forpetessake: A lot of criticism comes from the fact that the article comes under "Gear of the Year" title. Had it been entitled "Our Staff's Personal Pick" people wouldn't be misled thinking that it was an objective evaluation and ranking of the 2013 gear.
I think as many people just shoot jpeg around the world, the similar amount of people just quickly surf the headlines and would have mis read the intent.I agree with forpetesake here. Never mind, job done, bur perhaps we will send John Carlson around for a shoulder rub and a few vouchers to a shrink for counselling.....Lol
Xentinus: if the only matter is size,pentax has really small bodies with lovely limited lenses.to be honest i would not pay for a piece of plastic which is written canon on it.
No disrespect Shawn and of course, it wouldnt be DPR without keeping you on your toes......if I didnt shoot Pentax, i'd probably have a 70D or 5DmkII by now. I did like the colours and AF as well, but other things for my style tipped me away.My concern was with the 'ethics' of letting you guys proclaim gear of the year, being perceived by many as Camera of the year, where as previously stated, should be headlined in a different manner........i'm sure the SL1 does what every Canon does well, the basics... in a solidly pieced together way, that forms a nice overall package
@ Dr Noise....precisely and totally agree..... so what other brands have bought things to the table that cancel out this little marvels finer points? Quite a few i suspect....I just looked at the "what I liked" things and thought yeah, cool, but if his daughter splashed a fist full of sand and sea water at Daddy's nice Canon, guess he'll have to take it back and beg for another one...just one of many other features...weather sealing?? for example.
We all have our favourites for certain reasons...and Shawn makes a point that he's obviously a Canon follower because he has the lenses. I do find it slightly odd that such a well known website lets its writers pronounce to the world that XYZ camera is their Camera gear for the year.....how many people just glance over it and tell their mate at work....oh yeah DPR says it's camera of the year without really reading into it, thereby bringing such Kudos to any camera? I don't have an issue with Canon at all, fine cameras they are, but you've just bought unusual amount of positive media coverage to what is effectively nothing special in the camera world and something that other brand followers have been enjoying for a while........Canon just woke up to the fact its not size that matters...or is it?? Lol
While I don't mind the plastic on the Canon's and I don't see them falling apart at all, I do find it amusing that he has just discovered a DSLR with a small form factor and a pancake lens and is calling it his camera of the year........Pentax video is decidedly average, but user interface is superb and guess what they have even better optical viewfinders and much improved AF, better lowlight performance and weather sealing to boot. Is this a joke?? C'mon.....Canon are good cameras, yes but a camera of the year the SL1 ??
Segaman: hey guys DSLR are going to be a rare breed, the stats are telling us that in the next five years, things will be hard, so lets keep the spirit alive, specially for Nikon, which I love their products!Christopher Chute from market intelligence firm IDC predicts Nikon may be out of business in 5 years if the trend continues.
“You’re talking about a 10-15% decline in DSLR shipments all over the world. Which is kind of shocking because that market’s been growing double digits for almost ten years. Nikon recently said they have a five year plan to address this. And my view is, that five year plan should have come out five years ago. They’re not going to be around in five years.”http://www.eoshd.com/content/11409/consumer-dslrs-dead-5-years
.....and because the 2012 stats were unusually high and projected company sales were higher still for 2013 which did not happen. Don't stress it, whilst some of the M4/3 systems are good, so are APC-C, but it'll take a while little while before small sensor tech could ever literally compete with these. 5 years...me thinks not.
Michael Ma: Such great technology wasted on a Windows phone and Nokia branded devices. Put it on the iPhone or Galaxy device. It's like finding a cure for aging, but adding in the clause that you have to go through a gender change operation if you want to use it.
For most people, it's not worth the switch.
Ditto, just changed from Android to WP8....holy smoke, what a slick machine. The 1020 camera is truly a revelation. it certainly sticks it to my DSLR in some situations......
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....
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$$