There are enough "cons" here to make me wonder if Nikon will make a spectacular DF-2 or if this is as far as they will go with pure photography. Personally, I think Nikon oversold it. Imagine if this unique design had come out of nowhere, with no teasing and no expectations.
PaulDavis: You would think the rating would be more dependent on the value. That's really what it comes down to for most buyers anyways. The best bang for your buck. This camera certainly isn't it. Not when you can get a Sony a7 for a thousand less.
I don't think the Df was ever about value. Look at the comments of people studying the "silver" finish to see if the color varies in different light.
abluesky: I don't understand how the percentage translates to a gold (or silver) award...?
The gold/sliver makes me think of the Olympics, just more more subjective. "He didn't run as fast as the other guys but the judges really liked him".
I love the small size. If it had better image quality, I'd buy one but I guess you still can't have everything.
The Df. Was there ever any doubt? Even in the photo, it stands out from the others. On a serious note, the D610 because, besides being very good, it addressed a specific problem.
Ayoh: Cool, now why don't you now also add some scientific rigour to your test scene and ensure all camera sensors are exposed to the same amount of incident light, as currently they are not. Otherwise you should clearly state that your current test shots cannot be used to compare noise performance, as, by looking at the comments, that is what most readers are doing and making incorrect conclusions.
Exactly. Each camera has strengths and weaknesses, they are all more than adequate and who actually makes the sensor is less important than how the sensor performs.
As always, with a little effort, its possible to see the one you are rooting for is clearly the best.
yabokkie: this lens has to be awesome, as good as EF-M11-22 for that's one of the reasons we need mirrorless mount.
The EOS-M is kind of a dog but the 11-22 with the big sensor is first class. This determination that the Fuji will be better, from just looking at a picture of the lens is, well, what fans do.
audijam: someone complains about the weight? oh please~~~why don't you hire someone to carry the camear and lens for you then.
and please don't even have a doubt in fuji's optical performance.
I'll bet this lens is great, but I'll need more than a photo and a press release to be sure. I can't even state that I have compared it to the Canon 11-22 and found the Fuji is superior, although some fans have already made that determination. If only DPR could test lenses this quickly!
ThePhilips: > Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC
As far as I have understood, m43 users already given up on getting a WA TS lens... And Sony system has just got one.
A soft one. But at just $900, it's considerably cheaper than a state of the art TS lens.
mick232: Is the Zeiss 135/2 the same optical formula as the Sony Zeiss 135/1.8 (which is a stellar performer as well but so far hasn't been tested by DXO)?
Constructive comments aside, I think these are two different test reports combined in what appears to be the same article.
forpetessake: And that's why Canon was on sale recently.
The Canon is mediocre and the Nikon 24-120 about the same. It's a shame because they are so convenient. But this seems to be the nature of wide-to-tele zooms unless the range is very short, like the Nikon 24-70.
I guess it's a generational thing but with all the history, Waterhouse stops, bright brass etc. this is more exiting than a cell phone that makes badly stitched panoramas.
ornitho1: I am not a professional photographerThis tripod is sure eye-catching but you would have to give me solid reasons to convince me to pay that much money for a tripodConvince me!!
The short answer is, "breakthrough" digital cameras come and go, obsolete in a year or two. But a really good tripod like Gitzo, RRS or Sachtler will never be obsolete and will last a lifetime. People are still getting good use from tripods made in the 20th century and earlier.
When I look at a Manfrotto tripod, the first thing I ask is, are those latches plastic? They seem like such a nice idea and made out of the right material, they would be. The airlines really don't like 'em, though.
rrr_hhh: Speaking of Adobe products : who took their special CC offering for photographers ?
I thought hard about it, but no : I will drag CS6 as long as I can and own LR5.
I'm still angry about the way they deals with long time customers (I have it since 1996), updated to CS6 just a few months before CC was launched and felt that last update was wasted. Then came a special offering until the end of December for owners of CS6, then a few months later they made it available for anybody, and shortened the delay to the 2th December previous owners included.. Then they prolonged the delay until the 8th December. Then their servers were hacked and my credit card number probably stolen. How can I trust such a company ? They don't know where they are going.. Apparently their offering wasn't getting as much success as they hoped, or why would they make it last longer ?
I vote for higher pay and lower prices on everything. In the US, you can get wiped out by a single trip to the hospital...but if you need a new DSLR the prices are great.
Allochka Emiliana: I don't get it - so many here are criticizing Sony sensor when 5-6 sensors out of the top 10 sensors in the world are made by Sony including sensor on the top Nikon cameras.
What happened to Canon, non of their cameras are on the top 20!
Well, if DxO sensor ratings were relevant, there wouldn't be anybody using a Canon camera. Certainly not a professional. From personal experience I can say that Canon's low light and dynamic range performance is not as good as Nikon's. And you know what? It rarely makes much difference. If I wanted to shoot at ISO 10,000, I will always take my Nikons. But to get the best quality, I try not to shoot at 10,000 so the Canon works fine.
I tried the SL1 and it was like a Corolla. Small, light, affordable and perfectly fine image quality. Anyone except a "pro" should enjoy it and get good results.
dual12: More DPR awards for mediocre Canon cameras. What else is new?
Please DPR, no cameras under $1000 and nothing that large numbers of people like and can afford. Cutting edge and trendy, please.
mholdef: I am just baffled about the wildly negative reactions about this camera
I've owned two SPs, two F, FT, FTn, FM, FE, two FE2, F3 and a D700. I go back a lot further than most of Nikon's fans and am the first to admit they make some outstanding products. Do I like the company or it's polices? No. Does their customer service compare well with Canon, Olympus, Fuji, Pentax or Ricoh (all of whom I have dealt with)? No.
In short, it's their attitude, not their gear.
Pixnat2: The D600/610 deliver better images at low ISOs. So if you're not a high ISO shooter, they are better value.
It does seem amusing that the 12mp on a D700 is now considered a joke, yet 16mp on a Df is more than enough for professional applications.